You may find this odd, but the biggest buying conundrum I have faced since Fashion Rehab ended is actually in the t-shirt department. How can you really tell if one is going to last? A few weeks ago I bought an inexpensive striped t-shirt from H&M, not because it was trendy, but just because I REALLY liked it and stripes are so classic. My first choice was one from Rachel Pally but it was well over a $100 and I just couldn't bring myself to buy it. Unfortunately the H&M one now has a hole in it. You might have seen this coming, but truthfully I do own some pieces from H&M and other modest retailers that have lasted for years.
Which one is the best deal?
So you are probably wondering why I didn't buy more of an averaged priced t-shirt? Like one for $30? Or $50? Honestly, I just don't think you can guarantee that they would last any longer than one for less. Who is to say that the cheap and cheerful retailers don't share the cutting floor of the factories with the middle of the road labels? My dream (although a complete and utter economic nightmare for the entire manufacturing industry) would be for every label on every garment to say where it was made, by whom (the factory name plus the hourly wage of the employees), and a small list of the names of other labels being manufactured there. It would take all of the guesswork out of the shopping process! You would know if Michael Kors and Mossimo were cut from the same cloth, so to speak, and then you could make an informed decision about your purchase. Yes, certain dye lots are more expensive and of course any detail on an item drives up the cost, but regarding the basics I am just dying to know the truth. Are some stores marking up their products by 50% and then others by 500%? I know we pay for the names on labels but are we also just prey to some really savvy marketing by some very shrewd CEO's?
In the meantime I am going to grab my needle and thread and sew up that little hole in my H&M shirt. After all, isn't that what Fashion Rehab is all about?