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10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Men

Every stylish man needs a few good ‘basic’ wardrobe essentials that work for any occasion and every season.

10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Men

  1. Plain Tees: The most basic of basics are plain t-shirts- black, white and grey. They’re a perfect staple item for casual and formal occasions that can either make your look subtle or bold.
  2. Slim Fit Jeans: Jeans are a versatile piece of clothing. Slim fit jeans, however, will give your style edge and will work with any look.
  3. Slim fit Chinos: Just like jeans, slim fit chinos work with all styles and is a perfect alternative to jeans. 
  4. Button Down Shirt: Patterned or plain, button down shirts are easy to style and can create class to the most causal of outfits.
  5. Bomber Jacket: This wardrobe staple can help make a statement to any outfit-formal or causal.
  6. Denim Jacket: These jackets can be worn all year round and go with with literally everything, even over a hoodies.
  7. Sweatshirt: Wear on it’s own for a casual style or over a button down shirt for those special occasions. Choose muted colours like black, grey or navy as these colours can be paired with anything.
  8. Tailored Suit: Every man needs a tailored suit to look daper for those special events. What’s great is, you can take the suit’s blazer and create a whole new style like wearing it over a plain tee and jeans.
  9. Crewneck Jumper: Navy, black or grey crewneck jumpers can be worn with any style and is great for both cold and warm weather.
  10. Belt: A belt is a great accessory that can enhance your overall look.

Keep your clothes looking fresh all year round by giving your clothes the proper care needed when you wash them. For professional laundry and dry cleaning, schedule a collection with Laundryheap.


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How To Colour Coordinate Your Clothes

Do you always wear the same colours and want to spice up your style but struggle to colour coordinate? Fortunately, I’ve put together a simple guide that can make colour coordinating your clothes easy. For the most part, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of the primary, secondary and tertiary colours on the colour wheel.

How To Colour Coordinate Your Clothes

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  • Complementary Colours

Colours that are directly opposite the traditional colour wheel are complementary colours, like red and green, or orange-yellow and green-blue. Bold as you think they may be, when put together, these colours compliment each other well. Follow this colour coordination for a bold style.

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  • Split Complementary Colours

This colour coordination look is all about choosing one colour, plus two bordering colours opposite the colour you have chosen. For example, choosing yellow and pairing it with blue-purple and purple-red. You can choose softer or more vibrant contrasts of the colours, like a darker yellow instead of a vibrant one.

 

  • Analogous Colours

Analogue colours are colours that are sitting next to each other on the colour wheel. Choose 2-3 colours on the colour wheel that are right next to each other like red, red-orange and orange, and focus on those colours to create your outfit. 

  • Triadic

This colour combination consists of three colours that are evenly divided in the colour wheel. For example, pairing purple, green and orange together. You can choose to style these colours in muted shades if you don’t want a bold coloured look.

  • Monochromatic

Choose one colour and stick with that colour and it’s different gradients only. If, for example, you’ve chosen the colour blue, you can pair blue tones such as denim, teal or stone together.

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  • Neutral Colours

Neutral coloured clothing combinations are one of the most popular style choices that people go for as they work together to create a chic and classy look. Colours such as white, black, ivory, beige, nude, grey, navy, cream etc. fall into this category.

 

  • Match with skin tone

In case you weren’t aware, the colour wheel has two categories: warm (earthy shades) and cool tones. Choosing colours that suit your skin tone will enhance your features as well as complexion, and will look pleasing to the eye. 

For blue/cool undertones, go for the colder side of the palette, which includes colours such shades of blue, green, burgundy and purple. For yellow/warm undertones, go for warmer colours such as red, coral, amber, or brown.

 

Keep your style fresh, season after season, by making sure your clothes are well looked after. If you require a professional laundry or dry cleaning service Laundryheap will collect, clean and have your clothes returned to you in less than 24 hours.


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Traditional Emirati Clothing

The history of traditional Emirati Clothing originates from Bedouins and reigns supreme on modesty for both men and women. It represents the culture and religion of the region, and also happens to be suitable for the high-temperature climate.

A majority of Emirati’s still wear the traditional clothing, especially when and where it is required, despite the western influence.

Here are the basics of what you need to know about traditional Emirati clothing.

