Shopping for Clothes

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Chapter 19, section 3
Planning Your Wardrobe
By shopping wisely, you will
find the right clothes to
complete your wardrobe at the
right price
Wardrobe - clothes and
accessories you have to wear
Accessories - items that
accent your clothes, such as
shoes, hats, belts, jewelry,
neckties, and scarves
A well planned wardrobe will
include appropriate clothing
and accessories for all your
activities
Planning your wardrobe...
Consider these four factors
1. Separate needs from wants - wants can persuade you to fill a closet with
garments you seldom wear.
2. Select appropriate clothes for your lifestyle
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Example: students wear casual clothing, where as professional workers wear
business clothing
3. Consider your climate that you live in (warm or cold)
4. Determine what kinds of clothes meet your approval and the approval
of others
Taking an Inventory
Make detailed list of every
wearable garment you
own (don't forget
accessories!)
Set specific goals
Make list of new clothes
you need to buy
Replace worn clothes
Update your wardrobe
Add accessories
Extending Your Wardrobe
Extend your wardrobe
by
choosing multipurpose
clothing
mixing and matching
garments
using accessories
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Shopping Guidelines
Make a list of your needs
Use the list you made from your wardrobe
inventory
Decide how much money you have to spend
Prioritize your list
Comparison shop at several places
Buy only what you really need
Get the most out of your
money…
Refer to the shopping list you made when
completing your wardrobe inventory
Comparison shop at several different retail sites
before making a buying decision
Check sales and end-of-season clearances
Buy only what you really need - avoid impulse
buying and expensive trendy styles
Technology Brings New
Ways to Shop
Internet shopping advantages
Comparison shopping is easier
Can shop anywhere and at any time
Detailed information
Wide variety of items
Easy to locate difficult-to-find items
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Technology Brings New
Ways to Shop
Internet shopping
drawbacks
Cannot try on garments
before ordering
Cannot see or feel
merchandise
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Understanding Fashion
Terms
Fashion sense is an awareness of what it takes to
achieve a well-dressed look
Learning about fashion terms will help you build
your wardrobe
Fashion
Fashion is the current mode of dress; the manner
of dress being worn by the majority of people at a
given time
Fashion changes from year to year, and even
from season to season
Style
Style refers to specific construction details that
make one garment different from another
garment of the same type
Classic styles are in fashion year after year
Fad styles are hits for a short time
Fashion Cycles
A fashion cycle is the time from the introduction
of a new fashion idea to its eventual decline in
popularity
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Fashion Cycle
2. The style
reaches the
height of its
acceptance
1. A new style is
introduced and
becomes
increasingly
popular
3. The style
declines in
popularity as
consumers
grow tired of it
Fashion Cycles
As you assemble your wardrobe, identify
garments that are classic styles and fads
You will get the most wear from classic garments
that last for many seasons
Add a few inexpensive fad items
Judging Quality
Quality is an important
factor in clothing
Quality affects a garment’s
look
durability
fit
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Durability
Durability refers to how a garment will hold up
under use
A poorly constructed garment shows wear and
tear after a few wearings and cleanings
Before buying,
check for quality construction features
evaluate the type of fabric used
Fit
Fit refers to how a garment
conforms to the size and
shape of the body
Garments may be
fitted
semifitted
loose
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Reading Labels and Hangtags
Labels are cloth tags permanently
attached to garments to provide
important information (labels may
be printed on fabric)
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Reading Labels and
Hangtags
The Textile Fiber Products Identification Act
requires a label to list
fiber content
name of the manufacturer
country of origin
The Care Labeling Rule requires specific
instructions for care of the garment
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Reading Labels and
Hangtags
For wool products, the Wool Products Labeling Act
requires listing of
type of wool
percentage of wool
country of origin
The Fur Products Labeling Act requires the
identification of a fur’s animal source and its country
of origin
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Reading Labels and
Hangtags
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The Flammable Fabrics Act prohibits the sale of
very hazardous materials for use in clothing,
especially children’s sleepwear
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Reading Labels and
Hangtags
In addition to the required information, labels
may list
brand name
size
special finishes
construction features
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Reading Labels and
Hangtags
Hangtags are larger tags
attached to new garments
and provide information
such as
trademarks
guarantees
style numbers
sizes
prices
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