February 7, 2013
Are your pants dragging the floor; does the rear sag; is your belt cinching the waistband so tight you resemble Ed Grimley? What about that jacket? Do you look like you’re playing dress up in your Mom or Dad’s “grown up” clothes?
Okay, that’s a little dramatic but the number one reason we think you should tailor your clothing is because you are an Adult. The days of not caring what you look like are long gone along with that old couch you slept on in college. Today, you care more about your image and may be investing more in your clothing. If your clothing is ill-fitting, you’re not going to appear as polished and professional as you desire, no matter what you spent (or what the label says).
Classic Cleaners is the business of helping you and your image so granted, we may notice things a little more than the average person. And, we know the way you carry yourself, no matter what you’re wearing, will make more of an impact than the clothing on your body. However one can’t deny the impact well fitting clothing has on one’s appearance and confidence as well as one’s image. Your clothing largely impacts how you present yourself to the world and the message you send about how much you care about your image.
A simple tweak of the hem, seam, and/or waistband will solve above mentioned issues and regardless of how much you spent on the items, they will fit properly and allow you to present yourself even more amazingly!
Find a quality tailor you trust. Make sure you take to your fitting items you usually wear such as shoes, blouses, even under garments, to wear during your fitting. You’ll be surprised how little small adjustments cost to get a big return on the investment.
Our Tailor, Ohi Suhre, is at our Bash Street location and she’d be happy to help you. She’ll even keep your measurements on file for future needs. Right now we have a 20% off Alterations special until February 16, 2013. No coupon needed!
April 17, 2012
The annual Send One Suit Week 2012 drive has begun! Classic Cleaners is going on it’s 10th year partnering with Dress for Success Indianapolis as a year round drop off location and this week we are asking for suit donations from our valued customers.
During the week of April 16 through April 20, 2012, Classic Cleaners is a donation site for the drive and we are asking our customers to donate suits to benefit Dress for Success Indianapolis. In return, they will receive a coupon via email for $10 off a $20 or more order of dry cleaning.
The donation should be an interview appropriate full suit which includes pants/skirt and a jacket. If you choose, you may also include a blouse/shirt to complete the ensemble. Classic Cleaners will professionally dry clean the suits and donate them to Dress for Success Indianapolis on our customer’s behalf.
Dress for Success’s mission is “To promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life”.
Interviewing for a position can be stressful even without worrying about what to wear. Dress for Success solves the catch-22 that confronts disadvantaged women trying to enter the workforce: without a job, how can you afford a suit? But without a suit, how can you get a job?
Job-ready women come to Dress for Success by referral only from a range of non-profit organizations. Each client works one-on-one with a highly-trained volunteer Personal Shopper, who helps her select professional attire and also provides support and encouragement as she prepares for her upcoming interviews.
Dress for Success has helped thousands of women get the professional look and self-esteem they need to start fresh and improve their lives. If you have contributed to Dress for Success, we offer our sincere thanks. If you have not yet, please consider donating during this drive. “On average, about 40% of Dress for Success Indianapolis’ annual suit needs are met through S.O.S. – Week donations”.
Year round, Classic Cleaners accepts suits and blouses at any of our 17 Classic Cleaners locations. Or, you may donate via your route driver if you are part Classic Cleaner’s free pick up and delivery service.
Please visit the Dress for Success Indianapolis website for more information and to learn about individual and company volunteer opportunities.
February 21, 2012
Unless doing laundry is your favorite hobby, we thought sharing tips on how to lighten your laundry load while conserving water and energy would be helpful this week.
Although we wouldn’t have a viable business if not for the thousands of items you allow us to clean each day, we want to help you maintain the quality and integrity of your clothing. We also want to encourage you to help our environment by reducing your water and energy consumption.
A good rule of thumb when determining how ”dirty” the clothing is after wearing is divide clothes into two categories: Items that have direct contact with skin and items that don’t.
