While I like buying new things just as much as the next person, there are a few items I’ve had in my wardrobe since high school! I don’t buy really expensive clothing â€“ the most expensive brand in my closet right now is Zara â€“ but I have spent quite a bit of time figuring out best practices for preserving the items I do have.
Whether you shop at Padini or Armani, these 6 tips will help you keep whatever clothes, shoes, and accessories you have in like-new condition.
1. Get Your Clothes Tailored
While taking your clothing to a tailor can add to the “purchase price” of the item, it will go far in extending the life of the items you own. A good tailor can fit every item of clothing to your body.
Tailoring can be especially important with items like jeans and pants. Long hems that drag along the ground will destroy pants quickly, so immediately take them to a tailor who will hem them so that they perfectly fit with the shoes you will most likely wear with said pants.
2. Invest in High-Quality Hangers
Investing in high-quality hangers can truly be the difference between keeping a sweater for six months or keeping it for a year. Wire hangers like those that dry cleaners used will wreck sweaters and softer shirts with their hard edges.
To counter the problem, invest in cloth or velvet hangers. They’re thin, so you can really pack the clothes into your closet, and the velvet lining ensures that your clothing will not slip off the hanger. The soft edges of this hanger also will not leave any permanent marks on the items in your wardrobe.
3. Purchase â€“ and Use â€“ a Lint Brush
Before leaving the house each morning, quickly run a lint brush over your clothing, especially if you’re wearing something dark. While a lint brush will not necessarily help preserve the items in your wardrobe, it can help give you a little bit of extra polish.
4. Dry Clean the Dry Clean Only Items
This tip is pretty much just common sense. If an item’s tag says “dry clean only,” then stop trying to wash that item yourself. Of course, you could always try. But if your intention is extending the life of your wardrobe then always follow the instructions on the tag.
If you do not want to spend the money to take items to a dry cleaner then you may want to consider looking for a similar item that can be washed in a traditional washing machine.
5. Keep Nice Handbags in Dust Bags
If your handbag did not come with a dust bag, one can easily be purchased or you could make a DIY dust bag out of a pillowcase.MYNEWSHUB Text: SARA KHALID