It may be tempting to purchase cheap items of clothing in different colors and with various printed designs. Everyone probably has a few of those in their closet. However, you also know that cheap clothes tend to wear out much quicker and often are not good enough to wear out in public after only two washes. Yes, you can buy more items for the same money, but your purchase satisfaction quickly vanishes, and you have a closet full of stuff you can only sleep in.
Obviously, I am not implying that you should forget about the price, and shop for quality expensive stuff only. What I am saying is that you can derive greater satisfaction from finding quality items at prices that won’t break your bank.
But how do you verify that decently priced items are well made?
1. Inspect Visually:
Pick up the shirt you like and put it up to the light. If the shirt is made of dense fabrics and not much light is coming though, it may be of higher quality.
2. Touch it:
There is much you can tell about fabric by how it feels to touch. Run your fingers through the shirt, crumple it in your fist. If the shirt feels soft yet firm, and does not wrinkle too much, it is likely to be of high quality.
If it feels like plastic and becomes instantly wrinkly, the polyester contents are high, and quality is likely to be low. There is nothing wrong with using polyester in the making of clothes, especially workout shirts. However cheap polyester does not feel pleasant to wear and may cause skin irritation. Not to mention it will deteriorate after several washes or shrink.
3. Read the label:
You can also check the shirt label for fabric composition. It won’t reveal all the garment secretes to you, but at least you’ll know how much cotton is in the shirt. Cotton is a natural material, and unless you are buying the shirt for exercise purposes, it’s cotton contents should be over 50 percent. Cotton ages better than synthetic materials, thus your shirt will last the longest if it is made of 100% cotton.
4. Check the stitches:
Stitches keep your clothing together. While you may not be the best judge of the seamstresses’ work, you can most likely spot a bad stitch job. If the stitches on a shirt are not flat, there are loose ends and some stitches are unravelling under the arms or the bottom of a shirt, beware. Also, if a shirt has few stitches, this may mean it was produced in a hurry and quite possibly carelessly.
5. Look at the hems:
A shirt’s hems often define the quality of production. Check them all: collar, sleeves, the bottom hems. Things to looks for: Do they come in the same width throughout the shirt? Are the stitches even and straight? If it looks kind of rickety, it was possibly made in haste. The edges of the fabric should be clipped back neatly, and not left with the raggedy edges sticking out.