As a mom of two young kids, I refuse to wear dry clean only items on weekends. It’s more likely than not that I am going to finish the day with something on my clothes, so I need items that I can easily put in the washing machine. Hand-wash clothes don’t cut it either. They end up sitting in the bottom of the laundry hamper for weeks – if not months – before I actually get around to washing them.
Even before I had kids, I stopped buying dry-clean only casual pieces. As a former attorney in Big Law, I didn’t really have the time to deal with the dry cleaners. I left the firm for another job, and now have the time to run errands. BUT my new job pays less and I am looking for ways to cut costs. Not having weekly dry-cleaning bills is one thing I can do.
I am therefore always on the look out for machine washable items. While it’s easy to find t-shirts, jeans, shorts, etc. that can be thrown in the washer, it’s much harder to find dressier clothes that aren’t dry-clean only. Here’s a round-up of the awesome machine washable items that are out there now that you can actually wear to work or a party:
J. Crew has been on the decline lately, but they still have the occasional piece that is worth the money. They were running a promotional discount on the above dress this past weekend. Even if it wasn’t machine washable, I would have liked it, but since it is, I decided I had to buy it. (It’s probably a disaster waiting to happen that I bought it in white, but what’s life without a few bad decisions?) I would normally be worried that a few washes would ruin the look of this dress, but I purchased the graphic peony sleeveless dress from J. Crew in the spring, and it still looks great. If you’re in the market for an eyelet dress that is more work appropriate, I like this dress.
Anthropologie is also a good resource for machine washable dresses. The one above is on sale and can be found here. I also like this one, this striped one for a casual weekend by the Bay, and this beautiful blue dyed dress. The ones linked are all from Maeve, which does a particularly good job of making machine washable dresses.
I also love French Connection’s tea dresses, like the one pictured above and and this one. They’re long enough that you can wear them to work, but also make great weekend dresses in the fall with black tights and my favorite Loeffler Randall boots.
During my hunt for a great midi skirt, I also came across these versions from ASOS that are machine washable. I am obsessed with the one pictured. It’s pretty much perfect. I also want this one and this one.
Now, if only ShopStyle would add a filter so you could search by fabric care . . .