On Making Clothes Last
I don't get a chance to shop very often. Though I adore fashion and styling looks, I don't have the bank account to support even a monthly shopping treat. It's been this way for a few years now though, and because of this, I've learned a few key things about keeping my clothes looking as nice as possible, for as long as possible.
Tip One: If you don't sweat too much in a piece, and it doesn't smell at the end of the day, don't wash it. Hear me out. I know that sounds weird, but no one knows that you're re-wearing dirty clothes but you. Unless you regularly hand wash your garments, a washing machine can beat them up. Not too much at once, but over time, there's an noticeable effect. Personally, I rarely wash jeans or sweaters. I'll even skip on dresses and anything black or white. Washing too much can alter the color of your garments as well.
Tip Two: Throwing your clothes in a dryer regularly can also rough them up a bit. Consider air drying those extra special pieces. I love to air dry my knit wear and dresses. A clothesline outside is perfect (and my dream), but hanging your pieces in front of an open window can make your space smell and feel lovely. That's one of my favorite things to do when it's not so hot out. The atmosphere makes doing laundry worth it.
Tip Three: Patch any tiny holes or other indiscretions as soon as you can. Small hand sewing repairs are incredibly simple, trust me. If you can't hand sew, I promise it's easy to learn. The internet is a great resource. Repairing your own pieces early can prevent them from becoming too torn up to save. Also, ironing is good (in moderation). Keep everything nice and neat, and a piece that's five years old can still look fairly new.
Tip Four: Of course, it always helps to invest. I'm guilty of buying into fast fashion myself (a habit I'm trying to break), but you get what you pay for. If you invest in pieces and treat them well, they'll last a lot longer.
Do you have any tips of your own for making clothes last longer? Please share! We could all use the advice!