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5 Clothing care tips to maximize their shelf life

Let’s be honest. Sometimes what you need isn’t a wardrobe refresh but a fresh look at what you’ve already owned. Mix and match from your own collection to find your next confidence-booster outfit.

Take a look at these tips to maximize the shelf life of your garments and better care for them so that they can keep you looking good for longer.

1. Protect them from stains

The longer you leave the stain, the harder it is to remove. But don't panic! If you do happen to get stains, do make sure to get rid of them as soon as you can with a stain remover pen or a DIY concoction of vinegar and baking soda. Do not use bleach on stained areas.

Try these stain removal steps:

  1. Wet a cloth with cold water. Avoid using paper towels so that they don’t shed on your garment and create more of a mess.

  2. Add a drop of dish detergent to the wet cloth.

  3. Place another cloth beneath the stain if you can.

  4. Press on the stain, over and over, to lift it out. Try not to rub to lessen damage to the fabric. 

  5. You can let the stain sit overnight in water before putting it in the laundry. Or you can wash it immediately after treating the stain.

2. Machine wash when necessary

FYI: not all items need to be washed after every wear. Washing your garments less often can actually maintain them in good condition. 

Take denim as an example. Jeans and knit cardigans don’t need to be washed after every wear. They were actually made for that! Turning jeans inside out will protect the indigo hue.

3. Don't ignore care instructions

They’re crucial for maintaining the quality of your clothes! Our care tags have a link to direct you to our care instructions page here.

Handwash is advised for all apparel to prevent shrinkage. If machine wash, put items in a laundry bag and set to a gentle cycle in cold water.

Always wash like-coloured items together. Keep your lights and darks separate.

4. Invest in a steam iron

We recommend using steam irons or normal heat irons. If necessary, a spray with water can make ironing easier.

Steam irons are a lot gentler on delicate materials like chiffon. They are generally faster than irons, as well, as you don't have to lay your garments out on a flat surface and keep re-positioning them. Plus, they don't take up much space.

Give yourself a break and get one yourself!

5. Store your clothes properly

Fold your knit and elastic items to prevent them from being stretched on hangers.

Opt for wooden hangers if possible. They’re slightly pricier but they can better care for your clothes. Plastic hangers can stretch out the shoulders and necklines of your garments.

When storing hangers in the closet, leave space between them — to keep your shirts crisp and smooth.

Hanging T-shirts can create unsightly hanger marks and stretches them.

Folding T-shirts keeps them fluffy. Fold in the sleeves toward the back, and then in half once crosswise to avoid creating extra creases. Keep them in a light stack on the shelf. 

You gotta like what you wear and add that confidence. Change up the way you style your clothes and you’d feel like you’ve expanded your wardrobe without spending a single dollar!

Here’s our main takeaway: give your clothes a little love and they’ll last you through your style journey. 

Cheers, TTR