Wardrobe TLC

Ah, I remember years ago when I worked in an office and could afford to update my wardrobe every season!

That was then. These days, not only is the budget for clothes smaller, but I really don’t need as much. I try to keep the things I have looking nice as long as possible and just add a good quality “basic” to my closet, once in a while.

There’s a double benefit in doing so – I spend less, and it’s greener!

For this week’s Lucky Seven, I have:

7 Tips to Make Your Clothes Last Longer:

1. Wear an apron!
Of course we’re liberated, but if cooking splatters are about to ruin your good shirt – cover up!

2. Button, button!
If a button is hanging by a thread, you’re probably about to lose it . . . forever! Sew it back on right away, and while you’re at it – check to see if any of the others are loose!

On the other hand, nothing perks up a tired looking jacket like a set of jazzy new buttons. Go ahead and get the pricey ones. It will cost much less than buying a new jacket!

3. Upside-down
Yes, it’s a pain, but spend a few minutes turning your clothes inside-out and zipping all the zippers before putting everything into the washer. Your reward will be less “pilling” and snagging, and outfits that look new longer!

4. Read before you buy!
When shopping, read those care tags and be realistic about whether or not you are actually going to hand wash, dry clean, or iron. Clothes that spend time waiting for special care are not a good use of your clothing allowance.

5. Cold Water
Opt for a cold or cool water wash. It’s not only better for most of your clothes but you’ll save money on hot water and be greener in the bargain.

6. Don’t Step on My Blue Suede …
Take care of your shoes! When you get home after a long day, pop into your slippers and treat your shoes to a quick wipe with a damp cloth – especially in winter when they may have salt/ice melt on them. Shoes will look newer and last longer if the grime is kept at bay.

7. Accessorize!
We all know it – accessories breathe life into your clothes closet. They’re the best wardrobe-stretchers ever invented!