How to Buy Good Quality Clothes on a Budget

by Adam on February 14, 2017

The fact that the world is an ever-changing place means that each generation lives in a different way. That is certainly true when it comes to the way we shop for clothes.

In all likelihood, your grandparents’ generation would have gone shopping for clothes only twice a year, once in the summer and again in the winter. Each time they would have bought just one or two items to add to their existing wardrobe.

These clothes would have been good quality. Usually, they were kept and worn for many years. Over that time, each item of clothing would have potentially been repaired and re-styled several times.

Today, as you can see from this article, modern consumers behave very differently. Most of us go shopping several times a month and opt to buy cheap clothes that we wear just a few times, and then throw away.

Sadly, most clothing manufacturers now only make clothes that are designed for that type of consumer. Nowadays, if you want clothing that will still look good months after you have bought it you need to learn to shop in a smart way.

Look for durable fabrics

Whenever possible buy clothes that are made out of good quality material. As a rule, items made out of heavier fabrics look good for longer. For example, Men’s denim shirts and jeans can be worn for years, sometimes decades before they are worn out. Cotton is a natural fibre, which means it is very durable. It looks and feels good, and is easy to care for.

Consider how the clothes are manufactured

Always try to buy clothes that are well made. Whenever possible buy items that are put together using double stitched seams. Garments that are made in this way hang better, and are far more likely to remain intact.

Most reversible clothes are made in this way, so they can be a good option. The fact that you are effectively buying two clothing items in one will also save you money.

window shoppingCheck the quality of the zips

You should also make sure that the zips are good quality, and properly sewn into the garments. These days getting a zip replaced is not easy, so this is actually an important consideration. You really do not want to have to throw away a perfectly good pair of jeans or trousers just because the zip is broken. Metal or nylon zips are more likely to stay intact than plastic ones.

Buy versatile clothes

Ideally, you want to be able to wear each item of clothing in different situations. Taking this approach is a great way to make your wardrobe budget stretch further.

For example, a smart shirt can easily be worn with a suit, in the office, and a few months down the line with a pair of jeans for a social occasion. It is not always possible to buy in this way, but when you can, it makes sense to do so.

By following these simple tips, you will find it easy to dress well, without having to spend a fortune on clothes.

 

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