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In years past, fashion looked remarkably different to what modern-day fashion designers are churning out today, and it was made differently, too. For instance, back in the days of vintage fashion, clothing was made from better materials; it was a much slower process, and clothes were more expensive yet worn for a more extended time.
Unlike today, consumers rely on fast fashion to create stylish clothes at a cost-effective rate that can be delivered and worn in a couple of days. Due to this, much clothing purchased might not be built to last, and since we live in a time where clothes are being churned out more than at any point in human history, it’s only natural to assume that most of the stuff we buy is of lesser quality.
Yet, through our own investigations, it is possible to determine whether the clothing we buy is built to last or not, despite many brands being secretive about their product’s origins. Fortunately, with some internet sleuthing, it is possible to make educated purchases before you buy anything, whether it’s a pair of Gucci sneakers for women or a man’s wristwatch. We list some of our top tips for buying quality clothing below:
Don’t Just Focus On Brand Names
Nothing makes you feel better than being able to treat yourself to a pair of Gucci sneakers for women or one of Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram canvas totes. Yet it is essential to remember that despite how good these brands may make you feel inside, you don’t have to focus on branded clothing for quality.
Even some of the most well-known brands in the world experience phases of low quality, and when this happens, you can count on a lesser-known brand to fill this gap in the market and thanks to the internet, these dupes are becoming even easier to purchase. Admittedly, you can’t expect an unestablished brand to replicate the quality of Barbour’s waxed cotton jackets or Levi’s denim jeans, yet some can come close.
Ultimately, it is up to the consumer to decide whether a brand deserves to earn your trust and, eventually, your hard-earned money. You can build this trust before purchasing by understanding what the brand stands for, reading reviews from previous customers, and buying from reputable sellers like SSENSE, who specialise in the sale of designer fashion and high-end streetwear.
From womenswear, menswear, and everything else, you can find a selection of clothing from various household names like Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Fendi, and many more. Browse their women’s Gucci shoe collection here, or look at their range of Givenchy sunglasses and see how their site could help you find quality branded clothing today.
Check The Label
Whether a piece of clothing is branded or unestablished, it should have a detailed care label that outlines how the garment should be cared for. Without a clear care label with instructions on how to launder, dry, and iron the piece of clothing, the quality of the fabric will deteriorate and cause its longevity to suffer.
The label should not only tell you how to care for a garment but also about the fabric content. Ultimately, it should give you advice on the type of material you are caring for and, in best-case scenarios, should also provide information about the origin and the type of fibres used.
Buy Better, Less Often
Let’s face it, we all love a bargain, and after a hard week at work, nothing fills that void better than a few impulse purchases. After all, when a new t-shirt threatens to set us back a measly few dollars, it can be easy to click ‘add to basket’ without a moment’s hesitation. Yet, when something is sold at that price, it’s evident that the manufacturing process harms the person making it and that the material it’s constructed of cannot be of the highest quality.
Therefore, buying better less often is an excellent motto to live by if you want your clothing to be both sustainable and high quality. Although this may mean sacrificing the odd impulse purchase here and there, your wallet will indeed thank you when you do not have to replace items in your wardrobe every couple of months.
Extra Materials Are Supplied
Have you ever opened a recent purchase and had a little plastic bag full of extra buttons, beads, thread etc., fall onto the floor? If you have, this is usually a good sign, as this shows that the manufacturer expects the garment to last so long that it’ll need repairs.
Especially if the item you’ve purchased is branded, having a little bag filled with extra materials for repairs is a good way for consumers to make their investment go further since having branded items repaired by an independent can be expensive.
Nostalgia is the main theme of autumn/winter 2022’s fashion trends.
Nostalgia is different for each unique individual mostly highly depending on your background, age and interests. Aspiration for a simpler life and better life has been the predominant theme of the catwalks in the creative collections.
During the pandemic, the designers have been embracing optimism with pick-me-up trends and dopamine dressing to create escapism for the consumer from the dark realities that one may have been facing. As the pandemic is coming to the end now, more varied styles have been more interesting as well.
