How To Buy Quality Clothing Like An Expert Designer

You want to wear quality clothing that’s going to last for more than a season, so you can save your wallet and your wardrobe. But not all clothing is made to last that. Some don’t persist past even one wash or wear. You’ll get a pull in your thread, holes in the crotch, color fading, or a change of shape. The quality of the clothing industry is in decline along with the rise of “fast fashion.”

But you’re a smart consumer. You know that investing in quality clothing is the best thing you can do for your wardrobe.

Why buy quality clothing over disposable fast-fashion?

  • Designer clothing is made with quality in mind, so it looks better and feels better than the cheap stuff.
  • It will fit your body better, which will make you feel more confident and sexy when you wear it.
  • Better quality clothing means it lasts longer in your closet, which saves you a lot of money in the long run.
  • You’re helping to protect the environment by reducing your textile waste, which is a serious problem in the U.S.A.—with the average American throwing out nearly 81 pounds of clothing per year.
  • Quality clothing is also made with fewer chemicals than the disposable stuff, so it’s actually healthier for you. You want to be mindful of the products and garments you’re putting on your skin, which seeps into your body and impacts your health.

But it’s hard to know what quality clothing really looks like. There’s so much more to “quality” than just the price tag.

In this guide, we’ll give you everything to look for in your quality clothing—just like top-notch designers and consigners do.

1. Look at the label.

The fabric of your garment is what matters most. Synthetic (man-made) fabrics are becoming more and more popular, but they also tend to be less durable than the natural stuff. Synthetics also are often made with a lot of plastics and petrochemicals, which you don’t want to expose your body to on a regular basis.

Natural materials hold up better, last longer, and feel healthier. Natural fabrics to look for are made from plants and animals, including cotton, wool, linen, and silk. Synthetics to be aware of are polyester, spandex, rayon, and acrylic.

This doesn’t mean you need to avoid synthetic fabric altogether. A lot of technology is making synthetics have a better texture and fit than in previous years. If there’s a garment you love that has synthetic fabric, get it! For example, some spandex can last for years if you take care of it.

This simply means that when you’re looking at the clothing tag, you want to notice how much is made from natural materials over manmade ones.

However, you do want to try to avoid blended natural with synthetic. Blended fibers can’t be laundered like natural fibers. For example, cotton-polyester blends are common. In the dryer, though, the two materials heat and shrink at different rates. This can alter the shape of the garment after just one wash.

Although natural fabrics are usually better quality, this doesn’t hold true all of the time. Even garments made of 100% cotton or cashmere can have low-grade fibers, be over-washed, or have poor craftsmanship. So make sure you look at the label as the foundation before checking out the other aspects of the garment.

2. Feel the garment.

You can usually feel quality instantly. The garment should have a substantial weight to it. This doesn’t mean it’s heavier, but it does mean that there’s a strong density to the weave. Even lightweight clothing should feel durable and strong. If the garment feels flimsy, weak, itchy, or rough, it’s likely made with a lower quality fabric.

Be mindful, though. Some synthetic chemicals, like starch, are used to make textiles feel more substantial. This is especially common for button-downs, suits, and business clothing. You especially want your professional attire to tell a story of sophistication and high-end value, so make sure you’re paying attention to overly starched skirts, blazers, and slacks.

3. Hold it up to the light.

You can get a better sense of a garment’s density when you hold it up to the light. The light will show how tightly the weaving is. You want the yarns to be tightly spun together, which creates a more substantial weight and greater quality.

Put your hand inside the garment. If you can see your hand through the fabric, it’s likely a thin fabric with low quality. Even lightweight, breathable materials shouldn’t be fully see-through.

If the goal of the garment is to be sheer, this test doesn’t always apply. However, holding it up to the light is still a good way to determine how weighty the fabric is.

4. Stretch the fabric.

On a discreet part of the garment, gently stretch the fabric. It should fall back to its original shape in a few seconds. If it doesn’t return to its original shape, then it’s definitely not going to bounce back after wearing either. You don’t want clothing that will be stretched and misshapen after just one or two wears.

5. Do the wrinkle test.

You can use the same part of the garment to do the wrinkle test. Ball up a section of the fabric in your fist and hold for a few seconds. When you release, does it stay wrinkled or do the wrinkles fall out quickly? If it can’t withstand being wrinkled for a few seconds, it signals a low quality fabric that won’t hold up long term.

