How To: 6 Tips To Buy High Quality Clothes
Words by Tia Muhammad
When it comes to fashion, are you getting the best? Check out these 6 tips to guarantee you’re getting the most out of your garments and products.
1 Check The Label
This should be your very first step after it catches your eye. Check for the garments fiber content and size up what it is made out of. Most high-quality clothing is made out of 100% natural fibers. This list will include fibers extracted from plants and animals like cotton, wool, linen, silk, leathers and snakeskin.
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2 Do The 80/20 Test
Sometimes designers use synthetic materials for design reasons, but be very cautions of blended fibers. Most use some form of polyester, acrylic, spandex, rayon, and other manmade fibers made from plastics and even petrochemicals. A solid way to always decipher if you’re getting good quality is to do the 80/20 test. This means that at the bare minimum, 80% of your garment should be made out of natural fibers and 20% out of synthetic fibers for it to be considered of quality.
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3 Catch the Feel
Take your hand literally feel the weight, stretch, and softness of the garment or product. Is it light, rough, brittle or thin? If it is, more than likely it is of lower quality. High-end clothing is often of a heavier weight because it is made out of real fibers, metals, and embellishments. However, a fabric doesn’t necessarily need to be heavy to be good. If the yarns are tightly packed but thin, the cloth can still be lightweight. What you’re looking for is density. Also, a great garment is going the feel smooth and soft to the touch, almost like butter. There won’t be any nicks that scratch you and snags that catch you off guard.
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4 Look At The Construction
When it comes to the how your garment is made, there are key things to consider. For knits in particular, try stretching a small part of the fabric opposite of the grain. It should ideally bounce back to its original shape. If it doesn’t, it won’t when you wear it either.
Fabric, of course, isn’t the only element that matters. It’s important to check the seams as well. Stitches should be even, closely spaced and lying flat on the garment. This holds true for the inside of the garment as well. Look inside and check if seams look sloppy or if there are spots where they appear loose or stitched over multiple times, those are clear warning signs that this isn't a well-made item..
5 Watch Out For Missed Steps
This might be one of the most obvious ways to tell at glance if a garment or product lives up to the hype. If product has a print on it or embellishments throughout but mysteriously misses the complete backside of it, then please click next. A great design will have its print covering the entire garment, no questions asked. Some other things your garment should have are sturdy button holes, interfacing, inner binding, and fabrics should be cut either straight along the grain, or in the case of a bias cut, on a clear angle, usually 45 degrees, which allows for the fabric to stretch.
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6 See Where It’s Made
Many manufacturers have gotten smart with this step and have found loopholes with labeling. Most likely if the country of origin is not listed or just says “Imported” then it means it was not made in a highly regarded country of craftsmanship.
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