7 Easy Ways To Add Years To The Lifetime Of Your Clothes
After investing a good amount of money into your clothes, the last thing you want to is have to replace them before you need to.
It's not uncommon that the practices we believe will maintain our clothes actually do more harm than good.
In order to protect your investment I've decided to put together this list.
Here we go...
- Don't wash your clothes too often (especially denim)
- You may be thinking, "That sounds disgusting" but hear me out. This is the fastest way to wear out your wardrobe simply because of the demands laundering puts on it. As long as your clothes don't smell or look dirty you should be ok to wear them for another round. Of course gym clothes, socks, and underwear are the exceptions to this rule.
- Invest in a good tree
- ...A shoe tree to be exact. These will maintain the structural integrity of your footwear which means that they'll look nearly as good as new for years to come. Ideal for leather dress shoes, you could use tree shoes for a pair of casual shoes or sneakers as well if you feel the need to preserve them.
- Hang-dry whenever possible
- Sticking to the laundry theme for a second, when you get around to washing your clothes try to hang dry them. Tossing them in the dryer after a wash is a surefire way to exhaust your wardrobe. The risk of shrinkage and colours fading greatly increases when using a dryer.
- Drawers vs. the closet
- I find that suits do best when hung up on wooden hangers (and covered with a suit bag). Certain items like jeans, gym clothes, and casual-wear (t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.) are perfectly fine to go in drawers. Keep your button-up shirts and knit pieces hung up in the closet.
- Add a Protective Layer
- To keep your shoes lasting long, one of my favourite things to do is to spray them with an all-weather protector. Considering how moody Calgary's weather is, this will help protect your beloved footwear from the elements. Even if you do get a little bit of dirt on them the chances of it permanently staining are less likely.
- Denim Care Tips From Denim-Heads
- In order to get the best, most original wear and tear on your jeans (specifically raw denim) is to avoid washing them unless absolutely necessary. If you find that they smell a little funky, toss them in an airtight Ziploc bag and then in the freezer for a few hours. You'll get rid of the smell and won't shorten the lifetime of your jeans too.
- Shave Your Clothes
- Not literally of course. You can easily clean up items that seem to be pilling (getting fuzzy or shedding) by running a razor on them. Just lay them on a flat surface like a table, pull the fabric tight, and gently shave away the pilling. Just be careful around seams, buttons, and stitching since you don't want to damage any of these.
Ya a few of these tips may sound a little grimy but trust me, they work!
One of the most common mistakes I used to make was to exhaust my wardrobe. Personally I like a pair of stiff jeans but throwing them in the wash every single week took away from that.
Once again, these are simply recommendations based on my own experience. Feel free to have your own take on it.
“If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. And if you play good, they pay good.”– Deion Sanders
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