Read: 11 Classic Wardrobe Essentials You Need To Own

6. Pull at the seams.

One of the weakest parts of a garment is its stitching. This is where you can determine the craftsmanship of the fabric. Look on both the outside and inside hems (and especially on the inside crotch on a pair of pants). The stitch should be flat on the surface of the garment without any bubbling, pulls, or loose stitches.

If the thread is too tight or loose, it might look fine but it won’t actually be stable. So pull on the seams gently and notice if the threads are thin and pliable or if they’re strong and resolute. The tighter the seam, the higher quality the fabric.

You should also look for “crotch reinforcement.” The crotch is the weakest part of the pants. The best garments will have reinforced crotches with stitches of two different lengths, one run over top of the other. This helps reinforce the seam in such a high-stress area. No ripped pants here!

Tip: If you see one or two stitches that look off, that could actually be a good sign! Hand-sewn garments won’t always be perfect.

7. Look at the hem allowance.

While you’re looking at the seams, check out the hem allowance at the bottom of your pants, skirt, or dress. This is where the garment producer leaves a little extra fabric near the hemline that you can use to lengthen or alter the garment if necessary.

Quality garments will have a hefty hem allowance. For example, a professional pencil skirt should have 1 and 1/2 inch to 2 inch hem allowances, so you can make sure it falls on the right spot on the leg.

If there’s no hem allowance, it’s telling you that the company is cutting corners on fabric and it’s likely not good quality.

8. Check out the zippers.

Exposed zippers can be a sign of low quality, unless it’s a part of the design element. High-end clothes have zippers that lie flat and are covered with a placket (a piece of fabric that hides the zipper). The stitching along the zipper should also match the fabric unless the contrast is specifically used as a design element.

If the zipper is loose or exposed, it was likely added quickly and ineffectively to a low quality textile.

9. Look at the buttons.

Buttons and buttonholes are an instant sign of quality clothing. If a buttonhole is breaking or has fraying threads, there was little craftsmanship in its creation. You want tight stitching, because this area gets a lot of wear and tear from the button movement. The button should also be tightly sewn on and not wobbling around.

10. Check the patterns.

If you have a patterned garment, you want to make sure the pattern matches at the seams. For example, stripes should be going in the same direction and should be aligned. If the pattern is mismatched, it likely means there wasn’t any thought or care into the production of the garment.

Read: 4 Easy Tips To Mixing And Matching Prints

11. Know your fabrics.

Different fabrics have different levels of quality. Here are some basic tips to make sure you know you’re getting the best quality fabric:

  • Cotton: tightness is most important, so do the light test (#3)
  • Linen: wrinkles easily, so do the scrunch test (#5)
  • Denim: weight and durability is key, so look at stitching and seams (#6)
  • Leather: should smell like leather, and the label should say “full grain”
  • Wool: lots of types of wool, so look for the highest quality merino, angora, hogget, camel hair, and cashmere

Pro-tip: Cashmere actually softens with age. So, you don’t want to buy cashmere that is too soft at the time of purchasing. If it’s extremely soft, it could mean the manufacturers over-washed lower-grade wool to make it feel soft like cashmere. You can instead tell the quality of your cashmere based on its tight-knight, heavy, substantial structure.

12. Look at the price tag.

In our fashion world today, you have to pay a premium for good quality. You can count on quality clothing always costing more than cheap clothing.

Inexpensive clothes are cheap for a reason. Factories cut costs by using lower-grade materials, less fiber, and cheap threads and materials. They also cut labor costs by underpaying workers and ignoring basic standards of safety in order to churn out more clothes per hour. When you buy fast fashion, not only are you wasting money on cheap and disposable clothing, you’re also encouraging bad labor practices in unhealthy factories.

Note, though, that while cheap clothing always means cheap quality, expensive clothing doesn’t always mean good quality. Some companies will cut corners and raise prices to try to trick consumers. But if you use the tests on the rest of this list, you’ll be able to tell the good stuff without even looking at the price tag.

13. Buy consignment.

Our culture of constantly wanting more new stuff creates a system of low-quality, disposable clothing. But what if there was a way to constantly buy and update your wardrobe… without killing your closet, your budget, or the environment?