Traditional Emirati Men’s Clothing

  • Kandura / Dishdasha: The traditional Emirati male clothing is a long robe called the kandura or dishdasha. It is traditionally in the colour white, but there are other colours, like grey and brown, which are more likely to be worn during the winter months. The length of the kandura is typically ankle length, however, those who have a royal or wealthy status wear longer robes.
  • Ghutra/Keffiyeh: The kandura is traditionally worn with a white or red and white checked cloth draped over the head called the ghutra or keffiyeh, which is held in place by a headband the agal. These headdresses are typically worn to protect the face from blowing dust and the harsh rays of the sun.
  • Bisht: The Bisht is a jacket-like garment worn over the Kandura. It is often worn by wealthy or royal figures and also on special occasions like weddings or festivals.

Traditional Emirati Women’s Clothing

  • Abaya: Abayas are long, black flowing dresses that cover the body except for the face, feet and hands. Tradition considers black abayas to be socially conservative. However, there are now various designs and colours that include embroideries and embellishments. It is common for women to wear western outfits underneath their abaya.
  • Shela (Shayla): Women who follow the traditional dress standards usually wear a headscarf called Shela, also known as Shayla, to cover the hair. It is a lightweight material that is commonly black and worn with the abaya. A majority of women choose to wear designer scarves, like Dior, as an alternative.
  • Gishwa: For more traditional women, a gishwa is a more modest option that acts as a veil to cover the entire face, with a thin enough fabric to still be able to see through it. This is more popular among older women.
  • Burqa: Another traditional piece of Emirati clothing that is more modest is called the burqa. This type of headscarf or hijab covers the entire face and body, only revealing the eyes. It is worn over the abaya and is also common among older women.

Traditional Emirati clothing needs to be well taken care of to remain neat and presentable. Clothing can be cleaned carefully at home or taken to a Laundryheap for professional laundry and dry cleaning service.


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How To Instantly Look More Stylish

Want a simple way to spice up your style? Buying the trendiest and most expensive clothes is not the only way to look stylish. Sometimes, all it takes is adding a pop of colour, an accessory or wearing a piece of clothing differently.

How To Instantly Look More Stylish

  • Colour combination

Colour combination is one of the main factors that can make or break your style. If you want to look more stylish without even trying, wear colours that compliment or match each other. 

For example, if your outfit is black, style it with a bold red coloured jacket or red shoes, or both, if they match.  If you’re not big on bold, bright colours, stick to neutral colours such as black, white, nude, beige, ivory, khaki or grey. These colours do not take much effort to style and are very classy.

  • Patterns

Whether it’s leopard print, stripes or floral, clothing with a pattern will help boost your style. Make sure not to go all out on the prints though. A patterned shirt with plain bottoms or vice versa goes a long way.

  • Accessories

Adding a few accessory pieces to even the dullest looking outfits will help liven it up. Wear a belt, a watch, a pair of sunglasses or a few pieces of jewellery to give your outfit the ‘wow’ factor. Remember your bag is also your accessory, so make sure it compliments your outfit.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t overcrowd your outfit with too many accessories. Choose the right amount of accessories as well as pieces that go well with your outfit. Also, don’t forget to keep the weather in mind.

  • Wear it differently

Experiment with your clothing pieces. Wear your jacket over your shoulders, do a half tuck in with your shirt or roll up the bottom of your jeans. You can also experiment with footwear for your outfits, like wearing sneakers with a dress or pumps with jeans. These little adjustments will make your outfit more stylish.

 

A good style starts with fresh looking clothing. It’s important that you take good care of your clothes and keep them in good shape. This starts with washing and storing them well. To get your clothes professionally cleaned, book a collection with Laundryheap.


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10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Women

Every woman needs a few good ‘basic’ wardrobe essentials. The simple pieces of clothing that you can repeatedly wear on any occasion and style in different ways. Whilst fashion trends constantly change, these basic clothing pieces will stick around for a long time.

10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Women

  1. Plain white Tee: A classic white shirt, whether it’s a crew or v-neck, is a perfect staple item that you should have in your wardrobe. This versatile item can be paired with anything and can be worn in any season.
  2. Button-down Shirt: Spice up simplicity with a printed or coloured button-down shirt. This piece is great for giving you a polished look. Great for any occasion, paired with jeans or a skirt.
  3. Denim Jacket: Oversized, distressed or cropped, denim jackets have been in style for a very, very long time and are still trendy today. A classic blue mid wash denim jacket is a perfect versatile option.
  4. Leather Jacket: A great piece for adding edge to any outfit, leather jackets have been around for quite some time too and is still a stylish statement piece today. 
  5. Striped shirt: For a minimalist but chic pattern, striped shirts always do the trick. Black and white stripes are more versatile and can be paired with almost anything and any colour.
  6. Black pants: For formal and work occasions, black pants are another foundation piece to have in your wardrobe. It’s okay to invest in a good pair of black pants as they will always be a formal trend.
  7. Blazer: Much like black pants, a blazer is a must have piece to finish off a formal or work outfit. For a versatile blazer, opt for choosing plain colours or neutral plaid colours.
  8. Dark washed denim: For a pair of jeans that won’t go out of style? Dark washed denim jeans are the one. This wardrobe essential is great for any occasion and any season. Pair with sneakers for a casual look, and pair with heels for an evening look.
  9. Neutral jumper: For when you’re always on the go, a good quality neutral-coloured jumper will give you a chic look that you can pair with absolutely anything. 
  10. Black dress: Whether it’s a little black dress or a midi, this wardrobe staple can be styled for both casual and formal occasions, and can be used all year round.

