When it comes to wardrobe investment, quality reigns over quantity as the high-quality ensembles will last a lifetime. Though a hefty price tag is not an indication of a ‘quality’ garment, in order to get more than what you pay for you must know how to spot quality in your clothes before buying them. And once you start investing in beautifully and quality made clothes, you’ll always look polished as you transcend trends and choose your buys with thought and consideration.
- Opt for natural fibers over synthetic fabrics.
Natural fibers such as linen, silk, cashmere, wool, cotton, and hemp will get you a lot of wear out of it compared to synthetics like nylon, acrylic, viscose rayon, polyester, and acetate that are full of nasty chemicals terrible for the environment. Whenever you spotted the perfect dress, check the label first that will tell you what the fabric is composed of and determines how well it will fit, and how many washes it will last. However, this doesn’t mean that you should avoid blends, but try to go for at least 60% natural. For instance, a bit of latex will describe the fit of your stretchy jeans as well as a cotton or linen blend means that your garment won’t crease after minutes putting it on.
- Examine the label by feeling the texture of the fabric.
Leather should feel soft, supple, and warm while wool feels breathable and light despite being thick and textured. Pure cashmere will feel soft breathable, fluffy, and rich. Also, inspect the sturdy stitching by giving the garment a gentle pull gripping the fabric on both sides of the seam. The more stitches per inch, the better quality it is. If the thread pulls apart slightly, you know it’s not going to last the distance. Once get to know each fabric textures, you’ll start to see how a better quality fabric will drape better and feel better.
- Observe the small details of the garment.
Details such as buttons, fasteners, embellishments, zippers, pockets, and lining should keep in mind. For instance, button holes should be the right size for the buttons, and embellishments should be sewn on securely. A zipper should always lie flat and should be covered with a ‘plackart’ accompanied by a hook, and the stitching should always match the fabric.
- Make sure those prints, patterns, and colors match.
Some factory defects occurred when the garment was folded while coloring or designing resulting to irregular prints and uneven colors. Have a good look at the edges of the garment, the pockets, hem, and sleeves if the pattern matches up as an inexpensive manufacturing will use every piece of material available to keep prices down. However, if the manufacturer has invested in more fabric to cut out the individual pieces of the garment, it may drive up the price, but you’ll be sure of the quality of the garment you’re planning to buy.
As we have seen, a bargain doesn’t mean you’re buying rubbish, and a hefty price tag doesn’t mean you’re getting quality. Instead, spot the quality in the clothes so you’ll have a great investment that will last a lifetime.