Consignment clothing is the solution. Secondhand clothing is proven to last, because it’s already made it through (at least) one owner, the consignment inspection, and a thorough cleaning. Only the best quality garments can make it through this wear process to reach the hands of the consignment consumer.

Consigners spot good quality, and you get the product of their hard work. So if you want the easiest way to find quality clothing, look no further than your favorite consignment shop.

Conclusion

You can tell a good quality item based on its look, feel, and durability. If it looks clean and finished, it shows the item was made with care. If it looks like there are parts that are slightly off, it’s likely that the entire garment was made cheaply and hastily. A lot of companies cut costs in sneaky ways, like using inexpensive thread and sewing techniques. Quality is in the details.

Look better. Feel better. Save your budget. Save the environment. All by shopping for quality, secondhand clothes.

Learn how to make your high quality clothing last with proper care techniques here!

Woman We Love-Meet Bricia Lopez

Bricia Lopez, creator of Super Mamas podcast and culinary delight Guelaguetza Restuarant.

Bricia Lopez is co-founder of Super Mamas the popular parenting podcast with thousands of subscribers. She was an avid podcast listener and felt something was missing from what was being broadcast. She wanted to create something fun and different that spoke to her struggles as a parent. It has been a smashing success and her outspoken personality is a magnet to others. We love that she wanted to create something to inspire others and build a community of support!

This super creative, content innovator doesn’t stop at podcasts. Her other passions include her restaurant Guelaguetza and blog Moleandmore. Does everything she touch turn to gold? We think so!

We love her becasue she is extremely purpose driven and listens to her inner voice. Read on to absorb her words of wisdom.

What have you created that you are most proud of?   My son and my little family of three.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Nothing will ever get done, unless you schedule it.  

What’s the most surprising self-realization you’ve had? The I am able to create my reality and that the key to manifestation is hard work, dedication and discipline.  

If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make? To learn to love ourselves, because at the end of the day, we can’t learn to love others if we haven’t yet learned to love and accept our own selves.

6 Reasons Why Preloved Fashion Is The Hottest Craze

Carmen Lopez gives her 6 Reasons Why Pre-Loved Fashion is the Hottest Craze!

2019 is the year of pre-loved fashion—and we know you’re going to absolutely love this movement as much as we do at Current Boutique!

Do you want to strut your stuff in high-end, luxury brands? 

Do you want to wear the hottest trends and the most classic styles? 

Do you want to invest in quality clothing and accessories that will actually increase in value?

Do you want to promote a more sustainable, eco-friendly closet? 

Do you want to wear healthier clothes made with superior materials and fewer chemicals? 

Do you want to totally upgrade your wardrobe and lifestyle? 

…And do want to do all that at a fraction of the actual cost? 

Of course you do! Women across the nation have this desire for high luxury and gorgeous fashion at a low-cost to their wallets, health, and the environment. 

That’s where secondhand clothing comes in. “Pre-loved fashion” is a term that refers to high-end, designer used clothing items. You’ll find these in consignment shops both in stores and online, just like Current Boutique! 

Why is pre-loved fashion so popular and booming this year?

1. Fast fashion isn’t sustainable. 

Sustainability is one of the top motivators for the push towards pre-loved fashion. Today’s consumer is becoming more aware of the dangerously high consumption of goods, especially textiles, in our nation. In fact, there’s more than 15 million tonsof used textile waste in America every year. 

“Fast fashion” has become the norm: low quality goods produced in mass quantities, offered at low prices in big retail stores. This lets customers be “on trend” and ditch items after the season is over (or after the item has fallen apart).

But fast fashion produces low quality in high volumes—which is horriblefor the environment. There are three major ways this isn’t sustainable:

  1. There is a high amount of energy expended in factories to make these goods. The amount of water, electricity, and natural resources used to churn out these products is astronomical. Higher end designers tend to have more handmade elements and safer creation processes, which keeps the expenditure of energy to a minimum. 
  2. Most fast fashion is made from synthetic compounds. It’s these “fake” materials that make the product so inexpensive (natural materials come at a cost in today’s fashion world). Synthetic clothing can take hundreds of years to decompose, so they end up sitting in landfills and letting off mass amounts of carbon dioxide. 
  3. The labor itself often isn’t sustainable. A number of big retailers actually use sweatshops, which force people to work long hours in bad conditions to mass produce fast fashion. This is both inhumane and bad for the environment. 

