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Since adopting a more minimal approach to my wardrobe a few years ago, I’ve learned a lot about maintaining a small and curated collection of clothes without completely ruining all of them.
I know there can be concerns around the topic of laundry when it comes to capsule wardrobes because fewer clothes might imply more frequent loads of washing, which ultimately means your clothes are going to wear out too quickly.
Luckily over time and with some trial and error, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that have helped me prolong the quality of my clothes and avoid doing constant loads of laundry. You should know that I am no domestic goddess and when it comes to looking after my clothes (I’ve been known to burn holes through clothes while ironing), so if I can do this, I’m convinced anyone can.
To help you out, here are five tips for taking care of a minimal wardrobe! If you’re not familiar with the concept of the capsule wardrobe, I have a few posts here that will give you the nitty gritty.
Tip 1: Undershirts are your best friend
One of the best pieces of advice I can give to prolong the wear of your clothes is to wear a vest or t-shirt under basically any top you wear. Not only does this help make your clothes more opaque (I’m looking at you, white blouses), it also means your clothes aren’t directly touching your body and potentially getting smelly around the armpits. I like to wear t-shirts under sweaters and long-sleeve tops just so I can get more use out of them before washing them.
Tip 2: Wash when absolutely necessary
I’ve gotten to the point with my clothes where I won’t wash them unless there is a big ol’ stain on them or if they smell. I know some people might think that’s gross, but I don’t think I’m a particularly sweaty person so I like to extend the wear of any particular item as long as possible. If you’re constantly washing your clothes every time you wear them, they’re eventually going to fade, lose their shape, and fall apart, so I definitely want to avoid that.
Tip 3: Use gentle laundry products
If you do get to the point where you absolutely need to wash your clothes, I recommend using gentle, non-toxic, naturally derived products like those from ecover. They have everything you’d need like detergent, non-chlorine bleach, fabric softener, and stain removers, and all of their products are simple, health-focused, thoughtfully made, down to earth and authentic. Learn More. Since I’m super clumsy and often get stains on my clothes, I recommend the ecover stain remover which helps remove grass, mud, grease and more. It’s made with renewable plant-based and mineral ingredients, so the biodegradable formula is tough on stains, but gentle on the environment. All you do is simply work the liquid into the fabric with the built-in brush and wash as usual. Shop Now.
Tip 4: Hand wash and line-dry
I know this isn’t a possibility for some, especially during the cold months of the year, but being as gentle as you can with your clothes by hand washing them and hanging them to dry can definitely help keep your clothing looking fresher for longer. The dryer has ruined so many of my clothes before, so I try to avoid it as much as possible. If hand washing isn’t an option for you, could you also put smaller clothing items into a mesh bag in the washer to help avoid them getting stretched out and misshapen.
Tip 5: Invest in clothes that are made to last
I think the most important piece of advice I can give about taking care of a minimal wardrobe is to simply buy clothes that are made to last in the first place. The higher the quality your clothes are from the beginning, the better chance you have of them surviving for years to come. Higher quality pieces might seem like an investment, but they will last longer than cheaply made clothes and save you money in the long run. How do you know what’s well-made? Look for natural fibers, thicker fabrics, quality stitching, well-sewn buttons, and anything else on this super helpful list.
What are your tips for taking care of a small wardrobe?