Vintage clothing is enjoying a surge of popularity as a sustainable fashion choice. But how do you make that heirloom dress or one-of-a-kind thrift-shop find last for the long run? After all, vintage clothes often require special care and cannot simply be thrown in the laundry.
The first step is knowing what each item needs. Some fabrics are best entrusted to dry cleaners, including leather, velvet, plastics, wool, vinyl and fur. Cottons, linens, and silks 1970s and newer can also be dry cleaned. And use a professional steamer for removing wrinkles and pressing garments, to keep your favorite threads safe.