Tan or neutral-colored heels will make your legs look longer. Plus, they are super-cute year-round.
By: Robyn Moreno
“Honor Abuelita by caring for her gift properly,” says Robyn Moreno, author of Practically Posh: The Smart Girls’ Guide to a Glam Life.
It’s best to hand-wash cashmere and wool sweaters at home because the solvents used in the dry-cleaning process are too hard on these fine fabrics. Wash them in cold water with a special cold-water detergent, then air-dry -- laying the items flat -- to extend their shelf life.
Winter coats and expensive slacks and blouses should be dry-cleaned. If any garment’s tag reads “Dry-clean only,” take it in. Otherwise, you’re OK to hand-wash.
For stains, first determine whether they are oil- or water-based. Leave oil-based spills, such as olive oil or butter, to the pros. You can get water-based stains -- such as blood, coffee or wine -- out yourself with over-the-counter products. Move quickly: Stains will set after a week.
Neutralize mothball odors in a delicate garment by airing it out on the laundry line, just as Abuelita would!
Robyn Moreno is a proud Latina of Mexican-American heritage, and has co-written, and co-edited two Latino-centric books: Suave: The Latin Male, a fashion book about Latino style icons, and Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting, an honest and irreverent anthology about life as a modern Latina.