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I hope you lovebugs are doing well! Today I wanted to blog tips on how I care for my clothes. Style is an investment, and I’m a firm believer that if you invest in a piece of clothing, you should get as much use as possible out of it. Believe it or not, some of the articles of clothing that I currently wear are from high school! Sometimes I swear that I have an emotional attachment to certain pieces of clothing. I’m somewhat of a hoarder (I swear, it’s only clothes) and I have trouble letting go of my favorite articles of clothing, which is why I try to make an effort to take care of my clothes.
Today, I’m sharing 10 tips on how to make your clothes last longer. Let’s dive into it!
Tip #1: Invest in quality clothing
Okay…. I’m not going to lie, this is advice I never really started following until as of lately. I always was that person who looked for the cheapest stuff I could possibly find. Forever 21 was my bestie. Not that I have anything against Forever 21, because I totally identify as a bargain hunter. However, I’ve come to learn that buying $10 sandals that break only two months later are simply not worth it. Sometimes, quality trumps price. I’d rather invest in a $60 sweater that won’t unravel easily than a $15 sweater that won’t last me more than a month.
Not sure what to save on versus what to splurge on? Generally, I tend to splurge on denim, jackets, sweaters, and shoes, and penny-pinch on t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tops. Example: A few years ago I bought a $300 North Face winter parka, which to me broke the bank (hellooooo broke college kid). Nevertheless, I’ve used that jacket for 4 winters and counting. And it’s still in perfect shape. The investment was TOTALLY worth it.
Tip #2: The less wash, the better
This tip especially holds true with denim. I don’t even want to tell you how many times I wear my jeans before I wash them because you guys would probably be repulsed, LOLZ. But for real, I try to wear my clothes as many times as possible before washing them. It prevents general wear and tear, and make the material last as long as possible.
Tip #3: Avoid the dryer at all costs
If I had a dollar for how many tops I’ve shrunk in the dryer and ruined, I’d be rich. Ugh, the struggle is SO real, BBs. My general rule of thumb is to let my clothes tumble on low heat for only two minutes to get the wrinkles out, and then lay flat to air dry. I would also highly recommend buying a drying rack. (Since my kitchen always seems to becomes a laundry room on Sunday’s.) Heat is SO damaging for your clothes; try to avoid drying at all costs.
Tip #4: Iron with care
I have a small closet, so it’s usually overstuffed with clothes, which results in my clothes getting wrinkly. I’m always using my trusty old iron, but if you aren’t careful, an iron can be your worst enemy. Be mindful of the settings on your iron, and what material your clothes are made of. A general guide: Nylon, Silk, Polyester should be ironed at a cooler setting; whereas wool, cotton, and linens should be ironed at a hotter setting. Your iron will likely have a gauge to help you with this.
Tip #5: Always keep a stain remover with you, when possible
It’s ironic that I’m wearing white in this post, because I have a HUGE problem with staining my white clothes. It seems that no matter how careful I try to be, something always stains my white dress or top. (Me and Ketchup DO NOT get along). My friends joke around that I should carry a bib with me. 😉 Which is why I pretty much always carry Tide-to-Go in my purse for emergencies. I also highly recommend Shout spray for at-home stain removing. The trick is to treat the stain ASAP to prevent permanent damage.
Tip #6: Use quality beauty care products that don’t stain or ruin clothing
For me, the culprits usually are makeup and deodorant. Particularly, those embarrassing white deodorant stains happen to me ALL.THE.TIME. There is nothing more gross than deodorant that leaves stain marks on your clothing. In fact, according to Dove, when faced with white marks, 57 percent of women report trying to wash them out, while ultimately 1 in 3 women say they’ve had to change their outfit completely. That’s why I love using Dove Invisible Dry Spray Antiperspirant. It goes on invisible, leaving no white marks on 100 colors and keeping you fresh all day!
Tip #7: Use a mesh bag to wash bras & delicates
Another mistake I have made 58359350 times: Ruining my bras in the dryer. My old roomie in college actually introduced the mesh bag idea to me, and since then, it’s been a lifesaver. The mesh bag separates your bra from the other clothing, preventing tangles within the bra straps and unnecessary stretching, wear, and tear.
Tip #8: Store well
I like to hang my clothes as much as possible to avoid wrinkles, but I know that this is not always possible, especially if your closet space is small. Typically, I store basically anything that I lounge in (older t-shirts, sweat pants, yoga pants, pajamas, etc.) in my dresser drawers, with the heavier clothes on the bottom. The same goes for denim, shorts, bras, and panties. I hang everything else in my closet (tops, sweaters, jackets, coats, skirts). Additional tip: Be sure to use sturdy, good quality hangers. Not doing this will result in potentially molding a new unwanted shape of your clothes and stretching them out.
Be sure to sort your laundry before washing. Sometimes I will wash 6 small loads in a day to avoid washing three huge loads that could potentially bleed into each other and mess up my lighter colored clothes. This goes back to College 101, but sort your clothes into colors. I only have separate piles for darks, brights, whites, and towels. I also separate my delicates vs. non-delicates. Be mindful of washing anything that could produce lint, such as sweaters or towels, with other items of clothing. It’s amazing how fast clothes can be ruined in the washer by getting mixed in with other clothing.
Lastly, probably the best tip I can offer to prevent clothing aging is to minimize how many times you wear the article of clothing. Of course, this is simple logic; the more times you wear something, the more it will wear and tear. I try to avoid wearing my “nice” clothes at all costs. For example, if I’m just lounging around the house, you’ll never catch me dead in a nice sweater and jeans. I’m all about comfort and practicality. I try to only wear my “nice” clothes when I have commitments, such as work, school, meetings, etc.
It’s funny because sometimes I avoid wearing my new clothes in fear of ruining them! Anyone else ever do this?! Or maybe I’m just weird. 😉
Photos by Shaunae Teske // Dress: Target | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (out of stock but linked a similar pair HERE) | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Hat: Faded Glory
Hopefully you are already practicing some of these tips but if not, it’s never too late to start! What are your tips for clothing care? Leave me a comment below!
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