How to Spend Less on Clothes but Still Get Quality Pieces | Renee & Shanice

Good morning Honeys, Happy Tuesday

How are you ladies feeling today?

Before we begin, you should know that I’m not going to tell you to sew your own clothes. That’s not my style, I'm a boogie gal on a budget, not a dressmaker. Thus, I've perfected picking quality pieces while saving money. I don’t believe in fast fashion, as I’m on a mission to revamp my wardrobe this year and only buy quality pieces. If you feel the same way, keep reading.

I've done the research, and now I'm sharing my findings with you.

  1. Check garment quality

  2. Fabric choice

  3. Choose the right color

  4. The garment origin

  5. The right parts

1. Check the quality of the garment

The first thing I’ve learned is to check the garment quality before anything else. To tell if the garment is of good quality, you must check the stitching. If you can see through the seams, then you know that it will fall apart after a couple of washes. Even if you wash it on the gentle cycle.

2. Fabric choice

If you haven’t heard this before, then here is it, fabric choice matters. Natural fabrics are not only eco-friendly, but they are also made of durable quality. Which means that they will serve you longer.

  • Cotton - Made from the cotton plant and is also the most used fiber for t-shirts.

  • Silk – Is produced from the silkworm and is great for nightwear and blouses.

  • Linen – It is made from the Flax Plant and dry’s faster than cotton perfect for summer wear.

  • Wool – Comes from sheering the sheep’s wool, this is also true for cashmere and mohair which are perfect for winter garments.

  • Leather – Made from animal skin, controversial but quite durable.

  • Hemp – Is made from a plant bark and spun into fabric.

  • Jute – Is a very affordable fabric second only to cotton, and is also a plant.

Avoid artificial materials like rayon because it is made from 30% of the tree bark. The tree is cut down, but only 30% of its material is used for the garment, the rest goes to waste. Let's save the planet one tree at a time, ladies!

3. Choose the right colors

The fabric color you pick is also important when deciding on the article of clothing. The more unnatural the color, the longer the dyeing process will take. The dye can not only affect your skin by creating allergies but will also damage the garment fibers. Choosing from natural colors will save you money in the long run, since you won't have to continually buy new clothes.

4. Where was the Garment made

The reason why a 'made in Italy' labeled item cost more than the ones with the 'made in China' labels, is because the Chinese garment industry produces tons of garments per hour. Hence, to provide that quantity of items, the quality suffers. Buying your clothing from a less consumer base country will cost more money. But in the long run, you will save since the garment will last you longer.

5. Check your label

Check the zipper and the buttons. Heavy materials like wool will need higher quality YKK zippers. Also, check the quality of the buttons, and that the item comes with extra ones just in case you lose one. You can also choose garments made from recycled fabrics. I bought a coat last winter made in Morocco made from 62% recycled wool and with durable buttons. It's a forever coat.

By making better choices when choosing your pieces, you can not only look good but also save money. And this year is all about saving money so that we can afford our dream lives.

TTYL…Have a great day!

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