Never let 'Dry Clean Only' keep you from the clothes you love

This post is written in partnership with Dryel, I was selected to be a brand ambassador for them, but as always, all my views and opinions are my own.

When I shop, it's often love at first sight. A great print, material that feels so soft I don't want to let it go, or those special details, lace, fringe, embroidery... But once I've tried it on, the very next thing I do is check the tag for care instructions, and I can't tell you the number of times I've allowed the dreaded "Dry Clean Only" to make me rethink a purchase.

Since I've had the opportunity to have Dryel as a mainstay in my laundry room this year, not only have I been able to save money skipping trips to the dry cleaner with the pieces I already have, but I've also allowed myself to add new items to my closet I might have otherwise put back on the rack.

As you know, I love thrift shopping, and when I bring home pieces from Goodwill, their very first stop is the washing machine. Of course sometimes my thrift bargains come attached with pricy dry clean only tags too, but now Dryel saves me from turning my thrift steal into a thrift splurge! For the price of what I'd spend sending one shirt to the dry cleaners, I can clean up to 20 pieces with Dryel - talk about savings!

 Red Lace Pencil Skirt, Cream silk bow blouse, toe cap pumps-19 Red Lace Pencil Skirt, Cream silk bow blouse, toe cap pumps-17 Red Lace Pencil Skirt, Cream silk bow blouse, toe cap pumps-14 Red Lace Pencil Skirt, Cream silk bow blouse, toe cap pumps-18 Red Lace Pencil Skirt, Cream silk bow blouse, toe cap pumps-16 Untitled Red Lace Pencil Skirt, Cream silk bow blouse, toe cap pumps-12
The Rundown
Bow Blouse Alfani via Goodwill similar
Lace Pencil Skirt Banana Republic similar
Toe Cap Heels Me Too via TJMaxx similar
Suede Accordion Bag Banana Republic similar
Filmore Earrings Rudiment via Rocksbox
Modern Rings Pendant Necklace Banana Republic
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Twill Seeker" Essie



  1. You make an excellent point here, Lydia. Because I've heard countless women say they won't buy dry clean only items. And yet, what that's a little sad. My mom has taught me that not everything that says dry clean only is really that too. But Dryel can make any piece easier to laundry!!
    Fabulous look!

  2. Yeo, I rarely bring things to get dry cleaned so they either don't get washed a lot or i risk it in the washing machine. This sounds like a pretty good alternative!

  3. I have to admit, you do make Dryel sound very appealing. I am, also, admittedly, a bit lazy when it comes to taking truly good care of my clothes - I have so many that most don't get worn that often and I have always been inclined to wait until a spill occurs before actually laundering anything. (How very European of me, I know, ha ha.) It is actually worse now as I share laundry facilities with the neighbours on our floor of the building - it's only about six people sharing the machine but it's enough that there is an occasional surprise so I tend to avoid wearing my true delicates unless I'm desperate to. But I may just have to investigate Dryel because I have some silks that have been languishing in my closet for far too long.

  4. I really, really need to try this. I increasingly find myself with more and more dry clean only pieces in my closet and it is a pain - I would love to set myself free of that because it would result in my wearing my dry clean only stuff a lot more (currently it just sits there for long stretches because I don't want to have to deal with getting it cleaned after I wear it).

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  5. These colors look so good together Lydia.. I've been wanting to try this product for weeks now as I have seen it featured on several blogs but I have no idea how it works and most important its not sold here :(

  6. I have used Dryel for years--I'm always too cheap to go to the dry cleaner's! I love it. I also love that skirt--the color and hemline are so pretty!

  7. I should really try Dryel, because I avoid the dry cleaners like the plague. Love this look, your blouse is beautiful!

    xx, Elise

  8. Okay I love this top with that skirt. It is just gorgeous together, I can envision a blazer for work and it'd be so cute! I use Dryel because it seriously works! Great post lady!

  9. I always use Dryel on my thrifted clothing too. It really helps keep the budget in-line!

  10. I am guilty of passing on clothing because it's dry clean only, and I'll be honest I have heard of Dryel, but was skeptical. After reading your post I'm willing to give it a try!


  11. I started using Dryel this year and I LOVE it! Saves so much money!

    More to Mrs. E

  12. Wow, it sounds so useful and time and money saving too! Great styling, I really like the shoes!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  13. Red is my go to color this season and this lace skirt is stunning. Thanks for linking-up with us.

  14. You look so lovely, Lyddie! That skirt is gorgeous!

    Jessica |

  15. Such a nice post! And I love the outfit too!
    Elise |

  16. OK I definitely need to try Dryel but I will be lying if I said I have never hand-washed or machine-washed (gentle cycle) Dry-Clean only pieces. This office look is stunning. The skirt, bag and shoes are all gorgeous. I featured this outfit on my post today so come take a peak dear Lydia. ;-)