Buying clothes can be a stressful experience, what with the bad lighting, different sizing in each store and the pressure the sales staff put on you to buy something then and there. However, when it comes to buying a garment, you should time your time and make sure that it ticks all 5 categories.
Here are the 5 boxes to tick when buying a garment
1. Made of mostly natural fabrics
Fabric is super important when buying a garment, and so the tag on the inside of the garment should be the first thing you look at. If something is made of 100% natural materials (think cotton, linen, silk, wool, cashmere, denim, leather) then that is fantastic, but sometimes a blend also works with the overall shape and movement of the garment as well. Just make sure that the material is mostly natural. This will ensure the longevity of your garment.
2. Fits like a dream
Life is too short to wear bad fitting clothes! You know better than anyone what does and doesn’t work for your body shape. If you’re a little stuck, take a trusted friend with you into the fitting room. There is also plenty of literature out there for what works for particular body shapes. Just remember, if it doesn’t make you feel amazing, do not buy it!!! If it doesn’t fit in ALL the right places, do not buy it!!! There will be clothes out there that do, you just have to find them. Usually once you’ve found a brand that designs clothes that work for your body shape, you stick to it. So get out there!
3. Matches most of what’s in your wardrobe
We are all about minimalist wardrobes here on this blog, so it makes sense that the garment should be able to match most of what’s in your wardrobe. If the garment fits like a dream and you are absolutely in love with it, it makes sense that you would want it to match most of what you already own, so you can wear it as many times as possible.
4. Excellent seams and lining
Stay away from garments that have any stray or messy seams. When seam work is sloppy, it’s only a matter of time before the garment starts falling apart, literally. To test for strong seams, pull the fabric slightly on each side, if the seam separates, then put that garment right back on the hanger! As well as excellent seams, having high quality lining really brings the whole garment together. This is the material that will be touching your body, so it’s important that it feels nice. Silk, cotton or satin work best.
5. The detailing is top notch
Buttons and zips may not seem like much, but they can make or break a garment. Make sure the buttons are spaced evenly and are secured by multiple threads. You should always have an extra button sewn into the garment in case of loss. In terms of zips, make sure it moves smoothly (test this out a few times) as well as sits flat against the body. It should also completely lock at the top and not slide down even slightly.
Have you got any tips about buying a garment? Please comment below!