Top Raincoats for Women

London Fog and Burberry may have the market cornered, but they’re not the only brands who stock chic slickers.

1. Topshop

Not all fashion brands consistently carry a broad selection of macs, but Topshop never fails to have plenty of options available. Unexpected colors and design details like contrast lining set this trend-focused retail chain’s offerings apart from the more expected.

2. Lands’ End

Leave it to a retailer with a heritage in outdoor outfitting to turn out an abundance of raincoats in all colors and silhouettes. Whether you’re looking for basic black or something that makes a little bit more of a statement, you’ll find it here. (And like nearly every other item they sell, almost all of Lands’ End’s slickers are available in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes).

3. Stutterheim

If rain gear could be elevated to an actual art form, Stutterheim would be it. Inspired by Sweden’s gloomy weather (and Swedish artists like Ingmar Bergman), their jackets are handmade with high-end materials like rubberized cotton, and often designed in collaboration with contemporary artists and influencers, making them well worth the investment.

4. Joules

Based in Britain (where it rains more than 100 days out of the year), Joules recognized the need for outerwear that’s as stylish as it is functional. The company carries raincoats in a broad array of colors and prints with no detail left untouched—from waterproof taped seams to cozy linings. The fact that they also have wellies to match is just an added bonus.

5. Hunter

They already make the world’s most beloved rain boots, so it makes sense that Hunter’s updated collection of outerwear was just as well-received. The company paid special attention to fit and design details (like a flattering drawstring waist and contrasting inside print) so their pieces add to your outfit—instead of just covering it up.

Millennial Pink Fashion Finds

The hottest color of the season? Millennial Pink. Don’t let the name fool you—the soft, dusty shade is flattering at any age (and for any skin tone!).

1. Baublebar Earrings

Tassel earrings are adorning everyone’s ears lately. Pop this blush, beaded version on and let the compliments roll in. We suggest wearing them with your hair pulled back to really show off the style. Also available in eight other colors.

2. Topshop Blazer Dress

Try this daring take on the basic blazer—the muted color gives this menswear-inspired shift a more feminine vibe. The more adventurous may want to try it as a cocktail dress, but we like it best as a layering piece over a turtleneck and trousers (or leggings). Also available in two other colors.

3. J. Crew Top

Want to test drive the ruffle trend? Ease into it with this adorable frill-sleeved top. That little design detail can turn ho-hum staples—like white jeans and ballet flats—into a killer outfit. Also available in two other colors.

4. Adidas by Stella McCartney

Break away from your boring black gym leggings. This blush pair will set you apart from everyone else, while keeping you comfortable—the weave detail at the calf adds ventilation, while the flat seam equals chafe-free exercise. Also available in red.

5. H&M Denim Jacket

A denim jacket is a classic for a reason, but this updated version in pale pink feels like a breath of fresh air. Add it to a sun dress for those in-between days (or for over-zealous air conditioning).

6. Merona Tote

Pretty and practical, this satchel is done up with cute details (note the tassel), but it will also fit all of your workday essentials, like an iPad or laptop. Bonus: The pouch inside snaps in and out and can act as a crossbody on its own. Also available in green.

7. Free People Sandals

Slip into these sandals and put a little spring in your step. The block heel adds a little lift, but still feels comfortable (and sturdy) enough to wear all day. Also available in three other colors

Tips To Always Be Stylish

1. Stay Focused On Looking Your Best

You may have heard of the saying “Burn the ships.” The history behind it is quite powerful. It dates back to the year 1519 when Hernán Cortés set foot with his 600 men in the New World. His command was loud and clear – for the men to set all their ships on fire.

What Cortés did was force himself and his men into a do or die situation so that they could finish their mission. He took out the option for the entire clan to retreat. There was no turning back. And this gave everyone all the more will to succeed. Two years later… Cortés conquered the Aztec empire.

While being stylish isn’t as dramatic of a deal – you should take inspiration from Cortés and burn your own ships. That means letting go of “safe” choices such as:

  • Buying low-quality items when you know you can afford better quality
  • Limiting yourself to monochrome and darker colors
  • Dressing the same way as everybody else

Fill your closet with items that suit your style and personality. Learn to love and value everything you wear. As long they fit and are in good condition, there’s definitely a way to make each one work. You just need to figure out how.

Your goal is to be the most stylish guy you can be. You deserve to look your best and feel fantastic every time. So don’t allow laziness, stinginess or any lack of confidence to get in the way of that.

