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The pieces of fabric that we throw on everyday are more than just “clothes” .
They turn creativity into reality, and add color to our lives.
Discover the art clothing care, the importance of caring for your clothes, and the different types of clothing care.
The True Value of Clothing
Esquire recently released a feature on a number of the best dressed gents as of 2018, and these dudes look snazzy!
But you know what, buddy?
You don’t need to be the next big rapper or Hollywood actor to make a fashion statement.
Regardless of whether your go-to is jogging pants, (loud, colorful, printed) dress shirts, or the good ol’ t-shirt and jeans combo, good style and well-put together outfits will always stand out.
A study by Quartz revealed the increasing trend in men’s online shopping habits over the recent years, with the most sought after product being clothing.
Clothes trumped groceries, beer, and computers, so that’s saying a lot!
Surprisingly, it has also been discovered that men spend more on clothes than women.
Since we’re changing clothes like we change underwear, it might be time to step aside and pay attention to the aspect of the fashion industry aimed at preserving these fabric masterpieces we call clothes: the art of clothing care.
Did you know that the increase in the amount of money spent on clothing each year isn’t due to the ever-changing world of fashion?
It is due to the need to purchase new clothes to replace old, worn-out looking ones.
- like your current wardrobe
- have a favorite garment
- own a limited edition fashion piece
then explaining the reasons why you might want to preserve the lifespan of your clothes will seem a bit redundant.
For those who need further reinforcement:
You’d Save a Ton of Money.
A report on the fashion segment by Statista found that the US clothing industry was the largest in the world, valued at 359 billion US dollars in 2015.
A more recent report on the fashion industry revealed:
- $195,166 million – The market volume of the US fashion industry (or the total number of sales transactions in a given time frame) comes in second to China.
- $103,019 million – Is the expected revenue generated by the fashion industry in 2018.
- $449.21 – Is the average amount a person will spend on clothes in 2018.
$449.21 may not sound like much, but that money could totally go to your new computer fund, to a roundtrip ticket of your choosing (especially during seat sales), or to whatever else floats your boat!
You’d Be Saving the Environment.
- The process by which synthetic fibers are manufactured require large amounts of energy, consequently leading to pollution.
- Non-organic cotton and cotton crops are pumped with GMOs, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers.
- Some of these chemicals have been found to be carcinogenic.
- The surrounding area and wildlife are are affected by the chemicals applied to the cotton crops.
- Lesser laundry days means you’d be cutting costs on your electricity bill and saving the environment by conserving energy and decreasing your carbon footprint!
It Makes You Look Good.
If clothing care makes your clothes look good, that means you look good.
And let’s face it, who doesn’t like to make a good impression?
With the right clothing care practices, your wardrobe can give you the confidence to
If you check underneath the tags of your shirts, or the seam of your pants and jackets, there should be 4 tiny pieces of paper which are similar to the bible
–in that they tell you how to save your clothes from the perils of clothing care evil (e.g. tarnishing, shrinking, fading, etc).
It’s always best to stick these labels,
but here is a compilation of general clothing care guidelines you can store in your long term memory bank to keep your garments intact for the long run.
Find out what material your clothing is made of and how often you need to wash it (to keep it looking immaculate).
Some types of garment don’t require regular washing
– like denim, or super delicate fabrics that needs to be hand washed.
Continuously subjecting your clothes to water, chemicals in detergent, and rigorous friction during the wash cycle, can damage the fabric composition of your garment.
Substitute washing with clothing care enhancers like clothing fresheners.
Your dryer is one of the two most hazardous clothing care tools at your disposal.
Throwing your garments in the dryer is a simple (not to mention overlooked) luxury, but if done haphazardly, this can lead to dire consequences for your clothing (including but not limited to):
- formation of lint balls
Mind the temperature, heat setting, and time, when throwing your clothes into the dryer to save yourself some trouble –and your clothes from the consequences of heat damage!
An iron is the second most hazardous clothing care tool you own.
The heat released by an iron can make or break your clothes, resulting in stains or worse – burns.
To avoid this, you can follow the general guideline for the heat settings of different types of fabrics listed below:
- High heat: Cotton, Linen
- Medium heat: Wool, Cashmere, Flannel, Silk
- Low-Medium heat: Polyester
- Low heat: Nylon, Acetate, Acrylic
You remember when your mom used to tell you to “Put your clothes away,”?
Listen to the woman, she knows what’s up.
Believe it or not, how you store your clothing can affect how long they can keep their natural state.
If you leave them lying around, expect your garments to lose their shape and consistency in no time, in addition to possible stain damage and puncture marks sustained from any nearby sharp edges.
- Don’t hang wool sweaters (they are heavy articles of clothing).
- The pull of gravity will cause them to stretch.
- Fold them carefully and stack them on top of each other.
- Make sure to close buttons, hooks, and zippers.
- Leaving them loose gives way to snagging and possible tearing.
- Keep your closet cool and dry.
- No to humid, no to moisture, and no to excessive heat.
- Too much of anything is never good. Humidity and moisture are the breeding grounds for mold, whereas heat can damage the fibers of your garment.
Yes, there are entire product lines out there specially formulated to preserve the natural state of your clothing.
Surpassing your everyday laundry products, clothing care specialists have perfected a formula which eliminates the use of:
✗optical and fluorescent brightening agents (OBA’s and FBA’s)
(found in most off-the-shelf items).
To Bring Things to a Close…
Your clothing care labels will always tell you what’s best for your clothing.
But it never hurts to have a few guidelines off the top of your head when your garments are trying to survive the test of time when their laundry care symbols have faded.
Don’t forget to
- store your clothes with care
- use the right clothing care products
in order to keep your clothes looking (and smelling) out of this world!
This article was brought to you by
FREY is men’s fashion brand made up of environmentally conscious idealists who specialize in making clothing care products aimed at:
Preserving your clothing.
Preserving the environment
Feel free to check out the entire clothing care line here.
Save your clothing, save the Earth, and smell good while doing it.
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