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We’ve all been there. Black pants with faded knees, white shirts telling tales of lunches gone by, your favourite jumper misshapen and covered in pills. These are all common issues, but also all avoidable ones.

Nyjerah Cunningham, a brand stylist at M.M.LaFleur, says, “When it comes to your wardrobe, it’s important to take proper care of your garments [so they] last you a lifetime. Regardless of the price, your clothes are an investment and should be treated as such.”

Believe it or not, you can get more life out of your favourite pieces of clothing by making them look great longer. And, it's as easy as following these expert tips.

1. Invest in a wardrobe care kit

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Always keep a fabric comb or stone, or an electric fabric shaver on-hand to keep your knit clothes looking their best. Credit: Getty Images / Helin Loik-TomsonAlways keep a fabric comb or stone, or an electric fabric shaver on-hand to keep your knit clothes looking their best. Credit: Getty Images / Helin Loik-Tomson

Cunningham says, “You’re the stylist of your wardrobe, so make sure you have the tools for the job.” Tough times (read: stains, pills, mishaps) call for tough measures, so put together a care kit to help with maintenance.

Always keep a fabric comb (or fabric shaver) or stone and a good stain remover—Cunningham relies on tried-and-true Tide to-go sticks, Shout wipes, and Spray ‘n Wash in your laundry room or even your purse for on-the-spot emergency tending.

2. Store your clothes with care

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Wooden hangers are sturdy enough for heavyweight garments. Credit: Getty Images / SpiderstockWooden hangers are sturdy enough for heavyweight garments. Credit: Getty Images / Spiderstock

Invest in quality storage products for your clothing. Cunningham suggests velvet and wooden hangers as great options for hanging items.

She explains, “They're sturdy enough for heavyweight garments and to keep them from falling on the floor.”

However, avoid hanging your delicates, like jumpers, which can cause them to become misshapen and stress the shoulder fabric.

Learn how to fold clothes the right way, because folding is key to proper care. Closet organizers help for top-notch maintenance and storage options.

3. Buy quality laundry detergent

“A good detergent goes a long way and helps keep your garments in great shape,” says Cunningham.

When it comes to the safest laundry detergent for your clothing, opt for one that checks off most of your wash needs, from removing tough stains to preserving colour. 

4. Practice what you read on care labels

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Pay attention to clothing care symbols and hand-wash your items if the label says to. Credit: Getty Images / MariakrayPay attention to clothing care symbols and hand-wash your items if the label says to. Credit: Getty Images / Mariakray

Translation: When clothing care symbols show that your should hand wash your items, take it literally.

“Sure, it’s easier to throw your garments in the washer and hang them to dry, but is that the best option?” asks Cunningham. “Taking shortcuts will eventually show up in your clothing, so carve out the time.”

After washing your laundry, give the items some space and shape them to dry on a flat surface.

5. Air what you wear

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Rotate jumpers from the back of the drawer to the front periodically, giving them a chance to breathe and regain their shape. Credit: Getty Images / XsandraRotate jumpers from the back of the drawer to the front periodically, giving them a chance to breathe and regain their shape. Credit: Getty Images / Xsandra

Clothing loves to breathe in fresh air. Before putting suits, coats, and heavier fabric pieces back into your closet until the next cold season, hang them on a clothes rack for at least 30 minutes.

Rotate jumpers from the back of the drawer to the front periodically, giving them a chance to breathe and regain their shape. Also, swap out plastic bags (which can lead to mildew) for fabric ones when storing seasonal clothes.

6. Consider dyeing your clothing

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Hand dyeing clothes can freshen colours left wanting after years of washing. Credit: Getty Images / okugawaHand dyeing clothes can freshen colours left wanting after years of washing. Credit: Getty Images / okugawa

Hand-dyeing clothes has made a huge comeback during the pandemic with the DIY tie-dye trend. But Jenni McNeill, founder of Boston-based hand-dyed clothing line Magpie Made It, wants you to remember clothing dye’s raison d'être—to freshen colours left wanting after years of washing.

McNeill says, “Household favourite RIT dye has over 1,000 colour formulas, so you can always find the perfect match to spruce up your faded clothing.”

RIT recently launched its Back to Black kit, a RIT black dye that’s perfect for bringing washed out black clothing pieces back to life.

RIT fabric dye also has denim blue dye for light washed jeans that need a boost into the autumn’s darker shades.

McNeill says, “Dye can bring life back into any tired pair of jeans. Follow the directions carefully and make sure you use the correct dye for your fabric since there’s a difference between synthetics and natural fabrics.”

When the issue in question is a stubborn stain, don’t toss the item. McNeill adds, “Turn it into something fun with a dip into the dye,” she adds, noting that RIT dye colours are great for changing up the hue of an item to hide wear and tear.

McNeill suggests treating your newly dyed clothing with extra care. Wash them separately in cold water to prevent colour spread and further fading.

“Spend the extra few bucks you just saved on buying new jeans and invest in RIT’s ColorStay Dye Fixative to lock in the colour,” she adds, “so you can enjoy your favourites for even longer.”

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