2. Incorporate Unique Accessories

A lot of times it’s the guy with a brilliant accessory who ends up outshining the rest. If you want to be that guy – you have to be gutsy. You can’t be afraid of taking risks and experimenting with any of the items below.

Jewelry

Wearing men’s bracelets, rings and watches requires careful selection. Unlike women – guys follow certain “rules” regarding jewelry in order to get a look that’s classy and confident but not loud. The right accessories add subtle finishing touches that sharpen your style.

For high-quality watches, I recommend you to check out the Original Grain collection. This company uses the finest hardwood and steel to handcraft watches with timeless designs. They take elegance to a whole new level.

Hats

Hats add a couple of inches to your height which most guys would like. But beyond that there’s a subconscious association of hats with strong and authoritative men. We often see cowboys, soldiers and police officers rock them perfectly. Here’s an article on classic hat styles you might to try.

Hairstyles

You should aim for your hairstyle to stand out as much as your outfit. You have to realize that hair can influence the way others perceive you. So now’s the time to find a great stylist and explore some of today’s trending looks. Don’t worry too much about getting it wrong – it’ll grow back soon!

3. Use The Right Accent Pieces

One trick to staying ahead of the game is to use specific pieces that highlight your sense of style. These are what show people you’re not dressed up to be like the rest. These are clothing elements that showcase your individuality.

Boots

I love shoes just as much as you do. But boots empower your masculinity even more. They’re heavier and more rugged looking – having been originally made for the elite and military men over the centuries. And that’s why they’re useful for a well-defined style from head to toe. You’ll want to learn about the different types of dress boots so you can make the best choice.

Pocket Squares

A well-fitted suit or jacket looks great on any guy. But it won’t always make him stick out – especially when others are wearing the same. That’s why pocket squares come in handy. They make the whole outfit pop. By knowing how to wear a pocket square you can edge out all the men around you and catch the ladies’ attention. Pocket squares also start a lot of conversations.

Bright Colors

Many men tend to avoid bright clothing since they don’t think it goes well with them. In reality they simply lack an understanding of color. Vibrant hues can draw attention to certain areas of your outfit if you’re able to use them strategically. Part of that is about knowing the ideal color percentages in a man’s well-balanced wardrobe.

4. Take Out The Bad Apples

This one is simple: keep your closet clean. Never keep anything that’s going to end up embarrassing you or destroying your style. Remember that physical mess reflects a cluttered mind. Empty the trash first – then you can start thinking clearly about your style. You can figure out exactly what has to be changed or replaced.

Throw away all clothes with holes or large stains. Get rid of everything with a loose or tight fit. Don’t think twice about it. Don’t even feel guilty. These items represent past mistakes and there’s no reason to dwell on the past. Now is the time to start fresh.

If there’s something you haven’t worn over the past 12 months, you’ll probably never use it again. So the best thing to do is put it in a Donate Box. It no longer benefits you but it’ll benefit someone else.

5. Keep Learning About Style

Learning never stops. Remember that the only way to get better at something is to gain more experience. It’s the same thing when it comes to style. You should develop a system in which every day you expand your knowledge about men’s fashion.

There are plenty of platforms for you to keep educating yourself:

  • Coffee-table books
  • Magazines
  • E-books
  • Email lists
  • Instagram
  • Podcasts
  • YouTube
  • Online courses

I’m proud of my two premium online men’s style courses offered at Real Men Real Style. Their detailed lessons have helped countless men over the years in dealing with daily style challenges. If you want to get down to the how and why for every item of clothing – there’s no doubt these are your best sources.

A Man’s Guide To Style

  • Teaches you how to build a wardrobe within your budget
  • Explains the importance of body type, color, pattern
  • Includes tips to dress up for weddings, meetings, hot and cold weather

The Personal Image Blueprint

  • Gives you an understanding of the power of image, first impressions
  • Designed for guys who lack confidence in the way they present themselves, who tend to look overweight or unprofessional, who don’t command respect

Blush Sneakers for Summer

1 Keds Champion Mini Daisy Sneakers

Classics, with a twist—the “Champion” silhouette gets a chic update, done up in daisy-patterned crochet. Pair them with a sundress for an easy summer look. Available in three other colors.

2 Nine West Sendy Slip-On Sneakers

Kiltie detailing and an almond-shaped toe add a little refinement to this pair, but real leather and a padded insole ensure they’re just as comfortable as their more casual counterparts. Also available in black.

