It’s a fashion girl's worst nightmare… You spend months and months saving up for that designer investment piece you’ve been coveting, only to have it fall apart faster than you can say “permanent press.” As we often learn the hard way, getting our money’s worth out of our pricey pieces and ensuring that they last season after season involves a bit of extra effort—but it’s worth it, advises Erica Choi, founder of the fashion blog Egg Canvas.
“Over time, as I continue to build up a core wardrobe of key items, it’s important that they last,” she explains. “I choose quality over quantity, and that means every piece is worth the care and consideration.” Choi follows a series of steps to ensure that her garments stand the test of time, the most important of which involves her LG Styler, an at-home clothing care system that uses steam to eliminate wrinkles. “While the LG Styler is an investment, anything you buy—especially something on the more expensive side—should be cared for,” she urges.
Keep reading for five key tips Choi relies on to ensure her delicate pieces are wearable for years and years to come.
How to keep clothing from losing its shape
Yes, we know it’s sometimes tempting to toss your outfit into a pile on the floor after a long day at work, but that’s no way to treat an item you scrimped and saved for. As Choi notes, it’s so important to take the extra minute to put every piece in its place; that way it won’t lose its form or get trampled on. “I make sure to hang up or put away all my clothing properly every time I get home,” the blogger tell us. “I like to think of my wardrobe as a mini boutique unto itself.”
How to protect your wool and cashmere
A lint roller only costs about $5, but it can seriously help preserve your costly pieces. “A lot of winter fabrics like wool and cashmere have a lot of loose threads, so I use a lint roller pretty religiously,” Choi says. “I give it a good rollover before putting away my pieces so it’s good as new the next time I need to wear it.”
How to clean your most expensive pieces
For delicate high-end pieces, most fashion girls turn to the dry cleaner when they need something cleaned, or use a home steamer. But there's a new device that decreases the number of trips to the cleaners and has far more features and customized settings than your average steamer. Enter the LG Styler.
The LG Styler is like a mini closet that uses TrueSteam™ technology to quickly steam, deodorize, sanitize, and vanquish wrinkles from any garments you place inside. “It’s so much easier to hang pieces in the LG Styler and let it run,” Choi explains. “Its become a necessity in my home. It allows me to care for high-end pieces without having to get them dry-cleaned often or even leave my closet.”
How to keep your knits from stretching
While it’s tempting to hang your cutest sweaters and knits in your closet, Choi warns that that can cause stretching. Instead, she recommends folding them and keeping them in your dresser drawers. Choi also says she learned the hard way to avoid putting delicate knits into the washing machine, even if a tag says it’s machine-washable: “I once put a sweater into the wash, and somehow a thread became loose and it kind of unraveled itself,” she recalls—definitely something we want to avoid.
How to make clothes smell great
Finally, to keep fabric fresh and avoid that musty smell, Choi uses a textile fragrance spray. “It smells divine and works as a perfume as well,” she advises. “After buying my first designer piece, I first learned that of course I want it to last, and that means smelling good, too!"
Do you have any top tips for protecting your investment pieces?