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Being a neat freak really isn’t a requirement to wear head to toe white.
You just have to bit a bit smart about it. Here are some (much requested)tricks that I have learned (the hard way) to keep white clothing looking clean and impeccable.
01 / M A T E R I A L S
Chose fabrics that are easy to keep clean.
I can fearlessly eat a bowl of spaghetti with red sauce when I’m wearing my smooth leather top because I can just wipe of any splatters with a napkin. However a suede or raw type of leather would be immediately ruined. High quality synthetics often also seem to be more immune to stains, polyester isn’t what it used to be and comes in some amazing silk-like forms. And lastly I’m a fan of white denim and 100% cotton shirts because they can be washed at the highest temperatures which keeps them bright. For shoes, avoid materials like soft mesh, suede, canvas and look for protected and smooth surfaces that are easy to keep clean.
02 / H A B I T S
If you wear a lot of white, you might want to slightly adjust a few habits.
For example always resting your wrists on shop counters can make the sleeves of a light garment become dirty after a while. And then there is opening doors. Open doors with your hands. Please leave a comment if you’re like me and you open doors with every other body part except with your hands: leaning against swing doors with your butt, elbows, knees, back because your hands are too busy holding your phone. Same goes for leaning against the walls in subways or trams. And lastly I’ve learned to look where I am about to sit down before I sit down.
03 / P R O T E C T
Long black or grey overcoats serve as great little protective blankets at the park when you’re wearing white. One way to keep those white garments white is to just bring a jacket.
04 / I N S I D E O U T
My sweatshirts do have stains, on the inside.
Before I’m going to paint with my kid or before I order a Thai curry, I go to the bathroom and turn my shirt inside out. (And sometimes I keep it like that throughout the day; I think the exposed seams look quite cool.) And if any accidents happen, nothing really happens. It works best on sweatshirts because they are made of a thicker fabric and small stains won’t get through it to the other side.
05 / D O N ‘ T W O R R Y
Don’t worry too much, it is just a stain.
Sometimes you can camouflage it with a bit of fabric paint and on some synthetic materials or leather with a little bit of nail polish. But my favorite stain remover (specially for denim) is a pair of scissors.