It’s always a shame when you buy an expensive, cute top only to have the wash ruin it after a few cycles. Sometimes we follow all the instructions but just can’t get our clothing to last as long as we’d like it to. Not only do we hate to see our favorite go-to items go, we end up spending tons of money on the same pieces of clothing. Not only do I love every piece of clothing I put into my closet, but I would much rather be spending money on something new, than replacing something that didn’t last. With a little extra effort and care, you can make your clothes last longer than they ever have. So, while we can’t bring back the clothes of the past, we can look forward to a bright future of long-lasting clothing with these tips on how to make clothes last.
Don’t Wash if It’s Not Necessary
I always thought that washing after every wear was the right thing to do. I used to do laundry everyday and wash things whether they were dirty or not. However, I’ve learned that this NOT the way to go, and is a huge reason my clothes were started to fade and tear! So a good rule of thumb is, unless your something is stained or you’ve worn it a few times, wait to wash it. Try to wear it a few more times before throwing it in the dirty laundry bin. Not only will this avoid fading, but your clothes will stay softer and maintain that new look!
Avoid the Dryer
It’s no surprise that heat is terrible for clothes. Not only does this cause your clothes to shrink, but it also causes colors to fade quickly. Heat from dryers ruin the fabrics fibers, even quicker than normal. I know how easy it is to just throw your clothes in the dryer, but when it comes to make clothes last longer, line drying is the way to go. Try hanging your clothes outdoors on bright and sunny days. If not, line drying on hangers or a rack works, too. If line-drying isn’t an option, buy a dryer ball – they’re inexpensive and they reduce time spent in the dryer.
Don’t Dry Clean
Many people think that dry cleaning is better for clothing than laundry at home. Unfortunately, this is NOT true! Starch is terrible for your clothing, and if over-used can easily ruin fabric. Instead, try steaming your clothes at home with a steamer or by running a hot shower. If your clothes require dry cleaning, try to use it sparingly. If you find yourself taking clothes to the dry cleaner’s often, ask them to be laundered and to skip the starch.
Since I first learned how to do laundry, I was taught to ALWAYS read the tags. The problem is, that’s not always the best way to take care of your clothes. It’s often best to wash in cold water with a splash of detergent. It’s important to remember delicates should still be washed separately, but hand-washing is the best way to go. Make sure to separate Jeans and jackets with zippers from other clothing to avoid ripping or tearing. Lastly, any printed tees should be turned inside out to avoid fading of ink.
Use Dye Baths
Dye baths are perfect for faded black clothing, especially jeans that are turning gray. Buying a dye bath is a great investment to save all your favorite jeans, sweaters and tees! Wash your clothes in a dye bath and they’ll look new before you know it. Not only will it save you stress and time, but it will save you tons of money! Your wardrobe will be refreshed before you know it.
Figuring out how to make clothes last isn’t as complicated as it seems. You just have to follow a few simple steps to make give your clothes the love they deserve! Constantly replacing the same shirts, jeans, and jackets can get pretty expensive. I love every piece of clothing and jewelry I add to my wardrobe and hate to see any of them go to waste. Whether you spend tons of money on your wardrobe or stick to a strict budget, taking the time to care for your clothing will make clothes last a lifetime.
Looking for inspiration to build your dream closet? Check out Beth’s post, 3 Steps to Finding Your Style and Owning It.
Check out Beth’s ebook “How to Curate and Cultivate Your Dream Wardrobe” to learn more about building your perfect closet. Her 168 YEAR-ROUND OUTFITS EBOOK will show you how to start a basic wardrobe with essential classic pieces to make year-round outfits.
Written by Gabby Rangle with excerpts written by Anna Skowron for Chic Galleria Publications, LLC.