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Looking to buy new clothes? Should you buy the expensive ones or the not-so-expensive ones? Many of us are faced with this dilemma when we shop for Clothes as prices vary a lot, for example, you can buy a pair of denim at prices as high as $1200(of course top notch brands) or a mere $50(low-end brands). Personally, we prefer to have a balanced choice, here is how:
1. DON’T JUST PAY FOR BRAND NAME
The production of many high-end branded denim is contracted out to factories using conventional machinery versus produced in-house with millions of dollars of automated machinery. How brands get away with it is using more expensive cotton yarns that are longer fiber and softer after wash.
This gives the illusion it is better quality and avoids the fact the back pockets are sewn crooked and the stitching is coming loose. I can’t say the fit is any better unless you have a model’s body. It is the label that makes the buyer feel confident, I could have gotten the same quality at a low-end brand for 25% of the price since fabric sourcing is no magic.
Quick Tip: Many highly popular brand products share the same cons as less-popular brand products! Yes, the quality may be a bit high, but think THRICE: Is the extra cost really worth it?
2. QUALITY OF CLOTHES
Generally, we look for clothes that are of good quality, fits well, looks good and are reasonably priced. We don’t stick to cheap clothing or rather expensive ones. We would prefer a good looking cheaper pair of denim over an expensive one if the quality of the cheaper denim is the same as the expensive one and of course it fits well.
Quick Tip: Quality Trumps all, no matter the brand.
3. TYPE OF CLOTHING
Your expenditure also depends on the type of clothing. If you buy a pair of denim which you wear frequently, then it’s not at all a problem if you choose to go for a better brand. But if you are looking for a bathrobe or night suit which you may wear sometimes, then you can choose a cheaper one. Since you do not wear it often, it will last longer.
4. FASHION TREND
Fashion trends keep on changing frequently. So if you are one of the fashionistas, then you can consider buying a cheap one which may not necessarily last very long, but it serves the purpose of short-term wear till it’s in trend. On the other hand, if you are not depended on fashion, then you can purchase a more expensive one, which may be long-lasting.
5. KNOW WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
Let’s talk about real designer wear, the flagship labels not overpriced denim and t-shirt. For true designer wear, the fabrics are either knitted or woven in smaller batches so the production cost is way higher. It is not uncommon to spend $200-250/meter for material versus stuff you see in the sportswear line at $15-20/m.They also don’t thin out after constant wear.
When a women spend $3,000 for a skirt suit, you bet the quality is competing with a Saville Row-style suit without the made to measure. The lining is gorgeous silk and not Polyester. Buttonholes are handmade and not done on a Reece keyhole machine.
Know what are you paying for, determine its worthiness. Anytime you are paying over $500 for a piece of clothing that isn’t extraordinary material (like some crazy hand-painted silk), you’re probably paying a huge markup and it’s very likely not worth it.
Quick Tip: Expensive clothes are worth the price only if the quality justifies the cost which is not always the case – as sometimes the price seems to be justified only by style and/or brand name.
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