Have you ever noticed that the prices of clothes seem to bear no resemblance to their quality? You could easily drop $200 on a pair of chinos, only to discover that they have a hole on one of the joins a few weeks later. That’s not supposed to happen on an expensive pair of pants like that!
You can probably point to dozens more examples too:
- Those premium briefs you bought that got a hole in the crotch area after a couple of months
- The raincoat you bough which claimed that it was waterproof but was anything but
- The suit trousers which you thought were bona fide but turned out to be nothing more than a cheap import.
- Ideally, you’d have some tools in your arsenal to find out ahead of time whether the clothes you’re buying are legit or not. Well, if that’s what you’ve come for, then you’re in the right place. Let’s take a look at some tests that you can employ to check the quality of your clothes.
Look For Exposed Zippers
Exposed zippers have become so prevalent in today’s clothing market that we hardly notice them anymore. The problem is that the zipper has become deceptive. We no longer see exposed zippers as a sign that something is cheap – that’s just the way that clothes are, right?
Wrong! Quality clothes manufacturers, including unbranded clothes makers, cover the zipper with segments of fabric along its length, providing a more seamless appearance. Look out for it next time you buy.
Look For Thin Gauzes
If you’re a woman, you’re used to shopping for clothes that look like a mixture between crate paper and cling film. You know what we mean – those paper-thin fabrics that are supposed to “drape” over you but are too thin to have any shape of their own.
The advice? Avoid where possible. If in doubt, shop in the men’s section.
Check The Label For Natural Fibers
The best quality T-shirts for men are all made of natural fibers. The reason? Natural fibers like cotton, stand up to abuse much better than their synthetic counterparts.
Check Buttonhole Stitching
Buttonholes have to survive a lot of abuse. The forces on such a small area can be quite extreme, especially compared to those on the rest of the garment. The stitching, therefore, has to be top-notch. Tight stitching around the buttonholes is a sure sign that the piece of clothing you’re buying is good quality. Avoid any items, including cardigans where the buttonhole stretches significantly as you pass your finger through it.
Tug On The Seams To Look For Gaps
The seams are the place where your clothes are most likely to fail. One of the things you can subtly do while in the store is pulling on the seams to see if there are any gaps between the stitches. If you can see holes before you buy the garment, put it back on the rack. Those holes will open up as soon as you start wearing it.