But there’s a solution to this grim situation. Buying pre-loved fashion reduces your contribution to this unsustainable fashion market. You’re not buying low-quality fast fashion made of non-decomposable materials that just go to waste after a year. You’re saving an outfit from ending up in the dumpster—and in return you get quality, gorgeous clothes that can last for years to come!

2. There’s value in de-cluttering. 

The trend used to be to collect as much stuff as possible. The more you had, the more you were worth. 

But that’s not the case anymore. More and more experts are talking about the value of minimalism—the idea that less is more. The takeoff of Marie Kondo’s tidying up ideashave pushed this full force in 2019, with women across the nation asking themselves if their possessions bring them joy. 

As organization starts trending, it only makes sense for pre-loved fashion to follow suit. Secondhand stores help you de-clutter your closet and your life:

  1. Consignment shops offer a place to sell unwanted clothing and accessories to make space in your home. If something doesn’t bring you joy, you can sell it to Current Boutiqueto open up your closet and make a little extra dough.
  2. Shopping consignment means you can invest in high value, designer pieces that are classic and timeless. This means you can have fewer pieces that last longer in your closet. But buying preloved means you don’t have to spend exorbitant amounts to fill your closet with quality. 

Learn how to clean and consign your closet here

“The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.” – Marie Kondo 

3. There’s an emphasis on quality, healthy clothing. 

Customers are becoming more aware of how their products have an impact on their health. Even de-cluttering is actually good for your health. Clearing your space helps clear your mind, which can help minimize stress and anxiety. 

Fast fashion are often not the healthiest clothing to put on your body. They’re made in factories with synthetic dyes and chemicals to make the clothes appear to be higher quality than they actually are.

For example, you spot a cheap cashmere sweater for only $40, and it’s super soft and luscious. That softness isn’t actually from the cashmere. The company filled it up with chemicals to make it feels soft—but these chemicals end up transferring to your skin and wearing down the fabric. (Tip: Real cashmere is actually a little rough when you buy it, because it softens with age.)

The clothing you’ll find in pre-loved stores tend to be higher quality and made with fewer chemicals. This means you’re putting purer clothing on your body, so you’re not subjecting your skin to the absorption of unnatural compounds. 

Plus, the clothing items in secondhand shops have already proven themselves. In order to make it into a consignment shop, the item needs to meet certain requirements. It has to have particular design elements and materials that means it will hold up over time. It has to go through a rigorous cleaning and revitalization process. And it’s already lived a life with someone else. That means by the time it gets into your hands, it’s already withstood a lot of wear and proven itself valuable and worthy. 

Get more tips on how to spot quality clothing here

4. There’s a market to make money on surplus items.  

During the de-cluttering process, it can hurt to give away a blouse you spent money on and never wore. You stare longingly at your unloved purchase, wishing you weren’t throwing your money down the drain on a shirt you never actually wanted. 

Secondhand shops take your unwanted items and give them a new life! You don’t have to waste all of your money or feel bad that your item never even got to experience the world. You’ll be giving the item a new home—and getting some of your money back!

You likely won’t get the original price on your goodies. But some shops will pay back almost a quarter of the price for some designs, which can definitely help you fatten your wallet for future purchases. 

Start selling your unused or gently worn clothing. 

5. Used clothing costs less. 

Not only can consumers make money on unwanted clothes, but they can also find their new favorite pieces at a fraction of its original cost. You can actually “upgrade” the value of your wardrobe with luxury designers that make classic, quality, sustainable clothing—all without breaking the budget.

Imagine buying a Moschino down for $58.99 or Gucci sandal heels for only $80.99. What about a Kate Spade convertible bag for $61.99 or a Tiffany & Co. open heart necklace for $118.99? (Prices are at time of writing—subject to change based on availability.) 

There is no better feeling than stocking up on gorgeous goodies for a steal! 

6. Pre-loved fashion offers a new type of wearing experience.

Pre-loved fashion is fun. Girls love, love, love the experience that comes with finding and wearing secondhand clothing. There’s a thrill that comes with finding a unique piece of clothing that speaks directly to you. These items aren’t in every store, so fewer people are likely to have it or have seen it.

