We live in something of a ‘throw away nation’ where household items such as furniture and the clothes we wear can be mass produced and made cheaply. Consequently, this means that they can be picked up for next to nothing, but often don’t stand the test of time.
A report in The Guardian estimated that last year, Britons sent a whopping 235 million items of clothing to landfill. This has huge implications on the environment and means that the clothes we buy are often a passing fancy rather than an investment.
This could be why we have seen a rise in the popularity of vintage clothing – garments from a different era that were made to last. Well made, well fitting clothing is still available on the market today, but in order to find it, you’ll need to look out for a few things.
A garment made of quality material is more likely to wash well, be durable and fit you better without sagging or losing its shape. The best way to test the quality of a material is to touch it – does it feel strong, thick and and soft (a garment made of short or synthetic fibres probably won’t be as strong and durable). The density and weight of the fabric should also be appropriate for its function.
A well tailored garment won’t just last longer, but it will fit better and will flatter your shape. Seams should be straight and strong with no missing stitches or loose ends. You can test their strength by pulling the seam and checking how tight it remains. The fit can only really be measured by trying a garment on. Mens designer jackets and shirts, such as from https://www.ejmenswear.com/, should be structured to fit well, with no areas of gaping or extra fabric. Well-made garments tend to be lined and the lining should also be tailored well with good seams.
Quality can also be measured by the functionality and design of the zips, buttons and pockets. Buttons should be strong enough to keep a garment secure and a spare button is usually a sign of quality. The stitching on pockets and zips should be flat and straight without interrupting the stitching or style of the rest of the garment.