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New Year’s Resolutions: Start Looking after Your T-shirts
Alright, we know it’s a few weeks into 2016 and we’re a bit behind on jumping onto the whole bandwagon about New Year’s resolutions and all that, but forgive us; we’ve been busy juicing, detoxing and hitting the gym. But in the spirit of all things Good and Wholesome we did think we should kick off the New Year with a post that has a self improvement angle, and because we’re into all things men’s t-shirts we thought it should be about…well, all things men’s t-shirts. No one can accuse us of free styling this year!
We thought long and hard (for a good 10 minutes) and we decided to bring you this post about looking after your t-shirts. You know, just treating them with a little kindness and making sure they last a little longer. This is the spirit in which we are entering 2015!
So, without further fanfare, whether you buy men’s tshirts that are a couple of dollars from the high street, you buy men’s fashion online, or you do the right thing and procure your designer t-shirts from the finest purveyors of fashion (such as Ethereal Clothing) here are our top tips for treating the hardest working (and possible only) item in your wardrobe – your tees – with a little goddamn respect!
- Once you’ve washed (or made someone else wash) your t-shirts, to keep them in shape, hang them up. Also – retail tip – never put a hanger into any garment through the neck as this will stretch it out of shape: feed the hanger in through the bottom of the t-shirt instead. You should also make sure that the hanger matches the seams across the shoulders. Don’t have room to hang all those designer men’s t-shirts? Fold them nicely – there are online tutorials to show you how – assuming you never worked in retail and it is ingrained in you for life how to fold properly. Just saying!
- If you DO want to go the hanging route but have run out of wardrobe space, one thing worth considering is fixing a second rail below the top one to hang more t-shirts – or any sort of men’s clothing – on. Unlike women, you (probably) don’t have dresses and skirts that sweep the bottom of the closet, so with a quick trip to the DIY store, and a little bit manual labour, you’ll have doubled your storage space in the blink of an eye – depending on how good your DIY skills are.
- You probably won’t go to the effort of hand washing most of your tees but if you have any expensive designer t-shirts, or ones that are particular favourites, make sure you wash them in cold water (and inside out) as this preserves the colours for longer. Hot water can also increase the wrinkle factor.
- Giving the tee a good, hard shake once it’s out of the washing machine helps to get rid of major wrinkles, although you may have to pick up the dreaded iron (if you’re really fussy). If you hate ironing (who doesn’t?) or you don’t have anyone you can coerce into ironing stuff for you, hanging any type of clothing up in the bathroom while you take a hot shower can help to make wrinkles and creases drop out. It’s all in the steam.
Forget the ‘forgotten by February’ gym resolutions – all you need to do is start looking after your men’s t-shirts, and then look forward to your most dapper year yet. Happy 2016 from Ethereal Clothing!
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