It’s that time of year again (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) when we all start pulling our cosy knits, hats, scarves and coats out of the wardrobe again. If you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t looked at these items since you last used them back in March. This means they’re probably going to need a little TLC before being used again this winter. Our winter clothes tend to be more expensive investment pieces (think coats and boots) so it’s important we look after them to keep them looking their best. These tips to get your wardrobe ready for winter will help you keep your winter clothes looking great without having to go out and buy a whole new winter wardrobe.
7 Ways To Get Your Wardrobe Ready For Winter
- Waterproof shoes and boots. This is especially important if you live somewhere wet like Scotland. It’s also really easy to do, just buy a waterproofing spray (you’ll find these in outdoor stores, supermarkets or buy online) and spray your boots. Once dry they should be protected from the elements. Look for a spray which works on both leather and suede to protect all your shoes and remember to do a small patch test before spraying to check for colour bleed.
- Freshen Up Sweaters. Your knitwear will probably need a little attention after months in the wardrobe. Check them over for holes and fix them straight away (or else it will sit in a to-do pile for months). If they can be machine washed give them a wash (make sure you use the correct setting) or steam what can’t be machine washed to keep them fresh. For more tips on looking after your knitwear read my knitwear guide.
- Check Your Tights/Socks. Like your knitwear you probably haven’t worn your tights and socks in a while. Check tights and socks for holes or damage. Replace any damaged ones as soon as possible so you have options available when you need them.
- Wash Gloves, Scarves and Hats. When was the last time you washed your scarf or gloves? Remember you wear these most days in winter and keep them close to your face/hands so they should be kept clean. If you can throw them in the washing machine and give them a good wash, some will be more delicate and will need a hand wash. Whilst washing them check for any holes/damage and repair or replace straight away. You want to have your gloves, scarves and hats available when you need them.
- Look Out Your Base layers. If you wear base layers under your clothes in winter now is the time to look them out. Like before check for damage and give them a wash. If you need to replace do this now. I recommend getting merino wool base layers as they tend to be the warmest, however, cotton vests and long sleeve t-shirts are great for an extra layer.
- Dry Clean Your Coat. Now is the time to drop your winter coat off at the dry cleaners to get in freshened up before the cold weather sets in. If you don’t want to dry clean your coat, try using your steamer on it to give it a quick refresh. If you don’t know a steamer try hanging it in the bathroom next time you have a hot shower. The steam from your shower has the same effect as a steamer. Like with everything else check your coat for any holes or damage, pay attention to button holes and buttons. You should re-sew any loose buttons before they fall off.
- De-Lint and De-Pill. Give your coat (and other clothes) a run over with a lint roller before you start wearing them again. Keep your lint roller handy during the winter months to remove any fluff or pet hairs from your clothes. When washing your sweaters you may have noticed a few pills (little bobbles) on them. The easiest way to get rid of these is with a Fabric shaver, they don’t cost much to buy and will keep your knitwear bobble free and looking great for years to come.