Refresh your wardrobe for less cash

With a little TLC, you can extend the life of your clothes and reduce the frequency of the expense.

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Haircuts, waxing, shellacking, shoes, clothes, accessories, makeup and those monthly items we can’t live without. It all adds up to a cash splash, and that goes for guys as much as it does girls.

Indeed despite what you might think a recent survey found that young men can actually spend more than women on looking good.

The survey by Suncorp Insurance and published in the Daily Mail found that men in their 20s are spending more on clothes, shoes and personal care than their female counterparts.

The survey of 1,000 people across Australia found that males in their 20s will splash an average of $493 every month to look good, compared with females, who spend an average of $390 a month.

But with a little TLC, you can extend the life of your clothes and reduce the frequency of your expenses without getting anywhere near that $400 monthly amount.

Here are my top tips to refresh your wardrobe without spending more than $35 at your local supermarket.

As always, don’t forget to check the care instructions on your clothing before use. This is usually located in the back of the collar or waist or left hand side seam.

1. Get back in the black. Give your black clothes a new lease on life with a black fabric wash. I like Dylon Dyes Fabric Velvet Black  - $12.39 because you add it directly to the washing machine along with regular cooking salt (for colour fastness) and your machine takes care of the rest. 2. Whiten and brighten. Yellowing fabrics or hard to get rid of stains are not only revolting to look at, but when they’re present on work shirts or that favourite skirt, they can make you look like you don’t care about your appearance. Products to try: Dylon Ultra Whitener & Oxi Stain Remover Hygiene - $9.49 or White King Oxi White Booster - $10.00 or White King Bleach Standard 2.5l - $4.29 3. Skip the colour run. Accidentally thrown a red top in the wash? Fix it with Dylon Fabric Care Stain Remover Colour Safe Runaway Liquid - $9.99 or Dylon Colour Run Remover For Whites - $3.50 4. Who’s got the button? Knowing how to reattach a button to a blouse or jacket is an underrated life skill that everyone should have. It takes less than 5 minutes to sew a button back on and can prevent you throwing an item out, save you $10 at an alterationist or having to ask your mother.  A basic sewing kit containing everything you’ll need like Habee Savers Sewing Kits costs $9.50.   Head to your nearest fabric store such as Lincraft or Spotlight if you need particular thread colours. 5. Iron or hanger dry. This one seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t iron their clothes, yet ironing is the fastest and most simplest way to get your clothes looking tidy.   Pressed for time? Wet items hung from the clothes line on a hanger will dry with less wrinkles. Alternatively allow steam to help dewrinkle them by hanging dry items in the bathroom on a hanger while you take your shower.   Get your Kambrook Appliance Speedsteam Iron for $34.99 at Woolworths.
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4. Who’s got the button? Knowing how to reattach a button to a blouse or jacket is an underrated life skill that everyone should have. It takes less than 5 minutes to sew a button back on and can prevent you throwing an item out, save you $10 at an alterationist or having to ask your mother. A basic sewing kit containing everything you’ll need like Habee Savers Sewing Kits costs $9.50. Head to your nearest fabric store such as Lincraft or Spotlight if you need particular thread colours.

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