9 Tips To Identify Quality Clothing
By Garry S. —
Published April 08, 2018
If you are thinking of giving your wardrobe a much-needed makeover, then you are going to need some good clothes. Shopping for clothes has to be one of the most exciting and frustrating tasks of all time. It can be quite difficult to get high-quality clothes that last for a long time at reasonable prices. The zillion malls and gazillion brands simply add to the confusion and chaos and are no help whatsoever. While it is important to stay trendy, it is equally important to shop for clothes that are bound to last for a long time. You don't want fading colors and torn fabric after just two wears.Here are some of our top tips that can help you spot high-quality clothes. 1. Always check the fabric under a bright lightHolding a fabric against bright light is an effective way to measure the quality of a fabric. The more transparent the material, the lower is the quality. Whenever you shop for clothes, try to go for fabrics that do not filter light through them.
2. Touch and feelRun your fingers over the material and check whether the material stays true to its promise on the label. It takes some expertise, but often, the feel of a fabric can tell you whether it is 100 percent cotton, polyester, or silk. 3. Always look at the seamsTurn the garment inside out and carefully inspect the stitches that are holding the garment together. If you happen to notice broken threads and stitches that are loose, it is best to not purchase the garment. Also, try pulling the seams a little. Poor quality stitching will come apart with two or three tugs at the seams.
4. See if the garment wrinkles quicklyPoor quality fabrics wrinkle rather fast. To check this, you can do what is known as a scrunch test. Simply scrunch up a portion of the garment into a ball and hold it in your fist for about thirty seconds. If the garment wrinkles, then you can be sure that it is not going to last very long.
5. Metal zippers vs. plastic zippersPlastic zippers have a lot of disadvantages and they are highly likely to come with a few good tugs. Always look for metal zippers on clothes. Metal zippers are sturdy and likely to last longer.Also, when looking at zippers, remember that exposed zippers, unless it is part of a design can be an indication that the garment is of poor quality. The zipper, if exposed, should match the fabric of the garment in terms of stitches.
6. Check for extra buttonsExtra buttons is an indication that the garment is designed to last quite long. Extra buttons are kept when designers expect a product to last for so long that it is likely to need some slight repairs such as sewing on a missing button.
7. Try the clothes onWell-made clothes fit perfectly. Designers are rarely stingy when it comes to quality clothes. Make sure that the garment fits well and is extremely well cut. Poor quality clothes rarely fit well and may be tight and uncomfortable.8. Always check the hemsThe edges of a garment that are folded and sewn towards the inside of the garment are known as hems. The stitches on hems should be seamless and should not have any broken stitches. In addition, the stitches should perfectly match the fabric. Also, make sure that the hems have enough room to make some allowance in case you happen to gain or lose some weight or grow taller. This can be a lifesaver in the long run.9. Keep an eye open for minute damagesSometimes, a garment may be damaged in such a way that it is not clearly visible at first sight. Inspect every inch of the garment to check for tears, loose stitches, spots, and blotches.10.Know what you buyIt is important to know a little bit about the fabric that you buy. There are several different types of fabrics with widely different properties. You need to have some expertise in this area to make sure that you are purchasing quality fabrics.