Nowadays, we buy often and throw clothes away almost as fast.
A little hole and it goes straight to the trash bin! But that’s the deal with Fast fashion: a quick renewal of collection, attractive prices but poor quality.
That’s why we’d rather advocate for slow-fashion. We focus on quality rather than quantity. So making a garment last longer is a topic we know well. On top of that, without necessarily being an anti-fast fashion, we all have favorite pieces of clothing that we’d love to keep forever.
In this article, you will learn 7 easy-to-implement tips that will give your clothes a longer life expectancy.
1°) PREFER QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Buying quality clothes is a better investment in the long term.
If prices are generally higher than H & M or Zara, it is because the fabrics are also of much better quality. The grammage is higher and the weaving tighter.
This type of material is more comfortable and will last longer. It will not pill and will resist better to frictions in the long run.
The seams are also less fragile, and this will also allow the garment to better keep its shape.
2°) WASH YOUR CLOTHES DELICATELY
Proper Laundry is a must if you want to keep your clothes longer.
Each garment has a care label with care instructions..
As a matter of fact, some clothes can not withstand the dryer, the ironing step or being washed at more than 86° F. You could damage the fibers and the garment if you exceed the indicated heat.
Finally, there are tips to avoid damaging your clothes when you put them into a machine:
- Close all zippers. Each small notch of the closure can damage another garment by clinging in during the wash.
- Turn the clothes upside down before washing to preserve colors, prints, or fragile elements.
- Use laundry nets for your underwear. The staples of the grooves can damage other clothes, especially stitches. By the way, it is best to place them in a net and close the staples.
3°) WASH ONLY WHEN NECESSARY
Each wash can gradually damage the clothes. That’s why, you should wash your clothes when needed because they do not all require the same maintenance.
Underwear, for example, should be washed after each use. Jeans or sweaters, meanwhile, can be worn several times before going to the laundry.
To avoid washing your clothes too often, all you have to do is ventilate your dressing room.
Ideally, open the window and your dressing room every morning. Your clothes will look better and won’t smell musty.
4°) LET YOUR IRON IN THE CLOSET
The iron heat damages the fiber of the garment.
Besides, bad ironing can also deform it.
That’s why, avoid the ironing step as much as possible. Otherwise, here are some tips to do so:
- Hang the clothes directly when it has finished turning. So, it does not have time to wrinkle while cooling in the drum.
- Shake the clothes before hanging. If they are out at the end of the cycle, they are still warm enough to unwind well.
Nevertheless, some clothes require you to iron them.
Then, prefer the steamer rather than a conventional iron. The steamer is a device that allows you to unwind a garment without putting it in contact with an iron soleplate, by merely using steam.
However, if you do not have a steamer, you do not need to buy one. Just hang your laundry on a clothes hanger and place your iron vertically sending steam.
If the folds resist too much, then iron your clothes normally.
5°) STORE THEM PROPERLY
The way you store and fold (link on how to fold a t-shirt) your clothes can lengthen their life.
If you choose to hang them on hangers, invest in quality hangers. Indeed, a poor quality hanger or with a form that does not suit the type of clothing could deform it. There are wider hangers for jackets and thinner for t-shirts, for example.
If you can fold your garment, fold it properly. If it is badly folded, it can create creases.
6°) GIVE A SECOND LIFE TO THE COLORS WITH DYES
When a garment has rubbed off, is stained, or has lost its luster, it does not mean that it’s time to throw away. It is possible to give it a second life.
For black clothes that have become gray, there are bags of dye that you can put in your laundry to make them get their intense black back.
This technique also works with plain and stained clothes. With a bag of black dye, you will give a new life and new look to your clothes.
But, you can also keep your pieces white, even if they are stained or yellowed. Dilute some oxygenated water or bleach before launching your machine, and you’re done.
Your clothes will come out as new.
7°) HOLES ARE NOT OUR ENEMY
Your favorite t-shirt, jacket or jeans is holed? Do not panic, solutions exist.
If you know a good dressmaker or finisher, entrust your garment to her or him to close the hole.
If you do not know how to sew or no one who can do it, try badges or embroidery!
Positioned on the hole, they can hide it while customizing your clothes.
There are also fusible patches that are really easy to use.
Place the badge in the desired location, place a towel over it and put the iron on for about 30 seconds. Then turn the garment upside down for a better fit, mainly if the badge is on a “sensitive” place such as elbows, shoulders, knees, etc.
Sewing your perforated clothes can also save you a lot of money as you won’t need to constantly buy clothes.
There are several tips to lengthen the life of the hidden treasures of your wardrobes.
Buying new clothes is not always the solution to replace your old ones. On the other hand, taking care of them is a way of delaying the deadline.
So, before throwing away your worn or discolored clothes, check out if you can not give them a second life!