When times are tough, you need to get the best bang for buck from your wardrobe, and that means maintaining your clothes so they last.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Signature Wardrobe Planning says, “it doesn’t matter whether your clothes cost a lot or a little, getting into the habit of taking care of them will increase their life.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for maintaining your clothes:
- Before you get dressed: Some chemicals can damage fabrics, so allow your deodorants, lotions and perfumes time to dry before you get dressed.
- Protect them from your jewellery and bags: Sharp or rough edges can tear or pill clothing. Apply clear nail polish to your jewellery, and avoid bags with zippers or other features that may rub against your clothes.
- When you get home: Immediately change your clothes, take everything out of the pockets and brush, mend, or press before storing them appropriately.
- Air them out: Ideally, allow 24 hours before wearing again. This gives them time to relax back into shape.
- Follow the care instructions: If the instructions are handwash or dry clean, you risk ruining them if you throw them in the washing machine. If you aren’t willing to follow the instructions, stick to easy-care labels.
These five tips help you with maintaining your clothes and getting the best value from them.
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