It’s important to take care of basic wardrobe essentials so you can wear them again and again for years to come. Make sure to give your clothes the proper care needed when you wash them. For professional laundry and dry cleaning, schedule a collection with Laundryheap.


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Choosing The Right Abaya For You

Gone are the days when abayas were just a plain black, traditional design. Now, with the developments of abayas becoming a fashion statement whilst also keeping the modesty, you can find all sort of styles with different colours, embellishments and designs.

Whether you’re choosing an abaya for everyday wear or a special occasion, choosing the right one will compliment your look and figure. Make a simple misjudgement and you can find yourself looking dull and feeling uncomfortable.

Choosing The Right Abaya For You

  • Length

The first thing to consider when choosing an abaya is your height. Whether you’re tall or short, abaya’s should reach the full length of your body and shouldn’t be any shorter than a few centimetres below your ankle. When trying on an abaya, test to see what it will look like with and without heels (tiptoe if you can’t test with heels). 

  • Fit

You definitely want to look for an abaya that compliments your body and enhances your features. That’s not to say that your abaya should have a tight body fit, but should fit well enough so that you can comfortably wear your own clothes underneath. If you have more of a pear-shaped figure, choose an abaya that is wide at the bottom and tighter on the sleeves. For a slimmer or skinny figure, opt for an abaya that has more layers to accentuate your figure. 

  • Sleeve length

No one likes sleeves that are too short or too long, especially when they weren’t designed to fit that way. When choosing the right abaya, make sure the sleeves are at wrist length unless the design states otherwise. 

  • Fabric

When it comes to choosing an abaya, make sure it matches the season. You wouldn’t want to wear a silk abaya in the winter or a wool abaya in the summer. Make sure to choose abayas with light fabric for the summer and leave the heavy and layered abayas for the winter. Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable!

If you’re purchasing your abaya online, check the size guides carefully and read the product descriptions for the fabric types.

For professional abaya cleaning, you can schedule a free collection with laundryheap and have your abayas returned to you in less than 24 hours.


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How To Identify Good Quality Clothing

Not all expensive clothing are of the best quality and not all affordable clothing are bad quality either. When going to shop for good quality clothing, there are several ways to check and test whether it is of good quality or not.

How To Identify Good Quality Clothing

  • The type of fabric

Anything made out of natural fibres will always be better than synthetics like polyester, acrylic, spandex or any other man-made fibres. This is because natural fibres are breathable and last longer no matter how many washes you put it through. With synthetics however, these type of fabrics will begin to wear out over time when constantly exposed to the agitation of laundering and tumble-drying. You also have to keep in mind that garments can be made out of cheap, low-quality fibres that are natural which result into poorly made clothes. So, when looking for good quality clothing, it’s useful to check the label first to see what type of fabric it is made from.

  • How the fabric feels

One easy way to judge the quality of clothes is by the way it feels when you touch it. Is the fabric soft and smooth? Or rough and brittle? The more fabric fibre there is, the more likely it will last longer. That’s not to say that the garment needs to be heavy to be good but if the woven fabric is tightly packed and is light weight, then this is likely to last long too. When choosing good quality fabric, it should feel nice against the skin and you’ll notice that it remains soft even after it’s washed.

  • Transparency

Fabrics that have a higher thread count are ones worth investing in. The thicker the fabric is, the better the quality will be. Clothing that is see-through or transparent when you hold it up against the light are of low-quality material. You can even test the clothing transparency by putting your hand inside the garment and checking to see if you can see the colour of your hand. If you can, just put the garment back and continue searching.

  • Stitching

When considering quality, it’s important to check the stitching of the garment. You’ll know it’s good quality when the stitches are even, closely spaced and holding the garment together well.  Check it’s sturdiness by pulling on either side of the seam- check this on the inside of the garment too. Make sure there are no gaps when doing this and that the stitching is flat on both sides. If the garment has buttons, make sure they’re also sturdy and properly sewed on by gently tugging on them.

