Finding Fashion That Will Last

March 1, 2019

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There is nothing worse than pulling clothes out of the washing machine and finding your favorite pair of jeans have begun to fall apart!  In a world of price vs quality, more and more fashion companies are trading quality in exchange for a lower cost for customers. But as you know, price doesn't always equal quality so here are some tips to use when clothes shopping to make sure your new favorite dress will stand the test of time. Use your hands. In fact, try and close your eyes so that your hands get a true sense of the fabric, which shouldn't feel rough or flimsy. Even lightweight clothing material should have a tightly packed weave to it, and it should be dense even if it's thin. The more fiber there is, the more likely it’s going to last longer. Now check the label to see what it is made from. Look for natural materials and avoid blends of natural and man-made fibers. Mixed fabrics also tend to wear poorly over time, as some of the fabric shrinks or fades while other fibers don't, which can result in odd shapes and colors. If you do go the man-made fiber route, look for items made from recycled plastics (polyester threads are indeed plastics). There are a growing number of brands embracing the eco-friendly synthetic fabric theme. However mixes of natural materials can be fantastic, like cotton-silk blends or combos of wool, cashmere and alpaca. Small amounts of spandex in jeans for stretch can be useful. Take a look at the stitching. They should be straight, and places where seams meet should be neat. If you see a jumble of threads where, say, a sleeve meets the body of a shirt, that's a sign that care wasn't taken, and it's likely you'll have a hole there sooner than you'd want. Finally factor in finishing. Usually well-made clothes look as good on the inside as they do on the outside. Look for modest seams and clean finishes. Better clothes also come with extra buttons and matching thread or yarn for repairs. And heavier clothing (and skirts) should have a lining to protect the fabric from body oils and moisture.

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