Four Major Signs Of Good Quality Clothing

Four Major Signs Of Good Quality Clothing

Our wardrobe is a reflection of our style, but with the current pace of fast fashion, it has become a major contributor in global greenhouse gas emission. What’s the solution? Well, buy less, buy better, and use it for a longer time!
 
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What to check for when determining good quality clothing
 
Let’s begin the list with one of, if not the most important aspect to take care of,
the fabric used:
 
Sustainability of the fabric, Breathability, Look and feel, Comfort:
The fabric used in the curation of your outfit plays a key role in its nature. Using materials such as cotton and linen give you lightweight and breathable outfits. But plants like cotton are known to be quite thirsty and consume a lot of water, making them not a very sustainable option for your clothing.
Materials such as cupro and modal satin are alternated to these usually used fabrics. These materials are natural and are curated with by-products or other sustainable source materials. These fabrics are also bio-degradable and break down to get along with soil, unlike polyester that causes microplastic pollution with every wash.
Select your fabric based on your use for the fabric, if you want the outfit to look elegant with a sheen for parties look out for natural substitutes for silk such as cupro.
If you are buying your outfits for everyday use then factors with regards to durability of the fabric come into play. Either way, make sure the fabric of your choice feels comfortable against your skin and will hold the look it gives, for a long time to come.
 
Quality of buttons and zippers:
 
Quality of lock and stitch, durability of buttons/zippers, & Material
The look and feel of your ensemble depends on how it is carried against your form. Good quality buttons and zippers make sure that the longevity of your outfit is unharmed. While purchasing reversible or convertible outfits, the quality of said zippers and buttons can affect the overall look, and wear and tear to the fabric. Having extra buttons that match the overall theme of your outfit is always a pro, but curation of such unique patterned buttons creates a niche market, with low supply therefore causing price hike and production wastage. Using buttons made of sustainable materials such as coconut shells eliminates the issue of production wastage.
Stitch and seam quality:
 
Look out for - Long stitches, Loose threads, Parallel & straight seams
Every outfit you add to your wardrobe, if it is of good quality that lasts longer, can solve half the problem of overconsumption.
Make sure that your choice of clothing is stitched and not glued, use of cheap quality glue helps manufacturers skip the sewing costs. Clothing made with such adhesives are non-dependable. While inspecting the quality of your stitches, look out for loose threads and longer stitches, they can open up the stitch, and long stitches do not hold fabrics as strong as shorter ones.
Do not forget to look into the seams, make sure that they are tight and do not open when tugged against. A straight seam will give you a uniform look throughout your outfit, inspect all the seams, including the sides.
 
Details in the label:
 
Material and mix of fabric, Care guidelines
Always understand the material before making your purchase. How much are you actually spending on your outfit? It may seem like your new silk shirt costs you a couple thousand rupees, but owning it comes with its own level of commitment, it requires drywashing, it needs to be stored right and removing stains will be a big task.
Always read through the garment care tag and make sure you understand your level of commitment.
 
With these tips in your mind, make your next purchase a smart and conscious one, that is a value for your money and time.
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