How to prolong your closet wear

I mostly grow up with people that up dress for any occasion - with me the only one being casual in tee and jeans - I was the poor kid.

These days, the bare minimum I would wear is a shirt and jeans with ballet shoe and with a jacket or blazer at hand. Printed T-shirts comfy is uncomfortable for me outside the home. Don't you hate it when you bump into a situation you hope you had dressed your best, especially when you have spent so much money in buying the clothes?

I like the fact that our society doesn't over emphasise on outward appearance here as compare to some countries, but it's a simple truth that looking good brings a lot of joy and energy to our life. From a good finance point of view, our spending on clothes should be 4-6% of our disposable income, and not exceeding one month of yearly pay, including bags and shoes. So it's important that we keep the cost in control.

Here are some simple and useful ways to make the best of your closet. (No sewing class to attend) 

1. Develop the style that favours your budget.

Unless your job is to entertain or you have pretty high resources at your disposal, chances are fancy prints and colourful clothes will not work in favour of your finance. A generic rule is to buy clothes made of structured cloth so it doesn't lose its shape. Cotton dress, for example, will only give you 5 wears good and 20 washes at maximum. But a fitting cotton shirt is a good choice in our hot weather. Start building with solid colours. Dark colour always look more expensive than bright colour. Patterns should be geometrical or a good french lace, preferably no animal, floral or rainbow prints because that trend runs too fast.  Also avoid odd ribbons, ruffles, and buckles if you planning to wear longer than a year.

2. Dedicate a worn rack/section.

Less wash means less harsh wear on your clothes. This works really well when we are in a temperate country. The hot weather here means you probably need to wash your clothes more often. Still, there will be room to hang jeans or a cardigan you put on for two air-con hours. Hand rinses some of the clothes for two three times before washing full laundry cycle also helps keep the clothes longer.

3. Save your clothes

Do simple needlework and remove clothes piling with a lint remover. First, it's not a wise decision to buy acrylic based cardigans, sweaters or jumpers because they pull up easily and makes the item look old. You can always try removing the old school way, lint removal roller or even razor and sticky tape. Trust me it doesn't work 99.00% of the time. The best way is to use a lint shaver - get the heavy duty version from Philips for RM100-300 or KaruKaru from Daiso for RM5.30 (Don't waste RM25 on other brands or RM 5.30 on a roller). Both works fine. It may not look new but it will look like a two-week or one-month-old garment.

4. Super glue anything that detaches from the shoe.

A shoe saver, apart from a visit to a clobber, is super glue. I wish I had learnt this earlier instead of spending hundreds on new shoes when the top ribbon falls out. You can fix nearly everything loose on your shoe with super glue, and remember to shine it. Always buy super glue in small size (like 7ml UHU for RM2.20 ) as it dries up fast. 

5. Hand wash - soak and rinse your top or anything delicate.

Am not going into what sort of detergent to save cost but simple hand-washing does keep your cloth looking new longer. Then, of course, you should balance between your time spent and worth in cost. If your top is RM20 (which is a good money choice), just let washing the machine (the best ever invention) do the job. I believe Levi's jeans is built to last, mine gone into more than 150 washing machine cycle and still doing great.