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How To Buy Cheap But Good-Value Clothes

How To Buy Cheap But Good-Value Clothes

You know that feeling when you pull your new blouse out of the laundry only to discover your button-down is now button-less, your skirt has started unraveling at the seams, or worse — your denim faded to a new color entirely!

We all know we can't get quality items for cheap, unless we are buying high-quality used clothes, but today's post is not about thrifting, but about creating a method to spot cheap garments that will withstand the test of time and become a good-value investment.

Here are our best tips:

1. IT'S ALL IN THE SEAMS

Turn a garment inside out to see how well it’s made. Pay close attention to the security of the hems and inseams. If it’s already falling apart on the hanger, it’s going to be no friend of yours. Be sure to give the zipper a few test drives, especially the invisible kind that are prone to splitting at the seam!

2. STEER CLEAR OF "DRY CLEAN ONLY"

If an item under $100 has to be dry cleaned, you will end up spending more on the maintenance than it’s actually worth. Certain fabrics and colors, say, a white chiffon skirt, aren’t worth the bargain. A great black dress that can get several wears before cleaning, that is a smarter purchase.

sturdy fabric - denim

3. SWAP DELICATE FABRICS FOR STURDY ONES

Delicate fabrics like silk and chiffon may have a shorter shelf life because they won’t hold up to normal wear and tear as nicely. Fabrics like jersey, cotton, poplin, and denim are more likely to keep their shape. Be cautious of knit blends— they may pill easily, so steer clear of them unless they’re meant to look severely worn.

4. INSPECT THOSE INSOLES

Shoes are the workhorse of your wardrobe. They endure much more than your clothes ever need to, so when perusing the shoe racks, look for styles in materials that will look better a little broken in. For example, a microsuede could be a surprisingly better choice than a faux leather, simply because it will still look great as it becomes worn. Faux leather footwear on the other hand, declines faster than Miley’s 2013 VMA performance. With high heels, be sure to inspect the insole. It should be decently cushioned with a sturdy arch.

5. BEWARE OF "BARGAIN MODE"

Just because something is a good deal does not mean it’s a good investment. If you haven’t fallen absolutely head over heels with that pair of shoes, trousers, or even a
t-shirt, don’t buy it. If you can’t envision yourself wearing it with multiple items in your closet and to several different occasions, it’s not worth your money — whether it’s $2 or $200.

 

Take care and always distinguish yourself
Mima Carozzi
Owner and Stylist
Leggings All The Time