Wednesday, 18 May 2016

14 Expert Ways To Tell If Clothes Are Well-Made Or Super Cheap

1. To quickly assess an item’s quality, hold the fabric up to a bright light.

To quickly assess an item's quality, hold the fabric up to a bright light.

Here’s an example of two different silk blouses held up against a strong light. “The thicker the material, the higher the quality,” Debbie Roes — creator of the Recovering Shopaholic blog — told BuzzFeed.

2. Do the “scrunch test” to see if clothes stay wrinkly.

Do the "scrunch test" to see if clothes stay wrinkly.

Ball part of the garment up in your fist, hold it for a few seconds, and then let it go. Does the fabric stay wrinkled or do the wrinkles come out quickly? If it can’t stand being wrinkled for a few seconds in your hand, it’s probably not going to withstand the test of time.

3. And for a quick quality check, do the “pull test.”

And for a quick quality check, do the "pull test."

Gently tug on the fabric (this works especially well with a skirt or the bottom part of a dress) and then release it. Does the fabric retain its shape? Or does the material look altered?

4. When in doubt, shop in the men’s department.

When in doubt, shop in the men's department.

“Super thin, gauzy tops are currently a trend in women’s clothing,” Roes said. “This trend also allows designers to spend less money on materials for their garments.” If you’re looking for a shirt that’s NOT see-through, check out the men’s sections for tees and oversized button-ups with higher quality. Also, since menswear offers fewer clothing patterns, their items tend to be less expensive than the women’s equivalent.
To learn more about what to buy in the men’s section, go here.

5. Avoid exposed zippers since they can be a sign of low quality.

Avoid exposed zippers since they can be a sign of low quality.

“Unless an exposed zipper is a design element, zippers should lie flat and be covered with a placket,” said Roes. “And unless it’s part of the design, the stitching holding the zipper in place should match the fabric.”

6. Check to see if skirts and pants have decent hem allowances — especially if you’re tall.

Check to see if skirts and pants have decent hem allowances — especially if you're tall.

The hem allowance is the width between the hemline and the hem edge. If you’re tall, you already know that this extra bit of fabric can be a life-saver when it comes to tailoring items to be a little longer. “Generally speaking, straight or pencil skirts made in a medium- to heavy-weight fabric can have 1-½-inch to 2-inch hem allowances,” Roes said. “A-line skirts should have a 1-½-inch hem allowance to reduce bulk.”

7. And keep in mind that well-made pants have ~French~ seams.

And keep in mind that well-made pants have ~French~ seams.

French seams are a favored seam-finishing technique for designers, Roes explained, since the raw edges of the fabric are hidden in a neat finished seam.

8. Always check the care instructions label for natural fibers.

Always check the care instructions label for natural fibers.

“Natural fibers like silk, cotton, and wool stand up to wear and tear better than synthetic materials,” Roes said.

9. Make sure your pattern matches at the seams.

Make sure your pattern matches at the seams.

Check the side seams of a shirt and around any pockets to instantly tell if quality is high or not. “Matching a plaid or horizontal stripe may mean using more fabric to cut out the individual pieces of the garment, which can drive up the cost,” Roes said.

10. You should also check the seams to make sure all of the thread matches.

You should also check the seams to make sure all of the thread matches.

“Quality top-stitching should be straight, in matching thread (unless the top-stitching is designed for contrast) and have a high number of stitches per inch,” Rose said.

11. You can almost always tell the quality of an item by the BUTTONS and the BUTTONHOLES.

You can almost always tell the quality of an item by the BUTTONS and the BUTTONHOLES.

“Buttonholes should have tight stitching and a neat slot for the button to go into,” Roes said. Touch the button and make sure it’s tightly sewn on — and make sure there aren’t a lot of threads sticking out.

12. Gently pull the seams taut to see if there are gaps between the stitches.

Gently pull the seams taut to see if there are gaps between the stitches.

This quick trick can totally prevent you from wasting money on cheaply made clothes. “Better-quality garments have more stitches per inch and thus have tighter seams, which means there’s less of a chance to have the seam come apart,” Roes said.

13. Linings are always a *good* sign.

Linings are always a *good* sign.

“Well-made jackets have a taped edge holding lining to the jacket material,” Roes said.

14. If you’re trying to make sure an item is actually hand-stitched, make sure the seam stitching isn’t straight.

If you're trying to make sure an item is actually hand-stitched, make sure the seam stitching isn't straight.

