Determining the quality of your clothing and accessories will have an immediate and a long term impact on your selection of clothing and accessories and on your happiness with your overall look.
Ever since the 1990s, we have seen a marked decrease in the quality of clothing as fashion trends have accelerated and the manufacturers have tried to bring the runway showings to the market much quicker. The ready-to-wear industry has looked largely to man-made fibers to make this happen as we have seen that polyester dresses are now the new norm. This coupled with the offshoring of the fashion industry leaves us with throwaway clothes and we are lucky to achieve more than 3 to 5 wearings of any piece before we see rips, tares, and other deterioration in our clothing.
So this section is dedicated to helping you in determining the quality of the clothing and accessories that you buy. I will be revising this offering as I continue my research.
Quality in Clothing
My first offering is from Justine Leconte on how to recognize poor quality from good quality in women’s clothing. Justine is a French fashion designer so she knows all the tricks of the trade. Her videos are down to earth so you have practical takeaways from every video.
This video explains how to spot (cheap) bad quality clothing and what high quality would look like. You don’t need to be a fashion designer to learn how to recognize poor quality! I tackle the following 5 points: –
- Good fit / Good cut
- Colors / Dyeing
- Prints / Appliqués / Jacquards
- Fabrics / fiber
- Sewing quality / Stitching / Thre
Quality in Accessories
We follow this with another Justine video on how to recognize good vs bad quality shoes and deal with the following issues
- Materials (leather, plastic, suede, fabric)
- Construction (upper, inside, sole, edges, heel placement, arch, lining, cushions, etc…).
Now on to handbags and purses. I show you how to recognize a good value handbag and what poor quality looks like (fake vs real quality). This video tackles:
- Materials (leather, plastic, fabric, coated canvas
- Sewing (lining, elements, stitching lines…)
- Hardware (closure, metal elements, zipper…)
- Edge paint, finishing, handle, straps
Your Guide To Choosing the Best Handbags is here.