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Forever pieces

We want our customers to get all they can out of their Wilson Trollope garments. When we use the term 'forever piece', we really mean it. We can't stress enough – look after your clothes!

The rapidly shortening life cycle of clothes amongst consumers is devastating the planet with clothing fibres. We are of the firm belief that clothing should never be viewed as disposable. Wilson Trollope believes in timeless clothing.

The first step to lengthening the garment lifecycle is to look after your clothes the best you can.

In general

— Spot clean for small stains

— Wash cold

— Use an eco-friendly detergent or liquid

— Dry clean woollen coats and jackets once a year unless needed (i.e. a bad spill)

— Put garments containing synthetic material (i.e. polyester) inside a bag to help prevent the shedding of microplastics (GUPPYFRIEND has a good option!)

Dry cleaning

— You will have noticed a lot of our garments instruct you to dry clean. Although we are trying to limit this, sometimes it is the best option for care and to lengthen your garments lifecycle.

— When the label says dry clean, please dry clean! But only as the garment needs. We don't recommend dry cleaning for every wear. Instead, air out your clothes.

— We recommend dry cleaning because washing and wetting can sometimes change the texture of a garment. For example, the spin of a wash can really press creases in, especially if your washing machine has a central agitator. Washing can also cause shrinkage. Sometimes multi-fabric garments are better to be dry cleaned as it helps them hold their shape.

— The upside of dry cleaning is that they will press the garment up properly for you, and you don't have to keep re-ironing it.

Cold hand-washing

— When we say cold hand-wash we mean hand-wash. The spin of a washing cycle will damage the fabric.

— If you have a good washing machine with a very gentle cycle , this might be okay, but remember to set the washing machine to cold. This option is at your own risk, our recommendation is to hand-wash.

— Following hand-washing your garment, gently press out with a towel. If it is a woven garment, hang out to dry. If it is knit fabric, lie flat to dry in the shade.

— Once dry, carefully iron on the wrong side of the fabric as per the care instructions. We always recommend this to protect the face side of the fabric.

Cold machine wash

— Follow the instructions on the garment care label

— Use gentle, eco-friendly detergent

— Make sure the washing machine is set to cold.

— Following washing, hang the garment out to dry if it is woven. If it is knit fabric, lie flat to dry in the shade

— Once dry, carefully iron inside-out

— Remove baubles with an electric lint remover. Bring your WT coats and jackets in-store and we will do this free of charge!

— Fold garments that are susceptible to stretching as opposed to hanging them.

Always follow the care label.

— When washing clothing that contains more than one fabric, washing according to the more delicate fabric.

WASH LESS– washing damages the clothing. If not absolutely necessary, air out on the line in the shade for the day instead and save water! Don't underestimate the power of airing out your clothes.

— Repair your clothes instead of tossing them to the side, never to be worn again! Sew that button back on or that hole back together! It will only take a few minutes, then it will be like brand-new.

— Got a stain that won't budge? Do some mindful mending over the top. It could be a pretty patch or some cool embroidery! Get creative. We're so inspired but our good friend Anna Hicks' textile art. Take a look here.

Get in touch

Got a question about garment care? Get in touch.

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Body measurements of Wilson Trollope sizes*
   Size    Bust (cm) Waist (cm) Hips (cm)
6 78 65 92
8 83 70 97
10 88 75 102
12 93 80 107
14 98 85 112
16 103 90 117
18 108 95 122
*To take your measurements, please see our instructions below
Comparison of Wilson Trollope sizes with international sizes
Wilson Trollope     6          8         10       12      14  
Aus/UK 6 8 10 12 14
USA 2 4 6 8 10
EU 32 34 36 38 40
Japan 9 11 13 

There are three body measurement points that you need to know to ensure a great fit – bust, waist, and hips.

When taking your body measurements, wear the undergarments you normally wear for the most accurate results. Use a flexible tape measure, or a piece of string and ruler, and hold it around each body point so it is comfortably snug.  If the tape is cutting into your flesh, it is too tight.

To ensure an accurate measurement around your body, keep the measuring tape as level as possible from front to back. We recommend measuring yourself in front of a mirror so you can check this from a side view. If you can, get a friend to help you to ensure the most accurate measurements.

Bust: Wrap the measuring tape around your back and where the tape meets across the fullest point of your bust is your bust measurement.  

Waist: Wrap the measuring tape around your natural waist, the slimmest part of your torso, pulling the ends to the front. Where they meet is your waist measurement.

Hips: Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your bottom – this is usually low down towards your thighs. As with your bust and waist measurements, where the tape meets is your hip measurement.

Length: To measure the length of individual garments against your body it is best to measure down the centre of your back. To do this, start the measuring tape at either the base of your neck for dresses and tops, or at your waist for skirts. Measure down your body to the measurement listed in the garment description. This will show you where the garment comes to on you. When you are measuring for length, remember to make sure you are standing completely upright – it is best to have someone help you with this. Alternatively, compare the measurement with the length of a garment you already have.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Annabelle – annabelle@wilsontrollope.com, she is here to help.