Posts Tagged: clothing care

Reader Request: Shopping for Quality and Longevity

how to shop for quality clothes

Bubu asked:

I wonder if you might do a post on shopping for quality/longevity. I find some stores, like Ann Taylor or L.L. Bean, have pretty good and consistent quality in construction and holding up to washing, etc, or really good return policies. But the Gap, for example, is much more uneven, and I’ve just stopped shopping at Old Navy because everything loses its shape after a wash. Especially when thrifting or buying at a place like T.J. Maxx, which have a hodgepodge, how can you assess how the piece will hold up with wear and tear and washing? READ MORE

Originally posted 2011-01-27 06:14:10.

This Week I Love …

static guard

Static Guard.

My relationship with Static Guard is parallel to my relationship with The Simpsons. The Simpsons were first seen as shorts on the Tracey Ullman show, and they were moderately amusing, but nothing that rocked my world. Then the actual show was created and began to air, and the entire world had t-shirts featuring Bart telling me not to have a cow, man. And I ignored the show because catchphrases irritate me. And it stuck around, and really smart, really funny people in my life started telling me it was a quality show. But I wasn’t having it. How could the “don’t have a cow, man” show be any good? People kept telling me, I kept ignoring them. And then I married HM and watched a few episodes and was all, “YOU MEAN I’VE BEEN MISSING OUT ON THIS FOR DECADES???!??” READ MORE

Reader Request: Minimizing Laundry

how to wash clothes less

Reader Gabrielle popped this one into the suggestion box:

I know you have offered up a few tips here and there about getting the most wear out of clothing before washing. Could you do a post devoted to these tricks? I remember one with DIY armpit protectors in a coat, and I just can’t seem to find it again.

You can see some of my other tips for wardrobe care here and here (although I’ve since reneged on the Woolite endorsement), but I’m happy to share a few more … with this important caveat: READ MORE