We all have one or two items of clothing in our wardrobes that we’ve worn countless times. It could be a shirt or a little black dress. These items stay in our wardrobes for years and become go-to items. But some items of clothing we own don’t last half as long and wear out after just a few washers. This often results in us having to spend a fortune on replacing them which can be both annoying and inconvenient. The quality of the item is often the blame but so is the care it is given. If you don’t store or wash them correctly, they are never going to last. So if you’re eager to preserve the contents of your wardrobe, read through this expert advice.
Teach yourself to sew
Rips, lost buttons and dropped hems can happen at any moment and could force you to throw clothing away. While you could take them to a tailor, this can take time and cost you money. By teaching yourself some basic sewing skills, you can learn how to repair these clothing problems quickly and for little money. All you need is a simple sewing kit, which you can find at most craft stores. Make sure you get black and white thread too as these will probably the ones you use most often. Sites like Crafty provide guides and tutorials on how to repair and salvage clothing. You can also find sewing for beginners videos on Youtube. Instead of getting rid of slightly damaged clothing, put your new sewing skills to the test.
Pay attention to labels
The labels on your clothes are not just there to show off a brand name and the size. They actually provide a wealth of information and instructions that should be following to the letter. Instead of use assuming how a garment should be washed, pay closer attention to the labels of your clothing. You might discover that an item requires dry cleaning or should be washed in cold temperatures. You may even find that you’ve been washing at too high a temperature, and that is why you’ve experienced shrinking. To ensure you look your best in every item of clothing, get into the habit of check the label before every wash.
Fold and hang neatly
The storing of your clothes is just as important as its cleaning. If you take the time to store them correctly, they are more likely to last longer. So instead of leaving them on the floor or in a messy pile, get into the routine of hanging and folding them neatly instead. Invest in quality hangers that are designed for jackets, trousers and tops. Empty your wardrobe and rehang every item that requires it. Jeans and jumpers are items that can benefit from being folded rather hung up. Also, don’t cram too much into your wardrobe as this can cause fading, wrinkles and tearing.
Hopefully, this expert advice will have shown you how easy it is to make your clothes last longer. Whether it’s your new boho dress or a pair of jeans you’ve had for decades, give your clothes the care and respect they deserve.