I’m a big fan of Wal-mart clothing right now. They’ve stepped it up in the clothing department( and jewelry too)! But the quality of the clothing is still questionable with some things. Sad. I also love jewelry from sites like Shein and stores like Forever 21. Come through quick fashion! But most of the purchases last about as long as you’d expect a $2 necklace or $10 sweater to last. But it is possible to make these bargain finds last longer! Here’s a few tips & tricks I use for all my “cheap” wardrobe pieces!
Remember, these tips aren’t just for cheap pieces, expensive wardrobe investments deserve the same care!
Don’t dry clothing in the dryer
Heat and clothing don’t mix! If I could air dry everything, I would. But I don’t have time for that! I air dry sweaters, t-shirts with logos that can crack, delicates, anything that I need to retain length (shrinking is not an option for my tall self. I need every inch!), and pieces with special embellishments: pom-poms, tassels, sequins, and beading. I have a collapsible drying rack I bring out on laundry days to make it easier.
Hand wash if possible
Washing machines are not gentle. If you love a piece and want to keep it around, hand wash and air dry always!
When you have to machine wash
If you must machine wash use the most gentle. setting and use a gentle laundry detergent. Detergent is bad for the earth anyways, not to mention clothing. Substitute half your normal amount of detergent for baking soda instead. Remember to wash clothing with cold water not hot!
Invest in a delicates bag
Don’t risk your pretty lace undies getting shredded in the machine, if you can’t hand wash, throw them in a delicates bag. I got mine from the Dollar Tree.
Wash darker pieces inside out
Prevent fading by washing darker pieces inside out, same goes for t-shirts with logos!
Don’t wash as often!
Sounds gross, I know. But if you only wore the jeans once just spray with Febreze and hang them up again! No one will know, I promise.
Coat rings with clear nail polish
Add a thin coat and let dry completely. Reapply when you feel it starting to fade off!
Store it correctly
Fold large sweaters and store on a shelf or in a draw. This will prevent stretching. Keep jewelry that came in a velvet bag in the bag, sun exposure is bad! Don’t keep metals around moisture, such as in the bathroom!
Don’t let it get wet
Water is just water, right? Nope. That stuff might as well be acid to jewelry. Just keep it dry. Don’t spray with perfume, wear in the pool, or shower.
Learn the basics of mending
Don’t fret a small tear or hem separation. Watch a few Youtube videos on mending and prepare yourself to fix any malfunctions! It’s pretty simple. My grandmother taught me, but I know the internet can help you learn anything, so Google it!