On Attire Club, we always speak about how important it is to invest in high-quality clothes and accessories. High-quality pieces usually feature better craftsmanship, a better aesthetic and are made to last for a longer time, as they are mostly made from good materials.
Simply having good pieces, however, does not guarantee you that your clothes and accessories will look well even a long time after you have bought them. The way you treat them will have a big impact on how they will look in time. And you have all the interest to show off your things for as long of a time as possible.
Here are some easy-to-do, practical tips you can do to maintain your clothes in a good condition for a long time:
Let your neck ties hang
After you have spent some time wearing a tie, when you take your tie off, don’t throw it on the armchair in the corner. This might sound like the last thing you want to do after a long day, but hanging your tie on a tie rack or on a bar on your closet’s door or rolling it and placing it in a tie box will make it look better for a longer time. If you throw your tie on the floor on a sofa, it might get wrinkles and it’s rare for those wrinkles to go away easily. This is why you should always take a moment and hang your tie properly. Don’t forget to untie it first, otherwise, because of the knot; it will get a lot of wrinkles.
Put shoe trees in your shoes
To maintain your shoes in shape, whenever you take them off, put shoe trees in them. This will make them look straight and wrinkle-free for a longer time or at least it will reduce the number of wrinkles your shoes would otherwise get. If you find yourself in a place where you don’t have shoe trees, stuffing them with newspapers or paper, will do the job quite well temporarily. In the long run, use shoe trees though.
Don’t put knitwear on hangers
A very simple rule to follow if you want to maintain your clothes in shape is to always fold your knitwear and place it on a shelf. Don’t hang sweaters or other knitted items on a hanger. If you hang knitted clothes on hangers, they will lose their overall shape and will hang badly on you. Not to mention they will get those invisible shoulder pads.
Remove stains quickly, wisely and easily
If your clothes get stained, you should wash them as soon as possible. There are many ways in which you can remove stains, depending on the type of stain you want to remove. When you get a stain on a clothing item, make sure you blot it and not try to rub it away, as rubbing the stain might make it larger and it might make it stick on your garment. Afterwards, you can throw the garment in the washer.
As a quick tip, note that plan white vinegar is a good thing to apply on most stains. It also works great when it comes to preserving white and other bright items.
Moreover, to maintain your clothes in great shape for a longer time, you should avoid bleach as soon as possible.
Also, some clothes, such as jeans are better of air dried than dried in a washer, so, if possible, let your clothes dry in the air rather than having them dried in a machine.
Store your clothes in airy spaces
Your clothes will get bad if you store them in places that are not dry and well-aired. Regardless of how you store your clothes, make sure that the place gets air, that it is not too moist and that your clothes are not too tightly squeezed one in the other.
Clothing racks are a good alternative for those who lack space, as, even if you need to squeeze your clothes tightly, they will still get air from other sides.
Don’t let dust get on your accessories
Your accessories, and especially jewelry, should be kept in boxes or drawers. We know that some people want to have their accessories hang on different holders, but letting them hang in the open air might make them get full of dust. Jewelry and accessories that feature a high level of intricacy are very hard to clean at home and once they get dust in very tight spaces will make their overall aspect lose its initial great visual impact.
Doing simple things with your clothes and accessories will make you enjoy them for a longer time. Once you have invested in high-quality clothes and accessories, you should do your best to keep them in shape, as you deserve to enjoy your investment.
Fraquoh and Franchomme
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