So, what makes a garment good? This intriguing question hasn’t got a straightforward answer. We all have an individual style, preferences, criteria, and standards by which we judge a garment. In other words, the topic is very complex, and, in the end, it all comes down to one’s personal choice.
Some of the essential criteria are as follows:
Quality – it falls into two main categories
Quality of the used materials. To the untrained eye, all fabrics may look the same. However, clothes are made out of thousands of different materials and fabrics.
According to the fibers’ qualities, there are many different types of natural and synthetic fabrics: silk, wool, linen, cotton, rayon, nylon, polyester, and others.
Several factors play a part in a fabric’s quality: the quality of the raw material; the type of yarn spun from the threads – whether it is clean, smooth, fine, or coarse; whether the twist is hard, soft, or medium.
Tissue density and finish processes are also essential elements. Materials can have special qualities such as water resistance and wind resistance. They can also be fireproof, ultra-strong, durable, ultra-light, have built-in electronic devices, and many other features developed over time.
Making quality. Here, we are talking about how the different materials have been sewn together. The stitches used and their quality is essential to your garment’s durability. It can be made of high-quality materials – soft to touch and at the same time super strong, antibacterial, and waterproof. However, if the stitches are bad, it’s not going to last long.
A garment’s style is probably the most crucial factor that determines our choice. Sometimes, it even prevails over quality. The basic styles are Casual, Business, Street.
They have many derivatives: punk, goth, bohemian, vintage, hipster, 50s, 70s, street-smart, steampunk. There are styles strongly influenced by a particular culture, such as the traditional Japanese kimono or the Indian sari.
However, style can be strongly influenced by external factors such as people’s opinions about specific trends. Tastes can change quickly and, generally speaking, the fashion industry has always been, and will remain, very dynamic.