Let’s talk about how to store your dance costume. Be it a ball gown; a Latin dress or a skating dress, your storage is going to be all the same and let’s cover some basics on how to prolong the life of your dress.
So, let’s face it our sweat is typically very acidic, most of our bodies in modern-day worlds are acidic. You know as opposed to having the neutral, healthy pH. Therefore, your sweat is also acidic, and it can very easily destroy your dress as the years go on. It’s not going to eat a hole in it of course, but it does degrade the fibers little by little as the year’s pass. So how do you try to avoid that?
Avoid storing When Wet
One you want to avoid storing your dress when it’s damp. so, like if you’ve just done a hard round of dancing or skating and your dress is soaked let it completely hang out before you store it. Now obviously, if you are at a competition and you jump on the plane and it’s you know, you’re shoving it in your bag, and it’s still wet totally fine. As soon as, you get home to take it out, hang it up in a spare bedroom or someplace that you don’t go or even on your front porch if it’s not dusty. And just let it completely air out before storing it, so that’s rule number one don’t store a sweaty or otherwise damp dress. Ditto, with if you washed it, don’t store it then, make sure it’s completely dry before you store it.
How To Store?
Now, what do you store it in? We have some clients who wrap it in a sheet and slide it up underneath their bed. We think that’s a great option. A cotton sheet is fantastic because, it allows the dress to breathe and even if it is slightly damp, the airflow around it will still stop it from meal doing.
So, that is one option if you have the space underneath your bed. A lot of people don’t. They might unfold it up in a drawer. So, you’ve got a short little skate dress or a Latin dress that is too heavy to be hung on a regular basis. Meaning, that it’s got you know like a really heavy beaded fringe square. It’s something like that you just don’t want to have all that weight bearing down on it for you know years or months at a time.
The store that flat, once again you could put it in a cotton pillowcase. You know just you’ve got a scrap one right, you got holes in your sheet to get rid of that, and you put it use that leftover pillowcase to store your dance costume in.
Always use a neutral color preferably white and that way should make the cotton fade it, doesn’t get all over your dress.
HOW TO HANG THEM
What if you don’t want to store it underneath your bed or in a spare drawer because you just don’t have space? Let’s talk about how to hang it we have three garment bags with below here classics. Now, we have given you some resources for North America on where to get some of these. But, if you are you know somewhere in the world other than North America, which knows many of you are. Then, you’ll just want to do an internet search on how to you know to get something similar to this in your area.
Option number one
Let’s start with a classic black bag. Now, there are a lot of options on these. They’re really fairly economical, some of them are labeled as breathable, some of them are not, some of them are labeled as waterproof, etc. So, ideally, you want to get something breathable. If you do have a breathable bag, you can store your dance costume dress long-term just with it all the way zipped up.
Because it is breathable and it will, therefore, allow the air to flow and not have your sweat to help deteriorate the dress or mold or anything else or if you’re just fake tanning you know how horrible that stuff smells. We are aware how horrible that stuff smells awful.
So, that is one option, if you go for this black route and you do not have a breathable bag. Store your dress with it unzipped that’s perfectly fine okay so option number one.
Option number two
Is a plastic bag. So, the plastic bags once again come in different links all of these come in various lengths, and you want to get something that it’s the length of your dress. And it goes all the way to the bottom, and so this is really a perfect length. So, something like this you would want to store a Latin dress or a skating dress in. So, that it’s you know beautiful and compact. Also, this one because it’s you know it’s clearly a petroleum-based product. Here, it is not necessarily waterproof because they don’t claim it as the zipper isn’t the backpack you know the backpack.
This, however, is an excellent travel option. If you don’t mind people seeing, what you’re caring. Because should you spill something on it or you know somebody has something in the overhead bin of the plane. It’s not going to get on your dress it’s a good travel option.
If you are using this as your longterm storage, once again leave it unzipped so, the air can flow around it.
Option Number Three
This cotton one, we didn’t even know existed this is a heavy cotton canvas, and one of our clients uses these. It comes in different lengths sort of like a short medium, long length. So, this is not ideal; the above two options are very very lightweight to carry. This thing is heavy and when you’ve already got a four-pound dress, when you add another pound of canvas, that you’re carrying around.
This is not ideal for travel it is, however, ideal for long-term storage. Because you don’t have to worry about using up a sheet and you can still store it vertically like this. For personally, many people love the center front zippers. This you know everything’s flopping around, but overall this is a really fantastic bag for your long-term storage.
All right, so that is the basics real quick bonus tip though how to store your dress? Two things never ever store your dress by the shoulder elastics. Mean, this little elastic here is not made to hold a three or four-pound dress. And it will wear the elastics out. And the next thing you know, you have no breast support. It’s not a good idea.
So always store your dress with the tape hangers or if your dress does not have taped hooks, then reach inside the dress grab the crotch and store the dress by the crotch. And, that in doing so takes off all the weight off of the tape hangers, and the shoulder elastics.
It’s a great little tip and that way you don’t wear down what is really going to hold your dress up. So, there you go we’ve got three options going from breathable to not breathable at all to heavy very breathable. All different lengths are available to do your own internet search according to what is in your part of the world and just make sure that you store your dress nice and dry.