In today’s TALA Talks, @lizziealli_ shares some useful tips to make every clothing investment into your wardrobe worth every penny! 

We all love shopping online or in-store, adding new fits and styles to our wardrobes and hearing “omg I love your X, where did you get it from?” But isn’t it so annoying when said ‘favourite items’ lose their shape, colour or some worn out fabric vetoes your entire outfit? In this article, we’re giving you 7 seamless tips you can incorporate into your garment care routine to get the most from your clothing lifespan. 

1. Discover your inner seamstress. A loose button or a tragic rip isn’t always a pass to buy a new outfit. However, having a mini sewing kit on standby is always a good shout! Reworking different styles and accessories into your fabrics adds that stamp of personalisation to it, making it YOUR unique style. Maybe some patch work for your jeans and buttons from your local charity shop – let’s get creative!

2. Wash your clothes inside out. Prevention is better than cure on this one (and often a lot cheaper!). Does faded black leggings sound familiar to you? I thought so. The dye needed for your darker toned clothes is more prone to disappearing after every wash so let’s keep that black as black as possible!

3. Ditch the dryer damage. Per tumble dry, an average of 0.9kg of CO2 emissions is released. Fresh air is not only healthier for your clothing lifespan, but it’s energy-saving, better for the environment and free - save that coin, sis!

4. Quality over quantity. Investing in your clothes is much better for the environment and your bank account (in the long term!). With every TALA product, 92% of the materials used are upcycled, not only making a variety of flattering fits but with proper care, wardrobe staples to last a lifetime!

5. You don’t need to wash after every wear. Research shows that between 39 to 53 litres of water is used per load of washing. Think about it, who needs to dedicate that much water to a top worn for 4 hours on a dinner date? Frequent washing hastens the fabric decay, drains the colour vibrancy and wastes way more water than necessary. Which leads me to my next point nicely:

6. Rotate your wardrobe. Fashion trends fluctuate all the time and as avid consumers trying to keep up, we have this incessant need to show off our newest purchases until a new trend settles and then we move onto the next. Try wearing something different every day of the week. Every item in your wardrobe deserves its own moment; remember that’s your money hidden under a pile of newbies!

7. Opt for a wooden hanger. Wooden hangers are more durable than plastic and wire hangers which have a large tendency to stretch and deform heavily weighted garments. As much as we like to keep ourselves in shape, let’s keep our clothes in shape too!

As a final point, remember to consume consciously. Dive into your wardrobe to see if you can revive and rework some clothes you’ve purchased in the past. And make your money go that extra mile! Invest in your wardrobe, invest in your styles, invest in YOU.