Don’t let expensive shops fool you. To find well-made pieces of clothing, there are a number of subtle signs you should be on the lookout for that are indicative of quality.
The Outfit Passed The Wrinkle Test
Before buying an item, scrunch it up in your hand and release to see how many wrinkles form. If you are the type of person that doesn’t enjoy waking up early to set up the ironing board, consider leaving the item on the rack if it fails this test.
However, some items like 100 percent cotton tends to wrinkle easily, and you may want to stay away from them. Alternatively, you can try non-wrinkle versions, or cotton blends.
The Cloth Patterns Match At The Seams
In outfits that are properly made, the patterns, especially horizontal stripes, will match up at the seams and sleeves. This rule can however be ignored for large patterns and random patterns such as polka dot and for garments that come with a lot of seams (like a blouse).
The Hardware Of The Cloth Is In Good Shape
Be on the look out for metal zipper with a hook-and-eye clasp, snap, or button at the top to keep it in place. The zipper should be hidden with a placket and should run up and down smoothly. Give the zipper a test run to make sure it zips smoothly and doesn’t snag.
Other types of hardware you should inspect include metal buttons and design features which you should give a quick texture test. Does it feel light, or like it’s made of plastic? Quality hardware will have some weight to it.
The Outfit Is Not Totally Sheer
Whether the top is meant for a casual outing or for the office, the sheerness can help you determine whether or not it was built to last long. Lightweight and expensive materials like silk and cashmere aren’t exempt.
Before leaving the dressing room of the fashion house, put your hand under the fabric and hold it near the light. If you can see your hand’s outline, the garment will likely be sheer in most lighting.
The Outfit Comes With Spares
Spare buttons and matching thread signal that the designer is confident the garment will hold up long enough to require a few minor repairs.
You may want to consider keeping all of your spare buttons, thread samples, and wash tags in one safe place that you can access when the need arises.
It has Tightly Stitched Seams
When inspecting that new outfit that caught your attention, turn the item inside out and gently pull at one of its side seams. If you can see daylight between the stitches, it’s a sign the garment might not stand the test of time.
High-quality garments have tighter seams and a high number of stitches per inch, which make it harder for holes to develop and threads to snag.
The Fabric Is Natural
Natural fabrics like cotton, wool, cashmere, and silk tend to hold up long than synthetics materials. The exceptions to this are denim and workout clothing. For a more comfy fit, jeans can be infused with Lycra to give them a bit of stretch. Polyester, nylon, and spandex are all great fabrics for workout wear.