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Posted on May 14, 2019 by Steven Toltz

How to Keep This Year’s Trending Summer Styles Fresh

From Baywatch-inspired bathing suits to structured power suits, the 80s are back for summer 2019. You can expect to see lots of 80s-inspired styles, as well as some modern twists on other timeless styles.

We’re highlighting the top dress trends you’ll see this summer and sharing expert advice on how you can keep these timeless pieces looking great for years to come. Learn how to care for three trends of 2019’s hottest summer dresses.

TREND: The Little White Dress

The “Little White Dress” is summer’s take on the classic Little Black Dress (LBD). And much like the LBD, the summertime counterpart won’t be going out of style any time soon.

Between barbeques, beach days, picnics and trips to the farmer’s market, keeping your Little White Dress white can be challenging — especially when you consider how much discoloration sweat can cause.

HOW TO CARE FOR IT: To take care of your go-to Little White Dress this summer, you should really bring it in to your local cleaners for wet cleaning. Wet cleaning will make the dress bright, white and wrinkle-free, and keep it looking as perfect as the day you purchased it.

One more thing: make sure you take your white dress to get wet cleaned right after you wear it. Summer means sweat, and sweat means discolored, yellowing fabrics. The longer you leave your white dress after wearing it, the greater the chance of discoloration. Do yourself a favor and schedule a laundry pick-up from Dependable Cleaners — or find one of our 24/7 kiosks!

TREND: Flowy boho florals

There’s nothing like wearing a thin, boho-inspired floral dress on a balmy summer night. This summer is no exception, as light floral dresses will soon take over window displays and Instagram feeds.

HOW TO CARE FOR IT: While the flowy boho floral dress makes it easy to dress for just about any summer occasion, the thin, delicate fabric means you need to take these dresses for dry cleaning. That’s because washing this fabric with water (which is heavier than dry cleaning solvents) can actually change its texture, look and feel, whereas dry cleaning will keep it looking and feeling the same.

These dresses are definitely not something you’d want to try cleaning at home. Even on the gentle cycle, the washing machine can damage delicate fabrics. And any heat you apply (from an iron or the dryer) will just set stains, shrink the garment and negatively impact its lifespan.

These dresses are definitely not something you’d want to try cleaning at home. Even on the gentle cycle, the washing machine can damage delicate fabrics. And any heat you apply (from an iron or the dryer) will just set stains, shrink the garment and negatively impact its lifespan.

There are actually three factors that cause shrinkage: water, chemical reactions and heat. At Dependable Cleaners, our dry cleaning experts take two elements out of the equation, cleaning your dresses without compromising their quality.  You just can’t replicate this cleaning ability at home, so make sure you bring your summer boho dresses to the trusted cleaning experts at your local Colorado Dependable Cleaners.

TREND: The 80s Mini

Like it or not, the 1980s are back in full force. From shoulder pads to puff sleeves, pleats, power suits and everything in-between, some of the era’s key looks are making a comeback. And the 80s puff-sleeve mini dress is your ticket to achieving this trend.

HOW TO CARE FOR IT: You can’t clean the 80s mini with water; it’s actually too heavy and will alter the dress. Plus, it tends to make shoulder pads crumble, move out of place and wrinkle. And a regular iron and ironing board will alter the shape and texture of the dress. In order to maintain the structure, feel and overall integrity of your 80s-inspired mini dress, you should definitely get it dry cleaned.

Not only is the drycleaning process better suited for the dress’s fabric, but also its bold shape and silhouette. The thing about puff sleeves and shoulder pads is they require careful attention, specialized equipment and an expert hand when cleaning — and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Dependable Cleaners.

Our dry cleaning experts work with the dress’s shape, not against it. For example, we have a special puff iron we can use to maintain the shape of puff sleeves, as well as steam machines that can remove wrinkles without compromising pleats.

Get your summer dresses cleaned at Dependable Cleaners

Thanks to the cyclical nature of fashion trends, you can bet this isn’t the last time we’ll see puff sleeves, structured 80s silhouettes, little white dresses and 70s-inspired boho dresses. Make sure you can wear your 80s mini or flowy floral this summer and the next by letting Dependable Cleaners give  them the right kind of care and attention.

With unparalleled experience, outstanding customer service and time-saving cleaning services, Dependable Cleaners should be your go-to choice for wet cleaning and dry cleaning services in Colorado.

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