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How to Care for Delicate Clothing


Seasonal trends may come and go, but certain fabrics stay popular and timeless throughout the year. Cotton, denim, and jersey are commonly found on racks and shelves of modest clothing stores as they have high durability and easy care instructions. 


However, high-quality fashion garments are often made of specialized and delicate materials. Statement pieces intended to serve as the focal point of the outfit, such as modest dresses, are often made with special fabrics. Investing in silk, velvet, or lace is equally as rewarding with a few special care steps to ensure its longevity. 


Find out how to properly care for delicate clothes below.


Stunning Silk Statement Pieces

Brunette woman wears silk wrap dress

When shopping for modest clothing that will catch attention and capture compliments, silk is an excellent choice. Silk can last for several years in prime condition. Yet this soft and smooth fabric is also sensitive and prone to snagging, tearing, or fading if not treated properly. Caring for silk as an investment will ensure a long lifespan in your closet.

Here’s what to do.



  • Place silk in the washing machine with mild detergent and on a “delicates” cycle.
  • Do not put silk in the dryer as rapid tumbling can damage the fabric. Do not wring out the fabric as it can stretch the weave. Instead, place it on a white towel and allow it to dry completely.


Maintenance Tip!

Before washing silk with other modest clothing in your hamper, be sure to dampen a non-noticeable area of the piece with a white cloth or Q-tip to check for bleeding. Silk tends to bleed color, especially the first few times it is washed.


Valued Velvet Details

Woman stands in a studio wearing a pink velvet dress

Velvet is made with two layers. It’s a heavier fabric often associated with cooling weather. This textured and unique cloth creates fascinating visuals on modest dresses or seasonal sweaters, but may very well be the most difficult fabric to maintain in peak condition on the list. 


Follow the steps below to keep your velvet in top shape without fearing laundry day.



  • Remove stains and spot-treat blemishes before washing. Dab the area carefully with a soft fabric and tepid water to remove as much as possible before washing. For solid, dried-on stains, take a blunted edge, such as a butter knife, and gently scrape away the residue.
  • For velvet made of synthetic fabric, you can fill a bowl of warm water and swirl the garment slowly with detergent. Gently squeeze to remove excess moisture before allowing it to air dry.
  • For high-quality velvet, it is best to only dry clean it to keep its color and integrity.

Maintenance Tip!

Steam can remove wrinkles and stains in velvet between washes. Give your velvet a longer life between cycles by hanging it on a hanger and placing it in the shower. Thoroughly steaming the modest clothing can also remove lingering odors.

Lush Lace Modest Dresses and Blouses

Two women wearing lace modest dresses on the beach

Lace has been popular for more than 100 years and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Even today’s trends continue to highlight the delicacy and versatility of lace details in modest dresses and blouses. Though lace is commonly made of cotton or linen, lace is especially fragile because of its wide, open weave. If not taken care of properly, it can disintegrate.

Here’s how to take care of your lace.



It is highly recommended that lace clothing be hand washed.

    • Fill a bowl with cool or warm water and mix in a gentle detergent.
    • Place garments into the bowl and gently swish for a few minutes. Avoid vigorous scrubbing or pulling.
    • Rinse with cool water thoroughly until soap has been removed.
    • Place on a towel to dry. Do not ring out excess water.


Maintenance Tip!

Where possible, avoid ironing lace as it can easily burn or become distorted. If lace in modest clothing does require ironing, first dampen the lace and place a protective barrier such as a thin cotton sheet between the iron and the lace to prevent singeing the material.

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