Today, I’m going to put an end to one of my worst habits. Thankfully, I don’t smoke, so I don’t have to worry about ditching a nicotine addiction. No, my habit isn’t so obvious; in fact, I’ve been doing it for years without noticing. I buy clothes with tags that read “Dry Clean Only” — but not anymore (if I can help it).Before, when I was shopping for, say, a new dress, I was concerned with fit and price, and, to be perfectly honest, garment care instructions that might be an annoyance to follow never even crossed my mind. That is until I somehow amassed a number of dresses that are easy to wear but not so easy to clean. It’s one thing if a dress you only put on for fancy parties or weddings has to go to the dry cleaners, because those events happen once in a blue moon. It’s another thing if a dress you throw on with flip-flops requires professional cleaning.
So, now that I find myself with not one but two (!) dry-clean-only Forever 21 dresses, along with numerous other articles that don’t look like anything special but insist they can’t be washed with the rest of my laundry, I’m looking at the tag before I buy anything. Spending a chunk of change on dry cleaning every couple weeks just doesn’t seem like an effective use of money, especially if I think I’ll wear the item a lot (and it’s something that needs to be cleaned after every wear).
It won’t be easy — designers don’t seem to care much about creating clothes that are easy to care for — but from here on out, I’m going to do my best to at least take note of the care instructions before bringing something to the register. I will not be had by another “Dry Clean Only” tag.