4. Smaller Hem- I’ve spent enough time in front of sewing machine to know that smaller hems take much more time than larger ones. Not to say you won’t find larger hems on high quality garments– it depends on the style and design of the garment– but smaller hems take much longer to execute than larger hems– especially on slippery fabric like chiffon or jersey. If you see a small, straight hem on a garment, odds are someone took their time to execute it. In this case, time equals money, which in the end, equals equality.
5. Decorative Elements are Secured. It’s pretty normal for a sequin to to fall off a blouse or a to bead fall off a sweater, but if the glitter on your razzle dazzle dress is leaving a trail across the kitchen floor, Houston, we have a problem. Take it right back to whoever sold it to you because if it’s shedding in the bag, just think of how much it’s going to shed when you put it in the wash.
6. Mind the Material: Yes it’s true– some fabric blends are stronger than others. You want to know why your jeggings, leggings, and yoga pants start pilling after only a few washes? That’s because they’re probably made from a cotton/polyester blend, and this blend is notorious for leaving little white balls in all the wrong places. If you want sturdier pieces of clothing, try blends/natural fibers that are known for their strength like wool.
Don’t depend on price for quality. Just because you’re paying a lot for a garment doesn’t mean it’s well made and comfortable. Try it on, test it out, and if you have the opportunity, look for reviews on individual garments before you buy them. These 6 points are just a start. There are many other ways to make sure you have a high-quality garment, but think twice before spending your many on pieces that won’t make it through the season. And don’t forget: high-quality is also about wash and care. Make sure you read the care labels and follow the directions so that your clothing lasts as long as possible.
With the power of home economics invested in me, I now pronounce you a clothing expert. You may pick your clothes.
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