Plus, you can focus on your own style—not on what the stores or trends are dictating. What you find in consignment shops tends to be more classic, timeless pieces that can withstand changing fads. So you can find clothing articles that really speak to you and bring you joy. 

This kind of novelty is rare in our fast fashion world, so you’ll be able to strut your stuff knowing you’re wearing the most unique pieces from the hottest designers—at the best possible price. 

Pre-loved fashion is the shopping experience taking off this 2019. With a focus on quality, sustainability, and cost, there’s no better way to upgrade your wardrobe and style than consignment clothing.

Why do YOU love pre-loved fashion?

10 Easy Hacks To Make Your Clothes Last Longer

10 Easy Hacks To Make Your Clothes Last Longer

You want your clothing to last longer. You don’t want your favorite clothes to fade, rip, shrink, or wear out. You want every garment in your closet to look and feel as stunning as the day you bought it.

There are three key reasons you want your clothes to last longer.

First, you care about fashion. You know that well-maintained clothes look and feel better. Imagine walking down a runway in a faded, wrinkled Chanel dress! Being polished and pulled together is always in-style.

Second, extending the life of your closet saves money. The average family spends about $1,800 per year on clothing. If your clothes aren’t living out their full life, that’s about $1,800 you’re throwing in the trash each year (more, if you’re a fashionista). Maintaining your clothes means that any new clothes you buy add to your closet rather than replace it.

Third, longer lasting clothes help reduce the waste that ends up in landfills. About 26 billion pounds of textiles end up in landfills. This comes from each American tossing out about 81 pounds of clothing annually. If you reduce the amount of clothing you’re ditching, you’re helping keep the landfills clean—and your closet full.

There’s a reason vintage is always trending—because a garment well-lived is a garment well-loved! At Current Boutique, we believe in the longevity of clothes. We know that quality fabrics and designs can last for decades if properly cared for.

If you want your clothes to last, you have to take care of them.

So what can you do to care for your wardrobe? How do you make your clothes last longer?

Here are our 10 unbelievably easy hacks to make your clothes last longer –

1. Use a mesh laundry bag.

Mesh laundry bags are made for delicates, but you can also use them for anything you throw in the wash. They help prevent your clothing from wear and tear and snagging in the washing machine, which is one of the top causes of damaged clothes.

The mesh allows water and suds to get through to wash your clothes, but it creates a protective layer between your clothes and the harshness of the machine. It also makes sure that your clothes don’t get entangled and entwined with each other, which can end up causing ripping or tearing.

This maintains the integrity of the fabric while still getting a good, thorough clean.

There are a lot of great laundry bags on the market, but we particularly like The Laundress’ washing bags. A bundle includes one small bag for your delicates and a large bag for sweaters and dresses. You can use both in the same wash to keep your clothes fresh, clean, and beautiful.

2. Follow instructions on laundry tags.

Every garment will have a tag on it that tells you how to properly wash and dry your clothing. You’ll see laundry symbols that give specific instructions to follow for your specific fabric.

Make sure you wash with “like colors.” That means separating out your darks, lights, reds, and whites. You may also want to wash denim separately.

You should never throw your bras in the dryer because the heat can damage the underwire and padding.

When in doubt, wash in cool water with non-bleach detergent. Lie out or hang to air dry.

3. Keep a stain remover in your purse.

Stains set quickly. Once a stain sets, it can be nearly impossible to get out. And most women won’t wear an outfit once it has a stain on it.

Keeping a stain remover in your purse equips you to tackle spots and stains before they start to set into the fabric. You don’t have to worry about drinking wine in your favorite white dress if you know how to tackle those stains.

For everyday stains, use a Tide pen or Gonzo stain remover. Gonzo can lift just about any stain, and it’s non-toxic and environmentally safe.

For oil- or grease-based stains, we especially like the Janie Stick. It’s all-natural and solvent-free. This helps preserve your clothes even while removing the toughest stains.

Did a pen explode on you? Amodex is the best for lifting ink and other harsh stains, even on leather and dry cleanable garments.

4. Get a deodorant remover pad.

Deodorant stains aren’t just unsightly—they can actually damage your clothes. Removing deodorant before it sets can help prevent from long-term yellowing, bleaching and discoloration. No more pit stains or white marks!

