10 Tips for Longer Lasting Clothes
Clothing can be very expensive, which is why it’s extremely important to take good care of the clothes that you do have, so that you don’t have to replace them as often.
Following are a few tips for longer lasting clothes.
1. Invest in high quality staples
I don’t like to pay full price for anything, but there are some things you should invest in, and that includes a few staple clothing items.
- Winter Jacket
- Spring Jacket
- Jeans (2-3 pairs)
- Dress Pants (1 pair if you don’t get dressed up often, 2-3 if you do)
- Socks (100% cotton – to prevent stinky, sweaty feet!)
- Little Black Dress
You save money by investing in some key staple items, because they usually last longer, so you don’t have to replace them for quite some time after you make your purchase.
When you are investing in a high quality article of clothing, be sure to look at the seams. Are the sewn properly or do they look messy?
How does the garment feel? If it doesn’t feel good in your hands, it’s definetely not going to feel good on your body.
2. Hanging or folding?
Make sure that you are folding all clothes that can be folded and not hanging them, and clothing that needs to be hung is not being folded.
- T-shirts – Folded
- Dress Shirts- Hung
- Jackets- Hung
- Jeans – Folded
- Leggings – Folded
- Swimwear – Folded
- Pajamas – Folded
- Sweaters – Folded
3. Avoid frequent washings
Washing your clothing breaks the fibers down, so you want to avoid washing your clothes for as long as possible. This is key for longer lasting clothes. You honestly do not have to wash an article of clothing every single time you wear it. I know it seems normal to toss your clothes in the hamper when you take them off, but sometimes that’s just not necessary.
Of course, if your clothing is clearly dirty, wash it. If it’s covered in sweat, wash it. But if it’s neither of those things – it’s probably okay to wear at least one more time before you throw it in the washing machine.
This is going to sound totally disgusting, but if I can’t tell if a shirt is dirty or not, I smell the armpits. That’ll often tell you if the shirt is dirty or not!
4. Wash in cold water
Many (but not all) fabrics hold up better when they are washed in cold water, as opposed to hot or warm.
There is no need for you to wash clothing in anything but cold water (unless of course, your clothing tag states HOT). Not only will your clothing last longer, but you will save loads of money off of your energy bill as well.
5. Zip and tie before washing
Always zip up all zippers and tie all strings together, to avoid those articles of clothng from ruining everything else that you have in the washing machine (and possibly ruining themselves)!
One time I forgot to tie up the strings on one of my hoodies and when I took it out of the washing machine, the string was all 3/4 of the way out of the hood and was all chewed up. I never did end up getting that string back into the hood.
6. Wash your clothing inside out
This is one of the absolute best ways to ensure longer lasting clothes – when you wash your clothing without turning everything inside out, the colours are going to fade very quickly.
If it’s too much work for you to turn everything inside out before a wash, do it as you take your clothes off and toss them inro the hamper. That way everything is all ready to go on laundry day.
7. Wash your undergarments with care
Bras and underwear made of fabrics other than cotton tend to break down quickly when they are exposed to the heat of a dryer. Hang them to dry instead, so that they will last much longer.
Don’t forget those little mesh bags for bras. You can find these at many dollar stores and they are fabulous for keeping your bra straps from getting tangled around other articles in your washing machine (don’t forget to fasten the bras, as well).
8. Clean your shoes often
You should try to wipe down your shoes often, to prevent dirt from sticking around for good.
Just use a damp cloth and clean off your shoes before putting them away. It’s a good idea remove any large dirt clumps or pebbles from the bottom of your shoes as well.
9. Treat stains immediately
Stains are much easier to remove from clothing if you tend to them right away. Don’t let them sit… and definetely don’t try just putting them through the wash. If you put a stained item into the dryer, that stain is going to be there for good.
10. Separate your whites & darks
Always seperate your whites from your darks, if you want your clothing to last longer. Dark clothing can bleed onto your white clothing and white clothing can leave lint on your darks.
Do you have any tips for longer lasting clothes?