- The huge world of fast fashion means a lot of clothing purchased might not be great quality.
- To ensure you are buying quality clothing, you can check for “finished” hems and sturdy materials.
- You can also try pulling at the seams to see if the garment is tightly sewn.
There’s nothing worse than spending money on a garment that falls apart after just a few wears. Good quality clothing should see you through more than a single season, and there are a few simple ways to tell if your wardrobe items are well-made or flimsy.
Here are some signs that your clothes are durable and built to last.
You can’t see through the material.
Lightweight materials can be a blessing on a hot day, but sheerness is usually a sign that a piece of clothing will have a short lifespan. This is simply because sheer material is more prone to tearing and contains fewer fibers. And expensive materials such as silk aren’t exempt from this rule — good quality silk shouldn’t allow undergarments to show through. If you can hold a garment up to the light and can’t see the outline of your hand through the material, it suggests that the garment will be more durable over time.
Your new jeans feel heavy and stiff.
If sliding into a new pair of jeans is actually mildly uncomfortable, that actually a good sign.
According to GQ, high quality denim is usually heavier and a bit stiff at first because of the material’s higher thread count. In contrast, cheaper denim often feels soft right off the rack because they contain fewer fibers and are sometimes pre-washed with chemicals to achieve that softness, which can actually decrease their durability.
You can’t see any gaps when you pull at the seams.
Tighter, more frequent stitches usually make for a stronger seam. On the other hand, loose stitches placed far apart can make a seam weaker and more prone to splitting. If you pull on a seam and can see through to the other side, that’s a sign that the garment might be poorly constructed. More durable clothing should usually have hardier stitches with no discernible gaps.
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