Have you just brought a spectacular designer brand shirt? If you have, then first off, congratulations on your purchase! It’s indeed a terrific feeling to have a new dress shirt and definitely something to flaunt.
Now, you surely must have paid a considerable sum of money to buy that dress shirt. As a matter of fact, designer brands dress shirts from Robert Graham, Dolce & Gabanna and others can cost a fortune. The prices range from $150 up to a staggering $500. So it’s quite a serious investment. But considering the superior quality, comfort level and appeal, it is well worth the price.
That being said, no one would ever want to see their shirts start to wear off after a short period of time. After all, you have invested a fair amount of money into it. So you wouldn’t want that to go in vain! However, as much as you want your designer brand dress shirts to remain in the same condition (when you first brought them) for as long as possible, it unfortunately never seems to happen, probably due lack of attention or knowledge (of how to maintain them).
Interestingly, there are 10 Tips you can do to ensure maximum durability of your expensive designer brand dress shirts.
This may seem quite obvious, yet you see many people doing exactly the opposite of it and end up making a mess of their pricey designer shirts. For example, some people make the mistake of washing a light blue shirt with red pants (a sure recipe for disaster). That is why it’s best to wash dress shirts separately in order to ensure that they don’t catch the color of other clothes.
Wash them Sparingly
Washing dress shirts frequently can reduce their lifespan considerably (the last thing you would probably want). So if you really want you shirts to last as long as possible, wash them sparingly. For instance, instead of washing them after every wear, do it after every three to four wears. This ensures that the fabric stays intact.
Avoid Putting In The Dryer
Nowadays dryers offer great convenience by drying clothes efficiently and without much effort on your part. However, little do you realize that it does more harm than good! It causes the fibers of the fabric to weaken considerably, thus resulting in a shorter lifespan for the dress shirts. It simple words, dryers offer convenience at the expense of reducing the wearability of your dress shirts. So avoid putting your shirts in the dryer
Remove Collar Stays Prior to Washing
If you want your collar stays to maintain their original condition for a long period of time, then always take them off prior to washing the dress shirt. Moreover, it’s better to opt for stainless steel collar stays (instead of plastic one) as they offer a flatter and rigid look and considerably more durable.
Use Cold Water
Another great way of protecting your expensive dress shirts from unwanted wear and tear is by washing them in cold water. This way the fabric is not susceptible to damage, as opposed to washing in hot water. Furthermore, it helps reduce your energy bill tremendously. In other words, it not only protects your shirts, but also limits the energy bills. What else could one ask for?
Avoid Folding It
There are some clothes that are supposed to be hung, while some are better folded. However, for dress shirts, the first option (hanging) is advised, solely because they are prone to wrinkles. That is why, it best to keep them on the hanger. This makes it easier to iron them as well.
Keep Buttons in One Place
It can be quite exasperating when you’re in a rush and suddenly one of your shirt buttons’ breaks. That is why, it important to store the extra buttons (that come with the shirt) in a small box, along with a needle and thread. So, whenever you come across this situation, you can readily fix it, without any unnecessary delay.
Check the Label
No one knows the designer shirt better than the one who made it. That is why it’s highly important to check the instructions given on the shirt’s label, with regards to geekowear washing. Those points can be quite helpful in ensuring the longevity of the shirt. For example, if the label says “do not put in dry cleaner”, then you know exactly what is detrimental to your shirt. So always read the label!
Wear Your Shirts Only When Needed
The lesser you wear your shirt, the little will be the need for washing it. Now this doesn’t mean that you wear it only once in two weeks. No, not at all! It simply means that you don’t wear in unnecessarily. For example, after returning from work, instead of ambling around, remove your dress shirt immediately.