This is Brenda Kinsel coming to you live from WNB, Why-Not-Beauty, here in sunny Sonoma, California. Today’s Why-Not-Beauty Report is a public service announcement to alert you, the public, about something that’s so not beautiful.
I know most days I’m bringing you reports of beauty in clothing, accessories, and style expressions, but today we must deal with this issue that’s as pesky as a live mosquito buzzing around your head while you’re trying to sleep.
I’m talking about labels sewn inside clothing that are visible through sheer fabrics. What a way to destroy the line of a perfectly grand piece of clothing. Who wants to see that unbecoming label? Nobody!
They’re easy to locate. They’re always at the back of the neck and in the left side seam of the garment. That side seam tag can be as long as the receipt from Staples Office Supplies when you purchase a pack of pens. It goes on forever!
What to do with the unsightly label
We’re heading toward summer. Our weatherwoman, Regina, is a little wishy-washy about it but she’s been suggesting we may not need our cashmere sweaters much this week except for the evenings. I know what she’s implying. She thinks you’re going to be in and out of layers over the next many weeks, taking sweaters on and then taking them off, on/off, on/off. I think she’s right.
That puts us right in the middle of white label season.
There’s nothing to fear, folks. There’s no sneezing, coughing, or itchy eyes attached to white label season. And it’s easy to treat. There’s a small surgical procedure that will only take a couple of minutes to perform. No doctor’s office, no waiting rooms, no anesthesia; however, it involves a sharp object so don’t do it near children, pets, or mates.
All that’s required is a small tool called a seam ripper. You purchase this tool at a fabric store or your local drugstore, maybe even the grocery store (but not Whole Foods). Or shop for it in the Cloud and it’ll be delivered in a box on your doorstep tomorrow.
Just to be fair, manufacturers aren’t trying to be annoying. It’s just that their government-imposed regulations require them to let you know how to care for a garment once it’s home and in your possession. They also tell you where it was made and everything you’d ever want to know about the fibers used to make it. The store takes care responsibility while it’s under their roof but once you walk out with it, the responsibility falls on your shoulders.
“But Brenda,” you ask. “What about those care instructions? How will I know how to take care of my clothes if I take the labels off?”
I hear you, dear friends of beauty. We can’t just have beauty without function and those labels are functional. So here’s what I do. As soon as I remove the white labels I staple the care instructions to the hang tag description of the garment. This way I remember what it goes with. If there isn’t a hang tag I’ll write on the label, in permanent ink, the name of the garment.
Then I file the white label in my white label bird dish. When I need a reminder, I pull off the lid of the bird dish, find the appropriate tag and follow the instructions.
Then I put the lid back on the bird dish and enjoy its beauty.
There you have it! A cure for white label season.
I’ve enjoyed our time together here at Why-Not-Beauty and look forward to speaking with you again soon!
A final post-production note: I carry a seam ripper with me to every client closet appointment because there’s always a tag or two to dispose of. My clients love that service! What do you do with your labels? Pretend they’re not there? I know it’s tempting. Do you have your own technique for addressing care instructions? Do share!!