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How to buy clothes that last
Avoid ‘fast fashion.’ Retailers like H&M and Zara make clothes made to be worn no more than 10 times. That throwaway approach helps explain why America sends 75 pounds of clothes per capita to landfills each year.
Go by feel. Heavier fabrics are generally more durable, so run your fingers between the top and bottom layer of any T-shirt or sweater: “If you can see your hand through it, it’s too thin.”
Choose by fabric. Natural fibers typically last longer, and long-fiber Pima cotton outlasts standard cotton. But real cotton is less durable than a cotton-poly blend, and Tencel—a tough rayon—can really take long wear.
Inspect the details. Test a garment’s stress points by gently tugging at buttons and stitches. Check the seams and pockets for the quality of construction. If the pattern on a patch pocket aligns with the body of the garment, the producer values quantity instead.
Source: The New York Times