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Old 06-21-2009, 03:34 AM
 
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Old Navy, GAP, WalMart, Target, and other cheap clothing lines are only intended to last ONE SEASON. At that price point they are considered disposable clothing.
Speak for yourself. YOU may consider them disposable if you wish. I, however, have worn my clothes from Old Navy, Gap, and Target for as long as 5-6 years. And GAP clothing is hardly considered "cheap". Puuleeez.
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Old 06-21-2009, 03:38 AM
 
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Absolutely not. H&M and Forever 21 clothing has literally fallen apart on me. Very poorly constructed. I'd rather buy 1 well made dress that will last me years than 10 cheap ones that fit poorly and will fall apart.
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Well, that's YOU.

Sorry you have had bad experiences with these stores. "I" on the other hand, have not, and will continue to purchase from them and continue to look good in them as well...

Most females, I know, who are so ADAMENT, about wearing designer clothes, are dressing for other FEMALES anyway.....
I have to agree with LMP. At least half of my work wardrobe is from H&M, and I've never had anything "fall apart". And I get tons of compliments on them too. H&M is one of my absolutely favorite stores. I can shop for my son (he loves them too!), as well as me!
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Old 06-21-2009, 05:30 AM
 
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Ahem. My mother used to custom make wedding dresses and she taught me what good sewing was.

You can get good sewing from expensive clothes (usually) and from cheap clothes but you need to know what to look for.

Expensive clothes usually use better materials BUT NOT ALWAYS.

I deal in second hand clothing sometimes, here in Los Angeles, and I get a fair amount of couture clothing. You cannot compare couture clothing with the stuff any of us buy off the rack. For one thing, it usually doesn't have a size inside so it isn't like you can look inside the neck and say "Size 10! I'll take it!"

I currently have 7 pairs of handmade jeans. One pair is hot pink snakeskin and denim. The workmanship is flawless. The seams are all individually sewed with seam tape. (Can you imagine having a pair of jeans where the inside looks as good as the outside?) These are incredible jeans. The only thing I've been able to find out about them is that the manufacturer hoped to sell them to Barney's (the high end store in Los Angeles) but I guess that didn't happen. But the workmanship is incredible. You'd never find anything close to this at Wal-Mart or H & M or even Macy's.

Chanel couture from the 1940s would still look in style today. You could get some good wear from those suits!!
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:21 AM
 
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Speak for yourself. YOU may consider them disposable if you wish. I, however, have worn my clothes from Old Navy, Gap, and Target for as long as 5-6 years. And GAP clothing is hardly considered "cheap". Puuleeez.
I feel like Gap is really affordable clothing, but I also feel that if cared for properly it can last a long time. I have some of my children's clothes that we bought new at the Gap in 1995. I also have some Gap clothes of my own hanging in my closet that I bought at thrift stores over 15 years ago that are still practically new looking. I don't know how old they were when I found them hanging on the racks in the thrift store...

Old Navy, though, I've never been impressed with. For me, the Old Navy clothes have always fallen apart. Not a fan of that place, even though it's super inexpensive and I think owned by the same company that owns the Gap, right? But much lower quality IMO.
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Old 06-23-2009, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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These responses are cracking me up.
I have designer items that you would never realize were costly. No, they are not purchased to make me appear a certain way. They:

1. Fit better
2. Are a more comfortable/better fabric
3. Last longer
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Old 06-23-2009, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Ahem. My mother used to custom make wedding dresses and she taught me what good sewing was.

You can get good sewing from expensive clothes (usually) and from cheap clothes but you need to know what to look for.

Expensive clothes usually use better materials BUT NOT ALWAYS.

I deal in second hand clothing sometimes, here in Los Angeles, and I get a fair amount of couture clothing. You cannot compare couture clothing with the stuff any of us buy off the rack. For one thing, it usually doesn't have a size inside so it isn't like you can look inside the neck and say "Size 10! I'll take it!"

I currently have 7 pairs of handmade jeans. One pair is hot pink snakeskin and denim. The workmanship is flawless. The seams are all individually sewed with seam tape. (Can you imagine having a pair of jeans where the inside looks as good as the outside?) These are incredible jeans. The only thing I've been able to find out about them is that the manufacturer hoped to sell them to Barney's (the high end store in Los Angeles) but I guess that didn't happen. But the workmanship is incredible. You'd never find anything close to this at Wal-Mart or H & M or even Macy's.

Chanel couture from the 1940s would still look in style today. You could get some good wear from those suits!!
Those jeans sounds totally crazy cool! That is special stuff I would pay for!
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Old 06-23-2009, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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I have to say Old Navy stuff seems awful in my opinion I was all set to stock up on some of their great deals on shirts until I tried them on It was like used tissue paper and the fit was awful...I realized they weren't worth two cents
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:24 AM
 
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Better made with better fabrics. Last longer. Better fitting.
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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The other reason I enjoy buying from higher end places is the customer service and return policy.

Forever 21 has possibly the absolute worst return policy on the face of the planet, and they almost insinuated that I was returning worn clothing when I attempted to return something there once.

Nordstrom or Saks will take a return back no questions asked. Same for the higher end makeup places. I bought a pressed powder at Nordstrom, and it shattered after a week of normal use. Brought it back and they replaced it without any issue.

I also have a knowledgeable, friendly salesperson assisting me while I shop. It's worth the money to me to have a friendly salesperson asking me if I need a different size and bringing it to the dressing room.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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The other reason I enjoy buying from higher end places is the customer service and return policy.

Forever 21 has possibly the absolute worst return policy on the face of the planet, and they almost insinuated that I was returning worn clothing when I attempted to return something there once.

Nordstrom or Saks will take a return back no questions asked. Same for the higher end makeup places. I bought a pressed powder at Nordstrom, and it shattered after a week of normal use. Brought it back and they replaced it without any issue.

I also have a knowledgeable, friendly salesperson assisting me while I shop. It's worth the money to me to have a friendly salesperson asking me if I need a different size and bringing it to the dressing room.
I agree with you completely! I love going to high end boutiques because they learn my style and just hand over items while I am in the dressing room. Some things I would never pick out but I try them on and they look wonderful!

And yes, the return policies are great, not at boutiques, but at high end dept stores. I have purchased dresses before, and never worn them once, they did not care that I returned it months later (tags on of course).
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