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Clothing Care 101 | Dry Cleaning, Laundering, Drying, Pressing

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Aaron Marino of alpha m. teaches you how to take care of your clothes and preserve your wardrobe with proper dry cleaning, laundering, drying, and pressing.

You want to take care of your clothes to make them last. Make sure to read the clothing care tag then have your mother, girlfriend / boyfriend, husband / wife do it for you. NO! That's a cop-out. You need to know how to clean your clothes. So you can do it yourself, have a professional, or do a mix of both.

Dry Cleaning Rules and Details

  • If your clothes once ate, walked, or pooped _or_ was the fur of something that ate, walked, or popped. Alpha details.
  • Dry cleaning uses chemicals instead of water.
  • Dry cleaning is for fabrics that are more delicate.
  • Dry cleaning can get expensive but you don't have to take after each wear. How often you take it depends on what you're doing in that item and if something's been spilled on it.
  • If you spill something on the suit jacket or the suit pant, take BOTH so that they are worn the same and remain matching.


Laundering Simple Guidelines

  • Always wash your clothes in cold water
  • Separate your clothes by color - whites, blacks / grays, colors
  • Detergent - liquid or powder is personal preference
  • Fabric softeners and dryer sheets - bad for your clothing fibers because the clothing is coated with wax and perfumes
  • Bleach - if you want to learn, you're on your own


Drying Clothes

If you don't want something to shrink, do not put it in the dryer. Invest in a drying rack. You can toss and tumble after it's dry to soften it.

Denim and Jeans

Jeans will shrink vertically over time if you dry in the dryer. Alpha details the items he never puts in the dryer: lightweight shorts, cotton cardigans / sweaters, button-up dress shirts, and jeans. If you want to keep the color of your jeans, put them inside out before washing.

Dress Shirts

Alpha gets his dress shirts laundered and pressed. He has a hamper for specifically dress shirts. Generally the laundering and pressing is $2 which is much cheaper than dry cleaning. Say no to starch because (1) comfort (2) wrinkles (3) lifespan

Past Topics

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April 29, 2013
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Wedding Guest Attire  -
April 16, 2013
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Contrasting Collared Dress Shirt | Men's Dress Shirts -
April 15, 2013
Now some of you may be too young to remember the contrasting collared dress shirt back in the 1980's . There is now a rebirth of this shirt. Aaron Marino of alpha m. shows a great way to accessorize and utilize the contrasting collared dress shirt. The shirt is bit elevated in the dressiness department; therefore, the French cuff is appropriate. You can also pull of the shirt without a suit. WhereRead More»
Suspenders for Men -
April 2, 2013
Suspenders or "braces" have survived the fashion rollercoaster since the 18th century and are still with us today, despite their lost status. Modified throughout time to meet the needs of practicality and fashion, suspenders have transformed from a man's necessity into an optional accessory. Originally constructed of ribbon that attached to trouser buttonholes, the suspender has evolved into nothiRead More»

Tuxedo Shirts -
March 19, 2013
Many consider the tuxedo shirt to be the main attraction of a tuxedo ensemble; the featured piece that pulls it all together and reveals the tuxedo's magnificence and purpose. Whether you share that perspective or not, the tuxedo shirt deserves and requires as much contemplation as the tux itself – not only for esthetic value, but because the shirt, above all else, should reflect the type of eveRead More»
The Essential White Dress Shirt | Collar, Cuff and Fit  -
March 15, 2013
Dress shirt fabric was nailed down in the previous video, "The Essential White Dress Shirt: Fabric". The collar, cuff, and fit are other considerations for your white dress shirt. Aaron Marino of alpha . breaks down each. The collars discussed are the spread (best with big, fat knot) and cut away / point (smaller knots or unbuttoned look). Two options for the cuff: French (dressier option, cuff liRead More»
The Essential White Dress Shirt | Oxford, Pinpoint, Poplin Fabrics -
March 14, 2013
The white dress shirt is the most versatile shirt that everybody needs. It's the perfect blank canvas from which to build from. Aaron Marion of alpha m. discusses the fabric of a white dress shirt. Look for 100% cotton shirt- wears well, breathable, and feels great on your skin. The three most common weaves Oxford: looser weave, textured, casual Pinpoint: happy medium between oxford and poplin PoRead More»
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February 25, 2013
Weddings are amazing events filled with single ladies itching to meet a man. Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses how women lose their minds at weddings, and if you play your style cards right, women can go after you with ravenous intensity. Look your best by considering the type of wedding. For this video, a standard wedding is the type of event. Put on that perfectly fitting suit. Alpha discusses Read More»
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February 12, 2013
It's time to give tall men the spot light by taking a look at their world of fashion, and the challenges many of our vertically gifted brothers encounter everyday. Unfortunately, the clothing industry has not caught up to the needs of tall men, so men who are 6'3" (6 feet-3 inches) and taller typically have to hunt a little longer and harder to find clothing and styles that are readily available tRead More»

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