The Importance of Buying Quality Clothing


| 7/15/2016 1:11:00 PM


There’s a growing movement of in-betweeners. These are people who are old enough and responsible enough that they can’t stand to purchase bargain clothing that falls apart in a few washes. They’re also too fiscally responsible to spend the equivalent of a couple of car payments on a maxi dress.

I salute the in-betweeners, yet I don’t envy their struggle. Locating clothes that are affordable yet ethically made abroad, or even made by independent local designers, can be quite a challenge. However, the need for more sturdy affordable options is definitely growing.

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Not only does buying with the future in mind save you money in the long run, it’s also ethical, healthier for the planet, and safer for the people who live and work to create these items as well. Peter Dunn advises to aim to spend about 5 percent of your annual income on new, quality clothes. Follow these simple tips to make doing so much easier.

Look for high-quality fabrics and stitching. This boils down to buying fewer items that are higher quality. You can still buy clothes that look great, as well as wear and wash well within the same budget; you’re just going to have to purchase fewer of them. When your goal is long-term wear you need to be far-sighted in your choices.



If you’re uncertain what quality looks or feels like, visit an upscale store, even if you know their clothing is out of your price range, and spend some time examining the construction. How does the fabric look and feel? Gently tug on the seams to see how strong they are, and examine the number of stitches per inch (hint: more is definitely better). Take a look to see how well buttons and other appliqué designs have been added to the garments. Once you’re able to recognize quality when you see it, you’ll be able to make decisions about items within your budget.



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