It may be wishful thinking (the groundhog did see his shadow, right?), but with spring weather on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about storing your winter wardrobe. We asked Katherine Carpenter, the Design Director for Autumn Cashmere, how to best store sweaters to keep them wrinkle-free and in top shape until next winter rolls around. Here are her favorite tips:
• Mothballs have such an intense smell, and it isn’t exactly a scent one might fondly describe as “intoxicating.” As an alternative, Carpenter suggests cedar. “If you’re lucky enough to have a cedar-lined closet, make use of it for off-season storage,” she says. “Another alternative is to keep cedar shavings in a sachet bag in the drawers where you keep your sweaters.”
• Carpenter warns against hanging sweaters to store. “Their loose knit means that their own weight will stretch and distort the shape over time, if hung,” she cautions. Keep them neatly folded to retain shape and proportion.
• Already stowing your sweaters folded but finding that when you pull them out you also need to pull out the iron? Try Carpenter’s foolproof (and easy!) folding method: “1. Lay sweater flat. 2. Cross arms over center on a diagonal. 3. Fold hem up at waist.” This will give you the fewest creases. If you still find your sweaters are creased, try padding the folds with a few layers of tissue paper.
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