“Stitches made with a sewing machine will result in straight, flat stitches,” according to Roes. If you’re specifically looking for a hand-stitched item in a thrift store, check to see if the stitches are on an angle or have a little ~flair~.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

27 Life Hacks Every Girl Should Know About

1. Break in your flats in under five minutes.

Break in your flats in under five minutes.
Step 1: Put on thick socks, and then your flats.
Step 2: Blow-dry your shoes around the tight sections for a few minutes.
Step 3: Keep your socks/flats on while it cools.
Step 4: Test them out; repeat process if you need them more stretched out.

2. Put clear nail polish on the inside of your rings.

Put clear nail polish on the inside of your rings.
Your fingers will be free from green stains.

3. Use a pumice stone to de-fuzz a sweater.

Use a pumice stone to de-fuzz a sweater.
You might want to use a lint roller as well to make your sweaters neat and clean.

4. Hang your purses with shower curtain hooks.

 
So simple!

5. Wear loose ponytails to avoid bald spots.

Wear loose ponytails to avoid bald spots.
When you tie your hair too tight (and often), it strains the follicles and prevents hair growth. Try not to frequently tie your ponytail in the same spot.

6. White wine neutralizes red wine stains.

White wine neutralizes red wine stains.
Yeah, you read that correctly. When you’re at a party and you accidentally spill some red wine on your blouse, immediately pour white wine over the stain and let it air-dry. The white neutralizes the red, making it easier to take out the stain.

7. Store your makeup on a magnet board.

Store your makeup on a magnet board.
This is a good way to keep track of your makeup and stay organized. 

8. Neatly tuck your non-skinny jeans in boots.

Neatly tuck your non-skinny jeans in boots.
Just fold the bottom of your jeans and wrap it over to easily fit in socks.

9. Remove deodorant stains with dryer sheets.

Remove deodorant stains with dryer sheets.
Rub the marks in a circular motion and the sheets will absorb the deodorant. Make sure there’s no excess lint from the dryer sheet or you’ll end up with gray marks. Pantyhose also works!

10. Paint your keys with nail polish to easily distinguish the sets.

Paint your keys with nail polish to easily distinguish the sets.
It especially helps when you lend a spare key to a houseguest.

11. Chill your white wine with frozen grapes.

Chill your white wine with frozen grapes.
This prevents the flavor from being watered down!

12. When you pack a suitcase, wrap your shoes in a shower cap.

When you pack a suitcase, wrap your shoes in a shower cap.
This will prevent the soles from touching your clean clothes.

13. Add a magnetic strip in your bathroom cabinet to support bobby pins and tweezers.

 

14. Turn around your hangers to clean out your closet.

Turn around your hangers to clean out your closet.
We all buy clothes we don’t wear, and it takes up unnecessary closet space. Place your hangers the opposite way, and after you use an article of clothing, hang it up regularly. By the end of the year (or season), donate the clothes that are still hanging backward.

15. Put your necklace through a straw to keep the chain from tangling.

Put your necklace through a straw to keep the chain from tangling.
It may look silly, but it will save you time and frustration.

16. Use a caddy to store your hair appliances.

Use a caddy to store your hair appliances.
You can also use PVC pipes!

17. Mount cutlery trays to store your jewelry.


18. Put pool noodles in your boots to keep them upright.

Put pool noodles in your boots to keep them upright.
Newspapers and magazines work as well.

19. Use rice and a sock to make a DIY hot pack.

Use rice and a sock to make a DIY hot pack.
Perfect for aches and pains.

20. Tie your scarves and stockings to hangers for easy storage.

Tie your scarves and stockings to hangers for easy storage.

21. Use two fingers to test out your bra fit.

Use two fingers to test out your bra fit.
If you can’t comfortably fit two fingers under the band of your bra, it is too tight. If you can fit your entire fist under the band, it’s too loose.

22. Put baking soda in your flats to avoid smelly shoes.

 
When you put shoes on without socks, your feet sweat and start to smell. If you put baking soda in your flats, it will kill the bacteria and get rid of that gross smell.

23. Glue old wine corks to a picture frame to make your own DIY corkboard.

Glue old wine corks to a picture frame to make your own DIY corkboard.

24. Use your hair straightener to iron hems.

Use your hair straightener to iron hems.

25. Use clothing hangers to organize your boots.

Use clothing hangers to organize your boots.
Just make sure they have sliding clips.

26. Run your mascara wand under hot water for easier application.

Run your mascara wand under hot water for easier application.
Also, do NOT pump your mascara wand in and out of the tube — that causes it to clump. Twirl the wand inside the bottle before applying another coat.

27. Use ice cubes to remove gum from your hair.

Use ice cubes to remove gum from your hair.
It will harden the gum, making it easier to remove. You can also use this method for getting gum off the soles of shoes.
Blog Courtesy - Buzz Feed