Considering one of the best ways to extend the life of your clothes is to wear them on rotation (particularly your suits), garments spend a great deal of time hung up in the wardrobe.
This is when clothes are resting and recuperating; you wouldn’t actively buy a cheap, unforgiving mattress, so similarly avoid flimsy wire hangers.
Thick wooden versions offer greater support, particularly to heavier items such as coats and suits. By not bending as wire does, wooden hangers allow garments to drape correctly, meaning your blazers maintain their tailored lines and knitwear isn’t left with unsightly ‘ears’ on the shoulders.
Shoe trees are sadly not something you can plant in your back garden to give you an endless supply of brogues. However, what they can offer is structure and support when shoes are not being worn, helping preserve their original shape while preventing collapsing and premature cracking.
Although plastic designs have their merits over crumbled paper or cardboard alternatives, split-toe, adjustable length cedar wood versions are the optimum purchase here.
The wood not only gives off a natural forestry smell to keep your shoes fresh, it also absorbs moisture from the soles and leather.
The idea of brushing one’s clothes is still a concept alien to most. Nonetheless, this simple trick removes dust, dirt and stains, restoring pieces to their original glory.
If you’re going to do it, research how to do it for each garment beforehand to avoid doing more harm than good. The general guidelines are to sweep, don’t scrub, brush in the same direction (first against and then with the nap) and apply varying pressure based on the material.
Shoe Care Kit
We’ve already produced a comprehensive guide to shoe care, which details the numerous products and processes that will keep your footwear collection looking its finest, whether leather or suede.
If you’ve recently bought your first pair of ‘investment’ shoes, look for an all-in-one care kit that will ensure you have everything you need to maintain them. This should not only contain the products to cleanse, condition and protect the shoes, but also the right tools to do so.
Even in a perfectly built wardrobe, there will be items that are seasonally-appropriate (such as a linen blazer) and can spend a good few months out of action.
Out of sight, out of mind can leave you with a nasty surprise when it comes back into play. Store these clothes in a garment bag (like you would your suits) or sealed storage box to protect them from dust (and whatever else might be crawling around in there – see next point). Vacuum storage boxes are particularly useful if you don’t have the luxury of space.
It’s not just other people that are going to take an interest in your new investment pieces, but also the occasional creepy crawly. No one wants to pull out a cashmere knit to find it having been the main course of a moth larvae’s lunch.
There are various options to combat this, such as sprays, hanging bags and oils. The option kindest to clothes is the natural properties of cedar wood once again. Small cedar wood balls reduce moisture in wardrobes and drawers, reducing the chance of it becoming a breeding ground.