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Thrifty Living 10 simple ways to make your clothes last longer

Make the most out of your beautiful clothes by following these ten tips from fashion writer Alice Adu.

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  1. Always close zippers

Always close your zips and button up whenever you are washing, so they  don't get stuck onto other clothes, it will tear and destroy the clothes.

2. Use colour-safe bleach

Bleach is a lifesaver when it comes to brightening whites to their former glory, or removing tough stains. It’s also very hard on clothing fibres and isn’t safe for colours. Just a little bleach can ruin your favourite piece! Instead, opt for color-safe bleach, which is gentler on clothing and safe to use with any coloured garment.

3. Knits need special attention

Depending on the material of your knit, it may require different care instructions, but almost all knit items are subject to stretching and tearing. Reduce this risk by hand-washing and air-drying knit items.

4. Be delicate with delicates

Certain materials like lace, silk, nylon and not to mention undergarments, because they are at high risk for shrinking, tearing, stretching, and deteriorating with intense agitation or hot temperatures need to be treated with care.

Always treat delicate like hosiery, lingerie, silk scarves and socks, and fine linens to a hand wash in mild detergent, followed by air drying.

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5. The right hanger is everything

No piece of clothing can survive the awkward shape and lack of support offered by wire and plastic hangers. Both are too thin to give proper shape to your tops, and will cause stretching and hanger marks on the shoulders.

Get wooden or padded hangers to boost the longevity of your clothes.

6. Proper storage

Not everything should be folded, nor should every piece be hanged. Follow these rules:

  • Knit and stretchy materials should be folded.

  • Dress clothes should be on proper hangers.

  • Don’t stuff clothes in closets or drawers; allow enough room to “breathe”.

  • Make sure storage space is dry, and rewash any clothes that smell of mildew.

7. Separate colors

This is important for a few reasons, but essentially it:

  • Reduces bleeding

  • Keeps blacks and white from going grey

  • Is especially important for blues and reds

8. Use cold water washes

It’s tempting to use warm water for a boost of cleaning power, but you’ll regret it in the long run. Cold water is easier on your clothes, causes less bleeding, and reduces the damage done to delicate fabrics like elastic. It’ll also save you a couple bucks in utilities every month.

9. Undergarments are key

Another old-school trend that we seem to have forgotten is the use of undergarments. Believe it or not, relics like slips, undershirts, and camisoles serve more purpose than modesty.

They also keep sweat and skin oils from dirtying our other clothes. They’re also easier on buttons and zippers, reducing the friction between your movements and clothes.

10 .Keep your clothes looking great

Proper care instructions are essential for keeping your clothes at their finest, so always be sure to look at the tag BEFORE you buy an item to ensure you’re willing to give it the right maintenance.

Nothing’s worse than wearing something once before it’s ruined forever by the wash.

If you’re not exactly a seamstress, remember it’s much cheaper to get an item patched up at the dry cleaner than to replace it entirely.

You’d be amazed how well a good tailor can alter the fit of something, too, adding years of usefulness to your garments even after weight loss or gain.

The collection will include men's and women wear, as well as some exciting accessories judging from Kenzo’s background with color and funky styles.

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