How to Store Your Winter Clothes In Style

I'm calling it now: winter is finally over. (Technically, it's been spring for a little while now, but clearly the weather had other plans.) And even as a bona-fide lover of cold temps, I'm seriously happy to see it go. So happy that I did one of my semi-annual apartment cleanings to prepare for the fairer weather: My heavy navy shirts were replaced by lighter navy one and all coats got the boot... along with my boots. I won't be reaching for the cashmere, wool, or fur for some time, but when winter returns I'll want them to be in ship-shape. Follow these tips to ensure your favorite pieces will be perfectly stored and ready for wear come the next cold snap.


Clean Everything

Before packing up, clean everything. Dirty clothes are more attractive to moths and if you get one hole in a sweater, it's done for. Follow instructions on all your labels for the best method. But, if it's knit cashmere, the Loro Piana guy at Bergdorfs told me to hand wash it in cold water and let it air dry. Do not twist or bunch the fabric during this process as it could damage the garment, and be sure to remove any pills beforehand.

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