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How to Fold a T-Shirt Quickly – Shirt Folding Tips

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The lowly t-shirt is elevated to near black-tie status during the summer. It’s lightweight and cool, provides enough coverage for most situations, and cuts the mustard at all but the most elite of restaurants. Solid t-shirts in soft, comfortable fabrics make a minimalistic statement; while graphic tees allow us to indulge in self-expression. Of course the problem is; without other layers to hide under, the summer t-shirt also has to be neat and wrinkle-free for all but the most grungy of circumstances. Whether you’re looking to get the laundry folded and put away quickly so you can hit the beach; are packing for a summer getaway, or if coronavirus lockdown has revealed that your house is a mess; we’ve got a folding and storage solution to keep your old standby at the ready for all occasions. 

Kristyn Ivey runs Chicago’s first Platinum Certified KonMari tidying consultancy, For the Love of Tidy. Besides organizing the lives of her fellow Windy City citizens, she even counts her own father as a client, convincing the 63-year-old to use the “spark joy” method as his own storage solution. He’s even demonstrated his mastery of the Japanese packing techniques on her blog. We particularly liked his method of using a belt, tucked inside a button-down shirt collar, to provide structure.

While we may be looking to fold t-shirts in a hurry, Ivey reminds us to treat our clothing “with love and respect! Our clothes work very hard for us every day. So, it’s important to lead with gratitude and mindfulness even while folding t-shirts. The way we treat anything is the way we treat everything!”

“The KonMari signature folding method trades stuffing and stacking for arranging shirts like file folders, upright and on edge,” she explains. “An inventory of every color, style, and texture greets you every time you open the drawer. T-shirts hold a KonMari fold really well; saving space and reducing the pressure that causes wrinkles.” 

According to “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” by neatness guru Marie Kondo; the goal is to fold each T-shirt into a simple, smooth rectangle. Kondo’s method goes like this: 

1. Fold each lengthwise side of the garment toward the center.

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2. Tuck the sleeves in to make a long rectangular shape.

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3. Pick up one short end of the rectangle and fold it toward the other short end.

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4. Fold again;  in halves or in thirds: the number of folds should be adjusted so that the folded T-shirt will stand on its edge, fitting the height of your drawer. 

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It sounds a bit complicated at first, but after a few loads of laundry you’ll be banging out folded t-shirts like a sales associate at The Gap. Having converted to the KonMari method myself; I organize most of my solid t-shirts by color; but I fold graphic t-shirts so that the pattern is easily “read” on the top of the fold, then put them in a separate drawer.

Ivey points out that heavier sweaters and knits can also be folded and stored upright, turning the sleeves inward. Polos are usually happiest when hung up to best protect the collar.  (Another editor’s note: “No. Wire. Hangers. Ever!” Please use soft plastic or velour-coated hangers when hanging knits so they don’t get stretched out in the shoulders.)

Now that your home is neat and tidy, are you ready to hit the road? “For travel, transfer the KonMari folded shirts from your drawer right to your suitcase or packing cube,” says Ivey. (She actually demonstrated her packing method for the local Chicago ABC affiliate.) The method involves using packing cubes to keep everything organized (the article compares the zip-up pouches to bento boxes, Japan’s brightly organized and decorative lunch containers). Ivey recommends packing the cubes with outfits in order of events planned, so if you’re headed off for a destination wedding, organize packing cubes by “day of,” rehearsal dinner, down time, bachelor party, etc.

Ivey also suggests folding t-shirts right out of the dryer while they are still warm; “It’s a great way to avoid the need to iron or have a pile-up of clean clothes.”

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What is ‘cosycore’? | Vogue India

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As New York, London, Milan and Paris wrapped up in what can only be called a uniquely different September, we scanned the runways for clues on what’s to come. How will the world be dressing in the age of a pandemic? 

In the beginning, designers and editors spoke of an industry on the precipice of change—more considered collections, a slower pace, less rigidity. But as on-ground reporting kicked off from the far flung fashion cities, things seemed incredibly faster. 

Screen space, where audiences watched collections unveil, was a spot brands had to fight for. That mixed with physical presentations (albeit social distancing rules), seemed like the new reality. At Prada’s latest outing with Raf Simmons as co-creative director for the collection, cameras zoomed in and out, following models like paparazzi as they walked a circular catwalk. It felt like the behind the scenes footage of a fashion film. A director’s cut, if you like. Gucci went the same way for its Resort showcase, when Alessandro Michele turned the fashion show inside-out, to make those intimate, messy moments the main show. 

Intimacy was the overarching theme at the spring/summer 2021 shows. Whether it was in the minimised front rows or the sheer inserts added in the actual clothes, cosy, intimate, and meaningful will be the way of the world, going forward. In my interview with director at the The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology, Valerie Steele, in the September issue of Vogue India, she said, “A crisis does not cause fashions to change. But rather it amplifies that which was already brewing. The Christian Dior New Look was already being seen in films before the war broke out.” 

