SHOPPING TIP #1: QUALITY FIRST

There is a famous saying “It is quality rather than quantity that matters.” But it doesn’t mean we can’t have both. In any case, quality is not something to neglect.

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You may say that quality is subjective, and you will be right. Besides the type of material that the outfit is made of, there is also stitching, tailoring, design and other factors that are not obvious at a glance. But the least you can do is check the content label, not just the price tag. I really hate it when big-name designers charge something ridiculous for a piece of polyester. It’s like being fooled. At least make it decent quality to justify the price.

I too have a weakness for brands, who wouldn’t want a wee bit of Chanel to light up their closet? However, high fashion does not always equal high quality. From now on, let’s see behind the name and into the real value.

It is highly recommended to avoid synthetic fabrics – polyester and acrylic being on top of the list. They are made of toxic materials that are not breathable and can cause irritation, itching and even serious skin damage including cancer. But above all, synthetics just look cheap, and we definitely don’t want that! Why overpay for something cheap if we can do just the opposite?

Know Your Composition
FabricsTry to give priority to natural fibers like cotton, linen, silk and cashmere. They may be harder to maintain, they wrinkle, they require special washing instructions, but it pays off in the long run. In the worst case, settle for a blend that is more on the natural side.

I will come back to silk and cashmere in my future posts as these are my absolute favorites, as well as yours I hope. If so, congratulations on your excellent taste!

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  1. These sort of advices does not only limit to clothing!! In my case, last saturday I had to purchase some tools to fix a machine I’m restoring. The options were Stahlwille (German), Snap-On (US) and King Tony (Taiwanese). From a price perspective, Snap-On was the most expensive, followed by Stahlwille and King Tony. From a aesthetical standpoint, US and asian tools were the most attractive, leaving the German behind. Now, I took time to analyze that last point… Hand tools are not meant to look nice, are meant to be useful. Snap-On tools, from the way are built, have this nice shinny look (not chrome), the asian tools were covered in chrome. What’s the problem with it? you don’t just place a wrench or a screwdriver over there, like lying a baby in bed… you drop it. Also tools tend to hit against other metallic parts: Chrome covering is not designed to withstand this for too long. This “chrome bath” remind me of this video of an asian girl covering all of her face with make up, not enhancing her natural features, but hiding them, at the end of the make up session, she was a totally different person. That’s the impression I got from these taiwanese tools. I may be wrong, but covering a hand tool with chrome… no, thanks.
    Now, the German tools, were rough, you can see the marks of the tooling, nothing fancy, as long as hand tools are not fancy. By this moment, I’ve dropped the asian tools option and decided to buy some german and some US. Why? warranty and feedback. Both have lifetime warranty and you can check online the feedback about both brands.

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