How to care for your wardrobe in 10 steps
1. Quality comes first
Everything from how a certain item looks, feels, how the seams are finished, how it looks after several times of washing, if it balls up when you rub the surface can all be factors that decide the quality of that item. The phrase “good quality” is something many people seem to use these days, but not many people know what it actually means. Guess you can say that many of us have a misunderstood perception of what it means today. Bottom line is, that if you want a solid, lasting wardrobe it all starts with you and your own buying habits.
2. Do the laundry right
You should always follow the instruction in the carelabel of your clothes, when it comes to washing and drying. Don’t put your everyday clothes in the dryer, and use it as little as possible in general to save the energy. Read more about how to develop a more eco-friendly laundry routine on our founders blog right HERE.
Ironing basic clothes like jersey t-shirts is great, because it really makes them look like new! Remember to follow the instructions in the carelabel, regarding how much heat it requires. A steamer is also a good investment because some items are too delicate for the iron anyway, plus it’s a great to refresh your clothes and extend the time between washes (plus for secondhand purchases it’s great for getting rid of that secondhand smell!).
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4. Make a capsule wardrobe/rotate your clothes
Storing away clothes from season to season, which you do when you have a capsule wardrobe, can really elongate the life of your clothes, because of that little break you give them. Learn how to build a capsule wardrobe right HERE.
5. Learn basic repair-skills
If you dont know how to take jeans up/in, mend a hole in a t-shirt, dye a pair of faded jeans or similar: well, youtube is your friend (unless you’re willing to pay to get these things done professionally)! Our founder has a series called “Fix your wardrobe” on youtube, where she shares her best tips on how to mend and fix up old clothes. You can find it right HERE. This also comes in handy for those secondhand purchases, that re amazing but might need a loving hand.
6. Store your clothes properly
How you store your clothes is actually pretty important, in terms of handling your wardrobe with care. A messy, over-flowing closet is not only rough on your clothes, but the older things are often being piled up in the back of the closet all while the new additions keep taking up space in the front. Get some ideas on how to store your clothes on our founders blog right HERE.
7. The importance of good hygiene
Ditch the harsh anti-perspirant and go for a more natural option like a crystal or similar. This way you avoid the risk of discoloring the armpits of your tops, which conventional deodorants tend to do over time. You totally avoid this, by switching to a natural deodorant! Other than that you can kill bacteria (an extend the time between washing your clothes) by using a steamer or popping your clothes into the freezer.
9. Making secondhand feel like new
It takes a bit of effort to make secondhand finds feel like your own, and to get rid of that very vintage-y smell some items might have. If you’re dealing with leather products, try giving the product a treatment with leather balm and leave it outside in fresh air. The balm extracts the smell. Repeat if necessary. If you’re dealing with garments and it isn’t enough with washing them (or if they’re too delicate to even wash), then ty this: mix 1 part vodka with 2 parts of water in a spray bottle, spritz the item you’re dealing with and leave it to dry in fresh air outside. Repeat if necessary.
9. How to clean jewelry
Through time your favourite jewelry may become dark/oxidized. But it’s actually super easy to make them look like new again, and I’m sure you already have all the remedies you need! You need: tin foil, a bowl (that can contain boiling water), coarse salt, boiling water and you’re dirty jewelry. Take a piece of tin foil that’s big enough to cover the inside of the bowl. Place a small handfull of coarse salt in the bottom of the bowl. Place your jewelry on top of the salt in the bowl (make sure they don’t cover each other). Pour boiling water over the whole thing and leave it there for 5-10 minutes. Rinse your jewelry with cold water and dry them with a clean cloth. If you’re dealing with gold and diamonds, use a gentle dish soap and luke warm water – no harsh cleaning products for items like these.
10. Resole your shoes
Take your shoes and boots to the local cobbler’s a couple times during the year, to get them resoled or in any other way fixed. A leather sole is really not very practical; it’s slippery and it wears out quickly. Give them to your cobbler and ask to get them resoled, and then he places a piece of sturdy rubber under the sole. If there’s a very plastic-y heel on the shoe, ask to get that replaced with one that is more soft but durable at the same time.