We particularly love the Gal Pal deodorant remover. These pads quickly remove deodorant stains without damaging the fabric.

Just rub the remover on your clothing and it will get rid of your deodorant marks in a flash.

5. Invest in a steamer.

Even if you don’t burn your clothes, ironing adds unnecessary heat that can cause your fabrics to loosen, unravel, and wear out. Steaming your clothes reduces the heat applied to clothing, instead releasing wrinkles with moisture. This helps protect the fabric of your clothes while keeping them gorgeously wrinkle-free.

You want to have a personal steamer to keep in your house, in your desk, or even to bring with you on vacation.

Check out the Conair travel fabric steamer. It’s handheld and easy to use, but it will help relax your clothes and get rid of wrinkles in minutes. For everyday use, check out the Conair stand steamer. We use it every day and it’s lasted for 8 years!

6. Get rid of fuzz and pilling with a fabric comb.

Have pulling and pilling on your favorite sweater or luluemon pants? Get rid of these little fuzzies with a fabric comb or electric fabric defuzzer. The old solution used to be to take a razor to your clothes, but this can actually cause pulling and thinning of your fabric with an unskilled hand. A fabric comb and electric fabric defuzzers are specifically made to lift pilling and fuzz without harming the fabric itself.

What causes pilling?

“Pilling” is a cause of multiple fibers woven together. In a blend of fibers, one fiber is usually stronger than the other. This can cause the weaker fiber to “break” and attach to the stronger fiber. That attachment is what creates that little “pill” or bump in the fabric. So, that pilling is actually your clothing trying to stay intact.

That’s why you don’t want to just shave off these pills, because you’ll hurt the integrity of the fabric. A comb removes the pill while keeping the strong and weak fiber tied together.

7. Keep your patent leather clean

Are your nude pumps looking a little worn after a night on the town?

Put petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) on a paper towel or Q-tip. Gently rub it on your shoes in circular motions. Wipe off with a fresh towel to pull the stain off. This will not only remove marks, but it can also help prevent more scratching and scuffing in the future.

If this doesn’t work, try nail polish remover. Wet a Q-tip in acetone nail polish remover. Gently move the Q-tip in circular motions on the discoloration and marks. Flip the Q-tip over to the dry side and move in circular motions to “dry.” Repeat until discoloration is gone. Be careful with nail polish remover, though, because it can sometimes take away the shine of patent leather.

8. Prevent shrunken clothes.

To make sure your clothes don’t shrink, hand wash your clothing in cool water. Lay flat to air dry.

If you pull your favorite sweater out of the washer, and it’s half the size it was. Don’t fear (yet)! While it’s still damp, gently stretch the item. Carefully pull on it from all sides to help loosen the fabric stitching. Then, put it on and wear it while it dries. This can help it stretch out and reshape to your body.

If your sweater shrunk in the dryer, hand-wash it in the sink to get it damp. Then, throw it on to reshape.

Why do clothes shrink?

Fibers innately want to be smaller and more wound together. Heat releases the tension between the fibers, which makes them return to their more natural state. So heat is really what causes shrinking in the wash!

9. Store your clothes properly.

We think about how we treat our clothes when they’re on our bodies, but we don’t always consider what’s happening to our clothes when they’re tucked away in the closet. But incorrect storage is one of the main reasons your clothes might not be lasting as long as they should.

Make sure you don’t overcrowd your closet. Cramming your clothes together can cause wrinkling, which wears down at the fabric. Minimize clutter and focus on a few key wardrobe essentials that will last for years.

The same is true for bras and bathing suits. Stuffing your bras in a drawer is a surefire way to cause wrinkling in the padding and damage to the underwire, which both usually can’t be fixed.

Fold clothes along the seams. This helps maintain their shape while avoiding creasing (and fading along the creasing). This is especially important for sweaters and denim.

Clean clothes before storing them for the season. Smells—even smells you can’t smell—can attract bugs and mites in your attic or storage. You should also store them in plastic garment bags to wick away moisture, dust, grime, and pests that can damage your clothes while away for the season.

10. Invest in quality clothing.

Clothing is an investment. Today’s “fast fashion” culture means that the shirt you buy in May is purposefully designed to fall apart by August so you’ll buy more clothes.