The upcoming trends will have something for everyone, for instance, if you are a minimalist, the return of the ’90s and ’00s basics will be just for you. The current viral and iconic item is Prada’s white vest. Despite it being a summer item on the surface, it will be on many people’s wish lists in the upcoming months. Other subtle minimalist trends are classic suits, bomber jackets, maxi skirts and neutral colours are plentiful.
The other part of the trends was greatly driven by Tik Tok and youth-driven culture. The over-the-top outfits have found their place and more is essentially better for this sort of crowd. Euphoria did have a major impact on these trends, with fans hoping to bump into Jacob Elordie or Sydney Sweeney. As these “extra AF” looks are currently encouraged, it has led the designers to tap into their creative sides even more. We should “expect the unexpected.” The Valentino show is currently proving the point, Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli crafted a custom hot-pink hue in collaboration with Pantone, so we can expect to see the colour everywhere.
Expect the fun, the extravagance, brighter colours, bigger bags, and sequence everywhere. It sets the mood for fun and extravagance. Buyers are currently investing in pieces that spark that joy. More is more trend that is predominant for the upcoming season. Customers want to dress up at any given opportunity.
1: 90’s Minimalism
As we saw from different catwalks of Etro, Gauchere and Ahluwalia the low-rise waistlines grow in popularity with the customers. The main outfits that we can expect to see are plain skirts, vests, and basic low-rise trousers with no makeup look. If you are looking for the proper inspiration, look at the main influencers of the ‘90s starting with Helmut Lang, Ann Demeulemeester and Jil Sanders.
Part of the uniform from the ‘90s were the leather jackets, but on the runway, we saw not only the classics but the bomber too. We are seeing the rise already in searches on Depop for purchasing the secondhand version of the moto jacket.
The leather look does not stop at jackets but extends into skirts, and leather pants. The more leather you are wearing the better, embracing the look of I just left my Harley outside.
Dopamine dressing isn’t leaving us any time soon. Mood-enhancing colours are ever present on the runways of Valentino, Prada and Versace. Green is the current top fashion colour followed by blue and then pink. For the upcoming A/W we will be unseasonably bright so the usual jackets, and coats – the best seller just in the bright colours. Designers have continuously used the same colour head to toe instead of just one spark of colour.
4: Reinforced boots
During the pandemic, comfort was essential, hence we are still into comfort footwear. These biker-style boots are back in style with the biker chic trend returning. Many designers are opting for the ugly foot-loving shoes, following the summer Birkenstock Boston Clog.
Continuing from the previous seasons of track soles. This time in a season will be the steel toe caps, lace-up details, square toes, metal hardware and extremely long up-to-the-calves boots.
The oversized slouchy blazer had been in trend for a while now, but currently, the oversized silhouettes had been balanced by slim fits underneath, this autumn/winter 2022 it will be the whole baggy fit look.
The ‘90s are here to do most influencing hot pinks, oversized blazers and chartreuse. “This is all about refined, pared-back luxury that has a real sense of ease when it comes to styling choices—think vest tops with beautifully tailored trousers and silky slip skirts with matching shirts,” explains Who What Wear editor, Emma Spedding. “It’s Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. And it’s, in my opinion, the chicest way to get dressed this autumn.”
The nostalgia of free travel. Slow fashion and home-crafted goods had been incorporated with the slew of one-of-a-kind items with a bohemian influence.
These are truly the investment pieces that we are looking for as they surpass seasons and trends. Things that are well made, and are a little off-beat never get out of style.
Many brands have committed to the electric head-to-toe looks and some just bits here and there.
7. Cats Couture
Bold patterns are making a comeback for autumn/winter 2022 but the luxe leopard print did make a stand-out statement on the catwalks. Prints can be done in many ways, that did make them more of a basic and classy piece.
You can be a bit hippy-like Dries Van Noten, posh and uptown like Giambattista Valli, minimalistic like Proenza, maximalist like Roberto Cavalli…
8. Party, party, party
Now we are all about elevated glamour instead of simply sexy. The cut-out galore looks and an all-out approach is following us everywhere. So if you are into daring midriff-exposed looks and sheer delights or head-to-toe bright pink inspired by Valentino, wear them and be the style icon of the party scene.
