How to recognize if a garment is of quality?

The label, our best ally

When you have fallen in love with an item of clothing, before rushing to the cash register, take the time to consult its label.

The subjects

Favor natural materials such as organic cotton, linen, silk, wool, cashmere, leather, lyocell. Of plant or animal origin, they are a guarantee of good quality and durability. As for viscose, it is a fiber of synthetic manufacture but from a natural material since it is composed of 90% cellulose.

Check its general appearance. Some clothes have the impression of being worn out, already worn. Zap! Also test his outfit when you scrunch him up. The thickness of the fabric is also important, and says a lot about the quality of the threads used.

The interview

Aside from certain items such as coats and leather jackets, prefer clothes that are machine washable. Dry cleaning doesn’t always mean satisfaction. I have experienced it … The duration of your clothes will depend on how you wash, dry and iron. But don’t be surprised if you find that after a few washes you end up with shapeless, shrunken and discolored clothes. This is a sign of poor quality.

Their provenance

Ideally, opt for made in France but be aware that some European countries offer quality at fair prices such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, the Nordic countries.

Their cut

A well-cut garment with nice details makes all the difference. It stands for quality and elegance, hence giving the importance of paying close attention.


Check the quality, style and fit of buttons, buttonholes, outside and inside seams, loops, lining. Everything must be impeccable. No protruding thread, a sign that the garment could stitch or has been sewn “in a hurry”.

The price

But who says quality, necessarily says higher production cost. It is obvious that the price of a pair of pants depends on several conditions such as the time spent in making them. Add the cost of a fabric from France or Europe.

It is, however, justified since it fulfills very specific specifications. In the end, our pants are well cut with a fabric pleasant to wear and an irreproachable outfit. It gives us a beautiful look and despite the many washes, it will remain impeccable. No need to buy one back every year.

Certainly, without putting a certain price on it, it is difficult to find a quality garment. And that’s understandable. You have to be willing to pay more for quality and style. We mistakenly believe that paying only 9.90 euros for a T-shirt is normal when not at all! That’s so little compared to the cost of the fabric and the time spent creating, producing and shipping it under “normal” conditions.

Is it possible to buy quality at a fair price?


It all depends on the brands and the collections. For example, I very often wear a denim shirt with press studs from Pimkie bought 18 euros 3 years ago and it is always impeccable. On the other hand, I am less sure of the working conditions of the employees of the factory who made it…

Good plans

Not all of us have the option of paying 100 euros for a sweater or 80 euros for a shirt. The solution?

Buy less but better. Choose quality over quantity. It is better to buy a single dress rather than 5 of poor quality. In the end, we spend exactly the same amount but we derive greater satisfaction.

The D system! There are different ways to acquire pretty, qualitative pieces without breaking the bank: Sales (especially during the last markdown), promotional operations, second-hand shops and websites such as Shurooq.

As an example, my favorite combination bought in sale 50 euros instead of 129 euros at Maison 123 in 2017. I have worn it a lot and therefore washed and despite this, it is still in very good condition. On the other hand, a black model purchased at the same time from one of ready to wear brands in Pakistan.


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