Increase your shopping IQ.
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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.
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.
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?