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Warning Signs that You Need to Update Your Wardrobe

September 17, 2009

There are few things greater than reliving your heyday but when overdone it can have terrible results. Any number of professional athletes, reality television celebrities and every Police Academy movie after the first one have all been guilty of blurring the lines of success and beating a dead horse. The same applies to our favourite clothing.

We’ve all had a favourite article of clothing that was one-of-a-kind or maybe a shirt that was considered “lucky” or particularly flattering. However, all good things must come to an end, and the life of that favorite garment is no exception. To put off the inevitable, always attempt to purchase products made according to high standards and from quality materials, in addition to properly caring for them. Initially, it may seem as if the cost of purchasing quality menswear is high but, in the long term, it will last much longer than any mid to low-end clothing, which means you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite blazer or trousers or sport shirt for an extended period of time.

If there is ever a doubt over when to part company with a portion of your wardrobe, pay attention to the following signs:

Fading. Are the shirts in your closet significantly less vibrant from the first day you purchased them, particularly around the edges of the collar and cuffs? While, you may be tempted to either assume nobody can tell, or replace the collar and cuffs in a hope to extend the life of your shirt, either way you’re showing the world that you either aren’t one to adapt to changing situations or that you think a faded shirt with fresh colored cuffs and collars is cool. Either way, you aren’t putting your best foot forward. Instead, add this shirt to your donation pile.

Thread Bare. Over time, friction causes garments to fray or wear through. Most frequently, this occurs on the edges of a collar’s neckband or cuffs and between one’s inner thighs. Antonio hand picks fabrics that have a minimum 2 by 2 ply 1oo’s thread count, which makes for a more durable shirt.  Moreover, Antonio Valente trousers are back lined in the crotch and inner thigh area to reinforce this vulnerable spot from deteriorating. However, in the end, nothing can be done to remedy this problem once the evidence is apparent so replace your shirt or trouser immediately  thereafter.

Too Much Starch Build-Up on Collar and Cuffs. Dry cleaners are notorious for being less than delicate when pressing shirts. To facilitate the process, they liberally apply starch to collars and cuffs, which adds a synthetic coating to the surfaces over time. Consequently, your shirts’ collars and cuffs become glossy, brittle and may even experience discolouring. The best way to preserve the quality of your shirts, other than laundering and ironing them yourself, is to insist that your dry cleaner hand press them and refrain from using starch.

Shiny Trousers or Jackets. Dry cleaning is an industry driven by a fast turn over. Consequently, extreme high temperatures are used to quicken the time needed to press garments. As is commonly known, extreme heat attacks the integrity of a garment’s thread structure, which expedites its demise. In the case of trousers, sport jackets or any garment predominantly made from wool, very high heat will burn the nap of the fabric and ruin the garment by making the surface irreversibly shiny.

Completely Out of Fashion. It’s time to consider a new direction in style and fit if any of the following are part of your wardrobe. If you have trousers with more than one pleat and a full fit or shirts with a very baggy fit and dropped shoulders or double-breasted suits that date back to before 2008 and three button single breasted jackets then try stepping out of your comfort zone by trying new looks and fits that can help frame your personality and physique in a more flattering way.

Clothing communicates what we feel, think and aspire to. So, keep your best foot forward and let your wardrobe live the present, and not be a relic of the past.

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