A more clean cut You this New Year
As the years roll on we need all the tips we can get to keep ourselves looking and feeling good, so where does ironing fit in with all this.
Ironing may not sound like the magic pill to a new you but here are some essential dos and don’ts.
Another year rolls by and anyone over the age of twenty three suddenly realises that the brake peddle doesn’t seem to work. Those years just keep flying by faster and faster. So, along with the droves of people putting themselves through the usual January punishment schedule of gym, smoothie and detox here is a quick resolution you may not have thought of to make you look better than you did last year... do more ironing!
It might sound a little daft at first, it’s not exactly the promise of eternal youth through caloric restriction but wait, this is about how you look. And when you look good, people notice.
It is staggering, the number of us that no longer iron our clothes with the passion that grandma did but in reality that V-Neck jumper or knee length cardie might hide this morning’s hurriedly donned tumble drier-creased shirt or blouse but it certainly isn’t painting you at your best.
Beautifully ironed clothes have that, fresh from the shop look that can turn any office corridor into your daily catwalk.
Companies like Morphy Richards have a range of irons and appliances from the traditional steam iron to a specialised steam brush (for those on the go with no time to iron) and after all these years in the business, they’ve noticed a few dos and don’ts about ironing...
1. Check the temperature of the iron against the types of fabrics used in the garment. An iron that is too hot can melt man-made fibres leaving your clothes slightly burnt and strangely shiny. Melted plastic residue can also be transferred to the iron which can get rubbed off onto the next item of clothing – not good it it’s a white shirt.
2. Always make sure there is plenty of clean, limescale-free, water in the iron. It’ll deal with the creases and won’t leave a chalky residue on dark clothes.
3. Make sure you iron the shoulders of your shirts, blouses and tops. The entire garment hangs from the shoulders and if you don’t iron them it simply won’t fall right and will make a well ironed item seem scruffy.
1. Iron a woman’s blouse in the same way as a man’s shirt. Women’s clothes should have a softer look to them that accentuates your femininity. Men’s clothes often have a vaguely military edge to them with accentuates the masculinity but be very, very careful where you iron in those creases (down the outside of the arm for a shirt).
2. Iron a crease down the centre of your jeans. In fact, don’t iron a crease on them anywhere... it’ll look like you’ve been dressed this morning by your Mum.
Ironing doesn’t take as long as it used to because these days we have better steam irons, faster heating elements and Teflon coated irons to glide faster through the textile. So you really have no excuse to reinventing yourself this new year because ironing doesn’t involve you leaving the house, sweating, starving yourself or listening to motivational CD’s whilst driving.
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