How To Look After Pre-Loved Designer Clothing

How To Look After Pre-Loved Designer Clothing

By The Modern Style

Each pre-loved piece in our curated collections is crafted from the highest quality material chosen with longevity in mind. Here we share tips on how to extend the lifespan of your clothing so they last as long as they were designed to. 

Refresh Between Washes

An item of clothing doesn't always need to be washed every time you wear it. Instead, air out your clothes between wears or use a garment steamer to remove bacteria. Washing less frequently is better for clothes and the environment. 


We recommend hand washing delicate clothing using a light eco-friendly detergent and air drying outside. Repeated machine washing damages the fibre composition, reducing the life of your clothes. If you do need to machine wash make sure it’s on a delicate setting at 30 degrees or lower.  

Dry Cleaning

Pre-loved clothing can be dry cleaned however it’s best to do this as infrequently as possible due to the harsh nature of the chemicals used and the damage they do the environment. Get in touch here if you would like us to recommend an eco-friendly dry cleaner in your area.

Stain Removal

The sooner stains can be treated the more likely they are to come out. For stains caused by liquid such as coffee or red wine immediately run the garment under running cold water until the stain starts to disappear, then hand wash as usual. For stains caused by make up such as lipstick or foundation sellotape can be used to pull out the stain before hand washing. Eco friendly stain removal pens are also a good choice but be mindful to test first as sometimes they cause colours to run.


Always iron on a low temperature first and build up if necessary. Turn clothing inside out to reduce the chance of getting hard-to-remove shiny scorch marks. Investing in a garment steamer will not only save you time, It’s kinder to your clothes and will also remove bacteria between washed.


Keep your clothing in a dry, dust-free place away from direct sunlight where they can breathe. Hang clothes on good quality hangers, we recommend using wooden or velvet covered hangers as these cause the least damage to clothes. Always fold knitwear as hanging it can create stretch marks that are hard to remove.

We want your clothes to last as long as possible so if you have any questions about caring for specific items of clothing please get in touch here and we’ll do our best to help!