If you don’t plan on wearing a suit of armor every day of your life, there are no ways to make your clothes last forever. If you’re willing to do the darning, you can make your clothes last forever. We have lost the ability to repair and make do with clothes as a society due to the rise of fast fashion. New trends constantly entice consumers. Previously, there were only two seasons: spring/summer and autumn/winter. Now there are a resort, cruise, and pre-fall collections. The average lifespan of clothing in the UK is 2.2 years.
It’s good for our wallets, but it also helps the environment. The fashion industry is a major polluter worldwide, and human rights violations are rampant in developing countries’ garment industries.
People learned basic sewing skills not too long ago. There are good chances that an older relative or friend will be able to show you how to fix things. If you want to make sure your clothes last as long as possible, taking care of them is best. How can you ensure your clothes last forever? We asked experts.
Check the seams
Although it sounds obvious, quality fabric and well-made garments will last a lifetime. I Don’t think expensive clothes are the best.
Orsola de Castro, Fashion Revolution, says that the first thing you should do when looking at clothing is turned it upside down and grab every bit of string you can find. The seams of clothes made cheaply are often frayed. Don’t buy it if it begins to unravel.
She recommends that the seam allowance of a pair or skirt of trousers is sufficient to allow you to pull them out and that the hem should be long enough so you can make it longer if necessary. Also, make sure you have a spare button in your shirt so that you can replace it if it falls off.
Amy Winston-Hart, Amy’s Vintage expert in vintage clothing, says that garments should be held up to the sun: “If there’s light coming through it, it’s going fast.”
Get to know your fabrics.
Although every garment eventually will wear out, repeated washing and wearing can cause it to become brittle. The jury is still out on the best fabrics for long-lasting use. Experts prefer synthetic fibers like polyester for their durability, while others prefer natural fibers like cotton.
Charles Ross, a sustainability expert and lecturer from the Royal College of Art, states that synthetics are better because they are stronger fibers. Two identical T-shirts made of cotton or polyester will eventually wear faster if they are the same.
De Castro prefers natural fibers. De Castro recommends purchasing items made from single fabrics, such as 100% cotton and 100% merino Wool. Although they may not be as durable as synthetic fibers, they will withstand repeated washings better than those made from synthetic fibers. They are also more breathable, so you won’t have to wash them as often. De Castro warns against polyester being worn for environmental reasons. Polyester sheds microfibres when it is washed. This has been linked with plastic pollution in the oceans.
Do you have to wash it?
You can make clothes last longer if you wash them less often. De Castro agrees with Stella McCartney, who recently advised not to over-clean clothes. She says that wool suits, especially men’s, should be brushed clean, not washed. To reduce the possibility of tearing delicate fabrics, wash them in a low-heat machine.
There are many ways to revive clothes without putting them in the washing machine. De Castro recommends spot-cleaning difficult stains or steaming whiffy garments in the bathroom while you shower. This will make clothes last longer and is more eco-friendly. The average washing machine uses 13.500 gallons of water per year. This is the same amount as you consume in your entire life.
Winston-Hart offers some clever tips for cleaning items without having to put them in the machine. She says that a mixture of vodka and lukewarm warm water will eliminate odors. If something is extremely stinky, use three to two parts vodka and water. Or three to two parts water and two portions vodka if the smell is mild. Spray the mixture into a spray bottle. Mist it around. You can put clothes in the freezer for an overnight refresh if they smell bad the next day. Hang them on the line on a sunny day if they are still pongy. You will be amazed at how much it can do.
The experts I spoke to were not fans of dry cleaning. However, they do accept that it may be necessary. Winston-Hart says that dry cleaning can sometimes not clean things as well. Winston-Hart says dry cleaning can sometimes leave clothes smelling worse.