In a world where what’s considered fashionable, stylish and current is constantly evolving, it’s valuable to know how to get the most use out of your clothing collection. Knowing how to extend the life of your wardrobe is a skill that can really save you money and keep you looking and feeling well dressed, without having to constantly add unnecessary pieces to your collection. So, if you’re looking for ways to get more use out of what you already own, read on as we explain 5 easy ways of extending the life of your favourite clothing, shoes and accessories.
1. Buy good quality staple pieces
If you really want your clothing to last as long as possible, you should start by buying good quality staple pieces. Although clothing made from high quality materials may be more expensive, they should last longer than their cheaper counterparts. When choosing the items that you should be spending more money on, go for classic, timeless pieces such as denim jeans or a plain white tee that are less likely to go out of style.
2. Try to rotate what you wear regularly
Another factor that can greatly increase how your clothing, shoes and accessories age is how regularly you choose to wear certain items. Now this may seem like an obvious one, but it is still one of the main reasons why most of our most treasured items become damaged, worn and need to be replaced. The trick to combat this issue is to try and rotate what we choose to wear from our collections as often as possible, this requires a certain degree of imagination and creativity. Not only will mixing up what you choose to wear on a daily basis prolong the life of your most loved items, but it will also give you a more varied choice of outfits, meaning you will not feel the need to purchase additional items as often. If mixing up what you choose to wear from your current wardrobe feels like a difficult task check out these stylist courses that can really aid in giving you the knowledge of making your current wardrobe work more effectively for you.
3. Stuff shoes and accessories to prevent creases
Those balls of tissue paper you often get in a new pair or shoes or handbag are there for a reason. Stuffing items like shoes and handbags when they are not in use prevents the items from creasing and looking old before their time. This is a really good tip for leather items that can lose their shape and become soft over time.
4. Store clothing correctly
The way in which you store your clothing can have such a huge impact on the lifespan of your items. For many of us, having enough space to correctly store our clothing collection may be an issue and could lead to some items being stored incorrectly. Two of the main factors to consider when choosing a suitable storage space for clothing are temperature and humidity. Most materials are likely to deteriorate if exposed to moisture so as a rule of thumb, store your items somewhere that is cool, dry and airy. Try to avoid storing clothing in air-tight plastic storage boxes or containers as these can trap in moisture which can lead to mould. Instead, if you choose to store seasonal items away for large periods of time, opt for a breathable garment bag.
5. Learn basic repairs
If you are determined to keep what you have looking its best for a long as possible, then learning simple repairs such as replacing buttons is a must. Most items that are thrown away could often be easily repaired for little to no cost at all, so it’s a good idea to invest in a simple sewing kit and embrace the power of DIY.
Unfortunately, in a time where fashion and clothing is deemed as almost disposable, the items we buy will sadly not last forever. But by following the above tips and tricks we can ensure we get the most use of out each item we purchase and also get months or sometimes even years out of that which we already own.