So often people talk about quality as if it is an objective fact; that the best quality clothes must be expensive, regardless of anything else. However, quality is subjective and varies from person to person according to their needs.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Build Your Signature Wardrobe: How to look good and feel confident in four steps argues “While a minimalist wardrobe containing a few durable items (that last a long time) is right for me, it just won’t work for someone who doesn’t live my lifestyle. You need to pick the quality that works for your life right now.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for choosing the best quality clothes for you.
- Start with Form and Function: Aside from public decency, you want your clothes to protect you from the elements while permitting free movement. If a garment doesn’t take care of these it is not the best quality for you. A pencil skirt and high heels will probably work for a librarian, but not so much for someone involved in hands-on childcare.
- Consider your Comfort: The comfort your winter woollen coat gives you is not the same level of comfort you want from your underpants (and vice versa). You will most likely want the softest and smoothest fabrics closest to your skin.
- Judge the Durability: Similar to comfort, lighter fabrics will generally wear and tear faster than heavier denser ones. A good dense cotton twill will last a lot longer (and offer more protection) for a construction worker but may be too durable for our librarian.
- Analyse the Appearance: The pattern, colour and texture are more important in quality than you have probably considered. Our childcare worker may prefer a highly patterned garment that won’t show stains, but the librarian might prefer something in a smoother texture that looks plainer and more professional.
- Count the Cost: Finally, think about is whether your purchases are good value for your money. Spend most of your money on clothes that you will wear all the time. For $150, our childcare worker might be best to buy ten easy-care t-shirts, our construction worker five heavy duty work shirts, and our librarian one silk shirt. Regardless, clothes that you don’t wear are a waste of money.
These five tips will help you choose the best quality clothes for you, and give you the confidence of knowing that you have spent your money wisely to meet your needs.
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