Important Essentials Every Man Needs This Winter

 

 

Well, the winter is on its way and it is time to organise your wardrobe and fill it with all winter clothes. You will find a good variety of winter wears in the market and online stores starting from sweaters, layering jackets, socks, gloves, long coats and many more. If you are worried about what you should keep in the closet this winter to beat the harsh temperature, let’s talk about the various forms of winter clothes.

Here is what you should fill your wardrobe with.

Parka

When it is going to be too cold outside, you need a parka to suit your weather conditions. It will keep you warm and will also boost your style this season. A parka is a must where cold gets really bad and you do not want the falling temperature mess you up.

Snow Boot

When you have to face a freezing cold, snowfall or rain a proper snow boot is absolutely necessary. A snow boot is absolutely necessary if you have to go out daily and walk through the snow-covered road.

Shirt Jacket

A flannel shirt is basically a soft fabric shirt that has a thicker layer inside and keeps the body warm. In colder months these are great as it works as a nice layering piece to beat the cold winds.

Puffer Vest

Another nice thing to use as winter layer clothes is a vest. You can layer a puffer vest over a woollen t-shirt, flannel shirt or a sweater. It resists the harsh winds from entering the body and gives maximum protection. You can also wear a vest under a heavy long coat.

Coats And Jackets

Be it a woollen overcoat or a stylish heavy jacket, men’s winter coats come in various sizes and style. You can choose a coat depending upon the type of need you have. From formal to casual winter coats, make sure you choose the right one that will best suit your climate. Some of the widely famous winter clothes are wool peacoats and top coats.

Beanie

It is important to cover the head so that the cold does not affect your ears and you are less likely to catch a cold. Beanies are therefore essentials and stylish too. It also protects your hair and head from snow when you want to enjoy some moment outside in the cold.

Leather Gloves

Gloves made of leather are very useful when it comes to protecting the hands from getting cold. Also if you are a gadget-freak or someone who needs to work on smart devices, make sure you buy tech-friendly gloves.

Scarf

Who says scarves are only for women. Men look really handsome if they know how to bundle up a scarf stylishly. Always pick dark and formal colours that will accentuate your rest of the winter garments.

Sweaters

A wardrobe remains incomplete if there is no sweater for winter. Sweaters are excellent in layering your clothes. The more you layer; the more you can protect yourself from chilling winters. Nowadays, you can choose from a wide range of styles that look good and at the same time works effectively.

Winter is not all bad if you can prepare yourself beforehand. And with right winter clothes, it will get only more interesting.

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Uniform When Working in the Healthcare Sector

 

 

Cleanliness and hygiene is paramount in the medical and healthcare industry and this extends to your uniform. Medical uniforms that have been specially designed for the healthcare industry will protect doctors, nurses, receptionists and any other personnel from hazardous substances and spillages whilst also minimising the spread of infection.

Not only do medical uniforms have a practical function, but they also make a positive lasting impression on patients and boast professionalism. When appropriate, you can also personalise your uniforms with a logo, professional title or name as personalised embroidered workwear will increase familiarity between members of staff and patients and subsequently instil a sense of trust.

It can be tricky to decide what medical uniforms you want to use in your surgery or practice – should doctors, nurses and receptionists wear the same? Should you have a colour scheme? Should each member of staff have a different and unique uniform? Well fear not, today we explore the range of different options that are available to you.

Receptionist Uniform

Receptionists are more than likely the first face your patients will see and therefore a receptionist’s uniform should make a positive impression. For some, visiting the doctors, hospital or any other medical institution can be a frightening thought and your receptionist should wear bright coloured clothes to create an inviting atmosphere and approachable persona. If reception staff are wearing a white uniform, it could make the whole process feel clinical and impersonal and result in patients feeling uneasy. Medical professionals have a duty of care and if patients don’t feel welcome, they could end up trying to tackle their issues themselves or ignoring life-threatening problems.

