FASHION PROBLEMS: DEAR ANNIE...

How do you store clothes which have been worn but are not dirty enough to be cleaned? I'm thinking in particular of winter jumpers and dry-clean-only clothes. I don't like to put away worn clothes with clothes that are completely clean.

Margaret Hung, via-e-mail

How strange - this is the second time this week that I have been asked this question and whereas once I never gave it much thought, now I look at my "not-so-clean" clothes jostling for space with my clean ones and they seem to have a dirty "glow". My advice would be that if you intend to put things away for any length of time you should wash/dry-clean where possible. This is because stains, even those invisible to the naked eye, provide food for moth grubs. With casual, slightly worn clothes I must admit to using the Clarins Eau Dynamisante method - I hang them up and spray them with Clarins Eau Dynamisante. Don't do it on anything that the spray might stain but otherwise this method is perfect. (I've actually fished something out of the laundry basket that I've wanted to wear and revitalised it this way. Disgusting, I know, but jolly useful.) If you don't want to have clothes cleaned and you don't have the luxury of a separate drawer, the only thing you can do is segregate them like the dirty garments they are. Fold jumpers and place them in a zip-up garment bag (John Lewis, tel: 0171 629 7711; McCord, tel: 0870 908 7020) and cover items on hangers with (preferably cotton) hanging zip bags. My favourites are by the Holding Company (tel: 0171 610 9160; e-mail: mail@theholdingcompany.co.uk) cos they do natural colour and navy (prices start at pounds 12.95 for a suit size).

I'm trying to replace my boyfriend's Kickers. They're trainer-style and black suede. Please help because his old ones keep shedding bits of foam and we're tired of picking up the pieces.

Sharon, via-e-mail

Sharon, I fear you may not be able to replace your boyfriend's Kickers exactly but call them on 0800 334440 for your nearest stockist and you should be able to find something similar. If you had said where you live I would have done this for you. If you live near London, pop into Harrods or Joseph and look at the Hogan range. They're similar but cost more than Kickers (from about pounds 90), but he might be worth it...

One of my favourite things is to sit and sunbathe, but a brace of largish babies and the subsequent passing of years suggests to me that it is classier to do this in a one-piece nowadays. I've had my swimming costume for nearly two decades and even I admit to its bagginess - but nowhere can I find a strapless cotton replacement which I'm confident will be reliably kept up by my 34" bust and yet be comfortably covered by my even smaller bank balance. Please help save my offspring from yet another summer's embarrassment.

Susie Burrows, Rutland

You are right about a one-piece being more flattering (and infinitely sexier) although I wouldn't recommend a strapless swimsuit, as I think they are quite unflattering and bothersome (one always worries they might fall down at any moment). First check out Racing Green's catalogue (tel: 0990 411111) - it does some of the best swimsuits at the cheaper end of the market, very simple from pounds 20 (plus p+p). If you'd really like a strapless one, give the fabulous Maureen Smyth of Splash Out a ring (tel: 01903 230861). Maureen makes swimsuits to measure and although a visit would be best (she lives in West Sussex), she can help you by post. If she already has a pattern made up for what you want it will cost (approx) pounds 35 for the swimsuit: if she has to make up a pattern from your original it will cost an extra pounds 20. She will put bones in the side to keep the swimsuit up and send you swatches of fabric to choose from. So you barely need to move from your armchair! What bliss.

It is my father's 65th birthday next month and the one fashion item he has always hankered after (well perhaps the hankering only started after middle age) is a smoking jacket. I made some brief enquiries at both Harrods and John Lewis a while ago but to no avail as, sadly, their prices went over my low budget which is pounds 70-pounds 100. I don't mind paying this much for a second-hand jacket as long as it is in good condition, but I don't know where to start looking.

M, London

Ever mindful of spoiling a surprise, I have taken your name off. Your best bet is to go for something vintage (ie second-hand) - this way you not only get something unique and lovely but much cheaper. There are loads of vintage shops you could try but I would start with Bertie Wooster (tel: 0171 352 5662) at 284 King's Road. Depending on condition and size you should pick up something really nice from pounds 95 which I know is at the upper end of what you wanted to spend. If you don't find what you like there try Cornucopia in Pimlico (tel: 0171 828 5752) or Steinberg and Tolkein on the King's Road (tel: 0171 376 3660).

News
Kenny Ireland, pictured in 2010.
peopleActor, from House of Cards and Benidorm, was 68
News
A scene from the video shows students mock rioting
newsEnd-of-year leaver's YouTube film features staging of a playground gun massacre
Travel
travel
Environment
View from the Llanberis Track to the mountain lake Llyn
Du’r Arddu
environmentA large chunk of Mount Snowdon, in north Wales, is up for sale
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookA wonderful selection of salads, starters and mains featuring venison, grouse and other game
Voices
A family sit and enjoy a quiet train journey
voicesForcing us to overhear dull phone conversations is an offensive act, says Simon Kelner
News
i100This Instagram photo does not prove Russian army is in Ukraine
Arts and Entertainment
The cast of The Big Bang Theory in a still from the show
tvBig Bang Theory filming delayed by contract dispute over actors' pay
News
Morrissey pictured in 2013
people
Arts and Entertainment
The Secret Cinema performance of Back to the Future has been cancelled again
filmReview: Sometimes the immersive experience was so good it blurred the line between fiction and reality
Arts and Entertainment
Sydney and Melbourne are locked in a row over giant milk crates
art
News
i100
Life and Style
The director of Wall-E Andrew Stanton with Angus MacLane's Lego model
gadgetsDesign made in Pixar animator’s spare time could get retail release
News
peopleGuitarist, who played with Aerosmith, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper among others, was 71
Environment
Tyred out: should fair weather cyclists have a separate slow lane?
environmentFormer Labour minister demands 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists
News
people
Sport
England celebrate a wicket for Moeen Ali
sportMoeen Ali stars with five wickets as Cook's men level India series
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    VB.Net Developer - £40k - Surrey - WANTED ASAP

    £35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: .Mid Level V...

    Digitakl Business Analyst, Slough

    £40000 - £45000 per annum + Competitive Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Dig...

    Mechanical Estimator: Nuclear Energy - Sellafield

    £40000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Medical, Fuel + More!: Progressive Recruitmen...

    Dynamics NAV Techno-Functional Consultant

    £50000 - £60000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: An absolutely o...

    Day In a Page

    Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

    Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

    Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
    Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

    Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

    When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
    5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

    In my grandfather's footsteps

    5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
    Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

    Martha Stewart has flying robot

    The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
    Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

    Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

    Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
    A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

    A tale of two presidents

    George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
    Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

    The dining car makes a comeback

    Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
    Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

    Gallery rage

    How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
    Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

    The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

    With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
    Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

    How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

    As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
    We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

    We will remember them

    Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
    Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

    Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

    Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
    Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

    Acting in video games gets a makeover

    David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
    Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

    Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

    Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
    Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

    Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

    Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service