Why is clothing getting crappier?
September 17, 2010 10:14 AM Subscribe
Why has the quality of retail clothing declined compared to 10-15 years ago?
posted by camcgee to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (31 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Asking this question for my wife, who has noticed that clothing that she buys get worn out (seams break, holes appear, and fabric is "pilly") after just a few cycles of wearing and washing. This is clothing from a variety of major retail clothing store: Gap, Target, Nordstrom's, etc.
She wants to know what the reasons are for the clothing getting worn out -- materials, manufacturing processes, etc. compared to not that long ago. It's her experience that items from these same stores seemed to last longer and be of better quality in the fairly recent past.
As a side question, she's curious about where to get clothes at reasonable prices that won't fall apart and get pilly so quickly.