How to recognize quality clothes at a thrift store


When it comes to dressing, there are a lot of things you can do to put together a good outfit: the colors, the fit, the accessories. But for many women, budget is also an important consideration. After all, we don’t have all the money in the world, do we?

But does that also mean compromising on the quality and durability of our clothes? No one wants that, and we shouldn’t have to compromise, for obvious reasons. So what can we do about it?

One solution might be to invest in a capsule wardrobe with limited pieces that are high quality and can be worn for years.

Here’s your guide to spotting and purchasing good quality shoes, clothes, and handbags while shopping or shopping:


The most important factor in a shoe piece is the material it is made and how it was ethically (cruelty-free) obtained. The materials an item is made of often determine its lifespan.

When it comes to the heels, the heel placement should be at the back of the middle part of the foot. The hair and thread should be compact, the inner lining should be well sewn, and neither the paint from the edges nor the glue should spill out.

It goes without saying, but never buy shoes without trying them on first. Especially with socks and press them to the side to assess the level of comfort and flexibility offered by the shoes. In fact, walk around in it for a few minutes. This way you will know that you will not trip over the moment you get up.


Before you do anything else, see how the clothes fall. High-quality clothes fall in a linear or structured fashion. But if it’s stretchy or shapeless, it’s probably poor quality. While you’re at it, take a look at the labels and care instructions. This should give you a good idea of ​​the quality. If you have to choose between print and jacquards, go for jacquards as they are much more durable and of better quality.

Let us now come to serious matters. The wire should be flat but not bulky. All seams should be in a straight line and hidden or covered with organza. The pockets should be sewn on the underside. No loose fabric should drag. Chest darts are also a must have in any high quality top / shirt, especially the tightest ones.

Hand bags

Now that your clothes and shoes are top notch, it’s time to make sure that a cheap bag doesn’t degrade your look.

The quality of the bag can vary depending on its size and shape, but more rigid handbags should always have what I like to call “Little Feet”, lol. But you know what I mean… those little button things that help the bag stand on its own.

As with clothes and shoes, seam liners should be sewn linearly and hidden. But the quality of a bag is mainly determined by its material (the zipper and other embellishments), the outer piping and the edges of the inner band of the zippers (they should be folded or hidden). Flowing paint, unstructured pockets, and flimsy side covers are also big red flags.

The fact that you don’t have all the money in the world shouldn’t stop you from dressing well and looking like a Fashionista! And if you use these tips, you’ll never have to settle for it.


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