How To Look After Vintage Clothing How To Look After Vintage Clothing

How To Look After Vintage Clothing

By The Modern Style

How To Look After Vintage Clothing How To Look After Vintage Clothing

Each piece in our curated vintage 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 vintage pieces so they last as long as they were designed to. 

Refresh Between Washes

Vintage clothes don’t always need to be washed every time you wear them. Instead, air out your clothes between wears or use a garment steamer to remove bacteria. It’s better for clothes and the environment. 


We recommend hand washing vintage clothing using a light eco-friendly detergent and air drying either outside or inside. 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

Vintage 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. Be sure to let the dry cleaner know it’s vintage so they can be mindful to take extra care. 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. Dab the stain with an eco-friendly stain remover pen before hand washing. 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 handwash. 


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. 


Keep your vintage 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 vintage clothing please get in touch here and we’ll do our best to help!