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How to Shop for Quality Clothes
Stores these days are full of fast fashion pieces that only offer a few wearings before they start to fray and fade. As a result, shopping can be a challenge, especially when you are looking for timeless classic pieces that will last you for years.
What to Look for When Shopping for Quality Garments
- Check the Seams
Turn the garment inside out, tug at the seams, and pull at every piece of string. When a piece of clothing is cheaply made, the seams are often poorly constructed. Also, make sure there is extra fabric at the seams to allow you to make alterations.
- Check the Drape
Examine the way the garment hangs both on the hanger and on you. Make sure it drapes the way it was intended, ensuring that it looks even.
- Look for Spare Buttons
The last thing you want is to lose a button on a shirt or blouse and not have a replacement.
- Check Buttons, Hooks, Zippers, and Embellishments
Make sure they are sewn on or in securely, without any loose threads. Also, zippers should zip up and down easily.
- Hold it Up to the Light
If you can see light coming through the fabric, it is going to wear out quickly.
- Is it Lined?
A garment's lining is a good way to judge quality. A well-crafted lining is a sign that the whole piece has been sewn with care.
- Know Your Fabrics
Every garment will eventually wear out, but some fabrics are more durable than others. Polyester is long lasting and incredibly durable, but it is a synthetic fiber made of plastic, and there are environmental downsides to choosing this fabric.