3 Superga 2750 Cotmetu Metallic Sneaker

Rose gold isn’t just trending in jewerly and makeup—it’s also having a moment in footwear. Just like swiping on a rose gold highlighter works for any skin tone (because it straddles the line between cool and warm tones), the hue will work with any color ensemble as well.

4 Blue by Betsey Johnson Esme Sneakers

Floral embroidery and the palest pink add feminine touches to this menswear silhouette, making them the perfect pairing for casual weekend pieces like denim skirts. Also available in ivory.

5 Converse Pro Leather Botanical Gardens Low Top

Perforated leather doesn’t just look cool, it maximizes breathability to keep your feet feeling cool as well. We love that this pair comes with matching blush laces as well as a white pair, so you can add a little contrast if you like. Also available in blue.

6 Clarks Floura Mix Sneakers

This pair takes a page straight out of the current athleisure craze, with retro-cool design details like colorblocking and a sawtooth outsole. Also available in black.

7 Dolce Vita Zalen Sneaker

These low-profile, copper colored tennis shoes add a stylish pop to weekend ensembles like jeans and a tee. Also available in platinum.

Best Ways to Save Money on Your Wardrobe

Being on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cut new clothing out of your life for good. Follow these simple tips to save—while you shop.

1. Do Shop Slightly Out of Season

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Most retailers get new deliveries of clothing at least every two weeks (if not more often), and are under constant pressure to turn over their merchandise. This means that season-specific items—summer shorts and sandals, winter hats and gloves—hit the shelves a month or so early and are likely to be deeply discounted halfway through the season, despite still being the latest trends (making right now, for example, a great time to shop for swimwear). Resist the urge to stock up on the new pieces you want for the coming season—snag them when they’re marked down, but still wearable for months instead.

2. Do Buy Better Basics
When it comes to wardrobe staples (a white buttoned shirt, black trousers, a go-to tee), the options are endless, seemingly similar, and available at every price point, from Forever 21 to Fendi. But when it comes to these pieces—the ones you’ll wear over and over again, year after year—it makes more sense to invest in quality items. The cheap black pencil skirt and the more expensive one might not look so different on the rack, but paying a little more now will prevent you from having to constantly replace the lower-priced version (which will show telltale signs of wearing and washing much sooner), saving you money in the long run.
3. Don’t Get Sucked in By Sales
Do you have Black Friday marked on your calendar? What about Cyber Monday? Super Saturday? Amazon Prime Day? Are you on the mailing list for all of your favorite stores because they offer insider deals and discounts? You may think you’re being a savvy consumer by always scoring new things at lower-than-retail value, but you’re really just playing into well-known consumer psychology retailers use to get their customers to buy more—and more often. Do yourself a favor and unsubscribe from all of those email lists. The next time you’re tempted by a sale item, first ask yourself, “Is this something I would pay full value for? Or am I just tempted to buy it because it’s on sale?”

4. Don’t Dry Clean
Prevent your laundry bills from racking up by checking care tags before you walk out of the store. If you have any items that are “dry clean only,” keep in mind that the purchase price of that item isn’t the final amount that it will ultimately cost your bank account—you need to factor in the cost of dry cleaning for every wear. Keeping your closet stocked with pieces you can launder yourself will keep the cost of caring for your wardrobe down considerably.
5. Do Pay Attention to Care Tags
If avoiding “dry clean only” items is a maxim you already live by, take it one step further and ensure you’re taking proper care of the clothing you have—just because you don’t need to dry clean a piece doesn’t mean it won’t need special care. Check the care tag and always launder according to the manufacturers specifications, whether that’s with cold water only, laying flat to dry, or handwashing. It will greatly extend the lives of your clothes.

6. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for a Discount
Have you ever spotted a could-be perfect piece in store, reached for it, and realized, sadly, that it’s been damaged? Usually, the issue is minor—a small (removable) stain, a ripped seam, or a missing button—nothing you can’t fix at home for the cost of a small emergency sewing kit. Instead of putting the item back on the rack in defeat, recognize it as an opportunity to inquire about the retailer’s damage discount policy; they usually have one in place that will knock about 10 percent off of the price, even if it’s already on sale.

7. Do Try Alternative Ways to Shop
Mass retailers aren’t the only options out there to keep your closet well-stocked. Try hosting a clothing swap with friends, scouring eBay for coveted investment pieces, and keeping an eye on the offerings at your local thrift, consignment, and off-price stores

Some Attractive Fashion for Sun Protection

Spending some time in the summer sun? Snap up one of these styles with built-in UV protection.