That’s why you want to invest in clothing that’s going to last. Not only does it save you money, but high-quality fabrics actually look and feel better as well. You can instantly tell the difference in value, durability, and beauty in a classic designer outfit.

Although higher quality clothing can be an investment upfront, it’s the best thing you can do for your wardrobe in the long run.  Make sure you have a sewing kit on hand to do simple sew projects like sewing a button or reinforcing a seam to make your items last even longer.

Conclusion

How long do your clothes last? Are you caring for your clothes the way you should?

With a few easy steps, you can make your clothes last for years to come. This saves your wallet, the environment, and your closet!

What are your clothes-saving tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below!

How to Care For Your Clothing To Make Them Last Longer

How To Put Together The Perfect Valentine’s Day Outfit

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” – Paulo Coehlo

Valentine’s Day is the day to celebrate unconditional love. It’s also the day to give love a reason… to dress up and have fun! Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to slip into your favorite flirty, romantic outfit for an exciting night on the town or a chill date at home. 

Let’s get your Valentine’s Day outfit together! Check out my top tips for planning your Valentine’s Day outfit, and then get some ideas based on the type of date you have planned!

Valentine’s Day Outfit Tips

What should you remember when putting together your Valentine’s outfit? 

  • I love the duality of Valentine’s Day: sultry/sexy and classic/elegant. Valentine’s Day is about both love and lust—so don’t be afraid to dress for both! For example, pair dark jeans with a red blouse that has shoulder cutouts. Or wear a little black dress with tantalizing drop earrings. Don’t be afraid to use fashion to intrigue and excite. 
  • Play into the red and pink cliché. Valentine’s Day is cheesy and we all know it—so why not embrace it? It’s the perfect time to wear different shades of red and pink, from your clothes to accessories to shoes. Not only is the monochromatic look trending right now, but also red and pink are actually considered the most attractive colors to the eye. If you’re going on a date, red will make you feel more confident—and it will engage your partner even more.  
  • Dress for the weather. If you live in Vermont, you shouldn’t be wearing a red sundress just because it’s cute and Valentines-y. Fashion should still keep you comfortable and safe. 
  • Wear something made from a soft fabric, like cashmere or silk. Wearing a touchable fabric gives you and your partner an excuse to get closer and cuddle up to one another. 
  • It’s not necessary to spend thousands of dollars getting ready for Valentine’s Day dinner. The right man loves you for who you are. Spend as much as you want to make you feel good. Don’t want to spend a lot? Shop secondhand to get high-end pieces within your budget1 
  • Show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day! If you love wearing flats, wear flats. If you love giving yourself a facial, prep for date night with an extended getting ready routine. Is sexy lingerie is your thing? Throw it on under your outfit. Dress for you, and the rest will follow. 
  • Try something new. Valentine’s Day is a day filled with romance and spontaneity. So don’t be afraid to get a little wild and exciting! Go for the bold red lip if you usually keep your makeup neutral. Let your hair down if it’s usually up. Wear heels one inch higher. Do something fun and audacious that will make you feel even sexier. 

Want ideas for your Valentine’s Day dates and fashion? Check out our date—and associated fashion—ideas below! 

Cozy Snuggles At Home 

You and your partner have decided to stay in for the holiday. If you want to spend quality time together in the comfort of your home, here’s how! 

Date Ideas

  • Cook dinner together and have a picnic on the floor. 
  • Watch a romantic movie together. 
  • Set up a “fort” for movies or reading together. 
  • Write each other love letters. 
  • Give each other a massage
  • Order in takeout. 
  • Have a game night. 

Fashion Ideas

Even if you live with your partner and they see you in sweats all the time, Valentine’s Day should be a time to dress up a bit. It’s a good way to relight the spark—both for yourself and for your partner. 

But how do you “dress up” when you’re staying home? 

Start with leggings. Leggings are a girls’ best friend. They’re as comfy as sweats, but they can be as fancy or casual as you make them. You’ll be able to hang around the house comfortably while still showing off those sexy legs of yours. 

Pair the leggings with an oversized red sweater or long sleeve tee. A chunkier top is perfect for cuddling up at home, but it’s still super cute and trendy. 

If you’re going without shoes, throw on pink socks with hearts. You can find inexpensive Valentine’s Day socks in a lot of stores, and they’ll add a bit of holiday flair to your outfit. If you’re wearing shoes, go for comfy flats or cute slippers. A “fancy” outfit (like a sweater with leggings) paired with bunny slippers is sweetly romantic and is sure to win over your partner’s affections.