  • It comes with spares

Clothing that comes with a spare button or spare thread is a clear indication that the fabric is of good quality and it will probably only need minor repairs. Designers wouldn’t consider adding these spares otherwise. If it was low-quality, they’ll let you invest in the spare pieces instead when it needs repairing and you most likely won’t even find the button/s you’ll need. 

If you require a professional dry-cleaning and laundry service to take extra care of your clothes, book a free collection with laundryheap


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Tourist Advice: What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a city well known for it’s incredibly hot summer climate, it’s modern architecture and luxury shopping malls. 

What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city where a majority of the population is made up of expats, most of which are from the western region, so it can be quite confusing as to what you can wear. 

Although the city is filled with many expats and welcomes different cultures and religions, Dubai is a city in the UAE which is an Islamic country. So, traditional clothing is modest for both men and women.

One thing for sure is that locals nowadays love to dress up and look good whenever they’re out in public. They love to show off their designer brands and will always make the effort to look fashionably presentable. The style sense will usually range from classy and elegant to smart casual.

The trick is to dress classy in a modest way.

Depending on what you do and where you go in Dubai, there are some public places that have a strict dress code. 

Key points to note:

  • Plunging necklines, bare midriffs and booty shorts are frowned upon.
  • Transparent and sheer clothing that will reveal your lingerie must be avoided.
  • You can wear off the shoulder/ sleeve-less tops unless a dress code says otherwise.

What To Wear To Public Places In Dubai

For public places like the park, metro, malls or just roaming around.

Women

  • Maxi, midi or knee-length dresses and skirts
  • Fitted jeans, pants or culottes.
  • Nice blouses/ tops or t-shirts
  • Short-sleeve, sleeve-less or off the shoulder tops
  • Jumpsuits, rompers or playsuits
  • Shawls or scarfs
  • Thin jackets, cardigans or kimonos 

Note that some public places such as some shopping malls have a strict dress code where you will need to cover up a bit more (your shoulders). That’s why it’s always handy to bring along a shawl or light jacket whenever you roam in Dubai.

Men

  • Fitted jeans/pants.
  • T-shirts, polo shirts or vests
  • Shorts (but not short shorts)

What To Wear To Fancy Restaurants In Dubai

You definitely have to bring some formal clothes and shoes if you plan to go to restaurants and bars in Dubai. Most nice restaurants have a semi-formal or formal dress code that do not permit trainers!

You can wear anything that looks elegant and classy, so long as it’s not too revealing.

Ladies should still keep outfits looking modest and bring along a shawl or jacket to cover up going to and from the restaurant or bar.

Men should wear polo-shirts and nice pants, with fancy shoes.

What To Wear When Visiting A Mosque In Dubai

When visiting mosques or traditional markets like Spice Souk or Gold Souk, it’s important that both men and women are fully covered and not wearing tight-fitted clothing. 

Women

  • Maxi dresses or skirts
  • Pants or trousers
  • long sleeve tops/cardigans
  • Shawls or scarfs to put over the head

Men

  • Jeans or pants
  • Long sleeved tops

What To Wear To The Beach In Dubai

Ladies can wear bikinis and swimwear to the beach or swimming pool, as long as it’s not too skimpy. Bikinis or swimsuits that have thongs are highly inappropriate. Men can wear swimming shorts with a vest or t-shirt, but must avoid being topless.

What To Wear For Nightclubs In Dubai

Dressing for nightclubs in Dubai is pretty much the same for any other city, as most of these nightclubs are international. So you can pretty much wear what you want. The only thing they will be strict about is what shoes you wear, so be sure to pack some heels or dress shoes.

If you’re planning to visit Dubai and want a convenient laundry service, Laundryheap will happily collect, clean and deliver your clothes within 24 hours to your hotel. It is also a great way to outsource your laundry if you live in Dubai.


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How To Care For Cashmere

Cashmere is a super soft, yet very delicate fabric that requires extra care when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. 

Here’s how to care for cashmere garments to maintain its quality and keep it in good condition for years to come:

Washing Cashmere

When going to wash cashmere, always use a small amount of gentle/mild detergent. You don’t want to use any ‘heavy’ detergent on the garment as it will be too rough for the fabric fibres. You can also have the option to invest in a cashmere shampoo or even use baby shampoo. 

