10 Important Things to Pay Attention to When Buying New Clothes
Shopping for clothes can turn out to be a rewarding and relaxing activity or a daunting experience. It all depends on your attitude and approach. So as not to be disappointed in your purchases, you have to be careful and pay attention to little details.
We at Bright Side collected some tips for you to make your next shopping experience an affordable and stress-free experience. Read to the end to find a tip for choosing between cheap and expensive clothes.
1. The flexibility and width of a shoe
Many shoes on the market look fashionable, but they are not good for your feet. When buying shoes, try to bend and twist them to check their flexibility. A shoe should bend under the ball of the foot, and there should be some resistance when twisting. When trying on the shoes, walk on hard surfaces as well as carpet to see how the shoe feels on both.
Pay attention not only to the length but also to the width. Make sure there is enough room to slightly wiggle your toes. If you can't move your toes at all, the shoes are too tight.
2. The ply of a cashmere sweater
If you are aiming to buy a cashmere sweater, check the ply: most cashmere yarns are 2-ply, meaning that 2 threads are tightly intertwined to create one stronger one. Multiple-ply yarns are stronger, thicker, and more durable than single-ply ones. When knitted, one side of a single-ply stitch looks wider than the other side, which appears to form one continuous vertical column.
3. Matching patterns
In high-quality clothes, patterns (plaid or horizontal stripes) should match up at the seams and sleeves. Manufacturers of cheap clothes often skip this detail to keep costs affordable because matching often means cutting out the individual pieces of the garment. However, mismatching can be exaggerated to give a garment an eccentric look.
4. The perfect length for jeans
For women, the choice depends on the type of jeans. With ankle pants, the hem should be positioned just above or right on your ankle bone; skinny jeans should offer a clean, ankle-length look; straight jeans should cover the top of your feet. Remember to choose clothes that fit your body type.
When choosing jeans for men, go for those that are long enough to cover the socks but short enough not to cover the shoes.
5. The quality of the fabric
Always check the label. Even though synthetic fabric is cheaper and often blended with natural materials, it doesn't last as well as natural fabric does with repeated laundering. Hold the fabric up to the light to judge its weight and the density of the weave.
Finally, check the seams on both the inside and outside of the garment. It is a warning sign if they are sloppy, loose, or stitched over multiple times.
6. Don't trust the size on the label.
Although a standard sizing chart was used in the past, most brands today seem to develop their own sizing system. Another problem with sizes is so-called "vanity sizing." According to research, a size 8 dress today is about the same as a size 16 dress in 1958. Therefore, you should always try different sizes on, and choose the one that fits best.
7. Dress for shopping success.
If you are going to buy shoes, wear a pair that you can easily slip on and off. In general, choose comfortable clothes for your shopping trip, but wear the undergarments you would wear under the clothes you plan to purchase.
8. The time of year
Some things may be cheaper during a certain month or even day than others. According to ShopItToMe.com, Thursday is the best day to buy handbags, and Monday is perfect for buying sunglasses and dress pants. In January, suits and winter garments typically go on sale, and autumn is the best time of year to buy jeans.
9. Mandatory waiting period
Do not buy an item you like immediately. Some sources advise waiting for about a week after you see an item in the store. Often, after this waiting period is over, you decide that you don't really want it and never go back. Remember that, according to financial planners, you should not spend more than 5% of your salary on clothes.
10. "Cost per wear" equation
When deciding whether to buy an expensive garment or to go for its cheaper equivalent, use a "cost per wear" equation. It is the sum of the price of the garment and its maintenance divided by the number of times you’ll wear it. According to this equation, for clothes you are going to wear regularly, it is better to choose a more expensive but higher quality item as it will serve you longer. The reverse is true for the items you won't wear regularly.
Did you find any necessary tips on this list? And what shopping strategies do you use? Share your opinion with us in the comments.