Friday, May 23, 2008

Quality Clothing

Tonight I have a quick post for you. I'm going to take a stand and list what I believe are some common misconceptions about quality clothing:

1. Quality is not important.
2. Quality is absolutely correlated with price tag.
3. Cheap is a bargain.
4. It is better to have many lesser quality clothes than fewer higher quality clothes.
5. Quality clothes are too difficult to maintain.
6. People don't notice.
7. You need to be wealthy to buy quality clothing.
8. It's all or nothing.
9. An excellent garment isn't worth paying more for.
10. There's no real difference between garments other than price tag.

Here's the truth summed up neatly:

Quality clothing is made from fabrics that are superior, with workmanship and detailing that are superior. There is a real difference between a garment that is well-constructed and one that is not, and it IS recognizable. People DO notice. While price does not always signal quality (there are some very poorly made clothes out there with ridiculous price tags), quality items generally come with a higher price tag...sometimes much higher. Properly cared for, these garments will outlast clothes with inferior materials and workmanship, making them worth the investment.

If your image is important to you, seriously consider bringing more quality items into your wardrobe. With a commitment to quality anyone can improve their wardrobe over time.

Jennifer Skinner, Wardrobe Planning Expert


Tim Birch said...

Myth Buster!
Quality is cheap!'TimBirch –Can it be better?

Matthew Shields said...

How about some tips for choosing a quality piece over a bargan if price isn't always the tell tail sign. I know I've bought something that was more expensive because of the name but was it any better then the one next to it?
Focus Your Energy

Yann Vernier said...

I'm with Matt here. How do you recognize quality clothing since brands and prices can't be relied upon? And any tips on how to properly care for quality pieces would be very much welcome.
Thank you Jenn.

Yann Vernier - Personal Coach

Jennifer Skinner said...

Matt and Yann-
Great questions! I'll spend some time on the issue of recognizing quality...either for Sunday's post or for Tuesday's Q & A. And care of clothing...another great topic for a post. Thank you guys for your questions...keep 'em coming!

Jennifer Skinner

Susan said...

Great blog. Thanks for clearing up the 'myths' -- you would think common sense would override myth but I guess not.

Aaron said...

I'm looking forward to the ins and out of clothing quality as well. It seems like fabric and stitching would be important components, but I couldn't tell you how to rate these things.


S Chambers said...

I couldn't have said it better myself. Quality is not only wise, you can tell low quality and it speaks volumes about you.

Steve Chambers, Sales Training Expert

David Power said...

Great stuff jenny, thanks again for your valuable tips

David Power

Scott Bel said...

Great tips. I am with Matt and Aaron. Would like more info on finding quality at decent prices.

Scott A Bell

I am The Road Warrior

Kevin Hogan said...

congrats on your meteoric rise to international consciousness

April Braswell said...

Quality is important both in life partner selection (not just sentimental attachment of the moment) and in wardrobe.

Because hopefully both selections are for THE LONG TERM!

Great post as ever, Jennifer!

April Braswell - Online Dating Coach, Romance Coach

drpeter said...

could you give us some name brands that you think are quality and those which are not?

Dr Helton, making your skin beautiful without surgery, nationally renowned Cosmetic Dermatologist