Your clothes are an investment. This means that you will undoubtedly want to take the extra time to ensure that they are properly cared for and consistently appear as brand new as possible (not like that faded trophy husband shirt you should have thrown out decades ago). With that, here are four easy ways to keep your favorite clothes looking brand new.
1. Separate Business and Casual Wear
You will probably want to keep your work clothes in pristine condition. For this reason, the clothes you wear on the job should not be the same as your casual wear. Changing out of your work clothes as soon as you are home will ensure that they look great for a long time.
This raises a larger point: you should wear the clothes you want to keep the most pristine the least. Developing mindfulness concerning how often you wear your clothes is a great way to give your clothes time to recover in-between wearing and washing them, and a great way to add some spontaneity to your wardrobe. By wearing certain outfits less, you can rotate other outfits into your wardrobe, mixing and matching with various articles of clothing from other outfits as you desire.
2. Don’t Use Wire Hangers
I too have lost a few shirts to this curved menace. Not only are wire hangers bad for garments, they can also tear through cotton clothing! This effectively makes them a fashion hazard in my book. Why spend the money on clothes just to hang them on something that could potentially ruin them? Instead, spend even less money for much more effective plastic hangers. Your clothes and your wallet will thank you.
3. Deal with Stains Immediately
This should seem obvious, but many people still neglect stains until it is too late. The first step is noticing if your clothes are stained prior to washing them. If you spot a stain, make sure to treat it immediately before washing the clothing in question. If the stain sits for too long, like that trophy husband t-shirt you spilled nacho cheese all over, you may have to take the clothing to the dry cleaners to see if they can fix the problem.
4. Be Mindful of Your Laundry
Washing and drying, in addition to having an adverse effect on the environment, is a great way to wear out your clothing. Developing a mindfulness concerning when you wash your clothes and how many clothes you wash at a time will keep your clothes looking fresh and limit the amount of laundry you have to fold! To do this, wash your clothes as infrequently as possible, taking care to do so only when they are recognizably dirty (either visually or by scent).