Whether you are a fashion enthusiast or simply someone who wants to make the most of your wardrobe, simple style hacks can make a big difference in extending the lifespan of your favourite clothes. In this article, our style expert Lauren Simmonds, will uncover the art of caring for your wardrobe, offering you simple and effective methods to keep your clothes looking fresh and fabulous for years to come.
Part of having a great look is knowing what to wear as well as when and how to wear it, but as women with experience, we know that a huge marker of great style has often less to do with clothing and more about the way we look after our outfits. The finer details associated with grooming not only include being glamorous and having a radiant glow but also having wrinkle and lint-free clothes, pieces that are from tears and loose buttons or hems.
If one of your New Year’s intentions is a focus on quality over quantity or being better organised, then it’s important to know how to properly take care of your clothes and make them last longer.
Here are 7 essential tips to ensure your garments last the long haul and help you to become more sustainable when it comes to your wardrobe.
Garment Care Secrets
When Hollywood legend, Joan Crawford said: “Care for your clothes like the good friends they are“, she made a very good point.
We all have that one favourite piece of clothing that we never want to part with. Whether it’s a cosy sweater or a perfectly fitting pair of jeans, we want our clothes (and our good relationships) to last as long as possible. But with frequent wear and washing, our clothes can start to show signs of wear and tear.
That’s why it’s important to show a bit of respect for your wardrobe by pulling together an essential maintenance kit including:
When you buy new clothes, one of the first things to do is carefully review your pieces and snip any loose threads. Errant threads can cheapen the look of your clothing. That’s when a thread snipper comes in place. It allows for more precision when trimming threads vs. scissors.
Keep an emergency sewing kit that includes safety pins, scissors, needles and more both at home and in your office for repairing holes or reattaching buttons. Safety pins are great for fashion emergencies of all kinds (gapping shirts, hanging hems, etc.). And guess what? You can find plenty of cool kits on the market that are well-stocked and travel-friendly.
Stain removing wipes
Stains on clothes and fabrics can be frustrating, and they always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. Easy to use, individually packed, stain-removing wipes provide a convenient and effective solution to tackle stains on the go (From food spills to makeup smudges). They can easily fit into a purse, backpack, or even a pocket,
Some fabrics and colours are lint magnets. A lint roller is a handy tool for removing unwanted fuzz, pet hair, and other debris from your clothing before wearing it. It is also useful for removing lint from delicate fabrics, such as silk or velvet. Keep mini versions in your purse and/or car for on-the-go touchups.
Double-sided garment tape
Double-sided garment tape is great for short-term fabric fixes (keeping your garments in place, falling hemlines, gapping shirts), especially if sewing is not your strength. By applying it accurately, you can ensure that your clothes and accessories remain securely in place, eliminating any potential embarrassment or discomfort. Simply affix a strip of tape to the desired area on your clothing, such as the bra or skirt region, and firmly press it down. Et voilà.
A fabric shaver is a tool that can be used to remove lint, fuzz, and pilling from fabric surfaces. If you find that your clothes are starting to look a bit fuzzy, a fabric shaver can help to revive them. If you’re in a pinch, here is a secret for you revealed: use a disposable razor.
Keep your clothing crisp and wrinkle-free by learning how to use your iron correctly. Uses heat to loosen fabric fibres and press them flat. If you do it incorrectly, for example, by using too much heat on delicate material, you’ll end up ruining your clothes. Alternatively, if you are often in a rush, you can always invest in a good steamer, which uses moisture and heat to straighten wrinkles while your clothes are on a hanger. It can save you a lot of time and can protect your clothes from ironing burns.
Remember to always check the care label, use gentle detergents, and store your clothes properly to keep them looking their best. Last, but not least, try to keep your closet as neatly organised as possible. This will help prevent clothes from wrinkling and bunching and reduce “losing” clothes in your own wardrobe. Also, think twice about washing. Wash clothing only when necessary (many items can be worn multiple times). as this can potentially shorten the life of a garment.
With a little extra care, you can enjoy your favourite clothes for a long time and maintain positive feelings about yourself, too.