Stella McCartney doesn't always clean her clothes: 'It's better to simply brush the dirt off'

Fashion designer, Stella McCartney, has suggested that we shouldn't be cleaning our clothes, after all. [Photo: Getty]

With the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, Oprah Winfrey and Kate Moss as fans, we're inclined to listen when designer, Stella McCartney, offers fashion advice.

Her latest guidance, though, pertains to our dirty laundry and it might raise a few eyebrows.

She has argued that it's better to simply brush the dirt from your clothes rather than putting the garments in the wash.

"I'm not a fan of dry cleaning, or any cleaning really. You let the dirt dry and you brush it off," she admitted in a recent interview with The Observer.

The fashion designer is famous for her approach to sustainability. Last year, the brand launched the World Of Sustainability, a platform which highlights the sustainable practices of the label.

It seems her advice is backed by her experience. She learned her trade amongst tailors on Savile Row, which highlighted how beneficial the avoidance of cleaning clothing can be.

She said: "Basically, in life, rule of thumb: if you don't absolutely have to clean anything, don't clean it."

"I wouldn't change my bra every day and I don't just chuck stuff into a washing machine because it's been worn."

"I am incredibly hygienic myself, but I'm not a fan of dry cleaning or any cleaning, really."

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Former Beatles star Paul McCartney with his wife Linda and members of their family, Heather (left), 17, James, 2, Stella (centre), 8, and Mary, 10, at Heathrow Airport in London as they left for New York on Concorde.
FORMER BEATLES STAR PAUL MCCARTNEY LEAVES FOR NEW YORK FROM HEATHROW AIRPORT. HE IS ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE LINDA, HER DAUGHTER HEATHER (LEFT) AND THEIR DAUGHTERS, MARY AND STELLA (RIGHT).
Former Beatles star Paul McCartney with his wife Linda and their daughter Stella at Heathrow airport, London, after flying down from Glasgow with their group Wings.
Paul McCartney and his wife Linda, of Wings, with their children Stella and James, and Linda's daughter Heather (right), arriving at Marylebone Register Office, London, for the wedding of former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who wed actress Barbara Bach today.
Due to a traffic jam, 'Wings' performers, Paul McCartney and his necklace holding wife Linda, at London's Heathrow airport today after missing their Concorde flight to America. Travelling with them, Linda's daughter Heather (right), and the couples children, Stella, Mary (Left) and baby James. Later they all left aboard a Jumbo jet, for a holiday.
LONDON : 4/2/97 : OASIS SINGER LIAM GALLAGHER (RIGHT) TALKS WITH PULP LEAD SINGER JARVIS COCKER WHILE STELLA MCCARTNEY LISTENS AT THE WAR CHILD CHARITY AUCTION AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY IN LONDON. PA NEWS PHOTO BY SAMANTHA PEARCE.
LONDON : 4/2/97 : OASIS SINGER LIAM GALLAGHER (RIGHT) TALKS WITH PULP LEAD SINGER JARVIS COCKER WHILE STELLA MCCARTNEY LISTENS AT THE WAR CHILD CHARITY AUCTION AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY IN LONDON. PA NEWS PHOTO BY SAMANTHA PEARCE.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney accompanied by his daughter Stella (still in car) arriving for the memorial service to honour the life of Linda McCartney at St Martin-in-the-Field in London this evening. Photo by Peter Jordan/PA.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney accompanied by his daughter Stella (still in car) arriving for the memorial service to honour the life of Linda McCartney at St Martin-in-the-Field in London this evening. Photo by Peter Jordan/PA.
Stella McCartney with her award for Best International Designer at the Elle Style Awards, Home nightclub, London
Stella McCartney with the award for Best International Designer at the ELLE Style Awards 2007, the magazine's 10th annual ceremony, at The Roundhouse in north London.
Singer Madonna (left) with fashion designer Stella McCartney at the VH-1 Fashion Awards held at the Armory in New York.
Singer Natalie Imbrughlia (L) & fashion designer Stella McCartney attending the Rover British Fashion Awards in Battersea Park.
Designer Stella McCartney and Labour MP Tony Banks outside Downing Street, where they delivered a letter calling on the Government to reintroduce the Hunting Bill without delay. * The letter formed the basis of an RSPCA advertising campaign in newspapers which people were urged to cut out, sign and send it to the Prime Minister. Miss McCartney and Mr Banks joined Campaigning to Protect Hunted Animals (CPHA), which is an umbrella group of the RSPCA, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and League Against Cruel Sports in urging the Government to ban hunting with dogs.
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Stella McCartney isn't the only one who seldom washes her clothes. Levi's CEO and President Chip Bergh doesn't believe in washing jeans, ever.

In 2014 he admitted to never washing his decade-old jeans.

Although the thought of never doing the washing again is a tempting one, it can be argued that fashion's royalty have failed to take the day-to-day uses of clothing into consideration.

From sweating at work to sitting in a packed commuter train, the hygiene factors associated with simply brushing down your clothes can't be ignored.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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