At the moment the market is full of fake garments that are sold in all types of shops and are often marketed as if they were good quality.
When we want to buy clothes we have to choose between price and quality. However, the most expensive option isn’t always the best one. In this article, we’ll show you how to check the quality of garments with 9 interesting tips.
1. Check the quality of the cotton
The first thing you can do is check the quality of the cotton. In order to do this hold a piece of the cloth in your fist for a few seconds and release it.
If you notice that the fabric looks like crumpled paper, this means that the garment has been made with a special material which helps it maintain its shape and is therefore not a quality garment. After the first wash, it will lose its shape and turn into a rag.
2. Stretch the seams
It’s important that you stretch the seams so you’re able to see the spaces. If it’s a good quality garment, you’ll see that the seam stays in place.
To check the seam, stretch the garment slightly and if you see that the seam stretches too, the garment is of poor quality.
3. Be careful with zippers
It’s better to buy clothes with metal zippers which are covered with cloth because they’re the most durable.
Plastic zippers break quickly and are a sign that the garment is of poor quality.
It’s also important that you check to see whether the length of the zippers is the same. Zippers on dresses, skirts and other garments should always be the same size, be well sewn and match the color of the fabric.
4. Check the hems
It’s important that you look at the type of hems on pants, skirts, or any other garment. A good hem has to be at least 4 centimeters long.
For blouses, shirts and t-shirts, it should be about 2 centimeters. If you can see that there’s no hem and the edges are only sewn with thread, it’s because the garment hasn’t been made properly.
5. Check the fabric
You should check the fabric. To do this, you’ll have to stretch it a little. If the fabric is good quality then it will keep its shape.
Stretch a piece of the fabric and release it. If the fabric loses its shape, it’s a cheap, low-quality material, even if it’s being sold at a high price.
6. Always look at the label
Look at the label to see what kind of fabric the garment is really made of. Keep in mind that natural fabrics such as cotton, silk and wool are resistant and are more durable than synthetic fabrics.
However, materials made from 100% cotton shrink after washing.
It’s recommended that you choose garments that are made up of 5 to 30% synthetic fabric, such as viscose, polyester, nylon, and so on. These garments don’t stretch and last longer.
7. Look at the thread
Sometimes the thread used for the seams isn’t the same color as the fabric. Examine the color well and see if it matches the pattern.
If you notice that they don’t match and the seams are made using different colored threads, then it’s a sign that the clothes have been made in a rush. During production, the level of quality wasn’t as important as the amount that could be produced.
8. Check the buttons
It’s important that you check the buttons. If it’s a counterfeit or low-quality item, no attention will have been paid to these details.
Look carefully at the buttons and make sure they are sewn properly and that the threads haven’t come out. It’s also important that the holes have been made properly.
9. Look at the dye
For example, with accessories such as handbags, it’s important that you look at the dye. If you notice that the color of the straps isn’t dyed properly or leaves marks when folded, it’s a sign that the garment is of poor quality.
If the bag has one part lighter than another then this is also a sign of a poor quality item.