Finally, I recommend dressing up the outfit with jewelry. A pearl necklace or drop earring adds a bit of romance to the look without coming off as too fancy for a date night at home. Check out these other comfy, gorgeous winter accessories

A little bit of extra effort for your at-home date will wow your partner, and make the holiday even more romantic!

Casual Night On The Town 

Recreating your first date? Enjoying a chill night out with your loved one? Keeping it casual and cost-effective while still getting out of the house? Here are some ideas for the casual V-dater! 

Date Ideas

  • Hit up your favorite restaurant spot. 
  • Do the classic movie and dinner date night combo, complete with ice cream for dessert.
  • Go ice-skating or roller-skating. 
  • Sing your hearts out at karaoke. 
  • Hit up a comedy show. 
  • Take a stroll downtown, window-shopping and holding hands. 
  • Go to a wine or beer tasting. 
  • Attend a concert. 

Fashion Ideas

A casual night on the town means you can go for a casual yet sophisticated look. Depending on the weather, we recommend dark or black jeans with a pink or red blouse. This can easily be dressed up for dinner or down for ice-skating—so you’re ready for whatever the night may bring. 

Layers are a must-have for winter weather and a flirty date night. Throw an easygoing jacket on top, like a denim jacket for a casual look or a leather jacket (a definite wardrobe essential) for something more refined and romantic. Pair with heel booties for a chic yet sexy ensemble. 

At Current Boutique we love, love, love rose gold accessories for Valentine’s Day. You’ll get that subtle hue of feminine pink while still showing off your high-end jewelry style. Plus, rose gold looks good with just about any date night outfit! 

Fancy Dates Out And About 

Are you using Valentine’s Day as an excuse to get out and do something fancy? Good—you deserve a luxury treat! What should you wear on a high-end date night?  

Date Ideas

  • Go to that 5-star restaurant you’ve been eyeing. 
  • Take to the skies in a helicopter ride. 
  • Take a dance class together. 
  • Book a hotel for the night—nearby or out of town. 
  • See a show you’ve both been wanting to get to. 

Fashion Ideas

Slip into something romantic and elegant, like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn. For a more formal affair that isn’t quite cocktail dress worthy, we recommend a pencil skirt with fitted sweater. Pair with strappy heels for a sophisticated look that’s ready for even the most posh places. 

Psst… Now’s the time to break out your diamonds. How often do you get to wear your jewels? “Frost yourself” with your favorite jewelry today to add a touch of romance. 

This is also a great excuse to use that investment bag that you adore but don’t want to wear out with everyday use. Don’t have an investment bag? Learn why investment bags are a must-have for your closet—and then pick up your own!

Girls Night Out

Spending Valentine’s Day with your girls? Galentine’s Day is one of the best times to get all dolled up and look and feel your best with your ladies! 

Date Ideas 

  • Put on your best party dress, a face of makeup, and head downtown!
  • Have a slumber party complete with goofy makeovers, movies, and lots of snacks. 
  • Host a Galentine’s Day bake-off, “Chopped” style. 
  • Go to a wine and paint event. 
  • Tour a brewery or winery—or host your own tasting soiree. 
  • Catch up on the Bachelor. Make sure to decorate with roses and champagne. 
  • Agree to upgrade your wardrobes and go on a shopping spree at a secondhand shop together. 

Fashion Ideas

There’s nothing better than dressing up for a night with the ladies. You can get away with just about any outfit when you’re surrounded by your posse. So don’t be afraid to go a little bold and daring this Galentine’s Day! Try out a little red dress or a bright red jump suit. Throw on a black flowing gown with a pop of red shoes. Wear chunky jewelry that draws the eye to your face. 

Don’t be afraid to go big. Your girls will give you their feedback, and they’ll be there to cheer you on in what you’re wearing. 

Conclusion

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to throw on a gorgeous red outfit, do your hair and makeup, and feel absolutely fabulous! (As if we needed an excuse, …) Getting ready for a big date is half the fun, so enjoy it and have a blast! We can’t wait to see your stunning Valentine’s Day outfits!  

Roses are red, 

Violets are blue, 

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