I just scored a very nice silky pair of trousers at Salvation Army*. At first glance, I though I had a pair of Versaces, but it turns out the brand is Verse. All of the fabric/cleaning info sewn into the pants was in German, so I had to google.
It turns out that cupro is a fancy “silk substitute” like rayon and tencel are designed to be. It is made from wood fiber and cotton by-products. (I thought I was holding silk, at first, but I recognize the word for silk in most languages, so then I was fearful about cleaning issues)
No worries. I googled cupro fabric, found out what it is, then I googled “cleaning cupro fabric” and found out that it can be washed and dried in washing machines and dryers. It can also be line-dried, and dry-cleaned.
Hooray! My Salvation Army score is truly a score! I can wash the trousers, and then hang them to dry.
They fit like they were made for me (when I want to wear cropped pants – that’s always an issue at my height, but with the right pair of shoes, they will be nice “ankle” pants. (I’m wearing them tomorrow!)
*If you are reading me from outside New York City, Salvation Army is a Christian denomination which has a mission addressed to the homeless, the poor, and those who are marginalized by drug addiction, prison conviction, or mental retardation (as nearly as I can figure it). The mission to the poor involves accepting tax-deductible donations of clothing and appliances from the public and re-selling them at prices affordable to the poor (today was family day, so the pants I mentioned, priced at $7.99, cost me $4.00. I also got an Ann Taylor blouse for $1.50, a Gap shirt for $1.50, and a Chico’s Traveler’s shirt jacket for $3.00). Since I cannot afford to shop at all, today I was able to get in a serious shopping fix for under $10.00, and still have fancy respectable clothes that I can wear to work . ) We are really lucky in New York City, because rich people do not wear their clothes much, and often donate them rather than clean them. (Everything I scored today bore a dry-cleaners’ tag: nice rich donors!)
If you live in another city, you might find GoodWill (they primarily help disabled people) or AmVets (to help American military veterans)
If you live in another country, I am hoping that your country has something similar, because it really is helpful to be able to buy nice clothes when you have little money.