Nurses Uniform

Medical nurse tunics, also commonly referred to as ‘scrubs’ have a number of benefits, the key benefit being that it protects nurses from bodily fluids, chemicals and spillages. Depending on company policy, nurses can wear colourful patterned scrubs to create an inviting and welcoming atmosphere similar to that of a receptionist’s uniform. Scrubs also make nurses easily identifiable for both patients and other medical professionals. It is of the upmost importance that a nurse’s uniform is clean and hygienic and to ensure this, scrubs must be thoroughly and rigorously cleaned using special chemicals and a high temperature machine that would damage personal and regular clothing.

Doctors Uniform

Typically, doctors have more freedom when it comes to uniforms and can choose from casual jeans and a t-shirt, to the clinical white coat, to full protective scrubs, to a full three-piece suit. Doctors may opt to wear a suit in order to stand out from other medical personnel whilst presenting themselves as professional and trustworthy towards their patients. However some doctors believe that wearing a suit makes an appointment feel more like a business meeting rather than what it is, and these doctors choose to take a more casual approach. While wearing jeans and a t-shirt may seem somewhat unprofessional, it can instead help to develop a relationship between doctor and client based on familiarity and friendliness. If a doctor wears a casual uniform it can make patients feel at ease, as if they are talking to a friend rather than a medical professional. Other doctors prefer to wear scrubs for the same reasons as nurses – to protect themselves from any bodily fluids or hazardous chemicals.

When choosing a uniform for a doctor’s surgery, hospital or any other medical institution, the most important thing to consider is that all members of staff feel comfortable in what they wear. There are no set rules on uniforms in the healthcare sector and essentially, it comes down to personal preference and the relationship you hope to build with your patients.

This article on healthcare uniforms was provided by health and safety clothing provider, Image To Suit You.

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Choosing an Office Chair that Really Suits Your Style

 

 

Given the amount of time you may spend sitting in your office chair, it’s important that this piece of furniture is comfy and supportive – but this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. With a host of seating solutions now available, you can get chairs that are both practical and pleasing to the eye.

If you’re searching for inspiration for your next workplace chair, you might want to check out Furniture At Work’s recent infographic ‘My chair: get the celebrity look in your office’. Showcasing some classic seating styles and revealing what the designs say about their owners, it could give you some great ideas for your next office purchase. Keep reading to discover a few of the looks explored in the infographic.

Understated chic

Are you the sort of person who prefers to blend in at work rather than stand out? Do you enjoy some privacy and peace and quiet when you’re getting on with your tasks? If so, an office chair that exudes understated chic may be your best bet. Perhaps an elegant yet simple visitor chair or operator seat finished in neutral shades such as cream, black or grey would suit you. There are plenty of models available that fit into this category. In fact, they’re among the most popular types of office chair.

Making a statement

On the other hand, if you like to be noticed in the workplace, you’ll want a chair that makes a statement. One of the easiest ways to showcase your personality is to opt for a seating solution in a bold, vibrant colour. From red and orange to green and purple, there are plenty of striking hues to choose from that reflect a direct, assertive character. As well as going for a standout colour, you might want to choose a contemporary seating design, such as an angular mesh model. These chairs can signal your playful, creative side.

The executive look

If you want to assert your authority at work, a leather chair is hard to beat. These timeless designs have long been a hit in manager’s offices and boardrooms thanks to the sense of professionalism and power they convey. Black leather is the classic choice, and this material can be brought bang up to date when teamed up with chrome and steel. You’re bound to feel in control at your desk when you’re sitting in one of these chairs.

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How To Give Your Partner A Style Makeover

If you’re the kind of girl who is fashion mad, then style is always going to be a key part of your life. Now, if you have a partner, they are also going to be an essential part of your life. While you love your partner and all his cute quirks, his strange fashion sense might not be one of them. You don’t love him any less because he lacks a sense of style, it’s just that you would love to help him reach his full fashion potential with a style makeover.

Does your partner lack a sense of style? If so, you might be keen to do something about how he dresses and help him to become a more style concious individual. The question is, of course, how can you go about doing that without offending him? The key to success here is being smart about how you go about it.

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Dig deeper

Ask your partner (casually) where his sense of style comes from – find out why he dresses like he does. He might have styled his look on his favourite TV star or band or it could just be that, like many men, he dresses for comfort. If this is the case, what you need to do is show your man that he can easily achieve the perfect combination of both style and comfort, it’s just about teaching him how to edit his sense of style and showing him that style and comfort can go together.

