Now that I've switched to using a capsule wardrobe, keeping my clothes nice has become more important than ever. I can't afford to ruin all of my clothing because they were chosen specifically for their ability to work with everything else in my closet. If it gets ruined, it needs replaced.
That applies to regular wardrobes as well. Regardless of how big or small our closet is, we all have favorite clothes we wear. And if they get ruined we typically buy a similar item instead of using something we already have.
So let's talk about how we can keep our clothes nice so they last longer and we don't empty our wallets repairing our wardrobes!
1. Wash them correctly
Read that tag ladies and gentleman, that's what it's for. If you wash and dry your clothes incorrectly, they'll fall apart sooner. Don't neglect to look at that tag and follow it's instructions; it doesn't take long and your clothes will thank you.
2. Wear them for the right activities
I have a capsule wardrobe so I don't have a ton of clothing. But all of those items are curated for a specific purpose: normal everyday wear. They aren't for creek walking, hiking, building a fence, swimming or anything active like that. Have clothing you can destroy so that your everyday stuff can stay nice. Otherwise you'll waste a ton of money on replacing clothing you shouldn't have needed to replace.
3. Wear your clothes more between washes
Don't wear dirty clothes. But jeans should be worn several times before being washed, and so should bras. Underwear and shirts should be washed every time they're worn, and hoodies and sweaters should be washed every few wears or when dirty. As a rule of thumb, anytime something has become dirty or smelly from sweat it should be washed, but typically jeans, bras, and outerwear can (and should) be worn several times before being washed.
4. Treat stains IMMEDIATELY
I spilled fruit punch on my handmade-with-love flower girl dress at the reception. That's right. Fruit punch. My grandma rushed me into the bathroom to fix it, and a woman passing by told her to run it under hot water right away. It worked. Freaking hot water washed out all of that fruit punch out of a silky dress. Dang. I wore my backup clothes for the rest of the night, but that dress got completely clean. If you let the stain sink in, you'll have a harder time getting it out. Treat the stain immediately, whether you run it under hot water or you use a stain release spray. Do it right away; it can save your clothes.
5. Bring backup clothes
If you're going to be away from the house for awhile (or if you have children) bring backup clothing. That way, if something happens, you can put on your new outfit, wash the stains out of the ruined outfit, and enjoy the rest of your day without having to worry about your clothes. Clothes are supposed to cover you, not distract you from living your life.
What are some other things you can do to keep your clothes nice longer? Comment below!