In learning how to be make more sustainable fashion choices, here's our how to guide on maintenance and storage of your clothes for longevity of your beloved pieces.
Think about your wardrobe. Are you someone with an organised hanging space or have you got something that looks more along the lines of a floordrobe with 'that piled up clothes chair'? When your clothes have some minor wear and tear do they head straight to the bin? Here's some quick steps to fixing that mess.
Step 1: Keep Up Maintenance and Repair
Mending one’s clothing is something that today’s generation seem to know little about (or at least choose to care less about). You may find it shocking, but it really isn't rocket science and can be a fun and creative skill to learn. Learning the basics of mending is really quite simple and can be done from a number of sources including online tutorials, sewing books or simply by asking a relative or friend. Mending clothes isn’t just about sewing on a new button, you need to keep your eye out for damaged linings, seams, knits, leather/suede goods and hems. You can also get creative on damage – think Gucci inspired patches. A simple toolkit consisting of some needles, a couple of threads and some leather/suede treatments will do. And if this really does seem all too much then take it in for a service. Servicing your items will cost you less than re-buying those damaged goods again, particularly if you are buying the best quality. (Left Image – Inika)
Step 2: Practice Better Storage
After all that care you've taken to wash and mend your beloved items, it's important to also store your clothes correctly (because clothes need a good home too). Decide what needs folding or hanging to keep better shape and when you hang your clothes, hang them right. Make sure all clothes are clean before putting them away and be careful of humidity. Put away clothes that you won’t be wearing everyday in an airtight bag to save them from moths and mould. You can buy these vacuum style bags really cheaply from a number of home wares stores and they can be reused season in and season out so if you need to switch your summer and winter wardrobes over every 6 months they are perfect.
Another trick is to use cedar blocks, not mothballs for your clothes. We all know that putrid mothball smell that fuels the trains at the start of winter when everyone gets their coats out for the first time, but there are much more natural smelling ways to keep moths away from your clothes. Try cedar blocks that both smell great and also work just as well, if not better, at preventing damage from moths and silverfish. They also come in hangers which are a great alternative to hanging suits to help absorb moisture from daily wear. Cedar can dry out leather or fur so in those cases, use sachets of lavender instead.
(Above Image – Vogue UK)