Guys, like it or not, you also have clothes to maintain and a wardrobe space to utilise. And you too can streamline your life if all your clothes and accessories are clean, mended, easy to access and are ready to use.
Basic bloke’s wardrobe kit
- 2 x expensive shoe trees and some cheaper plastic ones.
- Retriver sachets; hanging sachets and drawer sachets
- Tie racks that fit on the back of doors; a towel rail will do.
- Some decent jacket and coat hangers, the right size for your shoulders.
- Hanger space (hung and ironed shirts) or drawer space (laundered and folded shirts).
Wardrobe tips for men
- Sort and store your clothes by colour, weight, formal or casual wear.
- Keep packets of spot cleaner for ties in your briefcase.
- Always dry clean vintage or inherited clothing before you get it altered (we quite often get what we call ‘crispy crotches’ coming in simply because dry cleaning chemicals will not remove bodily stains and the only solution is to take a kitchen sponge with the green raspy bit, wet it with soap and sponge the stains).
- Food spills on lapels can often be removed with the same sort of sponge: use it dry and brush them off.
- If you sweat a lot, use t-shirts as vests – you can get them from M&S.
- Before you store a suit, go over it with a lint roller and clothes brush to deter moths.
- Clothes to be stored need to be kept well aired, dust free and covered away from sunlight.
- Clothes not in use should be covered with an old sheet, duvet cover or garment bags hung away clean as moths eat dirt and that is what attracts them. A duvet cover can fasten around the necks of the coat hangers and then lavender bags can be hung around the necks.
- Jumper tops and t-shirts can be folded and put into a pillowcase with a lavender bag.
- Don’t leave garments in plastic for more than 3 months because the change in temperature causes condensation in the bags, which dries on the garments and can cause mildew or yellowing on light colours.
- Nothing should be left in direct sunlight as sunlight rots fabrics.
- Evening and wedding dresses can be kept in a duvet cover or a large garment bag alternatively it could be boxed with acid-free tissue (which insects do not like).
- Shoes should be repaired: re-soled, re-heeled, rubber heels and toe tips protect the leather, keep water out and prevent damage.