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Classical thinking: Secret to choose long-lasting clothes

The average lifetime of clothes in my closet is about 15~20 years. Considering the fast fashion trend, it seems eternal. Some of the features must be attributed when I buy the clothing to hold it for a long time. The first thing I check is texture as it determines the shape and feels in a very subtle way. Next, but equally, design truly matters. Design clothes in 100 years old Vogue magazine look still chic, modern and stylish. There must be a principle to follow in beauty as well.


The secret of long-lasting luxury brands is that they don't change much over time. Their designs are timeless and their quality is excellent. That's why people are willing to pay a premium for these brands. They know that the clothes will last for many years and they will still look good.


To me, clothing is more of memory and communication. Think about the first date you met someone you love. The tops, downs, and coats are his/her choices. You get multiple hints about who they are from the first look. And the first look and feel will last forever in your memories. That is an event considering that you don't have many words to dialogue with him/her the first time.


So, when you buy clothes, think about how long you want to hold them and what memories you want to create with them. If the answer is "I don't know" or "not sure", then don't buy it. Because the first look and feel of the clothing will be deeply associated with memories, and it will last forever. So don't buy a piece of clothing if you will not hold it for a long time.


There are a few more secrets to choosing long-lasting clothes other than things mentioned earlier such as high-quality materials and timeless design. The first thing in my mind is practicality. Questions such as how often I can wear it or with what other clothes can I mix and match should be answered. And it should be easy to care for repair and alteration. Also, it will be a plus if it is unique as possible to be differentiated from the mass-produced dress. Besides, price, comfortability and sustainability would be something that we must think about. Many things contribute to our buying decision. But, probably the most important thing we consider would be emotional value. Does it make me feel good when I wear it? Will I feel good about the purchase even after a long time? Will I be more confident in the dress? These are some of the things I think about when I am buying clothes. I hope this helps you find clothing that you will love and cherish for many years to come.


How about you? What is your secret to choosing long-lasting clothes? Let me know in the comments below.

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