Whether you are looking to cut down your consumption of clothing, save money or make more eco conscious choices, making your clothes last longer is never a bad thing.
With trends changing constantly and the price of clothing falling, we as a generation we now have 5 times more items of clothing than our grandparents. We also on average wear an item of clothing just seven times before getting rid of it.
Not only is this creating an awful not of waste but also wasting a lot of energy in the production process. The fashion industry is one of the largest polluting industries in the world.
I'm not telling you to stop buying clothes, I'm also not saying don't ever buy fast fashion (I have a pair of Primark shorts that I wore for 4 summers and have now been relegated to very comfy pajama shorts) but here are some great ways to make your current wardrobe last longer and therefore less of a need to buy more items.
Buy Quality Pieces
The better quality the items you buy in the first place, the longer they will last for. Check the stitches, the material and the seams before you buy. Is it well made?Will the material stretch out of shape after a few wears?
Protect Your Clothes
If you are doing a messy task such as cooking, cleaning or redecorating wear an apron to protect your clothing. Or wear old clothing that you have designated for this type of task.
Store Your Clothes Properly
Use the right type of hangers, make use of the ribbon ties, fold sweaters and jumpers, don't hang them. The better you store them the better condition they will be in.
Avoid Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning is not the most eco friendly way to clean your clothes for a start. But it can also degrade the material quicker so try to avoid where possible.
Treat Stains as Soon as Possible
As soon as you notice a stain, get to work on it asap. A stain is going to be more difficult to remove the longer it sits there. If you have small stains that simply won't budge then you could try customising the item of clothing to cover it up such as small embroidery flowers.
Hand Wash Your Dedicates
Hand washing is gentler and much better for delicate garments such as lingerie and knitwear. Taking the time to so this will really make a difference to the garments longevity.
Fix Holes as Soon as You Find Them
As soon as you spot that hole, fix it. The longer it is left the bigger it will become and the more challenging it will be to sew up.
Always Read the Care Labels
Care labels are there for a reason. Following them will make your clothing last longer. Make sure you wash, dry and store accordingly.
Wash Dark Colours Inside Out
Fading is evevitable, especially with denim. But washing items inside out will help your clothing keep its full colour for longer and delay the fading process.
Only Wash Your Clothes When Dirty
If you have worn an item once and it's not dirty and doesn't smell then it can be worn again without washing it first. Each time you wash an item it looses fibers and it slowly degrades the material. Most clothing aside from lingerie and sports wear can be worn more than once before washing.
Set Your Washing Machine Correctly
Lowering the water temperature and reducing the amount of washing detergent and fabric softener will help your clothes last longer. Using specific settings such as sportswear and knitwear will also help.
I hope this post helps and gives you some suggestions to try out at home. Let me know if you also have any additional tips and tricks you'd like to share.
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