Did you know that the average lifespan of a low-quality apparel item is just 7 years? Seven years? Yup, that's right.
Clothing quality has been decreasing rapidly, and the production of low quality, 'fast fashion' items have been identified as a huge contributor to the environmental crisis. The fashion industry emits more carbon than shipping and air travel combined and is the second-largest consumer of the world's water.
If you want clothing that lasts, and which has less of an impact on the planet, then you need to be able to spot the signs of clothing wear—as well as how to spot signs of both high- and low-quality clothing.
Once you know what to look for, you can make sure that you're buying clothing that's gonna stand the test of time. Read on to find out more.
The Top Signs of Clothing Wear to Watch out For
Clothing deteriorates in a number of ways. Firstly the dye may start to degrade, as well as the material itself or any elastic contained in it.
Here are the four main signs of clothing wear to look out for:
- Loose threads
- Peeling/cracking/fading designs
- Stretching (this can lead to a garment losing its shape)
Good quality apparel items will also show these signs of wear over time. Hope it will take a lot longer. Low-quality items can develop this type of deterioration within a few wears.
How to Spot Low-Quality Clothing
There are a few tell-tale signs to look for that reveal if an item of clothing in the store is bad quality.
- Hanging threads (if threads are already loose or not finished off this is not a good sign)
- Thin/flimsy material
- High synthetic fiber count (natural fibers such as cotton and wool last longer)
- Loose buttons
- Plastic zippers
- Translucent material when held up to the light
- Loose seams
If any of these signs are present, chances are you're looking at a cheap item that won't last.
Signs of High-Quality Clothing
If you are on the hunt for some high-quality gear, there are also a few signs you can look for that indicate elevated quality levels.
Signs of a high-quality garment include:
- Dense fabric (can be lightweight, but not see-through when held up to the light)
- Neat, durable, and even seams
- Symmetrical cuts on t-shirt necklines and collars
- A high percentage of natural fibers (t-shirts should optimally be made of 100% cotton or be a low ratio synthetic to natural fiber blend)
- Detailed care instructions
Besides these indicators, you should also check how detailed the garment label is in terms of what materials are in the item.
For example, our range of t-shirts state not just the composition, but the exact type of cotton used. In this case, combed, ring-spun cotton. These kinds of details can give you an insight into the quality level of an item.
For example, ring-spun cotton yields softer and more durable material than other spinning methods. Likewise, combed cotton is also both a stronger and softer product. These specifics can give you a good indication of how well a t-shirt is going last.
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