Don’t take those clothes to the charity shop or put them on eBay just yet! Follow these simple tips and you’ll be wearing those items until you’re old and grey.

Dye your trousers

The more you wash your black jeans/trousers, the more the colour will fade. You can either buy a new pair for £40-60, or buy some black dye for about £5. All you do is fill a sink with hot water, empty the sachet of dye into it, put the jeans in and leave to soak for a few hours, thoroughly rinse and then put them in the washing machine. Good as new!


Buy a lint roller

When you wear a jumper over a crisp white shirt it will leave bits on the shirt, dulling the white. A lint roller is basically sticky paper which, when rolled, will collect all those bits leaving you with a lovely white shirt again.

Use whitener

Your white shirts will dull over time. For a start, make sure you only wash whites with other whites to avoid having your darks bleed through onto them. You can also pick up sachets of whitener which you just pop into the washing machine with your clothes. Jobs a good un!

Buy collar stays

There’s nothing worse (hyperbole) than seeing a really nice shirt with a frayed, curled collar. Either buy button-down shirts so you don’t have to worry about it or get some brass collar stays which will keep your collar stiff and sharp.

Use wooden shoe trees

Your formal shoes need shoe trees. I cannot stress this enough. They help to maintain the shape of the shoe and absorb sweat.

Invest in decent hangers

For a start, you should always be hanging your jackets, shirts and coats. Buy some quality wooden hangers to help maintain the shape of the item you’re hanging.

Take coats to the dry cleaners

First off, when a label says ‘dry clean only’, it means it. Don’t think you can ‘get away with it’. Take your coats and jackets to the dry cleaners and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Look out for sweaty collars

You should have enough work shirts in rotation for this not to be a problem, but there are products on the market to spot clean items of clothing.

Words by Fil


  1. “There’s nothing worse than seeing a really nice shirt with a frayed, curled collar” is not hyperbole. [“Oh, Damnéd and fallen Stars how thou hast wracked the clouds and cursed my collars with unfashionable frayédness. Ye God, nay, Ye Goddess of all Sartorial sit satisfied in your Room of Wardrobe and Mock my most mortal state of Patheticness. Yes: Curl thy lips in sneer at my lack of stays. Months of Mays may come and go, and like fleeting flowers that die by June, I die, I die, I die amongst a pile of shitty-shirt doom.”] That’s hyperbole.


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