Say he lives in sweatpants, what you want to do is get him to try on a pair of stretchy skinny jeans that fit well and are comfortable. These can be just as comfortable to wear as sweats and look far smarter. While skinny cuts are on trend this season, for bulkier men, a slim cut can be a slightly better choice.

Surprise him with some new clothes

A lot of guys don’t like to show for themselves, so it might be down to you to surprise him with some new clothing. If you know his size, you can easily shop for him. There are plenty of clothing stores, like John Henric, for instance, that offer a wide selection of clothing that comes in a range of styles designed to perfectly fit any size and shape. So whatever your man’s size and height, you should be able to find him some more stylish pieces.

When you surprise him, simply tell him that you saw the item and just new it would look incredible on him, and so, had to buy it. If he’s not sure about the piece, ask him to try it on and see how it looks – the chances are that once it is on, he’ll love it.

Encourage him to get a new haircut

If your man has worn the same hairstyle for years, now is the ideal time to change that. Maybe the hairstyle he has just isn’t all that smart, and looks a little messy. Get him to have his hair cut into a more polished and on-trend style. Create a Pinterest moodboard of ideas and ask him to pick a cut that he would like to try, and see which he goes for.

You will both be amazed by how much difference a new hairstyle can make to your partner’s appearance. It’s incredible how much of a change a new haircut can make to how fashionable and on trend a person looks.

There you have it, a guide to everything that you need to know about giving your partner a style makeover.

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Synthetic Diamonds

 

 

Synthetic diamond is one of the most sought-after materials in the world. However, despite its popularity, there’s a good chance you’re not too familiar with exactly what it is and how it’s used.

As Element Six points out in its eBook ‘Ultimate Supermaterial: The Diversity of Diamonds’, this artificially made material is diverse and features in a wide range of industries, from healthcare to aerospace. To find out more about synthetic diamonds, here are three things you may not know…

  1. They’re not just used for making jewellery

Although synthetic diamonds are often used for creating jewellery such as rings, necklaces and bracelets, they are actually used in a whole host of other ways too. For example, many car manufacturers  harness this artificial material in the production of their vehicles, using it for engine and gearbox components, as well as wheel assembly and body panelling. Synthetic diamonds are also used in the healthcare sector, especially in surgery. This material has helped to develop tools and procedures, meaning surgeons have the opportunity to use more precise, bio-compatible equipment and patients can benefit from shorter operation times as a result.

  1. They’re super strong

Just like natural diamonds, synthetic diamonds are extremely strong. In fact, they’re so hard wearing that they are commonly used in aerospace and the manufacture of planes. Due to their superior wear resistance and strong edge toughness, these diamonds are an obvious choice in industries where there is a high demand for materials that can handle tough conditions.

  1. They can be tailored for a specific purpose

Synthetic diamonds can be tailored for specific purposes, meaning that they are versatile enough to be used in the manufacture of many different products. For instance, when they’re produced using chemical vapour deposition (CVD), synthetic diamonds can be moulded into complex shapes – a process that is often used in the production of speakers. A speaker that has been designed using CVD diamonds has the ability to deliver supreme sound without any hint of distortion.
Do you have any facts about synthetic diamonds? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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5 Summer Dresses Your Wardrobe Needs Now

Summer dressing can be tricky as it’s sometimes difficult to strike the right balance between professional and breezy during scorching temperatures that have now hovered in the high twenties for weeks at a time. Finding something that will take you from the office to an evening of cocktails, preferably outdoors of course, is proving more problematic than usual. Trousers are out on the basis of too much material and shorts aren’t exactly appropriate for every office environment; skirts present too much effort, especially when paired with the need to tuck tops in. Enter the dress. Probably summer’s most versatile piece, ideal for a variety of occasions, and we’d like to propose the five key dress shapes every summer wardrobe needs in this heat!

The Wrap Dress

This universally flattering shape inspires images of the Italian riviera and classic movie heroines. It’s an ever-present item in many women’s wardrobes and with good reason. The wrap is at once dressy and casual, exposing just the right amount of skin with a chic V-neckline. They’re available in prints, solid colours, and a different lengths. Go for a midi if you like to play it a little safe, and look to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration, or get a mini number if you feel brave enough to face the breeze.