Taking this nugget of wisdom and applying it to our world right, you will find that while browsing culture may have reached maximum capacity (reminder to put your phone away today), we will hold onto that in which we find security (looking at you, blankets over dresses at Fendi). As things open up, and it’s finally time to step out in our pandemic reality, sweats may not be socially acceptable, but crafty cardigans with crochet that remind us of our grandmother’s knits, and cashmere dresses that are flattering for bodies that have been at rest, will surely take up wardrobe space. 

Cosycore, the hygge of clothes, will match the comfort we’ve created inside our homes. That welcoming candle scent in the corner, a fluffy overthrow on the couch, a blanket that keeps us warm and safe. Scroll through to see how our clothes will embody this feeling, even as temperatures soar summer high come June 2021:

The knit dress

Hello stretch cotton and cashmere that mixes loungewear with lush wear. 

The blanket

At Prada, models walked out clutching onto their coats as if running from danger, securing themselves in a blanket-meets-coat. Plus, following the mood, although not showing at the spring/summer 2021 runways, Bottega Veneta launched its pouch in fluffy blanket versions—one Cookie Monster inspired and the other more quilted and puffy. 

The sweater

Indoor AC temperature is officially considered sweater weather. Thank you very much.

The bralet

These midriff-baring items came in the wool and knit variety.

The cardigan

What Katie (Holmes) did with the cardigan will continue for generations to come. 

Crochet

These crafty pieces show that the human hand creates our greatest luxury, no matter our virtual reality. 

The tracksuit

The shape-shifting waistline of the sweatsuit has been the stay-home-stay-cool wardrobe of our times. And nothing can stop us from taking it into the summer.

Also read: 

How will we dress when the pandemic is over?

Indian designers on the challenges of keeping brands afloat amidst the coronavirus pandemic

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The 8 Biggest Fall Fashion Trends on TikTok

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It’s no secret that we’re a little TikTok obsessed here at Who What Wear, but aside from the trending dances and POV skits (Dracotok, anyone?), I’ve found myself deep in the fashion scene of the app, where everyone is as cool as I one daydream to be. The kinds of girls I’m talking about are the ones who embrace trends, aren’t afraid of colors and crazy prints, and get dressed each day with major main character energy. Besides donning It brands like House of Sunny, these fashion TikTokers are constantly showcasing their latest thrifted purchases and the trendy pieces they DIY’d from the comfort of their childhood bedrooms. The app has single-handedly revived my excitement when it comes to the contents of my closet, something that’s dropped quite a bit since March. 

Curious to see if any of these cool TikTok girls that I’ve been low-key obsessing over felt the same way, I reached out to a few to get their thoughts on the matter. Andie Johnston (follow her if you enjoy fashion videos with a pop-culture twist) told me that, “as someone who suddenly became a 100% WFH employee, TikTok forced me to see my clothes as something that made me feel good and also gave me a creative outlet. I no longer was sitting around in sweatpants all day working, but instead was getting dressed in the mornings, which to be completely honest, was a game-changer for my regular workday productivity, inspiration, and personal self-esteem.” Oddly enough, hearing that others were feeling the same way as I was reassuring. The good news is, she, along with a handful of the other fashion TikTokers I spoke to gave me a list of fall 2020 trends that they are turning to get themselves out of this temporary fashion slump. 

Wondering what they had to say? Scroll below to read everything they’ll be wearing from all-over-leather to chunky platform boots. Even if you don’t consider yourself a TikToker, don’t fret, because these will look good on and off the screen, we promise. 

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7 Winter Outfit Ideas You Can Try This Weekend

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As much as we’d like to pretend they haven’t, winter temperatures have well and truly set in. The mercury has dropped, and to be frank, it is well below what a summer-loving Australian like me is used to. I am in need of a heavy dose of winter outfit inspiration, as getting through the coming months will require a lot of planning. Where better to turn than Instagram? From images of cosy coats shot among fallen leaves to envy-inducing fluffy jackets and roll-neck jumper combinations, our set of fashion friends definitely know how to make anyone crave winter dressing. 

While winter might not be my season of choice, one thing working in its favour is the fact that it provides more opportunity to experiment with my wardrobe. The abundance of layers required to get through the day inevitably equates to an endless number of outfit combinations, and I can’t deny there is something exciting about that. I’ll be spending my winter weekends mixing and matching my favourite pieces to create outfits that prioritise warmth and comfort but don’t lack style. A statement coat and chunky sneakers? Check. A puffer jacket and midi dress? Why not? Scroll through below for seven winter weekend outfits we’ll be trying.

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