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After many years of schooling, I can finally afford to wear things that aren’t Ross circa 2004. The only problem is I don’t have the knowledge or skills to adequately judge quality. I am looking for your help to point me in the direction of books, websites, or other sources to learn how to judge the quality of:In this vein, I have taken on a little hobby of updating my wardrobe. I do not mind buying designer labels for these goods, but do not want to be paying for brand so much as quality. As a side note, I’ve been pretty out of the loop when it comes to fashion canada goose coats and design for, well, ever. So anything, even if remedial, to get me started will be appreciated. What is the equivalent of a cookbook or Haynes manual for higher end goods?

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One thing that has helped me is simply following a few fashion blogs on a daily basis. I like Tom and Lorenzo for official canada goose outlet updating several times daily, and for focusing on everything from runway shows to new collections to red carpet gowns to celebrity canada goose jacket outlet street style. Without even consciously meaning to, just by following this blog and a couple others more focused on street style, I have now gotten to the canada goose black friday sale Canada Goose Parka point where I can instantly spot the differences between cheap and expensive clothes/shoes/bags without seeing the label, and also without being able to articulate exactly HOW I know the difference. I’m also much more able to spot trends and to know when someone is really on trend, really avant garde, or really behind the times. (Living in NYC and having a broad range of street fashion to practice on is helpful!)

You could make a little project for canada goose outlet store uk yourself. Go window shopping in a Payless, check out the shoes and bags really touch every part of them, examine them from every angle inside and out, feel the material, feel the seams and how they connect to each other, try on the shoes. Maybe even canada goose coats on sale just focus on boots, or on strappy heels. Then go to a high end shoe store and try on a bunch of different labels, of varying prices. I think you’ll be able to trust your own eye much more once you’ve done this the differences are actually pretty glaring.

Obviously there are differences in quality even among the high end brands, but this is a first step that will make you more canada goose outlet nyc confident in your ability to assess quality based on your instincts canada goose outlet new york city and what you personally like, rather than what is ‘supposed’ to be good. Then your more in depth comparisons of brands will be more meaningful to you. That’s how canada goose outlet sale you become stylish, rather than just fashionable. (It’s a work in progress for me, to be sure!)

posted by showbiz_liz at 9:47 AM on November 12, 2012 [2 favorites]

Oh, also: it would be easier to recommend brands if we had cheap canada goose canada goose outlet reviews an idea of your style could you link to some photos of outfits you would like to emulate?

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I agree, it helps to figure out what your style is.

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So canada goose outlet canada go through your wardrobe and find the stuff you LOVE to wear. What is it about the item/outfit that makes you feel so amazing? Is it the color, fit, the funkitude?

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If you want to know if a fabric will wrinkle. Crinkle it in your hand and then see if it falls back wrinkle free. If not. It stays. Put a dark piece under the fabric to see if it’s see through. In most cases this is not desirable.

Tug on buttons, they should feel tight. If you see loose threads in buttons, leave the item, they didn’t anchor it properly and you’ll gap open.

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Find brands that work for you and that consistently have good quality. You’ll find that going back to brands you like is like meeting up with an old friend.

If you must buy something trendy (and every now and then you should) make it the most disposible piece of crap around. Those short, pleated, chiffon skirts at Forever XXI, or some goofy thing at H or something wildly adorable, but expiring before your eyes at Love. Don’t spend more than $20 on it. And when it finally dies. Donate it.