No clothing is going to last forever. But if you want the clothes you buy to last, and the contents of your wardrobe to remain intact for years to come, one of the best things you can do is to look after and care for your clothing properly. Whether you’re a lover of high-street brands, premium fashion, you enjoy luxury labels and designers garments, or maybe you prefer one-off vintage pieces, extending the life of your wardrobe and giving new life to the clothing you already own can only be a good thing.
Some tips for prolonging the wear of clothes you already own:
– Understand the material composition of your clothing so you can wash and care for your items accordingly.
– Over washing your clothing can lead to stretching, shrinking, and items losing colour. Always wash your pieces consciously, and be aware of how many times you carelessly throw something in the washing machine.
– Be careful of how much laundry detergent and fabric softener you use, using too much means it can settle on your clothing leaving a stiff and unwanted texture behind.
– Don’t wash your clothes on too high a heat, it can lead to stretching/shrinking and overtime will change the material composition of your clothing.
– Knitwear and heavily beaded items should never be hung, as hangers can cause these pieces to stretch and the shape of the garment to be distorted. Some clothes preferred to be stored flat and folded, do whatever works for the item in question. Store your clothes in the correct way for each item to preserve its quality and longevity.
– When storing your clothing, whether that be in a wardrobe, a chest of drawers, or a walk-in closet, keep your clothing away from heat, light, dust, and moisture.
– Keep where you store your clothes clean, so that your clothes themselves stay clean. It’s a no-brainer.
– If you ever take a garment to the dry cleaners, once you get your item back take the item out of the plastic covering as soon as you can, plastic coverings block air flow and can make your garments musty leading to deterioration.
– Buy good quality items to begin with, saving you the need to have to replace something in a couple months time when signs of wear and tear start to show. Spend a little more at the start to save a lot more in the future.
– If you can’t bear the thought of parting with a much-loved item but it doesn’t fit you quite how you’d like, why not take your clothing to the tailors and alter it? It’ll make you much more likely to keep what you already own.
– After a long hard day, I know the easiest thing to do is to just throw your worn clothes on a chair and deal with them tomorrow. But if you really want your clothes to last, just hang your clothing carefully after taking it off. It’ll save your clothing in the long run.
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