There are several ways you can wash your cashmere garment that will keep it in good condition:

  • Dry-Clean: If your cashmere garment is woven, loose knitted or stained, then this is the ideal option to get it cleaned. 
  • Hand Wash: Mix in a few drops of detergent/shampoo into luke-warm water and allow the knitwear to soak, gently squeezing water through the fabric.
  • Machine Wash- Delicate/ Wool Cycle: Only machine wash cashmere on a delicate or wool cycle at a temperature no higher than 30°c, as it’s the most gentle on your knitwear.

Drying Cashmere

Whether you hand wash or machine wash your cashmere, you should remove the excess water by laying it flat on a towel, roll the cashmere within the towel loosely and apply light pressure along the roll. 

Unroll the towel, straighten out the garment if necessary and allow the cashmere to naturally dry flat. Keep it away from direct sunlight, heat and do avoid the tumble dryer.

Hanging knitwear on a clothes hanger to dry must be avoided, as the heaviness of the wet garment can cause it to stretch and ruin its original shape.

Storing Cashmere

When you’re not using your cashmere knitwear, fold and store it away in your wardrobe, shelf or drawer as you normally would. Just be sure to keep it away from heat, direct sunlight, damp and dusty places.

If you’re storing your cashmere away due to a change of season, don’t store them in cardboard boxes or regular plastic bags. Instead, opt for a a zip-up breathable storage bag and store it in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. Make sure it is clean before doing so!

Everyday Care

  • Pilling: Cashmere is susceptible to pilling, but you can always prevent and remove them! Simply lay your knitwear flat and gently comb the surface with a cashmere comb. This will remove loose fibres and pills.
  • Removing Creases: The best way to remove creases from cashmere is by using a hand-held steamer, as the heat does not directly come into contact with the fabric.

If you need your cashmere knitwear cleaned by a quality dry-cleaner, you can book a collection with laundryheap!

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The Best Clothes To Wear During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase as you’re bringing life into this world. Your body goes through drastic changes, one of which is physical transformation. It then becomes difficult to find nice comfortable clothes that flatter you.

Dressing up can be fun and it will make you feel good too! It’s important to choose the right clothes and it doesn’t necessarily have to be maternity wear. Here are the best clothes to wear during pregnancy:

Dresses

Maxi dresses, shift dresses, wrap dresses, all types of flowy (and stretchy bodycon) dresses are best to wear for pregnancy. The best part is, you don’t need to buy them in the maternity section! Wearing dresses are not only an all-year-round fashion item, but it gives you the comfort of being able to move around freely and accommodates to your growing belly. Even great for the frequent toilet breaks!

Stretchy pants

Pants are a little difficult to choose when you’re pregnant. That’s why maternity pants exist.  Foldover waist yoga pants and Leggings are non-maternity labelled clothes that you can wear during your pregnancy. These super comfy pants are breathable and stretchy so it can mold to your body shape. You can easily fold or slouch the waistband to sit underneath your belly as it grows.

Drawstring Bottoms 

You can imagine already how drawstring pants can accommodate to your round belly. The ease of wearing drawstring bottoms means you can loosen or tighten up your pants around your waist as you wish, without having to worry about it being too constricting or tight.

Tunic Tops

There are different styles of tunic tops, ranging from jersey to jumper to cable knit styles. These tops are great to wear during pregnancy as they sit well over your belly and most tunic tops have enough space for your growing belly too. So you don’t need to worry about the need to buy clothes to adjust to your body change. Just be sure to pick soft and comfortable fabrics.

ALL T-shirts 

T-shirts of any kind, are a basic addition to your maternity wardrobe. You don’t necessarily have to purchase from the maternity section. You can choose from over sized styled tees or general stretchy t-shirts that are a size or 2 bigger. The choice is up to your comfort. 

Long Stretchy Tank Tops

Tank tops accentuate your figure and can stretch easily over your belly. Look for ones that have microfiber blends (super soft) and can accommodate your chest area.  These are great for wearing it underneath other clothing or just a regular top.

Extra tips: 

When looking for the best clothes, ask yourself:

  • Does it stretch? Purchase clothes that allow you to move and give you more flexibility as you continue to grow through each trimester.
  • If I bend over, does it go sheer? The last thing you want is to have sheer clothes! Especially when you’re bending down to pick something up or stretching. Test clothes for sheerness before you wear/ buy them.
  • Can I use it post pregnancy? Think about items of clothing that has a built in breastfeeding features or can still be of use after your pregnancy.

Also, keep in mind to choose natural fibres such as cotton, linen, wool, spandex etc rather than polyester and pick light weight, loose fitted clothing that can be easily washed.

Most importantly, remember to wash your clothes before wearing them to avoid any uncomfortable skin irritation or simply book a laundry service to make your life that much easier.