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How to Identify High Quality Preloved Clothing

When shopping for preloved clothing, it’s important to know how to identify high quality clothes, especially if you want to keep them for as long as possible.  Whether you’re building a sustainable wardrobe for yourself or on the hunt for kids clothes which will last, here are some handy tips to help you identify them:

Fabric Quality

Natural fibres like cotton, silk, linen and wool will wear better and last longer than synthetic materials. They are softer to touch and have a smoother, more consistent texture.  Look for tightly woven fabrics without signs of pilling, thinning, or fraying.  Avoid clothes which stretch easily, as they will lose their shape.

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High quality clothes will have excellent stitching which is strong, straight and even.  Their seams will not have any loose or hanging threads.  Stress points such as the shoulders, armholes, waistbands and buttons should be reinforced for durability.  Press-studs and zips should function firmly and smoothly.

Design Details

Thoughtful design choices by manufacturers are indicators of high quality clothing too.  These might include a full lining or a removable hood on coats, jackets and vests; seams which are well finished; edges with no hanging or loose threads and reinforced buttons or clasps are just some of the construction elements to keep in mind.

Brand Reputation

Many reputable clothing brands are known for their quality craftsmanship and materials.  Some brands prioritise sustainable production and ethical practices, which is another indicator of their quality.  Popular brands which are known for their quality include: Cotton On Kids, Country Road, Gap Kids, Gymboree, Witchery Kids and Zara Kids.

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Comfort and Fit

Comfortable clothes which suit your shape and allow for ease of movement are more likely to be of higher quality and superior construction.  Keep an eye-out for clothes which have been well cared for and have maintained their original shape

Preloved Clothing Condition

While preloved clothing will show signs of use, be sure to have a good look for damage or excessive wear.  Clothes which look as though they may be difficult to repair should be avoided.  Also avoid clothes with strong odours and stains as they may be difficult or impossible to remove.

Care Labels and Instructions

High quality clothes often come with specific care requirements.  Follow these instructions closely to maintain good condition and extend the lifespan.  If you  maintain any article of clothing with due care , you will have it for a long time.

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Although high quality preloved products may still be more expensive to purchase than lower quality products, it is still a worthwhile investment to make.  These products will cost you less to own over time because they will last longer and will not need to be replaced as often.  Every product offered for sale at Kids Preloved Central has been selected with the above factors in mind.  Each one has been graded and priced according to its brand and condition, and is fully functional.

Identifying high quality preloved clothing can be a fun, cost effective way to build a unique and sustainable wardrobe.  It requires knowledge, a keen eye and practice.  By applying the above methods, not only will you be well-equipped to make smart purchases, but you will find products which will enhance your wardrobe, save you money and contribute to slow fashion.

In our next article, we’re looking at six easy ways to save money around the home.  So remember to look after your stuff, and it will look after of you!

Cheers, David & Cath.