Remember: Prevention is best for preserving vintage clothes.
Take care in handling delicate fabrics. Wash your hands often as to not transfer grease, make-up or food stains from your hands to your clothing.
Hang your clothing inside out when you remove it to dry and air it out. Don't bundle it in a hamper where odors are more likely to set in.
Adorn yourself with jewelry once you have dressed and remove first when changing to prevent snags and holes.
Hem your gowns to the appropriate height so that you do not drag material as you walk.
Stuff hats with acid-free paper, then store in trunks or boxes. Store in a cool, dry place.
Never store your vintage clothing in plastic bags – clothing needs to breathe. Old pillowcases/sheets are perfect for storage.
No more wire hangers! They will stretch your clothes and can rust, leading to discoloration.
Always fold heavy pieces such as beaded gowns and sweaters. Try not to stack heavy folded items as this will cause unnecessary wrinkles and fold marks if stored for a long period of time.
Make sure your clothing is in a climate-controlled environment – dampness can cause mold and mildew and heat can cause discoloration. Both can attract unwanted pests and critters.
Any items with fur should be stored in cedar-closet, chest, etc.
Keep fabrics away from light. Light will cause discoloration and fading over time.
Lavender will keep away pests, make sure it is near but not touching your vintage clothing.