Posts Categorized: shopping

Reader Request: Favorite Fibers

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Becky dropped this into the Suggestion Box:

I found your discussion of ponte very useful and I’m wondering what other fibers you seek out and/or avoid. For example, I’ve noticed that many brands label certain rayon blends as machine washable but said garments quickly fade and pill, even on the delicate cycle. I’ve learned the hard way to avoid buying them. On the other hand, I’ve noticed that some (usually natural) fibers/fabrics that are labeled “dry clean only” actually hold up well to machine washing on the delicate cycle (and air drying).  … Do you have any fiber-related rules of thumb that you follow when selecting clothes?  read more

Originally posted 2012-05-01 06:01:33.

Multiples that Make Sense

When does it make sense to invest in multiples of a clothing or fashion item, and when should you hold off?

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When you’re on a strict budget, the very idea of buying several versions of a single item seems laughable. You may imagine Kim Kardashian fondling her collection of Birkin bags and think that multiples are a luxury. And they absolutely are. You need more than one pair of panties and more than one pair of socks, but you needn’t purchase multiple identical pairs and you needn’t purchase them all at once, should finances prohibit.

However, some items can be so difficult to track down that buying them in multiples really does make sense. And might be worth fudging the budget for a month. In my opinion, the short list includes: read more

Originally posted 2012-03-09 06:18:51.

On Source Discrimination and Broadened Searches

We’ve all got shopping biases: Stores we consider to be too young, too old, too expensive, too cheap, too … something. Reputations and personal experience are among the most influential factors, but we can also be susceptible to catalog and website styling: If a brand presents its items on models who look drastically different from ourselves, or if the clothing is styled in ways that clash with our aesthetics, we tune out. We assume that since we’re not the target audience, and the brand won’t work for us. read more

Originally posted 2012-04-19 06:16:59.