How do you keep new clothes looking great for longer and why is this so important? It is great to look well-groomed in your new clothes. The better you treat your clothes, the longer they will last and therefore the longer you can enjoy them. Moreover, treating your clothes well is more sustainable! We have listed all the advantages and tips how to keep clothes looking great for longer.
Buy sustainable clothes for men
To make sure your clothes last longer and stay beautiful for longer, you could buy sustainable, high-quality clothes. That means you may have to invest a little extra now, but in the long run you can enjoy them for much longer.
If you like to go for sustainable, choose natural materials such as organic cotton and bamboo, for example. No pesticides and chemicals are used in the production process and much less water is used than with conventional cotton. So: better for the environment!
Not all sustainable clothing is of high quality though. What can you look for? The thickness of the fabric (the thinner it is, the faster it will wear out) and the finish (are the seams neatly stitched?) are easy markers of this.
Wash your clothes less often
Wash your clothes only when really necessary, and always inside out. Many garments can be worn several times before they need to be washed. This not only saves water and energy, but also reduces the wear and tear on your clothes. If something does break or look worn, repair it instead of throwing it away. This extends the life of your clothes and reduces the amount of waste you produce. If your clothes no longer fit or are no longer your style, give them away to charity or sell them online so they can get a second life.
Store your clothes smartly
To keep shape and avoid wrinkles, it’s best to hang your clothes on a clothes rack. This requires a lot of space, so like us, you probably don’t hang your loungewear or yoga clothes, but you have to fold them. To keep the shape of the garment and avoid wrinkles, you can use the KonMari method.
The KonMari method
The KonMari method, devised by tidying guru Marie Kondo, involves folding techniques to store clothes in an organised way and is described in her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and the Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”, in which she helps people tidy up.
Key techniques include the rectangular fold and the standing fold, which allow clothes to be stored neatly and efficiently. Discover the popular techniques here.
Stacking clothes can lead to shrinkage, creases and difficult access to specific items. It also makes you lose track of things and can damage delicate fabrics. To avoid these problems, it is better to keep clothes separate by hanging them on hangers or folding them and placing them in drawers. That way, you maintain quality, ease access and maintain an organised clothing collection. If you do have to stack clothes, put a piece of paper or fabric between them to avoid wrinkles.
How to keep clothes looking their best for longer
The tips above for how to keep clothes looking their best for longer, can now be used to take a closer look at your own wardrobe and you may already be able to actively apply some of them. By caring for your clothes in the right way, you can extend the life of your clothes and make sure they always look good when you want to wear them.
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