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!


Comments

  1. Oh I love this post on more sustainable fashion. I honestly don't get people that wash their clothes after every single time they've worn it? Most items shouldn't be washed that often honestly, if it isn't all sweaty and smells, but the majority won't be. Especially not clothes that are "outer" layers as sweater and jeans etc.

    I realize that this sounds a bit weird (and dumb), but not tossing clothes is a way of making other clothes last longer?! Hahah because if you never toss clothes (only put them away for a few months when you're tired of them), you'll have a larger wardrobe = you'll have more clothes to choose from and won't wear the other pieces that much. Haha I'm in this situation as I've saved clothes for years and years (of course they're still in a good shape), so I don't have two dresses to choose from but 20 +. This is of course problematic as you need a large wardrobe and also still feel that you enjoy the clothing pieces. But I still do as I've bought pieces that I know will feel in style and trendy for a good couple of years. So what I'm trying to say is, why have 1 favorite sweater to wear all the time when you can have several haha?!

    Hope you're having a lovely week Amber! Xx
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    1. I agree with both things! I'm a clothes hoarder, and it's a habit that's served me well. Thanks Mia!

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  2. Great tip to not over-wash some items! I used to make that mistake with denim, and found myself churning through countless pairs for no good reason! Have a lovely week Amber :)

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  3. I have 100% ruined beautiful garments by just tossing them in the dryer. I don't wash jeans or sweaters as much as I do other items of clothing. Underwear gets changed and washed out daily, but denim can be worn a lot. By the way, I like the closeups you've taken of the garments here. I can almost feel the texture through the screen!

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    1. Oh yeah, me too. Underwear gets washed after each wear, of course, but that's one of the few things that does. I tend to wash pajamas after each wear as well, but that's a slightly different story. Worn in pajamas are my favorite.

      Thank you Alyse! That's a huge compliment!

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  4. Thanks for the tips hon! I am also guilty for not washing my jeans very often. They tend to wash off and shrink a bit after washing them, so trying to avoid that as much as I can lol. And it's so true, we get what we pay for. What tips would you recommend for sweaters? Wishing you a great day. xx

    Andreea,
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    1. It's actually great for your jeans that way though! Sweaters are definitely the longest lasting items I own. My best tips are to wash them as rarely as possible, air dry them only, and shave them with a basic razor when the pills build up. Also store them folded instead of on a hanger. A hanger can stretch out the shoulders in an odd way.

      Thanks Andreea!

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