We cannot be seen wearing the same shirt twice in a row. There has to be a meantime in between using the same garment again so people won’t recognize that you have a clothing shortage. It’s not about the shirt getting unkempt, but we have to appear affluent in front of a crowd. Thus, we needed a number of varied clothing in our closet.
Impulse or planned, we use a portion of our budget on new clothes. According to the Consumer Spending Statistics, civilians over the age of 16 spend an average of $121 on new clothing monthly. As we are buying new apparels regularly, we need to expand our storage space to accommodate them or discharge the old ones.
How old is old enough for retirement? How long is the expectancy before the color faces, stitches unweave, sleeves stretch, sizes shrink and zippers lock? What’s the lifespan of clothes?
The International Fair Claims Guide for Consumers Textiles Products listed each garments and its corresponding life expectancy.
Among the short-lived were work uniforms, casual dresses, children’s playclothes, socks and underpants. The common feature of these garments is they are worn in regularity. The more frequent the wash, the faster the depreciation. These clothes last for only a year.
The longest lasting textiles are fur coats, leather upholstery fabrics, and heavy wool blankets. It’s notable that the materials used in these clothes are nothing but cheap. They can be preserved to last 10 years.
The life of our usual wears varies. Shirts last for 2 years, but if a casual cotton blend is used, it’ll extend one more year. Blouses, denim jeans and jackets can take 2 – 3 years. Suits, shorts, slacks and trousers can take 2 – 4 years depending on materials.
To see the rest of the list, visit page 23 of the guide.
Even though clothes will deteriorate due to wear-and-tear, there are tricks to prolong our favorite shirts and shorts. We could skip laundry every after wear. Pants, dresses, coats can be worn twice or thrice before washing. Shirts and sweaters made of silk and cotton may also skip a laundry. Collared and stained clothes are the only ones necessary to be washed after single wear.
Washing with water is not always advised. The color dye of a garment may disperse in water, leaving the cloth less concentrated and more worn out. Apparels made from animal hair may shrink in water without the proper chemicals. Trims and glues in a garment may also loosen. These damages are avoidable with dry cleaning.
If necessity should answer, we only need one shirt, one underwear and one pair of pants. Fine, maybe one beachwear for summer. It’s really a question of how many we want.
How frequent do you buy new clothes?