Give It TLC
Study the fabric for fading, water damage, creasing, or dust marks, and know which problems can be addressed. Stains are often treatable (except for rust), but always start with a spot test in an inconspicuous area. If you buy something perfume-y or musty, don’t wash it—that will only set the smell. Instead, hang the garment outside for a few days, or put sturdier fabric in the dryer with Dryel. But if it’s got B.O., walk away.