The Maxi Dress

Every year the search for a great maxi dress begins. The shape can be tricky, but this is more to do with the pattern and less with the actual cut. Tall and short girls can wear this style, just be mindful of proportion and look out for ‘tall’ and ‘petite’ sections, respectively, to ensure the best fit. A note on prints: avoid anything resembling an 80s floral curtain instead looking for florals with a sophisticated edge or sticking to solid colours altogether.

The Linen Dress

Ah, linen – where would be we be without this breezy summer staple. It will crease, so maybe save this one for brunches and holiday strolls, but otherwise we say lean into the relaxed aesthetic. Pick the shape and colour you like most and don’t be afraid to add a straw hat and a tan leather shoe, the combination is failsafe math in the style books.

The Tea Dress

Another flattering and versatile pick which lends itself beautifully to floral patterns. Thanks to its length, usually a mini, the dress is great for picnics, when paired with sneakers or flat sandals, but can be transformed into a great evening option with the addition of lipstick and a chunky heel. This style does a lot of the hard work for you, skimming over hips and highlighting the waist area – all without looking too try hard.

The Cocktail Dress

Much of summer’s enjoyment lies in the unpredictability of plans, a friend can call up at any point with an invite to a last-minute event or you may decide to finally check out the restaurant on your must-try list! Moments like this call for the perfect cocktail dress and the choice of style is really yours. Some say that the colour black should be retired for cooler months, but we say that a black cocktail dress with a hint of tan (fake, of course) is the height of chic in any weather, though you could always brighten it up with some tassel earrings and a great clutch.

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Is an Expensive Bespoke Suit Worth It?

 

 

Some people don’t understand why there are those who would rather spend lots of money on a very expensive suit when there are off-the-rack suits that are way cheaper. The idea of wearing a bespoke suit has been really popular for a long time. It might cost a lot of money, but the type of suit that is created is way different from regular suits that are available at a lower cost.

When you choose a bespoke tailor, you are guaranteed quality results. This person has years of experiences in the business. They have an educated eye and can immediately see issues regarding measurements and details. They will see to it that the results are flawless. If this means adjusting several times, they will.

The process begins by choosing the fabric to be used for the suit. You can also provide the other details that you want, like the buttons to be used and the number of pockets in the suit. You can even come up with unique patterns.

The best part is that you will get measurements several times throughout the process. The first set of measurement that you will have will then be modified later after trying on the suit if it doesn’t look good on you.

The only downside is that you must be willing to wait. The tailor won’t release the suit until everything is perfect. If you are planning on wearing a bespoke suit for a special occasion, you must have it done weeks in advance so that it will be made in time for the event.

Overall cost

A bespoke suit alone is already costly. This is not the only expense you will have though. You still need to travel back and forth to the shop just to fit the suit. You will go back several times depending on the adjustments that have to be made. If the tailor does not live in your city, you might have to consider this before choosing a tailor. You will spend more on top of what you have already spent for the suit. The good thing is that unless you are satisfied, the tailor will not stop doing adjustments.

Are cheaper suits better?

From a financial standpoint, you could go for off-the-rack suits that are way cheaper. However, there is no guarantee that you will get something you will enjoy. The suit might not be made from quality fabric. It won’t last as long as you would have wanted. The buttons are usually made from plastic and they are not hand sewn on the suit.

You must also be content with whatever is available the moment you visit a store. You cannot complain that there is no specific size that fits you perfectly. Department stores find ways to sell these suits at a lower rate. If they have to sacrifice quality or design, they will. The worst part is that there is a good chance that the suit you are wearing is similar to someone else’s. Bespoke suits, on the other hand, have unique patterns as they are made from scratch. There is a complete guarantee that what you get is top quality.

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6 Ways To Start Budgeting For Her Engagement Ring

You’ve probably heard that an engagement ring ought to cost a couple of month’s salary, but is that set in stone? In short, no. Everyone has a different way of figuring out an engagement ring budget.

We’ve put together a list of ways you can set your budget for your partner’s engagement ring.