The first category, items close to the body (such as underwear, hosiery, work out clothes, swimwear, T-Shirts, tanks, camisoles, and some tops and dresses that are in close contact with the underarm area), should be washed after every wear. Bras don’t come into direct contact with the underarms so they can last 3 to 4 wears if you rotate them so they have a 24 hour break between wearings.
The second category could have some variables such as dirt or staining incurred from wearing, in which case you would wash after that wearing. But, to keep it simple, here’s a rough guideline on how often you should wash particular clothing items, assuming no visible stains or soiling.
JEANS: Denim is one of the most durable materials and gets better with wear. Washing too often (heat, water, detergents) can make your new jeans look old quickly. Jeans can be worn 4 to 5 times before they need a wash.
DRESS PANTS/SLACKS/ SKIRTS: If you work indoors in a clean, air conditioned environment, you can get away with wearing them 2 to 3 times, bearing you haven’t spilled anything on them. To help them last longer, change out of them as soon as possible when you get home and hang them up immediately to allow the wrinkles to fall.
SUITS, JACKETS & BLAZERS: These items don’t require much upkeep since typically you wear a dress shirt, blouse or T shirt under them. Check the areas that contact the skin such as collars, sleeves and elbows and spot clean them if necessary. Unless there is a visible stain, Jackets can usually be worn 4 to 5 times. Always dry clean your suit jacket and slacks together each time to prevent uneven fading.
SWEATERS: If you wear another garment under the sweater, you can usually wear it a few times before it needs washing. If you wear it close to your body, you should expect to clean it after one to two wearings.
SLEEPWEAR: Even if you shower before bed, we all sweat at night. We also shed skin cells so we recommend washing your PJs after 2 to 3 wearings.
Being in the cleaning business, we love fresh, clean, crisp clothes and we love helping you look your best in them. But, over washing your clothing wastes water, energy and money while shortening the life of your clothes.
Our Limited Time Offers can help you clean particular items regularly. Start off with clean sweaters by taking advantage of our current promotion.. From now until March 3, 2012 receive $3.00 off each sweater cleaned. Check our Promotions page regularly to take advantage of future Limited Time Offers on shirts, blouses, knits, pants, shorts, etc.
If your items go straight into the laundry basket after every wear, we can still lighten your load with our Family Wash Service. We’ll pick up your items, wash, fold & return them in a reusable box. Each box you return to us, we’ll take a $1.00 your next Fluff & Fold.
January 24, 2012
Not many are built to perfectly fit the mass produced straight off-the-rack sizing found in most clothing stores but well fitting clothing make a world of difference in one’s appearance, comfort and confidence.
Fortunately, with a little tailoring, you do not have to try to fit the clothing. The clothing can be modified to fit you.
Do you have an item hanging in the closet right now that you’d wear more if it fit better? A tailor can alter the item to improve the fit as well as salvage any “older” items hanging in your closet.
The cost of tailoring an item will vary depending on the item, it’s fabric and the intricacy of the alteration. But, for something simple like taking up the hemline or taking in the waist it could cost just a few dollars. A tiny nip and tuck could completely transform the fit of the item so don’t be fearful to get an estimate.
Once receiving an estimate, use this easy formula to help you decide if you should invest in alterations: Add the cost of the item to the cost of the alteration and divide it by the number of times you’ll wear the item. You’re goal is to get to a 1:1 ratio or below. This ratio number of one or below means you will invest in the garment no more than what you’re going to get out of it.
For example, if you find a great pair of well made black pants you can wear year round for $20 and it costs $20 to hem and tighten the waist, your investment is $40. Wear that pair of pants once a week and your tailor ratio is .76.
Classic Cleaners’ alterations services are not limited to repairing tears, hems, and replacing buttons. Our team has experience with more complex alterations to custom fit your wardrobe from neckline and shoulder resizing to modifying the fit and lenth of a skirt or formal dress.
Our Bash Street location allows you to come in for fittings. Stop in and consult with our tailor, Ohi Suhre, who has 20 years experience as our on-site Manager of Alterations. Visit any of our 17 locations and one of our Associates will be happy to take your alterations order.