Can you identify a Well-made Garment? 4 Tips to help you make Better Choices when purchasing new clothes:

Finding high-quality clothing, that will look good, and will last for more than a few months, is getting increasingly more difficult to come by.  Those real gems in fashion are getting really hard to find, whether you shop at the high fashion boutique, a department store, or a vintage shop.

Learning to identify the signs of good quality will then also teach you to recognize crappy, crummy and bad construction.

4 Key Qualities to look out for when you are shopping for clothes:

  1. Assessing the fabric;

How thick is the fabric of the clothing? 

Thinner fabrics might be suitable for modern styles, but are also indicative of a cheaper quality.  Items of clothing, like jeans, t-shirts, and shirts, should be able to withstand regular wear.

How does the fabric feel?

Does the fabric feel smooth, rough, stretchy, soft, heavy, etc.?  The heavier fabrics tend to be the better fabrics.  Test for wrinkling by scrunching the fabric in your hand.  If it is too lightweight and wrinkles immediately leave it be.

Is the fabric weaved tightly, or more loosely?

A garment will be more durable when it has a tighter weave.  Loose knits can more easily get snags and tears.

Is the pattern good to look at?

Bold patterns with stripes or plaid should be lined up neatly at the seams and hems.  Avoid pieces that should match, but don’t.

  1. Examining the finishing details:

How is the finishing on the seams?

A good quality garment will have more stitches and therefore tighter seams with less chance of coming apart.  Top-stitching should be in a matching thread and straight.  Also look for flat stitches, no loopy ones that can get snagged.

How are the buttonholes made?

The buttonholes should be tight with no visible loose ends.  Make sure that extra buttons are included to make repairs easier.

  1. Take a look around:

Compare several items of the same size to look for consistency.  Well-made garments will have minimal variations between each item.  Fast fashion items can vary wildly.  Read reviews of other people and their thoughts about your items of choice.

  1. Ask yourself the following:

Do I have something to wear with this?  Can I wear it with another clothing item?  A good measure for your answer would be that you can wear the new clothing with 2 or 3 things already in your closet.

Also, read the care labels; finicky details, dry cleaning and other worrying wash and dry care, should warn you that the care can turn out to be annoying and expensive in the long run.  Better to avoid this and be realistic about the care the clothes you wear actually need.

5 Reasons you should consider Buying from an Online Fashion Boutique:

The word boutique gleaned from French, means, “Shop”, and, ultimately, derived from Greek, which means “storehouse”.  “Boutique” is also the term to describe a small shop or small store that sells jewellery, stylish clothes or other types of luxury goods.  You will find fashion boutiques everywhere, in malls or business districts.  You can also find Fashion Boutiques, online.

5 Things to make you reconsider shopping at fashion boutiques, and start looking into Online Fashion Boutiques:

There are many advantages to shopping Online Fashion Boutiques.  Each day more people decide they prefer shopping online rather than conventional shopping.

  1. Convenience: You can shop 24/7.  You do not need to drive anywhere.  You do not have to wait to be helped with your purchases.  You can browse all your favourite fashion boutiques to find clothing items without spending time walking from store to store.  There is no long ques.  And you can do all of this without changing out of your pyjamas.
  2. Comparing of prices: The comparing of prices and product research is made a lot easier.  No need going from shop to store.
  3. Variety: You can find a variety of products and brands and compare their prices, without having to leave your home.
  4. Saving: A lot of the times you went to shopping at a conventional store you will decide to go other places too.  You will spend more money on extra things, for instance, eating out, impulsive shopping, travelling, etc.  It will also take you much longer.
  5. There will be No Crowds: You will not have to struggle with finding a parking space.  The one that is nearest to where you want to shop.  There will be no struggling with shopping bags going back to the vehicle.  Crowds’ causes long lines.

It seems much more convenient to sit at home, maybe in the midnight hour, in your pyjamas, and find the exclusive dress in your size, colour and style and have it delivered right to your doorstep.

How to Always Choose the Right Accessories for your Outfit:

All women will love to be able to effortlessly make the right choices when they accessorize.  Accessories, when picked correctly, will help you to create the look you want, no matter what you wear.

Fashion Accessories include; shoes, belts, bags, scarves, rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, watches, hats, sunglasses, etc.  Your lipstick colour, eye makeup colour, and nail colour are also part of accessorizing.  Accessories include everything except the clothes that you are wearing.

Things to keep in mind when choosing your accessories:

Complimentary Colours; the colour of your accessories should complement the outfit you are wearing, as well as, your complexion.  Do not be too colour matching, too much of a good thing might not be so good.  Red on red on red can be overwhelming, just as much as white on white one white.

Wearing more colours that match with each other can be visually very appealing.  When you feel unsure about matching your colours, remember that metallic colours can match with almost anything.  When you worry about over accessorizing, use gunmetal and bronze as the best metallic options.

Keep your accessories in proportion; the size of your accessories should be kept in proportion to your body size.  Too big, can make you look awkward when you are a tiny person.  And then also, if you are a larger person and you wear small accessory items, it will cause you to look even bigger.  The same rule can be followed when choosing a handbag.

Keep your accessories appropriate for the occasion; your accessories will help you to transform the day, to evening, to professional and then to casual look.  The mood can be set through the correct choice of accessories.

Using less mostly means getting more; never go overboard with your accessories.  When you are feeling unsure about what to choose, stick to the basic, classic elements.  The Classic look will always be a winner.

Age appropriate; just like when you choose your clothes to be fitting for your age, you should also be mindful of wearing the right items to compliment all these factors.  But, there is no need to be conservative at all times.

All in all, accessorizing should be fun.  Try different styles, one day go classic and the following try out fun.  You can keep them all guessing your true personality while having fun.