Natural fabrics, in particular, says Boyd, respond well to hand-washing. Since so many clothes are made from fabric blends, when reading the labels, defer to the fabric that makes up the highest percentage in the blend. So if a skirt is 90 percent cashmere and 10 percent silk, wash it according to instructions for cashmere.
For more guidance on when to skip the dry cleaning, print out the Can I Be Washed? chart on TheLaundress.com and post it in your laundry room.