Quick Hit: The Single Best Way to Avoid Shrinking Shit in the Laundry

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Back when I had a sweater that actually fit, I used to smile like this too...
Back when I had a sweater that actually fit, I used to smile like this too…

One year my sister bought me a damn-near-perfect shawl collar sweater.

It was awesome: a neutral color that went with anything, warm as hell and – best of all – a perfect fit.

It took me less than a month to shrink it in the [email protected]¢king dryer.

After that I vowed: no more.

I went online and bought a separated laundry hamper to make sure I NEVER accidentally threw a valuable delicate in with my everyday t-shirts and underwear.

With the holiday (and thus, sweater) season upon us, I recommend you do the same.

My Sweater Salvation
My Sweater Salvation

Separate Your Shit

I dedicated one basket for delicates, one for gym clothes, one for darks and one for lights – and never looked back.

Since then, my wardrobe has continued to grow, rather than – well, I’ll spare you the pun.

But it was going to be hilarious. (No it wasn’t.)

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Dave Bowden

Irreverent Gent founder Dave Bowden is a style blogger whose advice on how to look good and live well has been featured in some of the world’s most trusted publications, including New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider and more.

When not obsessing over style and self-improvement, he can usually be found spending time with his wonderful wife and son, indulging in a hoppy craft beer, or sobbing over the woeful state of Toronto's sports teams.

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