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 more expensive pieces with special carefulness and take your time to consider wether it’s really the right piece for you or not. 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.
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, organza or thinner linen which is probably even more delicate looking. 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 roughly or is actually too thin for this kind of fabric. 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 seem is to tight for this sort of fabric and for high quality you don’t want this.
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 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 (died 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. More expensive brands often invest in a very well proportioned cut! I experienced this with my Stella My Cartney blouse for instance (also see my Quality Over Quantity post). The way the fabric acts 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 your next high quality purchase! I would be interested in what you think. Did you experience some good or bad things concerning this topic?