1 Wallaroo Hat Company Savannah Hat

This chic hat has a 5-inch brim that not only throws some serious shade, but also blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays with an Ultraviolent Protection Factor of 50+. A wire-edged rim means it will sit exactly where you want it to. It rolls up easily, so you can pack this for all of your summer vacations, too. Also available in black with camel stripes.

2 J. Crew Sun Shirt

Rash guards aren’t just for the surf set anymore; since the rise of athleisure, they’ve also been popping up as chic après swim attire. Fitting a bit looser than your average rash guard, you’ll feel cool and comfortable all summer long with room to move around. Also available in white and yellow.

3 Athleta Tie Dye Salutation 7/8 Ankle Tight

Take your yoga practice outside, or just rock these while you’re running errands—they’ll keep you comfortable and your skin protected. Designed to fit and flatter, Athleta has cut these in a full range of sizes: regular, tall, petite, and plus. The 7/8 length should hit you just above the ankle for a figure-friendly look that elongates your leg and has a non-restricting feel.

4 Mott50 Long Sleeve Woven Boyfriend Button Down

Super versatile, you’ll find a surprising amount of ways to style this top. Wear it over a bathing suit with embellished sandals to hit the beach, or with embroidered jeans and heels for your next lunch date. Dressed up or down, you’ll be safe from the sun with UPF 50 right in the fabric. Also available in navy.

5 White Sierra Bug Free Printed Gauze Scarf

The ultimate line of defense, in addition to UPF material, this scarf has a built-in insect repellant, so you won’t have to worry about pesky mosquitoes at your next summer BBQ. Drape this around your neck with your favorite white summer dress for a look that will protect you from UV rays during the day and bugs when you venture out at night. Also available in purple and yellow.

6 Coolibar Beach Cover Up Dress

This casual, cozy cover up is perfect for long days spent by the pool or on the beach. The lightweight material will be a breeze to pack—making it a no-brainer for summer vacations. Worried about damage to your highlights? Pop the hood up to keep your hair protected from UV rays, too. Available in ten other colors.

7 Title Nine Shield One Piece Swimsuit

Wear this sporty swimsuit on its own or over a bikini as a sleeveless wet suit. The print in the middle adds some interest, but the black panels on the sides of the print help enhance an hourglass figure.

Gap’s Big Sale Perfect for Your Fourth of July Barbecue

Looking for the perfect Fourth of July ensemble? Head to Gap—the heritage brand’s summer collection is full of pieces in Americana-inspired prints and festive colors that are suitable for the holiday, but also slide seamlessly into your regular summer rotation. And what’s more? Everything is on sale! Use code HAPPY for an extra 40 percent off your purchase from now until 11:59 EST on June 17, 2017. Shop some of our favorite picks from the sale here:

1. One-Shoulder Tie Top

Summer 2017 is all about showing off the shoulders—and this cotton one-shoulder tank is a perfect way to get in on the trend. Wear it untucked with jeans for a billowy, casual vibe, or tucked in with shorts and a belt for a more structured look. Also available in navy and white.

2. Flutter Tier Midi Dress

Want to try a midi prairie dress without looking too Laura Ingalls Wilder? Try this ultra-flattering kerchief-inspired number. Its paisley print, flutter sleeves, and subtle ruffles add the perfect amount of Western-influence without being overwhelming. Also available in red.

3. Stripe Linen Drapey Shorts

Maybe your summer be-all and end-all is a sturdy (but fluid) pair of shorts. Add to your collection with a pair of these linen, railroad-striped beauties. Their shape combines the best of the always-flattering skater-skirt silhouette, with all the flexibility that comes with wearing shorts. Also comes in neutral and black stripe.

4. Midi Wrap Dress

This flowy, geometric-print wrap dress is the perfect example of a desk-to-play workhorse. Its geometric print is classic, yet versatile enough to pair it with heels for a day at the office or white sneaks for your Independence Day barbecue.

5. Tencel Wide-Leg Utility Crop Trousers

Trying to beat the heat? Grab yourself a pair of these comfortable chambray culottes—summer’s most comfortable pant. Made from lightweight Tencel material, these are super soft and breathable, making them an all-around perfect pant for a humid summer day.

