How To Buy Clothing That Will Last

In modern times, there is an emphasis on environmental values. People are recycling more to eliminate the amount of materials put in landfills. They are using more environmentally friendly products and they are integrating more environmentally friendly practices in their day to day activities.

Did you know the right fashion choices can also help the environment?

You’ve probably already heard about companies who are making clothing using environmentally friendly materials but throwing out less clothing can also help Mother Earth.

Clothing is responsible for a good amount of pollution. When textile clothing ends up in landfills, the chemicals in the clothes can cause the environmental damage by leaching the chemicals in the ground.

So how does one avoid this? We buy clothing that will last.

Clothing that withstands the test of time will stay in our closets and out of landfills. And even those of us who like to buy new clothing often will be able to donate items that are in good shape, instead of throwing them out.

Now the question is, how do we know what clothing will withstand the test of time? Read on to find out.

Buy Jeans


Jeans are one of the most durable clothing items you can wear. Not only is the denim material rugged, when it does start getting damaged, people love their jeans even more. Rips, tears and even stains can add to a fashionable, distressed look that make people want to keep their jeans for years.

Buy Sensibly


When thinking of the clothes you are buying, make sure they are items you are going to want to wear again and again. Think of staples that will go with everything, like solid tanks and little black dresses. Make sure you buy clothing that is suitable for the climate you live in. For instance, if you live in a climate where there is a lot of snow, buy waterproof boots instead of an expensive designer pair that will instantly get ruined.

Go for Comfy Materials


If you’re a fashion victim, you may end up buying items that aren’t the most comfortable. However, when it comes time to choose what you are going to wear for the day, chances are you are much more likely to pick something that feels good on. Therefore, try to pick clothing made of soft materials that fit well.

Materials that are a good blend will also be more likely to last.

Avoid See Through Materials

See through materials can provide an attractive and sexy look. However, when creating an outfit with these see through items, you will constantly have to look for something that goes under them. Furthermore, see through materials are thin and will rip sooner than thicker materials will. Therefore, it’s a good idea to limit the amount of see through clothing you have in your wardrobe.

Check the Maintenance Instructions

It is also best to get clothing that is machine washable and can be easily ironed. If you need to go to the dry cleaners every time your clothing gets dirty, it’s likely it will spend more time in your closet waiting to be cleaned that it will being worn. 

Buy Clothing Pockets That Line Up



If you are looking to buy clothing with pockets, make sure the pattern lines up. For instance, a plaid shirt should look uniform going from the shirt to the pocketed area. If this is not the case, it means the manufacturer was probably in a rush to stitch the clothing together and did a subpar job.

Do the Tug Test

When buying clothing, tug gently at the seams to make sure they do not come apart. If they come apart when you tug them gently, there’s no way they will hold up for rugged wear.

Buy Clothing with Excess Material

If you buy clothing with excess material near the hem or lining, you will be able to make alterations if you gain a few pounds.

Buying clothing that lasts is a great way to protect the environment. It keeps clothing out of landfills, and it also helps you save some dough on fashion expenses. What items do you recommend when it comes to sustainability?

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