As I’m slowly transitioning to spring and summer wear, I’m going to start my process of storing my big winter coats. If you’ve invested the money in classic wardrobe staples, take the time to care for them right, and they will last so much longer. The average lifespan of a good winter coat? About three to six years. Get the bang for your buck with this lasting tips:
Cleaning: You want to dry clean your pieces at the beginning and end of each season. That’s right, twice! This way it’s fresh for the season after being stored for so long. Then dry clean again at the end of winter before it gets stored. It helps get rid of perfumes, dirt, and anything that would attract moths.
Storage: Always hang your coats on a sturdy wooden hanger with the buttons done up. This helps to maintain its shape throughout the other seasons while it’s in the closet.
Breathe: Best way to store your fave pieces is in a breathable garment bag. Storing anything in plastic for a long time is not a good idea, especially investment pieces.
Space: It’s ideal not to store your awesome coats in a cramped closet. All fabric needs to breathe, so finding a closet or small space where you can hang heavy pieces is key.
Empty: While it’s easy to forget what you might have left in your pocket when storing coats for an extended period of time, Always empty the pockets to keep them from sagging or losing shape.