The Official Dos and Don'ts of Washing Your Clothes

Once we've invested in a timeless piece, we want that item to last us through the years. Be it your everyday T-shirt collection or favorite pairs of jeans, these staple pieces deserve to stay in tip-top shape so you can lean on them for a number of occasions and look forward to wearing them every time. The number one way of extending the life of your wardrobe is to properly care for each and every piece. For those that call for being washed in a machine instead of dropped off at the dry cleaner's, particular care and attention are essential. Below we've outlined a precise step-by-step of how to wash clothes so you can keep your brights bright, darks dark, and delicates looking brand new.

This story was originally published on August 15, 2013 and has since been updated by Anna LaPlaca.