  1. Learn about the Four C’s

Before you settle on a budget, learn about the four C’s – colour, carat, cut and clarity. It is these factors that determine the value of the stone and play a big part in the diamond’s final price. The more you know, the more you will understand how much you’re getting for your budget.

  1. Setting and Centre Stone May Be Sold Separately

Many people begin their search for a ring by browsing any rings online. Mostly, the rings are pictured with a centre stone, so you can get an idea of what the completed item will look like. But, the diamond may not be included in the price you see. So, you’ll want to budget for both the setting and the diamond. Stones can range drastically in price, so make sure you understand the additional costs.

  1. Find Out Her Preferences

When budgeting for the ring, take into account her preference in ring styles. There are loads of styles to choose from, such as halo, classic, or even vintage-inspired. Different styles come with different price tags. For instance, a basic solitaire setting is usually affordable for most people, but an intricate setting with accent stones and a diamond halo is going to cost a great deal more.

Also consider the metal she wants, as different metals have different pieces, too.

Deciding on the kind of metal and setting you want to buy will help you figure out how big the diamond needs to be, too. If you buy a setting that makes a diamond appear larger, you can save on the centre stone.

  1. Find Out Her Ideal Shape or Cut

There are different ways to cut diamonds. Find out what her preference is, such as princess or round brilliant cut, so that you can budget accordingly.

  1. Should You Design a Custom Ring?

There are so many engagement rings on the market, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find the right one for her. So, you should see Certified Diamond Network’s custom engagement rings to ensure she has a one-of-a-kind sparkler on her finger.

  1. Decide What You’re Willing to Spend

Knowing how much you can afford for an engagement ring is important. It’s good to keep in mind that there are financing options for engagement rings that you may want to take advantage of, too. Decide how much you can afford to pay as a down payment and then how much you could pay each month for 6 months to a year. This should be your maximum budget and is a great way of gauging how much you can realistically afford to spend on the ring.

If her dream ring is just out of reach right now, remember that you can always upgrade down the road. If this sounds appealing to you, budget more for the diamond and less on the engagement ring setting right now. She can keep the diamond for life and replace the setting when you can afford to.

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Gold Jewellery:  Yellow, White and Rose Gold – Which one is right for me?

 

 

Most, if not all jewellery lovers will have their favourite precious metal, but did you know that it’s only the yellow gold of the three that is actually mined. White and rose gold are created through combinations of yellow gold and other metals. There are also many more aspects to these variants of gold, all of which are useful to know when deciding which colour is best for your needs, when making your final decision.

Yellow Gold Jewellery

Despite being considered the authentic type of gold, yellow gold is not often used at its purest state. When gold is at its purest (24ct) it’s not only expensive but can have aesthetic issues when not provided with proper care, even if great care is taken, due to the purity it can mis-shape quite easily. Because of these reasons, precautions are taken to ensure that yellow gold can be used within jewellery, especially as it is non-toxic, hypo-allergenic and highly resistant to corrosion in pure form.

The 24ct part of Gold is basically describing the metal in 24 parts, and so at 9 carats the piece would be only 37.5% pure gold (9 parts). As mentioned earlier, any yellow gold jewellery that is less than 24 karat will have been combined with different metals in order to form the finished jewellery.

For the pieces of jewellery that are indeed less than 24 carat, the gold will be mixed with zinc, copper, nickel, palladium and many more, making a 9ct piece of yellow gold jewellery, 9 parts pure gold and 15 parts of other metals. Although 24ct gold is usually mixed with other metals to create the jewellery we commonly buy today, in the early 1900’s, 24ct gold was used for wedding jewellery and would have been very thin bands, which made them some-what affordable, but again, due to the gold being fragile, they were very vulnerable to damage.

Yellow gold jewellery is beautiful, and so there is no surprise that it is used within such high class pieces of jewellery, looking fantastic alongside diamonds, making for the perfect wedding ring. Those of us with darker skin tones also tend to opt for yellow gold jewellery, particularly as the piece looks stunning against the skin.

White Gold Jewellery

White gold possesses similar colours to that of platinum, and so it is often purchased as an alternative to platinum – but as it’s not platinum, naturally white gold comes with its own problems.

