Yiran : “Why is it that every time we want to write a post, it becomes a research project ?”
Me : ” Because its not helpful other wise. “Invest in good quality” is the most useless piece of advice to our generation. We know the intention behind the words but we lack the know-hows to act on it. ”
I wont apologize for the length of this post. This is expected when a computer scientist writes a style blog.
Buying JUST because its second hand or cheap has never been a good strategy in-terms of investing my money, time or closet space. When I got started with vintage hunting, I didn’t know how to reject stuff that was too good to be that cheap. The result : unworn clothes at the back of the closet, fav clothing falling apart and massive decluttering missions. “Quality over quantity”, I seem to chant. But what exactly is quality ? Second hand market is filled with gently used not so pristine items. How far can I deviate from the perfect garment to consider it worth taking home ? I am trying to learn a few technical details that will help me quantify the term quality and to not attribute it to clothes just because they are expensive. I want to be able to answer “how” and “why” before I make a purchase.
What is quality ?
These words get used to quantify the term. ISO 9001:2000 describes it as aptitude of a set of characteristic to satisfy requirements. But whose requirements ? What characteristics ? What aptitude ? In summary, good at what ? MY requirements.
- Not made in a sweatshop. I cant talk about threads and fabric while ignoring the quality of life of people involved. For second hand garments, every brand is fair game.
- The right fabric for the kind of garment. Natural fabrics > Ones made from petrochemicals.
- Good design and construction technique.
- Small details that makes wearing the clothes over and over again a pleasure.