Let’s face it: Clothes face an onslaught in daily life. Our socks carry the burden of our entire weight, our tops and bottoms move and flex with us as they protect us from the elements and embarrassment. And that’s only on one front — washing and drying clothes (even with perfect technique) will slowly degrade the fabric too, due to friction, heat and exposure to detergents. Like all things, common clothing items will eventually run the length of their lifespan. Yes, that means it may be time to lay your favorite lazy-day shirt to rest.
But how do you know when to consider saying goodbye to your Sunday binge-watching best? When do you finally turn those tired socks into recycling? Are you past due for new business attire? We’ve provided a handy list to help you keep track of how just about long you have until common clothing items are past their prime. All timeframes assume regular wear/use and average quality fabrics.
Of course, no one is telling you to recycle or throw away your favorite items. We’ve all got clothes that we refuse to let go of. Like Marie Kondo asks, “Does this spark joy?”
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