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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Your Overcoat

This was originally just meant to be a little blurb on how to care for your overcoat. Of course being the curious person I am, I had to spend a few minutes reading the history of the overcoat. I'm just fascinated at how things develop over time. I hit one of my favorite sites -- Wikipedia -- and learned about how the styles and availability evolved. Most interestingly, the overcoat was widely used in military history.

I have two overcoats, and they only come out when it rains. I just view the overcoat as one of those necessary weather-based items. But according to http://www.coutorture.com/spring-2010-trend-report-his-her-trench-coats-5613668, the overcoat has once again been updated for this season. Whatever your view, need or want, the waterproof aspect of the overcoat is an important feature.

Waterproof and water repellent fabrics are treated with a coating to make them resistant to water. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. Your overcoat experiences normal wear and tear just like any other garment. But because it is coated with a special finish, there are a few things you can do to help lengthen the life.

1. Clean it according to the care label

2. Make sure it is fully dry before putting it away

3. But ultimately wash and wear will eventually break down the water repellent finish and it will need to be refinished

I didn't know this until recently, but A Cleaner World can reapply a water resistant finish to your clean rain coat. The bottom line is that an overcoat that doesn't repel water allows the water to get to your clothes, which could cause damage to those garments. Not only that, who likes to be cold and wet?

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