The past few weeks I have spent a lot of time in other people's closets and it has really got me thinking about wearabili-TEA!
How do we get longevity out of our wardrobe?
Lets talk washing!
Unless I physically damage my clothes, they have been worn and worn and they still look great. Much to my mother's dismay I wash everything I wear after each wear (apart from woollen garments). I don't recommend washing everything every time, but having a child means I get a bit messier than some.
I wash almost everything in the washing machine on a cold gentle cycle and wash only in wool wash. Each garment goes in a separate wash bag to avoid damage and friction ( I get these at the dollar shop). I avoid buying garments that are "Dry Clean Only", they never feel like they have been cleaned to me, and it adds up!
Knit wear must be cleaned at the end of each season. It might look clean, but there might just be a spot here or there where you dabbed a bit of something off and that is what the silverfish are attracted to!
Think cost per wear, Paula Ryan often talks about this. You can buy an expensive basic and wear it for ten years or a cheaper alternative and be lucky to see the season out. The quality garment will be kinder to your bank balance over time. Also it helps reduce land fill caused by the fast fashion industry.
There are quite a few vertical stores in Australia that masquerade as quality brands but a few runs through the washing machine on the gentle cycle show just how good the fabrics actually are. They just don't look like the beautiful garment you fell in love with in the store. They require so much TLC to get them up to shape for wearing.
What about ironing?
I generally hang my things up as soon as they dry and I don't need to iron.
I choose to wear a lot of jersey based fabrics but even other things only require a light steam. Folding up and putting away crumpled clothes is really quite depressing. There is nothing inspiring about it! Some of us truly enjoy ironing, I get that, but I'm not in that category! If you buy quality you don't need an iron just grab a hand held steamer! The crinkles in good quality fabrics are so much softer than cheap fabric and a steamer gets to them very gently and quickly!. Less ironing means less wear and tear on the fibres in the fabric and longer wear time.