Ahh, winter. It's halfway through January, and not only can the seemingly endless cold and darkness take a toll on your emotions and your health, it is easy for your wardrobe to suffer as well. And I am not just talking about that 'I have nothing to wear!' syndrome that we all suffer with around this time of year (if this is a big issue for you, check out our '100 Savvy Ways to Save Money' post for some great fashion tips.), but about the actual physical damage that snow, salt, and wear can do to your wardrobe.
Now, we have already covered some savvy ways to keep your footwear in tip-top shape during the snowy season (Save your Soles), but here are a few more ways to take care of your clothes and prevent those winter woes:
- First step: prevention. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say, and not for nothing! Think about what composes your winter wardrobe, and if something doesn't suit the season, then it is likely not made to withstand it. So, pack it up and pull it out again when it is appropriate.
- Footwear: one of the most important items to invest in and take care of are your shoes. To help prevent damage to your favorite pair of chelsea boots, get ahold of some water repellant spray or wax. Sprays do best on suede, and waxes or lotions are made for leather.
- Coats: keep an eye on those buttons and zippers. Take a bit of time and go through your outerwear to check on those closures, and reinforce them if needed. There is nothing worse than being out in frigid weather and losing a button! If a zipper breaks and you don't feel confident replacing it yourself, support your local tailor by taking it in- don't throw it out!
- Wet wardrobe: some of the worst wear just comes from damp garments. It can damage the shape of your clothing, as well as encourage mildew and mold. The best course of action is to make sure that you launder your clothes regularly, and when you do, dry them thoroughly. If anything starts to smell musty put it through the washer and put it on a high heat cycle to kill any spores. If your garment needs to be air dried, make sure to lay it flat to keep it from drying out of shape.