How to care for vintage clothing

May 12, 2015


how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
I don’t wear vintage clothing all the time, but I DO own quite a few vintage pieces that need special care when it comes to cleaning. Vintage clothing is decades old which means it is very fragile. I’ve learned the best way to clean vintage clothing is to wash it by hand. Easy enough? Good. BUT… the problem with vintage garments is that they are often stained with age or wear. You don’t want to use anything too harsh on them but at the same time, you do want those armpit stains to come out because pit stains are just gross.

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
When method invited me to use their new 4x concentrated laundry detergent, I readily excepted. I’ve been a fan and user of method home products ever since I was suckered in by their pretty package design years ago. The laundry detergent is hypoallergenic, biodegradable and one of the few detergents I can actually use. (I am highly gluten intolerant and believe it or not, even though most household cleaning agents don’t contain gluten PER SE, they are commonly cross-contaminated with gluten.) method’s laundry detergent is powerful enough to get the stains out of vintage items but gentle enough not to ruin that awesome ’60s shift dress you thrifted last week.

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
In line with the ’60s, let’s talk about the ’60s for a bit. One of my favorite fashion eras is the 1960s. I often draw inspiration from vintage babes Twiggy, Jane Birkin and Jean Shrimpton. I did a photo shoot at the LightGrid with ’60s vintage garments. It’s so fun to wear the mod patterns and bright colors associated with the era.

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
I often try to imagine who wore the vintage clothing before me. What were their lives like? Where did they live? How many lives has the garment had before me?

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
method teamed up with clothing brand ASOS to create method x ASOS, a SS15 curated collection, that is available until June 30th. (Read more about it here.)

how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
how to care for vintage clothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
Photography Austin Heppler
Hair & Makeup Shana Astrachan (Fox & Doll)
Art Direction Micaela Hoo (Drifter & the Gypsy)
Shot at The LightGrid

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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