Winter coats are only in use for a few short months of the year, they are usually made of pretty sturdy fabric and although fashions change a good quality classic winter coat should last for years. I say should because I used to be pretty good at ruining them, but I've learned from my mistakes! Here are my 6 top tips for making your winter coat last!
- Buy a coat that isn't a dirt magnet! It could be blue, red, brown, pink, black - any colour or a combination of them (although it is probably worth asking yourself if you want to be seen out the house in it in 10 years time) but one that will hide a multitude of sins. I made a pretty basic mistake a few years ago and bought a white coat. It looked lovely for a while, but eventually even dry cleaning couldn't save it. Even if it is washable, a white coat won't stay white for long.
- Only put things in your coat pockets that fit and that won't catch on the fabric! Do not put keys or oversized items in them. I ruined a good few coat pockets that way as the key ring caught on the delicate fabric in the pocket and poked holes in it or the oversized item put strain on the pocket fabric.
- Always hang your coat on a hanger. If there isn't one available hang it on the back of a chair or if it is somewhere you go regularly like work, take a hanger in with you to hang it up on. I used to hang my coat on a peg and I found that over time it damaged the collar of the coat on the inside, creating rips or holes eventually.
- Repair ripped seams, sew buttons back on that fall off and replace lost buttons. These are easy fixes that won't take long. If you don't have the skills or equipment find out if anyone you know can help.
- Make sure the cupboard your store your coat in is damp and moth proof. If you know your home suffers from a damp problem hang a dehumidifier in your cupboard and you can add inexpensive eco friendly moth repellents to your hangers.
- Freshen up your coat from time to time - bicarbonate of soda or even just a good airing will get rid of any musty smells after it has been stored a while. Depending on the fabric you could also steam clean it!
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