White gold was often mixed with nickel many years ago, particularly because it would make the metal stronger, as well as being a bleaching agent for the gold. Following this, it was found that the nickel could cause skin irritations, and so many countries made the decision to stop the use of nickel as part of their white gold jewellery.

A new way of creating white gold jewellery was found, using a combination of the gold, palladium and silver. Although this formation does reduce the skin irritations and the potential of dermatitis, the cost of the jewellery is slightly higher than when nickel was used. Although the jewellery now contains two white metals, the jewellery still does often appear to have a warm hue, and so a coating of rhodium is applied to increase the brightness. With this addition, white gold jewellery is extremely beautiful, giving off a platinum look and pairing well with colourless diamonds, as well as most coloured gems.

If you’re unsure what gemstone to pair with white gold, draw inspiration from Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, which is made from 18ct white gold and not to forget the stunning 18ct blue sapphire.

Rose Gold Jewellery

Over the last 20 years, rose gold jewellery has become more and more popular, being used in some stunning pieces of jewellery and as part of many other different items. Rose gold is now often referred to as pink gold or red gold and even used to be known as Russian gold due to the extreme popularity that it gained in Russia in the early 1800’s.

Rose gold is formed by a combination of yellow gold, copper and silver, with the final colour being determined by the amount of copper used compared to the amount of silver. This type of gold brings more strength than yellow gold, and doesn’t carry any of the skin irritation issues that are associated white gold, proving why there has been such a rise in rose gold popularity.

Over recent years, rose gold has featured in more and more wedding rings, due to the unique nature of the pieces and their romantic appearance. Rose gold is particularly effective when combined with colourless diamonds, creating a bold contrast between the metal and the stone, of which can only be admired.

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Jollys Jewellers are a family run jewellers in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, established since the 1830’s.

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Caring For White Prom Dresses

 

While little black dresses and rich jewel tones are always a gorgeous and chic choice for prom, little white dresses are a bright and fun alternative for spring. Long reserved for brides and summer cocktail parties, white dresses flatter in a variety of cuts and styles.

Light coloured dresses, especially stunning white prom dresses, can be a challenge to keep clean and pristine. Between makeup, dinner and dancing, there are just too many opportunities for stain mishaps. So, what can a glam girl do when she wants to shine in a white gown? Read on for tips and tricks for keeping that perfect white dress bright and spotless.

DEALING WITH SPILLS AND MESSES

Different fabrics need different care and different stains respond to different treatment. Planning ahead can save a lot of trouble if someone spills cran-apple cider on you, so be sure to consider the fabric of the dress before treating any spill or stain.

  • Treat stains as quickly as possible.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for garment care. Dry Clean Only is one rule you never want to break when it comes to prom dresses.
  • Gently blot wet stains right away with a clean, light-coloured cloth.
  • Baking soda, lemon juice, and club soda can be mixed together for a quick solution that takes out many stains.

CARING FOR YOUR DRESS

Prom might only come around once a year, but a well-chosen dress might live several lives. Timeless styles make great cocktail dresses down the road. Or perhaps, you and your girlfriends want to plan a dress-swapping event. Many charitable organizations also take donated dressed for low-income women and girls. In all of these cases, or if you just want to save your dress for a future Halloween costume, caring for the garment is a wise idea. Here are some fail-safe tips for caring for your dress so it’s flawless and ready for all adventures.

  • Use the right type of hanger. Notched hangers can damage dresses and tear off sequins and details. Look for a hanger with smooth, straight design for best results.
  • Hang your dress using the ribbons sewn inside the upper part of the dress. To keep the hem of the dress clean and avoid fraying, ensure the dress is hung high enough so it’s off the ground.
  • A cool, dark closet is the best place to store your dress. Make sure it’s away from any windows as sunlight can fade and ruin fabric.
  • For extending the life of the dress and maintaining that bright white look, consider dry cleaning dresses in between uses.

Above all, have fun lighting up the night in whatever white gown matches your mood. A bright, prom-perfect dress that makes you feel like a dancing queen all night long is easily accessorized with almost any colour of jewellery, shoes and, of course, a dazzling smile.

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