6. Web Handle Straw Tote

Though we think any straw tote is a summer essential, we think this one’s 70s-inspired woven handles and colorful, fancy fringe take it to the next level. Plus, it’s roomy enough to lug your essentials to work or your pile of must-reads to the beach.

7. Maternity Stripe Tie-Front Linen Shirt

The classic stripes and tie-front detailing on this collared tank evoke days of candy stores, drive-ins, and waiting for the ice cream man—all the best parts of retro summer fun. The best part? It’s 100 percent linen, so you’ll keep breezy while waiting for baby

Tips To Pull Off an Off the Shoulder Top

A guide to wearing summer’s trickiest trend.

1. Find the Right Underpinnings.

A strapless bra is a no-brainer—and if you’re on the bustier side, it’s also a necessity—but if you can, opt for reusable cover-ups instead. That way you won’t have to worry about constantly readjusting both your strapless bra and your strapless neckline. (We love that Bristols Six makes them in two different sizes and a range of skin tones).

2. Try Cut-Outs Instead.

Not sure if going completely cold-shouldered is for you? Test the waters with a top that has cut-outs rather than an entirely off-the-shoulder neckline. It’s an option that is equally as on-point, will allow you to wear your favorite bra, and will stay easily in place—no tugging involved. That’s a win-win-win.

3.Dare to Bare.

If you’re a sartorial risk-taker, try a twist on the trend that combines convenience and style: Pick a bra with pretty, embellished straps in a color that contrasts or complements your top, and let them act as an accessory to your ensemble.

Some Pieces for Summer Travel

Gear up for your warm-weather getaways with these essentials that will keep you looking perfectly polished—no matter where you roam.

1. Calpack Astyll 22 Inch Rolling Spinner Carry-On

Perfectly sized for overhead compartments—but with a surprisingly spacious interior—this lightweight case is also easy to spot on the bag carousel should you decide to check instead. Also available in midnight.

 

2. Soludos Knotted Platform Smoking Slippers

These beach-ready espadrilles are also TSA-friendly—they slip on and off in a snap so you can breeze through airport security.

3. J. Crew Perfect Shirt In Piece-Dyed Irish Linen

Lightweight and breathable linen dresses easily up (tucked into a midi skirt) and down (with jeans or over a swimsuit), making it a versatile piece to pack. Also available in black.

4. Banana Republic Floral Tiered Flounced Maxi Dress

Toss this breezy frock on to go seamlessly from the pool to your dinner reservation (it even has removable straps so you can convert it to a slightly fancier strapless style). Also available in pink.

5. Cara New York Bandana Trim Hat

No summer ensemble is complete without an outfit-making hat (and we love that it adds another layer of sun protection, too). Wear it en route so it won’t get squished in your bag.

6. Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Plated Cord Earrings

Bright baubles are the perfect complement to this summer’s cut-out shoulder tops.

7. Jet&Bo 100% Cashmere Travel Set

A little luxury on the go, this set includes a blanket, eye mask, socks, and cashmere carrying case (use it as a pillowcase for airline pillows), so you’ll arrive looking and feeling refreshed

Best Bridal Gown Trends This Spring

If you’re currently on the hunt for your dream wedding dress, you know how confusing and overwhelming the endless array of options can be—from princess-worthy ball gowns to sleek, simple sheaths, the amount of gorgeous gowns out there can make it hard to choose “the one.” To take some of the pressure off, we’ve zeroed in on only the best trends.

1. Capes and Caplets

A great option for the untraditional bride, capes and caplets offer all the drama and dimension of a veil, with a definitively modern spin (plus, the option to remove it post-ceremony to create a “new” look). Ranging from capes that form a cathedral length train, to shorter pieces with a more retro appeal, there’s something to fit nearly every bride’s vibe.

2. Black Accessories

The sheer contrast between wedding-gown white and bold black accessories makes this trend a standout. The pairing feels at once timeless (thanks to these always-in-style colors) and daring (thanks to the graphic appeal). For a more subtle approach, skip a black belt and opt for only the striking statement earrings instead.

3. High Necklines

The return to modesty that’s been so prevalent on all the runways in the fashion world has extended to bridal style as well (and after a few seasons of the “naked” sheer dress trend, we couldn’t be happier). High necklines are the “it” silhouette, but that doesn’t mean the designs look dowdy—the cuts, fabric, and embellishments (like the embroidery at Temperley London) all feel very fresh.

