Capsule Wardrobe Essentials: Care Guide

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If you wear a capsule wardrobe then you should be especially mindful of the upkeep of your items if you want to extend their longevity.

You may have your own special tricks for caring for your capsule wardrobe but here’s a simple and handy guide with general rules of thumb for properly maintaining items.

We tend to gravitate to natural materials because they are environmentally friendly and don’t contain chemicals that agitate the skin, so this guide focuses on organic fabrics.

Cashmere

Cold hand wash

Air dry flat on towel

Konmari folding method

Cotton

Wash warm on normal cycle

Bleach whites if needed

Tumble dry and iron ok

Simple fold or hang (depending on item)

Denim

Cold delicate wash (sparingly)

Turn inside out in wash

Air dry flat 

Fold in halves 

Leather

Treat with protector before wearing

Spot wipe with damp cloth

Hang jackets on sturdy wood hanger

Avoid rain/wet conditions

Linen

Warm delicate wash

Air dry flat or on rack

Iron on wrong side, linen setting

Fold or hang (depending on item)

Silk

Cool hand wash

Low heat iron on silk setting

Use mesh bag for intimates

Hang clothing, fold intimates

Wool

Delicate wash sweaters (wool cycle)

Air dry sweaters flat on towel

Konmari folding method

Dry clean wool coats (before storing)

Hang coats on sturdy wood hangers

General

Treat your items with a sense of respect and gratitude (i.e. do not ever throw your clothing on the floor, step on them, or leave them balled up in the corner of the room for days on end).

For intimates, swimwear, and workout gear, wash immediately after wearing. Everything else you could wear 3-4 times before washing, except for coats which you can dry-clean at the end of the season.

When washing use gentle chemical-free detergents, wash with like colors (and fabrics if possible), and if ever in doubt, follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. Though we mention ironing, we actually prefer a steamer as it doesn’t come into direct contact with the material.

Always clean items before placing in seasonal storage and use breathable, well-sealed, fabric storage bags. Cedar chips will keep moths away. 

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