How To Care For Your Wardrobe
We speak so much about what to buy, trends and outfit inspiration but not much is conveyed about how much time and effort goes in to taking care of the clothing we already own.
Caring for your wardrobe is a mode of sustainability. It results in being able to increase the longevity and maintain the condition of garments for many years. But just how is this achieved?
When it comes to washing machines, I’m a massive AEG fan and can’t speak highly enough of the brand for so many reasons. The 20 minute cycle for light loads, the delicate settings and lastly, the steam refresh function. This machine literally steams your clothing to refresh it. (This post is not sponsored by the way, I wish)! I’m spending a small fortune on the machine but when you divide that by the number of years it will last (at least the 5 year warranty length) and the amount of money and time spent acquiring my clothing, it’s worth every cent to me. You can explore more here: https://www.harveynorman.com.au/blog/home-living/a-morning-at-mercedes-benz-fashion-week-australia-with-aeg/
I digress, what I would like to say is to exercise caution when washing. When the time comes to purchase a new machine, do your research and invest wisely. This is the machinery you’re trusting to care for your garments you’ve spent time and money and energy to acquire. Follow directions, use a delicates bag for bras, know your machine and choose detergents wisely. Find an excellent dry cleaner if you must dry clean.
Every time your garments are ready to go into the wardrobe, get them hung up on a quality hanger. I personally love velvet hangers. You can purchase velvet skirt hangers also. For heavier items try wooden hangers (eg: leather jackets, suit jackets).
Ideally, prepare your items before hanging. Iron and steam so they’re ready to go for the week. It’s a massive time saver, too. Remove any lint, fold down collars and straighten pockets.
For items not requiring hanging, fold neatly and store in a way they can be easily seen. I love to adapt some of Marie Kondo’s methods of folding and storage, make it work for you.
Take care of your storage areas and wardrobe vicinity to ensure minimal build up of dust. If your wardrobe is close to a bathroom, be mindful of moisture as this can harm your clothing and even cause mould. As a personal stylist I’ve explored many wardrobes and have found that whilst we prioritise cleaning out clothes, the same can’t always be said for where they are kept.
When you expend energy and time earning money to invest in buying clothing, not to mention the time spent to shop and make decisions, it really makes perfect sense to look after those clothes. You’ll see payoff in the way your garments sit on your body when worn, how beautiful they look in a well-kept wardrobe and how you begin to appreciate them so much more when wearing them. Mindfully curate your wardrobe, mindfully look after it too.