Clothes You Should Pre-Treat This Fall

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year for fashion. The styles are cozy, I adore layering my looks, and the fabrics offer so much warmth, texture, and interest. The move from summer fashion to fall fashion is such a huge transition — sometimes I feel like my entire wardrobe needs to shift. I also find there’s a big change in the way that I do my laundry at home. My kids and husband tend to wear the same type of fabrics all year long — jeans and shirts, denim and cotton, it’s always rather similar. However, when it comes to my own laundry, autumn means wool, dresses with delicate features and linings, velvets, knits, and more. My laundry pile is a veritable symphony of texture and detail — which means my laundry routine needs a bit of a tweak.

What mama wore – 10.16.15 – Ryan calls this number “grandma chic” #ootd

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Since I bet your wardrobe could use a little more TLC this season, I wanted to share some tips and tricks for keeping your favorite autumn fabrics looking and feeling their very best. The difference between just tossing your clothing into the wash and truly knowing how they should be taken care of, means that your favorite items are going to last so much longer and you’ll get more use out of them because they look just as wonderful as they did the day you took them off the rack.


What mama wore – 9.17.15 – mama dressed up!

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When I have to wash one of my more delicate dresses — especially ones featuring organza or a more fragile lining — I want to know that I’m doing everything possible to keep it from tearing or becoming damaged in the wash. Did you know that your organza items should be washed on their own in cool or warm water on a low wash setting? This gives them the best wash without risking the delicate fabric pulling on a button or zipper from your favorite skinny jeans.

What mama wore – 11.3.14 – for #DWTS! #ABCTVEvent

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You also have to take care of your wools and knits in a special way to avoid shrinking and ending up with weird, misshapen pieces that you’ll end up crying over once you they come out of the wash. For your wools, it’s best to take them to the dry cleaner — a wool jacket is a beautiful investment piece and you don’t want to try and take it on by yourself. Leave that one to the professionals! For your favorite knits, be sure to lay them flat to dry instead of tossing them into the dryer. You’ll thank yourself later!


What mama wore – 11.12.13 – featuring the Pure Jill Ruana Sweater by J. Jill. #jjillinspiredstyle

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If denim shirts are your style this season, you’ll want to keep them looking their best too! While jeans can tend to take a little more abuse in the wash (just keep them away from the dryer!) it can be trickier to find the right method for your chambray tops. They might not seem like a delicate fabric, but they really are, and should be treated that way. Try a cold wash on “delicates” or hand wash.


Need more help with your autumn laundry? The new Samsung activewash washing machine was designed with you in mind and has the revolutionary ability to make doing your laundry even EASIER by allowing you to pre-treat your clothing with care. It actually has a built-in sink and a water jet for a one-stop stain removal and pre-washing solution. Forget the middle — the Samsung activewash washing machine knows exactly what you need to make doing your laundry that much more simple. Your favorite fall fabrics will be right at home! Be sure to follow the tips in our graphic above to get the BEST wash and result all season long.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all mine.