When it comes to shopping, it’s easy to get carried away – some clothes are so cheap these days, it almost seems to be too good to be true. And often, it is!
Fast-fashion is so called for a reason, and often, the clothes you see in high-street shops aren’t made to last a few months let alone years to come. Today Steph from Expert Home Tips is here to share her top tips on how to buy clothes that last the test of time to help you start getting more out of your wardrobe today!
1. Be selective with shops
We all know that some stores are known for their quality, whilst others are frankly, not. If quality is a priority for you, it’s worth considering what the brand stands for. Cheap stores that have a young target audience and cater to fast-changing trends should be avoided where possible.
Instead, opt for brands that pride themselves on their quality. These are often tailored towards a more mature audience, and focus on classic styles that last rather than statement, fast-fashion pieces.
2. Create your own style
Unless you have a limitless budget, switching to quality usually means you won’t be able to be so ‘on-trend’. The problem with trends, is that they come and go. To keep up with them, high-street shops must produce their clothes very quickly – the emphasis is on looking good, not lasting long. In fact, because trends are so fleeting, clothes don’t really need to be durable at all!
If you’re serious about building a wardrobe full of quality clothes, you’ll probably have to start straying away from trends. Instead, create your own style – your own trend.
3. Pay more to get more
As with most good things, quality clothes come at a price. Investing in quality is exactly what it says on the tin – an investment. You will have to put more money in, but your costs will be spread out over many years to come, meaning you may actually end up spending less in total.
When it comes to keeping quality affordable, again, you’re best to stay away from trends which are often more intricate and push prices up. Instead, invest of high-quality, well-made basics to form a capsule wardrobe full of pieces that feel and look great.
4. Change your mindset
Buying into quality is as much about adopting a new mindset as it is changing your lifestyle. If you’re used to buying low-budget pieces as an almost weekly ‘treat’, and give little thought to whether or not you actually need that new top or not, you may find the switch hard!
Buying quality means refraining from impulse purchases, and fully evaluating everything you purchase. Ask yourself questions before getting your purse out – do I really need this? How often will I wear it? Is it practical? Do I already have something like this? This will help you make an informed choice every time you buy.
5. Always check the care labels
Want to start prioritizing quality but don’t know where to start? The care labels are always a good place to begin. Care labels not only have washing instructions, but will also tell you the composition of the item in question.
As a general rule, natural fabrics, including cotton, linen, wool and cashmere are preferred over synthetic fabrics. Synthetic fabrics, such as nylon and polyester actually contain plastic. Not only do they not last as long, but they’ll look cheaper and be rougher against your skin too.
6. Check the stitching
If you’re not used to buying quality clothes, you may struggle to identify the well-made from the less so. Besides spending more and shopping in different stores, there are other things you can look out for too.
If you’ve found a top you love in a high-street store, but are worried the quality isn’t up to scratch, check the stitching - it should be even and taut. Give the seams a gently pull an ensure there are no gaping gaps when you do this. Loose thread is also an obvious warning sign.
7. Feel the fabric
In general, quality clothing will not only look better, but feel better too. Rub a garment against the inside of your wrist (a sensitive area) and see how it feels. Is it rough to the touch or smooth and soft? Quality fabrics should feel nice against the skin and often become even softer after being washed.
8. Hold them up
Another tell-tale sign of low-quality material is how it fares when held against the light. As a general rule, the thicker the fabric, the better the quality.
This is particularly useful for figuring out what grade of fabric something is made of – whilst the care label may state it’s 100% cotton, there is cotton and then there is cotton.
Fabric with a higher thread count will let less light through – suggesting it’s a good investment to make.
9. Proper storage
Quality clothes are only as good as the care you take of them. Once you’ve got your clothes home, it’s important to fold them correctly or hang them up. This will help preserve the fabrics and prevent harsh creasing or damage.
Why not reserve your FoldiMate today and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you can own one, as soon as they are available in your region, and that your clothes will always be folded in the best possible way to preserve their quality.
10. Proper laundering
When it comes to laundering, always check the care labels first. Invest in different detergents for different fabrics, and always adhere to the temperature guides on the garment’s label.
If in doubt, take your clothes to the dry cleaners – they’re extremely knowledgeable and will take the best possible care of your garments.
Did we miss something? Do you have tips on how to buy clothes that last or do you have special ways you take care of them? Let us know in the comments below.