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Posted on May 13, 2015

Tips for Selecting Quality Garments

Have you ever purchased a garment and have it look not so great after a few washings?  Did you think perhaps that you did something wrong?  Whenever I have a problem with a garment, the first thing I do is make sure I followed the care label.  Unfortunately, care labels aren’t always accurate, meaning that the label may not address different trims or color lines.  It is possible for a faulty care label to be placed on a garment.  If you have a special garment, you may want to consider entrusting it to a professional.

These days it’s so hard to know what to purchase and what to avoid, given all the fabric types and options out there.  But before you go shopping again, there are a few things you can keep in mind to ensure that you are getting what you are paying for.  Before heading to check out, ask yourself these questions about the item:

  • Does the garment have a FTC Care Label?  In 1972, the FTC launched the Care Label Rule, which requires manufacturers to label their clothing with instructions for at least one safe cleaning method.  All garments sold in the U. S. must have a care label, or it is considered unfair and deceptive.  Unfortunately a care label doesn’t automatically mean you won’t have any issues caring for the garment.  If ever in doubt, bring the item to one of our Shores locations, and we can answer any questions you might have.
  • How well is the garment made?  Check the seams to make sure they are both properly sewn and secure.  Look for more fabric in the seams to allow for alterations.  Check the button holes to see if they are properly bound.
  • Are all the buttons, hooks, and zippers sewn on or in securely without any loose threads?  Does the zipper go up and down freely?
  • How does it look on the hanger?  Does it drape the way it was intended?  Is everything even?
  • Is it lined?  If it is, the lining should not be sewn in too tightly but instead hang with a bit of give so it doesn’t rip or tear.  Make sure the lining does not hang below the hemline.
  • Finally, is there trim or beading?  If so, make sure it is sewn on securely.

If you are like me, then you get attached to your clothes.  There are a few things you can do to make sure your wardrobe lasts.  First, buy the best quality you can afford.  Good quality clothing typically lasts longer than cheaper garments.  Second, always properly care for your garments.  Sometimes it is easy to provide the proper care at home.  But other times, when the garment has special fabrics or embellishments, it is important to ask a professional, like Shores, to provide that proper care.

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