The first thing to note here is that price isn’t always the best indication of quality. A brand name can triple the retail cost of an item, without similarly increasing the chances it will last through a few washes. If you’re about to invest in a big-ticket item, use these quality control tips and don’t get duped.
Lining is one of the key things missing from low quality items like jackets and handbags. It costs to line the inside of these items, so manufacturers looking to save a little cash often ditch the lining first.
2. Fabric composition
That silk dress you’ve spotted in H&M is probably too good to be true. Retailers are allowed to call anything a silk shirt or a cashmere jumper as long as the item has a percentage of that product within it. Always check the tag for the fabric composition, because that silk dress could be just 2% silk and 98% polyester.
Unless you’re purchasing an item where exposed zippers are a stylistic feature, you should always opt for covered zippers. They last longer and have a lower chance of breakage. Cheap manufacturers leave zips exposed because it saves them time and money.
4. Light test
That beautiful chiffon shirt may look totally work appropriate under dim change room lighting, but under direct sunlight it may be a whole other story. Do the light test and hold the fabric up to the closest light source to check if it goes sheer.
5. Patterns match
All quality brands that employ quality manufacturers will work to ensure that items with patterns will always have the seams match up. You will never see one of Ralph Lauren's checkered shirts with the lines mismatched. Zara on the other hand…