Does anything other than the fit and style of clothing have influence over your shopping habits? I’m not talking price, although I love a good deal as much as the next person. Are you a slave to certain designers no matter what they produce? Do you shop only in boutiques? Do you read the tags in your clothing?
Since beginning the rehash of my style so many moons ago, I started to read tags compulsively. If you are to ever see me in a store, I’m usually delving inside the cloth to retrieve the tags. Quite glamorous. What am I looking at? Where the product was made and what it is made of.
I have such an inner battle between buying what I like and buying what is made in the USA. So few companies choose America these days, it’s really only small designers that have USA on their labels. A whole trove of vintage clothing may fill this requirement, but that requires so much more effort to hunt down. I haven’t quite found a place here that has racks and racks of clothes…so that narrows shopping down to visits home.
But that is just one aspect. Now that my skin is more sensitive than ever, I have to start narrowing down the fabrics I wear. Polyester hates my body, and wool is just too itchy. I refuse to find a dry-cleaners since we pay so much for normal laundry anyway…so that leaves me with cotton?
Both of these factor into how I shop, so once they are okay-ed, I can then decide if the piece is within the style I want. It is a bit of a headache. I can’t tell you how much I value companies like Kiel James Patrick that perfect their craft within our country. But I want more than just belts and bracelets–I want whole outfits, and a whole closet full!
Do you shop shapes you love, or do you have other motives when buying clothing? Do you have any go-to brands that are made in America?
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