I’ll be the first to admit that when I first started taking care of my wardrobe of sundresses and sorority T-shirts in college (my school uniforms before that had required little effort), I wasn’t the most attentive.
Naturally, that changed once I had my first internship in New York, and as my closest grew, so did the list of labels with meticulous care instructions. I’ve definitely had my trials and errors, but for the most part I’ve stuck with these simple rules to keep my clothes looking healthy while maintaining their longevity:
- Read the care instructions first and go from there. Trust me, I’ve worked in design production and they are carefully put on there for a reason. Take advantage of their expertise and if in doubt, hand washing or dry cleaning is the way to go.
- Buy clothes made with quality fabrics. Even if they’re basics, that’s no excuse not to make sure that the materials used are going to last more than one or two washes. Your wallet will thank you in the long run, promise.
- Never underestimate the significance of a good tailor. Essentially, if a piece is too loose or too long to the point where you keep pushing it to the back of your closest, suck it up and get it tailored. If you’re over the item, send it to Salvation Army.
- Make repairs. Whether it’s a tear or loose button, don’t wait to fix it.
- Always keep a Tide To Go Pen on you and a bottle of Shout at home. If anything, Matt has taught me the importance of getting rid of a stain before it goes in the washer 😉
- Choose the right temperature. Surprise: hot water isn’t always the answer. Use it sparingly as heat equals more shrinkage, but keeps white loads extra bright and sanitizes the best. Choose cold water to prevent your darks from fading and warm the warm water when you are washing your colored load. Brand new jeans and brightly colored items on their first wash should always be laundered in cold water.