Filed under: talking | Tags: clothing, designer, expensive, secondhand, thrift
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about brand-name clothing versus no-name clothing. Is it really worth the extra cash for something that has a label on it, or are you only paying for the ‘privilege’ of wearing a certain brand? I think that maybe for some brands, you’re paying more for quality, whilst others charge you to be a walking billboard for their company. How can you figure out the difference? Or should you just buy something secondhand? Well, there are a few things to consider…
Check where the item is made. Nothing’s worse then paying $75 for a top and going home just to realize that it was made in China for probably around 25 cents. However, just because something’s made in the US or Canada, it’s not always a guarantee that it was produced fairly. If you’re going to invest in a really expensive item, why not do a little research first and check out the company’s labour practices? See if their employees appear to generally be happy, and if they let them unionize.
See what materials were used. Thank god, being environmentally friendly is finally being brought to the general public’s attention. Cotton is one of the world’s most popular fabrics, but it’s also one of the most pesticide-intensive crops out there. A pound of chemicals goes into the creation of just one cotton t-shirt! If everyone could find an alternative fabric, or even better, buy a shirt secondhand, the world would be a lot better off.
Consider making your own or purchasing a knock-off. Do you really want to look like anyone else anyways? I’ve bought a lot of expensive clothing over the last few years and later wished that I’d just held out a few more weeks and gotten something similar for half the price. However, you’ve still got to be careful that the cheaper version is going to hold up and that it was made fairly. If the item is something that you think you have the skills to create on your own, go for it! You can even modify details that you don’t like, such as colour or texture.
Think about how long the item will be wearable. If you’re going for a great pair of jeans or a timeless bag, it can be worth the extra dough because you’re purchasing something that will last you a few years at the least. It’s not usually a great idea to spend all your cash on trendy designs that will be out of style in a few months unless you’ve got a LOT more disposable income then I do!
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