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Why You Should Think Quality over Quantity When It Comes to Your Clothes

Have nothing to wear?

You have a closet full of clothing, but nothing sparks your interest when it’s time to get dressed. You can try on shirt after shirt, and everything you try on makes you wrinkle your nose when you look in the mirror. You have clothes, you just don’t like any of them!

It’s also true because many women actually have clothing in their closets that they don’t wear, literally. The average woman has 22 items of clothing that remain untouched. In many cases, at least a few of those garments still have their tags.

On the surface, having nothing to wear may make you think it’s time to freshen up your wardrobe, which means going on a shopping spree.

A wardrobe refresh can do the trick, but it won’t if you keep shopping with a quantity over quality mindset.

It’s time to leave the bargain bin and look at higher quality clothes.

Problems with fast fashion

By saving now, you’ll end up paying later. That’s true of many things. For example, buying a cheap house means you’ll spend tens of thousands on repairs, eating junk food all the time will leave you with more medical problems at a younger age, and that cheap car you bought will prove itself to be a lemon sooner rather than later.

Fashion is the same way.

Cheap clothing is not made to last. It is made to look great for the season before it’s thrown out. Stitching quickly comes undone and the colors fade with just one or two washes. Of course, that’s if you actually end up wearing the clothing you buy, which most women don’t.

Quality garments can fix many of these problems. There’s just something about slipping into a garment that is constructed out of high-quality materials and sturdy stitching. It makes you feel luxe. Not to mention, high-quality clothing is often made to be more flattering, which means you’ll find yourself reaching for higher priced items in your closet again and again because they make you feel good when you wear them.

We’re not done yet! Closets full of clothes that never get worn are bad for the environment. They are made out of low-quality materials, like plastics, that pollute the environment, and they encourage increased production, which contributes to more greenhouse gases. Not to mention, most low-quality garments find their way to the landfill sooner rather than later. All things that aren’t great if you want to be more eco-friendly.

Think beyond a minimalist lifestyle

Minimalists are definitely having a moment. People are Marie Kondo-ing their closets and tiny houses are all the rage in some parts of the United States. Reducing the clothing in your closet with a capsule wardrobe is popular with minimalists, but we don’t like that buying fewer high-quality items of clothing gets inextricably tied to minimalism. It makes it sound like only minimalists can enjoy smaller wardrobes that contain clothing they actually love.

Everyone can enjoy a smaller closet, whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist! There is no magic number of items you should have in your closet, but you should have a closet full of items you’re excited to wear. The best way to do that is to invest in items you love. They may cost a little bit more, but their price will make you think carefully about whether you should add more items to your wardrobe!

How to find quality clothing

The question is, how do you know when you’re buying a piece of high-quality clothing? A few signs to look for include:

  • Check the label for natural materials, like cotton and linen, and avoid synthetic fiber, like polyester.
  • Feel the sleeves and pant legs. Does it feel like a quality garment? That might mean it feels thick and sturdy, but it can also be lightweight if the yarns are thick and dense.
  • Take a close look at the seams. They should be evenly spaced and they should lie flat. They should not be loose, bubbled, or stitched over multiple times.

You can look for certain designers that are known the world-over for quality, but shopping locally is even better. Not only are local designers more accessible, they often guarantee their work.

Don’t want to spend a fortune on high-quality clothes? You can find great clothing second-hand, especially on sites like Poshmark and Thredup!

Stop throwing your money down the drain on low-quality clothes that are just going to end up sitting in your closet unworn, or worse, in the landfill. It’s true that quality clothing costs more, but you’ll be glad you made the investment in a smaller closet that contains clothes that you actually want to wear.

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