Even if we are swimming in money, most of us like to make our favorite wardrobe pieces last. I mean what if Fluevog stops making that shoe, or the GAP stops making cotton tees? (we’re safe there). And it’s good for the environment as well as our wallets to prolong the lives of our clothes.
Here are some ways I “baby” my clothes/shoes, and I would love to know yours:
- Iron as little as possible. No, not only because I am a lazy toadstool. Ironing can be hazardous to certain fabrics, wreaks havoc on embellishments, and has been known to burn a shirt here and there. I usually just shake while damp, smooth with my hands and/or do a quick fluff in the dryer to eliminate wrinkles. For serious stuff, I use a steamer (no bulky board required).
- Get my favorite shoes and boots re-soled before it’s too late. This takes just a quick trip to the shoe shop inside the Mall, and costs about $12. It rescues my favorite footwear and extends the life dramatically.
|These cannot be saved. But look at that sweet face! Source
- Wash jeans inside out and dry them in the machine for only about ten minutes. This helps retain the color and prevents fabric wear and tear. Oh, and I can stretch them while they’re damp just so they fit, um, more comfortably. ☺
- Practice prevention on white shirts by spritzing underarms with white vinegar before washing. I spray on undiluted white vinegar and wait about ten minutes before tossing the shirt in with the rest of the light clothing. Works a charm at preventing yellowing.
|Keep it whiter than white. Source.
- Window cleaner (just a little squirt on a clean cloth) works wonderfully on patent leather shoes and bags. It gives them that like-new shine.
|Keep it bright and shiny with a little spritz. Source.
Any techniques to share, to help us stretch that valuable wardrobe?
Visible Monday is on its “off” week this coming weekend, so we can recharge our creativity. ☺ We’ll be back on Monday, September 23rd (actually, the Sunday evening