You’ve invested money in your look so here’s how to protect your investment…
1.Read the label
Every piece of clothing in your wardrobe is different, so it’s lucky there’s a little cheat sheet built into every garment. Care labels tells you exactly how to launder that particular garment, so pay attention to the symbols — the bucket of water represents a washing machine, the triangle means bleach, the circle in a square is a dryer, the lone circle means dry cleaning, and the iron is an iron (duh). A big cross means ‘Don’t do that thing!’ while the dots signify heat — one dot for cool, two for medium, and three for hot.
2. Dodge the dry cleaner
Sure, you need to take your suit to the dry cleaner when needed — but almost everything else in your wardrobe can be washed at home for a fraction of the cost, and can be laundered properly if you read the care label properly.
3. Don’t delay
Take care of your clothes properly as soon as you’ve finished washing them — don’t leave them sitting in the washing machine for hours after the cycle has finished. Always try to air dry them on a clothesline rather than a dryer, which will shorten the life of your garment, avoiding direct sunlight where possible as it will also make your clothes fade quicker. Hang them as soon they’re washed so they have as much time as possible to rest properly.
4. Wrinkle free shirts
You won’t get any pats on the back for a crisp dress shirt but people will certainly notice a wrinkly one, so this point is key. Again, follow the instructions on the care label and set your iron to the type of fabric you’re treating — plus, steamers have become a popular way of working out gentle wrinkles. Wooden hangers are also the best way of hanging your shirts.
5. Don’t forget your shoes
An otherwise stylish outfit can be completely let down by a scruffy pair of slippers so make sure your shoes are always in tip-top shape. Invest in a shoehorn to increase the longevity of your shoes, and even though those wooden shoe-shine kits look terrific, there’s nothing wrong with a set of basic supplies — polish (black and brown), a cloth (used to apply a coat of polish), and a horse-hair brush (to work the polish into the leather).