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10 Things to Look for When Shopping For Clothing That Will Last

by Emily DeLong

21 January 2017

I wrote a guest piece for Conscious Life and Style about what to look for when shopping for a high-quality garment. Read an excerpt of the piece here, and click over to Conscious Life and Style to read the rest!

Quality clothing

Clothing is nothing like the way it used to be.

Fifty years ago, a mid-priced dress from a department store would be made of substantial, natural fibers; be fully lined with appropriate material; and include a number of thoughtful, detailed design elements and finishes. That same dress likely still exists today, in good condition, as a vintage piece in a modern woman's wardrobe.

Now consider a mid-priced dress from a department store today. It's likely made of a synthetic fiber or blend; if it is fully lined, it's probably with cheap polyester or acetate; and many of its design elements and finishes are either absent or hastily implemented. In fifty years, it's unlikely to be in good enough condition to be a vintage piece in any woman's wardrobe.

It's easy to lament the eroding quality standards of today's mass-market fashion industry, but quality clothing does still exist, if you know where to look and what to look for. In addition to shopping vintage, you can still find quality clothing from a number of independent designers and slow fashion brands that have prioritized quality in their production.

Continue reading over at Conscious Life and Style!

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