Feeling good this new year can be as simple as ironing a few shirts.
Well ironed clothes can do as much for your confidence as six weeks in the gym. Here are a few tips to get you started.
As we celebrate the turn of a new year, the reality that we can’t turn back the clock sinks in ever further. That’s why we make so many promises to ourselves in January; “I will get fitter, I will make more effort, I will lose weight, I will look younger.”
But rather than beating seven bells out of yourself down at the gym, rather than drinking some green liquid made from seaweed, here’s way to take a few years of you and have you walking on air... iron your clothes more often!
Just stop for a moment and look around the office... the best looking people are not wearing a creased shirt with a skool-daze style Vneck sweater over the top. Nor are they hiding a scruffy blouse under a long cardigan. The people you notice are well turned out... and here’s the interesting thing, how old they look just doesn’t seem to even matter. Many people tumble dry their clothes and then stick them onto a hanger in the hope that they’ll look good as new... they won’t, unless you iron them.
Nicely ironed clothes have a brand new look to them that exudes confidence and class. Home appliance manufacturers like Morphy Richards sell all sorts of irons andparaphernalia from steam irons to (no time to wait) steam brushes and here are a few dos and don’ts about ironing your clothes...
1. Double-check the iron temperature is correct for your garment. Hot irons will melt man-made fibres which leave weird shiny patches on your clothes. If the iron isn’t hot enough... then you might as well not have bothered.
2. Keep the reservoir full of fresh, scale-free, water. The creases will just disappear and you won’t leave chalk marks on darker items.
3. Always iron the shoulders. Any top or shirt will hang from the shoulders and when they aren’t ironed it can make the whole garment look shabby.
1. Iron a woman’s blouse like a man’s shirt. Women’s clothes must appear soft and feminine. Men’s clothes however, usually require strong angles to appear more masculine but watch where you put the creases if you don’t want to look like you still live with your Mum.
2. Never ever iron a crease on your jeans leg unless you want to look like a geek on a field trip.
Ironing technology has moved on leaps and bounds over the last few years and that has resulted in and easier, quicker job. They steam better, heat up quicker and even have special easy glide coatings. You’ll be through that basket of washing in no time. Don’t bother spending hours in the gym this year when you can take years off just by standing in the lounge and ironing your shirts while you watch Eastenders – lovely!