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Style For Style: Shower Steam Your Clothes

It would be nice if every household had a garment steamer but the reality is that the majority don't. So then what is a girl to do when she has a fabulous cocktail party to attend and her Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Satin Strapless Dress, $995, is all wrinkled? Yes, an old fashioned iron might do the trick, but sometimes a fabric is too delicate for that. Plus, your lackluster ironing skills may burn a hole in your lovely dress. Oh no!

To see my easy solution to unwrinkle clothes,

Chances are you're going to shower before you head to your soiree, right? While you're getting clean, your wrinkly dress can get...well, unwrinkly. All you have to do is hang your darling frock somewhere in the bathroom while you shower. The idea is to let the steam from your shower permeate the dress, much like a garment steamer. There you have it; a garment steaming process without the bulky machine!


htiduj htiduj 10 years
i do this all the time, but it doesnt always work. its good on cottons that are a little wrinkled, but steam can ruin certain silks...
rlveronica rlveronica 10 years
Oooh, good one!!! :D
iMpErFeCtIoNs iMpErFeCtIoNs 10 years
ooo. Good pointer. This is totally unrelated, but that purple dressy is really pretty!
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 10 years
Steamers rock! These days you get get a very decent iron with a separate water tank and they're a lot more compact than a steamer and far cheaper. I couldn't live without mine! Ironing anything right side up is a bad idea, it takes the good out of the fabric, especially jersey, so if you have the option of steaming your better quality clothes for less than €100, why wouldn't you???
sumnboutme sumnboutme 10 years
i have a steamer i got for $70 from linens n things (or bed bath and beyond, not sure)...worth every penny!
tati33 tati33 10 years
Will have to try this!
nicachica nicachica 10 years
The trick is to put the dress in the shower before you get in. Make sure your shower is on the hottest temp and let it steam up the dress/shirt for a few minutes. THEN get in the shower...and don't forget to turn the water temp down! ;)
t-and-co t-and-co 10 years
I think I must be doing something wrong, because this never works for me. I always try it, thinking it will, and then get frustrated because it didn't.
to_enthrall to_enthrall 10 years
I do this every now and then but my laziness gets the best of me most of the time.
girliceclimber girliceclimber 10 years
This is really handy when you're travelling & staying somewhere without an iron!
OldSchooler OldSchooler 10 years
This is a great tip and it generally works very well!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
never actually tried it..but I've heard that it works for many people.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I totally do this, too! Easy and efficient. Awesome. :D
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I saw that tip on an episode of Queer Eye. I kind of miss that show even though it got formulaic after the first season :-)
rothchild rothchild 10 years
i've done this before-it does work. i have also taken my clothes to the steam room when i get changed at the gym.
hboogie hboogie 10 years
Buying a steamer is totally worth it. You can get an inexpensive full-size one or even a travel steamer at Walmart or Target. I take short showers and find the shower trick doesn't always work. At least with the steamer you can target specific areas and then smooth them out with your hand.
haute77 haute77 10 years
fab, what would we do without you? what an awesome idea.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 10 years
This works great...but word to the wise: Be very very careful when removing your item from the steamed room and do not let it touch the walls (I learned this the hard way and got wet spots all over my blouse)
PunkyPenny PunkyPenny 10 years
Easy and so true!
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
i think i'm going to try this!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 10 years
A neat trick I use is I cut out a nice big square from an old linen blouse and use it to protect the delicate material from the iron.
Korsgal Korsgal 10 years
I've been doing this forever. It's definitly more efficiant than ironing.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I do this!!!!! My shower and bathroom gets super steamy so I just hang up my clothes (usually a dress) and go
krEnElk krEnElk 10 years
i have also always used this method, steamers are too expensive!
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
hahaha i do this too!
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