Best of 2010: The Ultimate Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Clothes

Of all of our articles over the past year, we had some of the highest numbers of users write in with thanks for our piece on the best ways to take care of clothing to make it last longer.

From easy seams and hemming without having to sew, to damaged suede, to worn-out high heels, we list out our favorite tricks for taking care of our favorite threads (and leathers and metal clasps). As an extra perk for you, below are washing instructions for different items and a guide to washing symbols on clothing tags.

And so, we bring you the complete guide to taking care of your favorites. Though we’re hoping that we won’t have to refer to the how-to-get-out-a-stain section after our New Year’s Eve party.

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  • Anonymous

    I love all of the graphics! Am I the only one who thinks the washing symbols are really cute?

    • Fiona

      I think they’re cute too!

    • Shirley Marlow

      I usually wash jeans inside out and have found this helps the color to last longer. There are a lot of great tips on I’ve even gotten different types of laundry detergent samples to try from them in the past. Can’t beat freebies!

  • Shea Adelson

    What great information! I never knew!