the men get it
Rob Shepperson for WSJ
The WSJ's Christine Brinkley points something here we've probably suspected all along: women are "shortchanged" in the clothing market -
"Sometimes, women have little choice. It has long been an irritating truth that men are offered better-quality clothes for lower prices. Many fashionable women's clothes—including plenty sold at luxury prices—are made relatively cheaply. "Women do get shortchanged in the market," says Patrick Gigliotti, a menswear salesman at the venerable Boyd's Philadelphia department store. Some women who value well-made clothing have even resorted to shopping in menswear departments."
The article definitely worth a read in full, but to sum up:
- Brands are no guarantee of quality.
- Good quality clothing should be made to be easily altered to suit you (ie wide seams in jackets etc).
- Know the country of origin, not just for manufacturing but also for fabrics. Not all "Made in Italy" is good, not all "Made in China" is bad.
- Comfort is paramount.
- Examine clothes inside out. I've returned lots of stuff to the rack after I had a look at the inside. It's so depressing that it kills my shopping impulses.
All this has always made online-shopping a bit of an anxiety-ridden experience for me, especially when return shipping costs can add up. Still with experience, perhaps it will become clearer which potential buys on the Internet are riskier than others.
And how cute is that illustration?
Picture from wsj