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Clothes shopping filter: How do I separate the wheat from the chaff?

I'll admit it, I buy a lot of clothes off the sale rack or at outlet stores. Too often, though, I bring home what I think is a great value only to discover, after wearing and/or washing said item, quality problems I didn't see in the store. Things like knits that are twisted and don't lie flat, shirt hems that are hopelessly contorted once they've been laundered, or buttonholes that quickly ravel beyond repair. I know these sorts of problems are inevitable given the state of clothing manufacture, but that doesn't mean I have to buy these "troubled" items. So, savvy shoppers of MeFi, what should I be looking for? What tells you to steer clear of a garment no matter how much you like it? Is there a secret code on the hang tag that everyone but me knows about? C'mon, please share your secrets.
posted by DrGail on Feb 23, 2014 - 16 answers

What products are worth investing in?

What are some products that are widely accepted as "the best of their kind"? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Mar 13, 2011 - 71 answers

Reliable flat shoes: DO YOU HAZ THEM?

Recommendations for good quality ballet flats? [more inside]
posted by jaynewould on Feb 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Will more expensive clothes last me longer?

Is it really worth spending more money on clothes? Will they truly last much longer than cheaper clothes if I normally wear things until they wear out?, [more inside]
posted by plonkee on Nov 20, 2010 - 10 answers

How to get from acrylic to cashmere?

"When shopping for clothes, buy the best quality material you can afford". I want to do this, but I don't know much about fabric. Can you rank different fabrics for me, ranging from lowest to highest quality? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Oct 2, 2010 - 14 answers

N’est pas “on the cheap”

They say you should never skimp when buying: coffee, shoes, wine. What else should you never take the cheap route when buying, where quality definitely is worth the high price?
posted by heather-b on Jul 15, 2009 - 139 answers

A place where my call IS really important

I'm tired of dealing with bad customer service / tech support. What are some ways I can find out the quality of customer service of a company before I give them my hard earned cash? Are there some not weirdo sounding questions or things I could say to a customer service / tech support rep to evaluate the quality of thier service? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Jun 18, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I spot shoddy garments BEFORE I buy them?

Clothes Shopping Advice: I did it again. I bought what I thought was a quality knit top on sale and the damn thing is now "twisting" on me. Are there any tips or tricks to spotting whether a piece of clothing is well-made before you buy it? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess on Nov 2, 2006 - 5 answers

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