5 Tips for Longer-Lasting Clothes - Encircled

5 Tips for Longer-Lasting Clothes

April 10, 2019 25 Comments

Curating a sustainable wardrobe means investing more in your clothing. What’s often forgotten is that one of the easiest ways to create a more sustainable closet is to take care of the clothes you already have so that they last longer. We’ve outlined a few tips for you to learn how to take the best care possible of what you already own:

 

1 / Wash your clothes less

Washing your clothes less frequently will lengthen their closet-life dramatically. Washing machines and dryers agitate fabrics and cause pilling, stretching, and fading, so the less you wash, the longer they’ll last. If you love the smell of fresh laundry though,try this fabric freshener from Saje you can spritz on clothes in between washes.

 

2 / Follow the wash instructions

Taking the time to read the care label on your clothing is important! In addition to following those instructions, try to use a plant-based detergent that’s free from sulfates, chlorinated bleach, optical brighteners and fragrances to keep your fav designs looking their best. And pass on the dryer if you can - heat breaks down fibres in clothing, especially natural ones increasing the likelihood of pilling and fading.Our go-to is this easy-to-store indoor/outdoor drying rack from Ikea to use in replacement of your dryer.

 

3 / How you store your clothing matters 

Hanging your knits with a hard edge or slippery hanger can affect the shoulder structure of the garment - try to keep your heavier garments folded up on a shelf. If you prefer to keep your clothing in your closet,try out a sweater organizer that you can suspend from your closet rack.

 

4 / Give them a brush once in a while

Knit clothing naturally pills with wear. Instead of purchasing a new sweater every time something gets a little nubby, try using a sweater shaver or a brush to take off the extra fibres.We love this brush from The Laundress to get the job done.

 

5 / Rotate through your closet

It’s safe to say that you’re going to repeatedly wear your favourite items in your closet. What happens when you do that though? They show wear faster. An easy trick is to rotate your clean clothes to the back of your closet so it forces you to reach for items you haven’t worn recently. Not only will it show you what you’re no longer wearing, but it will help keep your favourite items in your closet for longer.For how to get the most wear out of your closet, check out this post.


Clothing Care Package Giveaway


To help get you started on taking better care of your clothing, we’ve put together a Clothing Care Package! For a chance to win, enter below.

Prize includes:
– Method Laundry Detergent Free & Clear retail at $15.66
– Sweet Sheets Fabric and Linen Spray retail at $14.95
– $100.00 Ikea Gift Card

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25 Responses

Maxine
Maxine

April 19, 2019

Definitely leggings! So comfy…

Corina
Corina

April 19, 2019

I just purchased my 3rd pair of dressy sweatpants! I get so many compliments on them. I send them all to Encircled!

Sarah
Sarah

April 19, 2019

I’m loving lounging in my dressy sweatpants <3

Dani Goyer
Dani Goyer

April 19, 2019

I am loving basic tanks – such a year round staple!

Michelle M
Michelle M

April 18, 2019

I love my evolve dress that I’ve used 3 times in the past week.

P
P

April 18, 2019

My black mock neck arrived last week. I’ve wore it three times, and it’s hanging to dry for the first time right now.

Sophia
Sophia

April 18, 2019

A grey and white striped shirt they I have on repeat! I love how comfy it is and how I can wear it casually with a pair of jeans or at work with my dressy sweatpants and a necklace! Though good tip on trying to rotate my clothing more frequently!

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

April 16, 2019

Any pair of comfy leggings or sweatpants!

Aarti M
Aarti M

April 14, 2019

My favourite piece is my light grey sweater, it’s so comfy!

Julie
Julie

April 13, 2019

Thank you so much for the thoughtful and informational advice. I think my favorite piece of clothing is my chrysalis cardi because it is so versatile and soft! Perfect for all the traveling that I have been doing. It got me out of a bind when I needed something dressy and forgot to back the dress I was supposed to bring. Originally I had brought it just to wear as a scarf, but I was quickly able to slip into it and got several compliments on it. Thank you encircled!

Diana
Diana

April 12, 2019

Love these idea – a great reminder to take care of what we already have!

Erin Lewis
Erin Lewis

April 12, 2019

Loving my black distressed jeans right now.

Tracy
Tracy

April 12, 2019

The dressy sweatshirt. I have the rose and black. Picking up the grey one on Monday. :) And the sweatpants. And my kimono dress even though I haven’t worn it yet.

Diana
Diana

April 12, 2019

After wearing through a pair of jeans that I love because I wore them daily, I’ve started rotating through items in my closet more.

Taylortravels18
Taylortravels18

April 12, 2019

My favourite piece is an infinity scarf that i got as a hand me down a few years ago when American apparel was still around.

Nicole
Nicole

April 12, 2019

I love my 2nd denim yoga jeans! So comfy!

Sarah White
Sarah White

April 12, 2019

My favourite piece in my closet right now is my minimalist sleeveless mock neck from Encircled!! I wear it to work all the time..and might need a few more in different colours :)

Julia
Julia

April 11, 2019

My most loved piece right now is probably a pair of black bamboo leggings (I wear them almost daily).

Amanda Price
Amanda Price

April 11, 2019

This is such a great giveaway! I’m in the process of planning my first-ever capsule wardrobe, so taking care of my favorite clothes is a must! My favorite thing in my closet right now has to be this vintage coat I thrifted about a year ago. It’s automatically makes any outfit 10 times better!

Shantini
Shantini

April 10, 2019

My black dressy sweatpants :)

Erin
Erin

April 10, 2019

Definitely my jean jacket.

Sarane Lau
Sarane Lau

April 10, 2019

My encircled dressy sweatpants are my favorite piece from encircled. So comfy!

Anika
Anika

April 10, 2019

My favourite piece is the dressy sweatshirt from encircled!

Joselyn
Joselyn

April 10, 2019

My second-hand leather jacket that I’ve had for over 7 years and wear at least 4 times a week!

Mary Ella Jourdak
Mary Ella Jourdak

April 10, 2019

I’m all about this! Investing in clothes means you should be more mindful of their wear and tear and wash.

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