Valentine’s Day (Monday, February 14) is just around the corner. If you’re scratching your head over what to wear out on your dinner date, don't worry. There’s nothing more romantic than a bit of casual French flair, so why not plan an outfit around your favourite Breton top?
In the spirit of love, we’re here to offer some tips on keeping your Breton shirts in tip-top shape so they’ll continue to look great on Valentine’s Day and beyond. Read on…
Wash in Cold Water
All our Breton shirts are made from 100% knitted organic cotton. This means each and every garment is extremely soft and equally comfortable—and also very delicate. You can expect your Breton shirts to naturally grow a smidge tighter over time, but you face serious shrinkage if you wash your tees in hot water.
While we have no doubts you’d rock a Breton-striped crop top, cold water is nevertheless the way to go. A temperature of 30 degrees or colder is optimal, whether you choose to hand wash or machine wash. The cold water will help preserve your shirt’s perfect cut and fit without wrinkling the fabric or fading the stripes.
If you love the look of a faded Breton shirt, though, rest assured that wearing your shirt often and taking care of it properly will help it fade gradually and naturally.
Avoid Washing With Colours
We’ve all been there, haven’t we? We’ve tossed a white tee in the washer along with some dark or bright coloured garments, then ended up with a shirt in an entirely new colour.
Avoid the mishaps of a colour transfer (or, worse, bleaching your Breton shirt to remove the unwanted dye) by washing your Breton tees with whites only. This will keep your shirt’s colours looking as crisp as they did the day you opened your Breton Shirt Company parcel.
Do Not Tumble Dry
If you want your Breton shirt looking its best, skip the tumble drying. We know you’re itching to put on your freshly washed shirt as soon as possible, but your tumble dryer will blast your delicate shirt with too much heat, which can lead to shrinkage and wrinkling.
Keep your Breton shirt fresh by hanging it on a line in your garden and allowing it to air dry. If it’s too cold or wet outside, a clothes maid inside your home will do.
Despite your best efforts, your Breton shirt might look a little bent out of shape on some days. This is normal, especially if you’ve owned your Breton shirt for a long time.
The good news is that it’s safe to steam iron your Breton shirts so they retain their perfect shape and size. It’s amazing what a little steam can do to the appearance of your tee! A few minutes of steam ironing will have your Breton shirt looking wonderfully perked up and revitalised – just like new.
We hope these tips will help you take great care of your Breton shirt! With plenty of love and TLC, your favourite striped tees will continue to look timeless and beautiful for many years to come.
Until next time…