As many of us begin to pack away winter clothing and unpack our spring/summer work wardrobe for the warmer months ahead, this is a great time to take a fresh look at your closet and determine if you’re giving your work wear the proper care that it deserves.
Think about it … these are items that you’ve most likely made an investment in. These are pieces that you wear frequently, for long portions of the day. And if you’ve curated a wardrobe that you love, you’re going to want these pieces to last.
#1 Closet Care - As you move clothing around + in/out of boxes, swapping out your winter clothing for spring/summer outfits, use this opportunity to dust + vacuum your closet. Having a clean closet means dust is removed from your clothing and shelving. Organize your closet in a way that makes it easy for you to find the items you need. Whether that’s organizing by color, garment type, or some other method ... as long as you’re able to quickly access and sort through your clothing, use what works for you.
I also highly recommend investing in quality hangers that will allow your clothing to retain its shape when not in use (and thus maximize the life of your garments). I’m personally in love with Henkerman Hangers, as they exude a polished and sophisticated look. These beautiful hangers will undoubtedly upgrade your closet space. If you’re looking to splurge, check out their Women’s 10-Piece Starter Hanger Collection.
#2 Meet Your New Best Friends: The Dry Cleaner and A Tailor - Finding a reliable + local dry cleaner is truly a trial and error process, but once you’ve found your favorite company, hang on to that relationship like a marriage. The same is true for a quality + talented tailor. There’s nothing worse than picking up dry cleaning only to unpack your clothing at home and discover damaged goods. If you’re more of a DIYer, there are several at-home dry cleaning kits you can use in; my favorite is Dryel. Speaking of the dryer …
#3 Dryer Death - Go get yourself a drying rack immediately after you finish reading this post. Seriously. Even on a gentle setting, the dryer causes increased wear and tear on your clothing. So wash your garments and hang them to dry on a drying rack. I have been eyeing this Rolling Stainless Steel Drying Rack which has plenty of room.
#4 Last Thing On, First Thing Off - This advice was given to me a while back, and I am going to now share it with you. Your clothing should be the last thing you put on before you walk out of the door. Finish getting ready prior to putting on your clothing to avoid damaging your precious work wear from hair + makeup products, and to keep wrinkles at bay. Then when you get home, go right to your closet and change. This will help your clothing last for years and years!
#5 Rotation, Rotation, Rotation - Rotate your clothing as you wear it to help items last longer, and to get the most out of the pieces in your closet. At the start of a new season, I hang each item in my closet facing the same way. As I wear an item, I turn the hanger in the opposite way until I’ve made my way through my closet. Then, start over again!
I would love to hear from you! How do you keep you work clothing in tip-top shape?
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