There is a slew of after-dark looks that are expressing the individuality of each, helping the individual to find their tribe and be themselves no matter who they are.
“In a post-COVID world, everything is being flipped on its head. It is better to be overdressed than under, and Miu Miu is stepping into this year with the must-have pieces that every It girl is reaching for super-cropped tops, low-rise skirts and embellishment in all the right places,” agrees Ilori.
9. Bombers: take the flight
The main takeaway is that Bomber jackets are coming back and going to be a very trendy piece of clothing to own. “From simplistic black flight jackets at Givenchy to shrunken suede ones at Miu Miu through to supersized, waist-nipped satin styles at both Sacai and Prada, it would appear that there is an iteration of this classic outerwear style to suit all tastes.” – said Hannah from whowhatwear.com
The most popular time for the interest to strike is around November, but this season it will happen much earlier and much bigger volume.
10. Magpies Season
Sparkles and seasons are here for the everyday stylish wardrobe instead of just the Christmas party that you were invited to attend. If you love this, it is a sign to wear them with pride, although some people used to call the sparkles-loving people, magpies but so be it.
“Sparkles were strongly represented, both on and off the runway. Personal favourites were the crystal-pink bag from Off-White and Paris Texas’s encrusted knee-high boots,” adds Gramston. What has prompted this? Ilori has a theory: “It is the Kirakira effect—an extra dosage of twinkle to everything and anything.”
11. Boss in Business
In Autumn 2022, workwear is making a comeback in the post-pandemic world. Many traditional styles had been on the runway, being less leisure, but still, the elemnts of comfort are being present. Comfort is still a crucial element for the modern consumer.
If you are ever in doubt about how to dress to feel polished and on top of the world then opting for a suit is your best bet.
12. Long Lengths
As the ‘90s are making a comeback in the autumn/winter 2022, maxi skirts are making a bold return on the catwalks mostly in the form of a tube-like maxi skirts, continuing into the cold months.
Standout skirt moments came from Calvin Klein, Ludovic de Saint Sernin, Saint Laurent, ACNE and Diesel
It’s all about the extra: frou, chiffon, pinks and organza, inspiring even the most minimalist-loving person to be inspired to buy a pink dress. The current trend-setting leader is Cecille Bahnsen, famous for his cloud-like dresses.
If you are into edgy but pretty, then there are a few of those gothic items on the catwalk.
14. Pick me up
14. Pick me up
If you are scared of wearing anything bold, then there is an easy way for you to incorporate wearing colour without being too bold, and the is wearing a bright bag this autumn/winter 2022.
Lots of bright bags are from Valentino and Chanel, doing the quick fix to any outfit. Boxy blazer, T-shirt and jeans look perfect with them.
You’ll find quilted, squishy numbers in sumptuously soft leathers (Bottega Veneta), more rigid pops of colour in structured bags (Valentino), posh tweeds (Chanel, of course) or playful in mini satin (Miu Miu, be mine).
15. Goth Aesthetic
The Goth aesthetic has a lasting impact on the fashion industry as well as the trends We understand that the Goth aesthetic is the lifestyle and not something that you just occasionally participate in. This style had deep origins in romanticism.
“The antithesis to the bright and joyful colours that have dominated for the past few years, all-black ensembles with gothic accents were some of the most striking in the new collections. We’ve already touched on how Valentino used it to startling effect against its Pink PP ensembles. Other highlights include The Row’s sheer mesh polo-neck dress, Isabel Marant’s dominatrix-style over-the-knee boots worn with miniskirts and Loewe’s elongated blazer complete with leather trousers.”
“‘Black is back is a key theme we’ve invested in for autumn/winter, which takes on a much more simplistic approach to dressing following the ‘dopamine dressing’ trend that dominated recent seasons. We love monochrome styling for its elegance and charm—from Saint Laurent’s occasion coats to Bottega Veneta’s sheer maxi dress,” says Page from Net a Porter.