Although there is no denying I enjoy the finer things in life, some of the staple pieces in my closet are surprisingly not ones I had to save for. Less expensive stores can be disregarded as cheap and downright wasteful, but approach with caution and you can find some great bargains.
How can you tell if something will last? Next time you’re hitting the high street, pay attention to these 3 things:
- Fabric. There are some fabrics (like cotton) which look pretty much the same at any price point, and some where quality is quite evident. Stay far away from anything that is already pulling or snagged in-store, chiffon and poorly made knits. Sometimes you will find less expensive items are quite flimsy, unintentionally see-though or not very soft. Steer clear from these as well!
- Fit. One of the biggest indicators of quality is fit – which when done well instantly looks more expensive. Sizing and shape can be very inconsistent at a fast-fashion retailer, so try it on or check the return policy.
- Design. A white tee is a white tee. Don’t spend more than necessary for basics. In general, the more simple the item is the less difference there is between name brand and inexpensive. Even the most famous fashion ladies do it!