Trending question via The Wall Street Journal and WSJ contributor Heidi Mitchell: Do we need to wash our clothes before wearing them? Parents of infants are accustomed to washing their clothes before they wear them, but for many of us that habit ends after baby-hood. I only wash new, unworn undergarments but I never think of washing anything else before the first wear. Perhaps I (and we) should think again. According to expert Dr. Donald Belsito, a professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, many people will not only touch the fabrics before you do, but there are also chemicals and dyes that are applied to these fabrics (especially to wrinkle-free fabrics) that are irritants. Other surprises too gross to think about include lice and fungus! Yikes! The recommendation from Dr. Belsito is to wash new clothing at least once with a double rinse before wearing. No need for soap – just water and rinsing will do. And if you have allergy sensitivity it is best to stay with natural fibers. I think I will be washing my new clothes from now on … you too? Gotta go – I am starting to get itchy!
“That’s why I’m easy, I’m easy like Sunday morning” ~ Lionel Richie
Sunday mornings are special. Sleep in, wake early; the morning is yours to do as you please. My new favorite treat is a cup of coffee with half-and-half, and a trip to town – sometimes to the farmer’s market, sometimes to the local cafe to read the paper, and sometimes to do both. Yesterday it was The Wall Street Journal, for a change.
Photos by Alexandra
Years ago, when I first discovered a store named J. Crew, I noticed that they carried a mix of elegant, casual clothing and simple, chic professional pieces. I liked the store right away. I also noticed (and remember, this was years ago) that there seemed to be one price-fits-all: $79. $79 was the price for everything; it didn’t seem to matter what the item was.
Years have passed, J. Crew has evolved and grown, and so has its prices, with the development of its high-priced J. Crew Collection. As of late, the $79 has been replaced by much larger price points. I have not shopped at J. Crew in a long time.
However, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that J. Crew is developing a lower-cost label, for a more budget-conscious shopper, called J. Crew Mercantile. I’m not sure when the new format, J. Crew Mercantile, will launch, but it just might bring me back to J. Crew. I’m buying it!