How to Care For Your Vikki Vi Clothes
Posted by Jen Anderson on
We keep hearing from customers who are still wearing Vikki Vi pieces from the 90s. Which is 20+ years ago even though it seems like last week. Yet they don't look out of style because classics look good no matter what the latest trends are. But how on earth do people keep their clothes in wearable shape for decades?
It starts with the fabric. The material we use to make Vikki Vi clothing is something really special. It's made from acetate with just a hint of spandex. That acetate is what makes our clothes last so very long. It won't pill or sag no matter how much you wash it. That keeps Vikki Vi clothes from looking old and tired.
But acetate isn't like other fabrics and so it needs to be treated a little differently.
What is acetate, anyway?
It's made from wood pulp. No, seriously. The wood pulp undergoes some chemical processes and is then extruded into fibers that are woven or knit into fabric.
How should I store my Vikki Vi clothes?
Not on a hanger. Not even a velvet one. Our fabric stretches. That's because it's heavier than other materials. The weight makes it drape over your body like a dream. The weight also pulls it down so it gets longer.
The best way to store Vikki Vi clothing is to roll it up like you do when packing luggage. That will keep it from wrinkling. Keep the rolls in a drawer or in the closet in a hanging shoe organizer like this one. (That specific one is no longer available, but you get the idea.)
How should I wash my Vikki Vi clothes?
Just throw those babies in the washing machine on the gentle cycle. But keep them out of the dryer. (I put them in mesh bags so that it's easy to pick out everything that shouldn't go in the dryer.) Ideally, you'll lay each piece flat on a towel to dry. If you don't have the space for that, hang them over a hanger - draped over the bar, not hung by the shoulders. That will minimize the stretching. Just be sure to roll them up as soon as they dry. You can speed up the drying by putting them in the dryer on fluff (no heat) for 15 minutes before laying them flat. Heat melts spandex, so resist the temptation to toss something in the dryer to dry it in a hurry.
Do not dry clean your Vikki Vi clothes. Just don't. Dry cleaning chemicals will make the fabric stiff and smelly. Save your money. Machine washing will get them cleaner.
What can ruin my Vikki Vi clothes?
This material snags more easily than other fabrics. Be careful around cats, dogs, wood furniture, etc. That may mean changing when you get home from work even though our stuff is super comfortable.
Oil stains are death for acetate. It's just the nature of the beast. You can get other stains out of it without much problem, and actually you will be able to get oil out too. The problem is that anything that will take oil out of the fabric will also take dye with it. Be careful around salad dressing and other oily or greasy foods. An apron is your friend.
Hairspray can discolor the fabric, so adjust your morning routine accordingly.
What about fit?
This material isn't meant to be worn oversized. Order the size that matches your measurements. The fabric will grow a little over time, so going big now will mean going way too big later. For pants, stick with your hip measurements instead of your waist because the elastic waistband will stretch over time.
If you take your Vikki Vi clothes to be altered, make sure the tailor uses a stretch stitch. Ideally, you want someone who has worked with this material before. The industry name is "slinky", which we don't use for obvious reasons. But you want a seamstress who knows what that is. Save time by calling around first.
Easy enough for ya?
You do have to take care of our clothes just a little differently than other fabrics. But it's still not that hard to do. And it's way easier than running to the dry cleaner every week.
I have worn Vikki Vi for many years. I found it in Nordstrom in Maryland in the 1990’s, and always wear it to go out to dinner in a nice restaurant because it can always b dressed up or down, with the right jewelry. It travels very well, and requires little maintenance. The fit is always perfect, and always looks amazing! I love the blouses, and jackets, especially the ones which have great prints on them (I love bright colors!). I was very happy to find Plus by Design after Nordstrom stopped carrying Vikki Vi.
Re: oil stains; I’m ALWAYS getting salad dressing stains on my Vikki Vi tops,and have not had a problem getting them out without affecting the dye. Simply wet the stain and surrounding area with cold water, get a drop of Woolite “Dark” on your finger, rub in gently, rinse thoroughly with cold water, and blot between terry towels. Lay flat to dry, and voila! no stain, no color change, and no ‘water ring’! Try it—it’s worked for me for years! I’ve also used this technique to pre-treat a stain immediately before washing the whole garment.
I NEVER use the dryer to dry my V Vs… I wash on gentle cycle and air dry.. seriously my V Vs are ready when I am and I don’t stress about what to wear like I use to.. I feel comfortable and together when I step out in my V Vs.. I have accumulated several pieces of several colors and they take me from season to season.. it’s been a real blessing finding your clothing… thanks Danielle!
“Til now, my Vikkis have been hand washed and spun in a small centrifugal extractor that leaves them almost dry enough to wear. This also allows me to hang every piece for an hour before putting them away. Now that I am “elderly” and getting a bit of arthritis in some of my fingers, I have invested in laundry bags for them. The washing machine spin still leaves quite a bit of moisture in them, so I still spin them in my contraption. I truly believe my Vikkis have lasted so long because they have been hand washed.
I have been wearing Vicki Vi for many many years. I only wear black, and the style has not changed. If the style would change a bit in black I would love to buy more