In today’s disposable world we no longer expect clothes to last a lifetime. Many are designed to be worn a few times and then thrown away, as fashion is an ever changing animal. With the right care, however, you can make some of your favourite clothing last for years and still look stylish. These can include those jeans that are almost welded on, that much-loved t-shirt or ‘wear anywhere’ top. Here’s how to make it happen:
With practical but stylish clothing
A simple black T-shirt, well cut jeans and boots are both practical and stylish — they never go out of fashion, in fact. You probably already have a few items that you just can’t bear to part with, and if they’re made from decent materials you won’t have to. The good thing about well-made clothes is that they have the advantage of being made from superior materials, designed to last for years. You may have to pay more money for higher quality clothes but the longevity of these items will make it worth the while in the long run.
Hand wash if possible
One of the safest bets when it comes to keeping your clothes in top condition is to go old school and wash them by hand with a mild detergent. Alternatively, you can use the hand wash setting on some of the newer washer dryer models, which can make your clothes ready again sooner for that big night out! Hand washing provides additional care for delicate fabrics such as silk and pure wool. Keep the water temperature to a minimum as high temperatures can easily shrink fabrics (horror!).
Keep washing to a minimum
If you’re only wearing certain items of clothing, such as a pair of jeans or sweater, once a week then try to keep washing these clothes to a minimum. Continually washing clothes can damage and wear out the fabric, leaving you with faded, worn-out items (if in some cases they can look cool, but don’t risk it!). You don’t need to wash jeans and jumpers every single time you wear them, just use your judgement and clean when needed. However, don’t let dirt build up because this can damage the fabric over time, not to mention become harder to shift.
Keeping your clothes looking fresh may take a little bit of extra effort, but will be worth it further down the line. Remember, the more you wear your favourite clothes, the more comfortable they’ll become. You’ll just have to take care of them if you want to keep going back to them! Or you can move with the times…