High quality – Your ultimate guide.
In my Quality Over Quantity post I already mentioned what high quality means to me and what it’s all about. In the following list I cover the most important steps to consider while searching for higher quality pieces. It doesn’t matter wether it’s basics, key pieces or fashion pieces, which we had a closer look on in my latest style post. I think it’s always important to buy higher quality and maybe, but not always, more expensive pieces with special carefulness and take your time to consider. I try not to say yes to a piece just because it’s the first one I found. If you want quality pieces search until you find the one which fulfills your needs. Try to prevent impulse shopping – in most cases, it leads you to a bad choice. Time after time you get a feeling for the characteristics of high quality.
High quality in 5 steps – What to consider.
1. Does the fabric feel and look as it should?
Brands often use thin fabrics wether it’s cotton, polyester, wool or anything else. If you actually want a thinner and very light fabric then it’s fine, but you could then rather go for silk or thinner linen which is probably even more delicate looking and longlasting. But only because it’s a more expensive fabric it doesn’t have to be better! You always have to consider wether it easily stretches out, is woven maybe too rough or is actually a too thin kind of fabric for it’s sort. It depends on your own wishes and experience to decide this.
2. Are the seams made of fine, regular stitches?
If you pull a seam apart the stitches should look quite close together and regular. The seem shouldn’t frizz in any way. This would be a signal that the it’s to tight for this type of fabric and this is not a sign for longlasting, high quality pieces.
3. Does the fabric stretch out, as it should and remains it’s former position?
You all may have this tight jeans issue when skinny jeans stretch out so badly after the first few wears and washes. You probably know that the topshop Joni jeans for instance is really fulfilling this issue. The reason that it doesn’t stretch out and remains it’s shape is that it contains more then 3% of spandex. If you go for this amount or even a bit more, you are likely to get a nice pair of skinny jeans which lasts quite a long time.
4. How does the fabric smell?
Well, that’s a very awkward imagination to smell on fabric. But I really noticed, that especially jeans (dyed cotton, polyester-mix) don’t remain their color when it smells like the ink it was painted from. The color washes out fast. But this doesn’t mean, that non-smelling items always keep their color.
5. Does the cut flatter your shape?
Now this is a case where the higher price often has its origin. Sure there are exceptions in both directions, but more expensive brands often invest in a very well proportioned cut! I experienced this with a Emporio Armani blazer and Stella McCartney blouse for instance (also see my Quality Over Quantity post). The way the fabric works with the cut is so well constructed! It covers the body in a mild way and accentuates its advantages. That’s where more expensive brands often have their super big benefit in comparison to budget brands like Mango, Zara or H&M.
I hope you can get something out of this for a higher quality purchase! I would be interested in what you think. Did you experience some good or bad things concerning this topic?