4. Pearl Embellishments

Craving serious glamour for your wedding day? While sequins and crystals will always have their place in bridal fashion, pearls are making a serious comeback, in a less-than-traditional way. Whether looming large in serious statement accessories or covering a gown almost completely, their luster is hard to beat.

5. Bold Bows

If the idea of a bridal gown done up in bows sounds saccharine or a little too girlish to you, think again. Designers are reimagining this feminine detail in a surprising new way, turning what could be an overly sweet design into something more fashion-forward and sculptural instead (minimalists, rejoice!).

The Only Shoes You Need in Your Closet

What is it with women and shoes? It’s like we feel the need to collect these fancy objects, but most of them are not as functional (or as comfortable) as they are pretty, so we stick to our favorites and the rest wind up collecting dust.
We took a good hard look at the day-to-day lives of many women, and figured out that we can make it through virtually any situation with only seven pairs on hand. Not only is that going to save you some serious closet space, it will also cut down on those mornings when you stare into the abyss of your closet wondering what to wear—sometimes, the problem is just too many options.
Paring the choices down to a “capsule closet”—that is, a collection that has only the best essentials—makes getting dressed in the morning a breeze (and your wallet will thank you, too). The seven shoes you should really have in your closet range from a comfortable sandal to a high-powered pump, so you will be covered for every occasion, from the beach to the boardroom. We considered every season, so you will be set for the whole year.
Having less than ten pairs of footwear may sound scary, but we promise that you will be pleasantly surprised by how versatile these options can be. Declutter your closet of the shoes you never wear—these seven pairs are about to make your life so much simpler (without sacrificing an ounce of style)

Know More About Flattering Striped Styles

Get in line (pun intended) for this fresh take on a classic trend: one part retro, one part refined.

1. Ann Taylor Striped Doubleface Tee

A graphic color combination (royal blue with black and white) lends a sophisticated air to this lightweight doubleface knit top.

2. Kate Spade “How Charming” Idiom Hinged Bangle

These bold colors add ‘60s appeal to a simple shift (and the hidden message will add a smile to your face every time you put this piece on).

3. Monki Stripe Beach Bag

A roomy tote embellished with bright bars of cheerful color holds all the essentials you need for the beach or pool (and its cotton construction makes care a breeze).

4. Kaanas Simi Sand Espadrilles

Eye-catching slides toe the line between laid-back and fashion-forward.

5. Topshop Striped Linen Paper Bag Skirt

This skirt is ultra-flattering, thanks to its middle cinching paper bag waist and leg lengthening stripes.

6. Boden Martha Dress

Summer-ready sailor stripes in a crisp silhouette you can dress up or down—what’s not to love. Available in 13 other colors.

7. Old Navy Patterned Linear Scarf

A staple summer accessory everyone should have stashed away, this oversized scarf is just right for wrapping up in when the air conditioning turns overzealous. It tucks away neatly into a beach bag, too, should you need an impromptu sarong.

Tips To Clean and Care for a Wool Sweater

It’s about time to store wintry knits for the season. Here’s your pestproof plan.

Wash Gently
“Clean sweaters before storage, because moths, carpet beetles, and silverfish feed off sweat and stains,” says Brian Johnson, the director of education and analysis at the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute, in Laurel, Maryland. Dry cleaning works well but can get pricey. In most cases, it’s safe to hand wash wool (including blends), but let the care label be your guide. Add 2 squirts of a delicates wash, like Wool & Cashmere Shampoo ($19 for 16 ounces, thelaundress.com), to a sinkful of tepid water. Turn the garment inside out; submerge, swish, then soak for 10 minutes. Rinse twice, pressing out the water. Never wring or hang-dry, since wet wool stretches easily.

Dry Flat
Lay the garment on a clean towel and roll it up like a jelly roll to extract water. Unfurl and let dry on a new towel or a mesh rack. Reshape, or “block,” the knit. You can adjust the fit slightly bigger or smaller, and as the garment dries it will set in place.

Depill
Shave off fuzz balls with the Gleener ($20, gleener.com), a fabric-safe device with different blades for heavy, medium, and fine knits.

Stash Safely
Creepie crawlies can worm their way through cracks in a cedar chest; also, cedar’s effectiveness wears off. Instead, fold knits and place them in an airtight plastic bin, says Michelle A. Lee, the country manager for the American division of the Woolmark Company. Finally, throw in a sachet filled with ½ cup dry lavender (bugs hate the stuff) and store in a cool, dry place.