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Are expensive clothes that much better quality wise?

Color fading, shrinking and such?

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Sometimes. Clothes that are expensive because they are trendy and are targeted toward high school and college kids tend not to be, tend to be cheaply made. Clothes are expensive because they are a long-established fashion brand that transcends trendy are targeted more towards mid- to late 20's, 30's, and older, albeit they are still fashionable for even teens, tend to be a much higher quality. With those clothes you get what you pay for.

    As an example, Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister sell expensive clothes that very often are never the same after you wash them even once, never fitting the same, shrinking disproportionately, colors fading. Ralph Lauren, on the other hand, sells expensive clothes that will last for years, decades even. You do have to be careful with these other brands a little bit, though. Most of these higher brands do sell cheaper lines that are better but not that much better than the basically disposable clothes you get from Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister. Like Ralph Lauren's Chaps line is a little less expensive than its Polo line, its flagship line, but its a lot less quality. Chaps is basically Ralph Lauren trying to hit the markets of the brands like Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister.

    The reason for that is the buyers are generally so young, they're of an age and mentality where their whole lives they get new clothes almost every season, and they continue that habit into their early 20's and so really aren't interested in wearing a garment more than a few times over a few months, so lots of them never even wash the garment. They wear a shirt four or five times before risking washing it, wash it, have it fall apart or just be an ugly mess, and so they're like, "Oh, well, time for a new shirt." In fact, I'd say that that is specifically why expensive trendy brands do fall apart. They want those kids coming back in three months for new clothes.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Not necessarily. They too can be poor quality for example with lululemon you get horrible quality at a high price. Thats why I shop at Thrift stores... savers, goodwill, local non-chain ones. Also outlet and factory places for midrange to high end brands when they have sales. I'm not willing to pay full price.

  • 3 years ago


    It will be IMPORTED material, likely China, but it will say Made Italy (add a name brand - add $1,000 - $10,000 more).

    Fading: IT'S how often you wash & dry them. If you don't follow direction to Dry Clean.

    Shrinking: Once again, if you don't follow direction ANY CLOTHES will shrink. That's why, read description: if they've been pre-shrunk.

    If you're buying a SILK DRESS, $495 @ Nordstrom, it will say IMPORTED, if you treat that same SILK dress bought @ Goodwill, $7.99 Made in China, they will shrink & fade THE SAME WAY.

    As for jeans: CEO of Levi's or Tommy Hilfiger even they advice not to wash your jeans! Every time you do that, they will fade!

    Another Example a boutonniere sold @ Saks Off Fifth costing $45. If you go online, they're $.43 if you bought 100 (same design, same style, same color), from China, add a box - which ends up in the trash- add a brand name logo = $20 to the brand, $20 to Saks.

    ALL clothing should last for YEARS, if you know how to take care of them.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago


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  • 3 years ago

    Not always

  • 3 years ago

    Sometimes. With clothing, people have to be very careful. If you want quality clothing you have to look at a few things like stitching and material used. Most mixed materials are cheap. Certain kinds of stitching will tear etc. Single material clothing like 100% Cotton will last a long time if taken care of properly. Like jeans. Brand names mean nothing when it comes to quality. Buying a pair of pants in a posh mall store brand, and then buying the same pants in an outlet store doesn't mean you are getting the same quality. Outlet store clothing is made to be cheap and is not the same as buying from a store at a mall. And even the prices will sometimes will be the same. So it's all about being an aware shopper and knowing what you are buying and what you require for your clothing.

    Fading depends on many factors. The only factor that comes from the manufacturer is the quality of the dye used and how it was set. The rest is on you. Say if you wash the item more than needed, or leave it out in the sun it will fade and has nothing to do with the manufacturer. Shrinking same thing. Cotton shrinks for example but that can be avoided if certain things are done when washing the cotton item.

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