The difference between the two words, quality and value are often misconstrued because they seem to be the same in meaning yet they are not. Maybe because the two words both describe the worth of products, services, processes, information, assets, and investments. The differences are that value often includes price yet the quality is price – independent. In this article, we are going to speak to the variety of garments and look at it from a beginners guide.
What you will need to know is that the number one prerequisite to building a high-quality wardrobe is your fabric selections. You will need to be able to recognize a quality garment when you see one. You need to be able to see the difference between a durable, well-crafted piece and one that looks pretty on the rack but won’t last longer than a season. Knowing which properties distinguish high-quality garments from low-quality has to be your primary concern.
What is quality? And, more specifically: What distinguishes a low-quality garment from a high-quality one? What you want if you are about style and clothing is for your clothes to be durable, to last more than a couple of seasons. We want sturdy clothes garments that we can move in without having to worry about ripping seams or popping buttons. We want our clothes to keep the same shape they had when we bought them, and to neither stretch out nor shrink over time. We want things that fit the shape of our body, not distort our silhouette or restrict our movements. We don’t want a piece of fabric that pills or fades after wearing or washing it a couple of times.
We want our clothes to feel good on the skin, so we can enjoy wearing them instead of taking them off as soon as we get home. And lastly, we also want our clothes to look like high-quality garments. A smooth fabric will have neat seams, beautiful detailing. Not something that is about to fall apart. What distinguishes high-quality from low-quality manufacturers are the extra steps they took to make sure a garment not only looks the part now but will continue to do so after multiple wears and washes, that it feels comfortable on the skin and is well-fitted. All of these ‘extras’ take time and money.
That’s why it’s so easy to find pretty pieces at budget stores that end up falling apart after a week: To cut costs the manufacturer chose to focus on making the garment look good on the hanger instead of its quality because that is what brings in the sales. Pretty much every shopper makes the purchasing decision based on what a garment looks like, only very few will take the time to assess the seams, quality of tailoring, etc. Now, what’s important to note is that the quality and the price of an item are not always related.
So, how can you make sure you are buying quality and value in fabrics that you purchase in your garments? The best tip is to always buy in the flesh, not online, until you have seen and knew the designer and their quality. You need to be able to inspect it up close, to feel it, to check the seams and try it on, no exceptions. Hands down the most crucial component of a garment are its fabric, and you want both quality and value for your purchase.
Until the next time my friend, take good care and be well.
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