Now that I’m living with a capsule wardrobe, I am beginning to see how quickly clothes can wear out when you don’t have many of them. That combined with the fact that I’m on a self-imposed shopping ban until the end of the year means that I have to find as many ways to make my clothes last longer as possible.
Here are 6 easy ways you can make your clothes last longer without making any big changes to your everyday habits.
Pay Attention to Color
One of the easiest things you can do is make sure to avoid wearing certain colors of clothes at certain events, like don’t wear a white shirt if you’ll be working in the garden, getting dirty. Another example is wearing white pants and eating spaghetti – I did this a few months ago and ended up with tomato sauce on my pants. Luckily it came out in the wash, but I would’ve been upset if it hadn’t as I don’t have the money in my budget to replace stained clothes all the time.
Avoid Special Cleaning Instructions
Another tip I’ve always followed is to avoid buying clothes that require special cleaning instructions, like dry clean only or hand wash clothes. These items are very limited in my wardrobe as I don’t want to deal with the hassle, or the expense, of cleaning them.
Only Wash Clothes When They Need It
Wearing my jeans twice and my jackets and over shirts two or three times cuts down on how much laundry I have to wash, dry, and fold each week. Plus it also cuts down on the wear and tear of washing my clothes. This helps delay your clothes from pilling, stretching out, fading, and more.
Another cleaning tip is to wash everything on delicate and dry it on low heat if you dry it in the clothes dryer at all. I hand as much of my clothing as possible as this makes it last much longer.
Make Repairs if Possible
Some things are easy to repair, like replacing a button or taking up a hem on pants that are too long. This can give your clothes a longer lifespan and save you money in the long-run as you won’t have to replace your clothes as often.
Don’t Rip Tags Off
When you get new clothes it’s tempting to rip off the plastic tags, but this can tear your clothes or make them have a weak spot that will wear out faster in the future. You should always cut the tags off of new clothes instead. This rule also applies when the tag in the clothes you already own is making you feel itchy – always cut it out instead of ripping it out.
Folding vs Hanging
Make sure you store clothes properly so they maintain their shape and structure. Some clothes should be hung, like wrinkly dress clothes, and other things, like stretchy sweaters, should be folded and put in drawer or on a shelf.
Can you think of any other ways to make clothes last longer?