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10 Factors To Consider When Shopping For New Clothes

10 Important Factors To Consider When Shopping For New Clothes

Shopping for clothes can turn out to be a rewarding and relaxing activity or a daunting experience. It all depends on your attitude and approach. So as not to be disappointed in your purchases, you have to be careful and pay attention to little details.

We at OU Entertainments have collected the following pronounced tips to make your next shopping experience an affordable, effective and stress-free experience.

1. The time and season

Some things may be cheaper during a certain month or season. On and things are a lot cheaper during festive periods as sales are slashed to celebrate with everyone however, there are discounts on different days for different items, for instance, our “thank God Its Friday” sales and more activities, please check for details.

In January, usually suits and winter garments typically go on sale, and the season between summer and winter comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of September, October, and November or as reckoned astronomically extending from the September equinox to the December solstice is the best time of year to buy jeans.

2. Mandatory waiting period

Do not buy an item you like immediately. Some sources advise waiting for about a week after you see an item in the store. Often, after this waiting period is over, you may decide that you don’t really want it and never go back, saving yourself some money.

Note: It is not advisable to spend more than 10% of your salary on clothes.

3. The flexibility and width of a shoe

A shoes on the shelf in the shoe store or shop may look fashionable and nice, but they may not be comfortable on your feet for a long walk as the production material may be too hard, thereby leaving marks on your feet after a long walk so, when buying shoes, try to bend and twist them to check their flexibility. A shoe should bend under the ball of the foot, and there should be some resistance when twisting. When trying on the shoes, walk on hard surfaces as well as carpet to see how the shoe feels on both.

You must also pay attention to the width as much as to the length; make sure there is enough room to slightly wiggle your toes. If you can’t move your toes at all, the shoes shouldn’t be yours.

4. The ply of a cashmere sweater

If you are aiming to buy a cashmere sweater, check the ply: most cashmere yarns are 2-ply, meaning that 2 threads are tightly intertwined to create one stronger one. Multiple-ply yarns are stronger, thicker, and more durable than single-ply ones. When knitted, one side of a single-ply stitch looks wider than the other side, which appears to form one continuous vertical column.

5. Matching patterns

In high-quality clothes, patterns (plaid or horizontal stripes) should match up at the seams and sleeves. Manufacturers of cheap clothes often skip this detail to keep costs affordable because matching often means cutting out the individual pieces of the garment. However, mismatching can be exaggerated to give a garment an eccentric look.

6. The length

For women, the choice depends on the type of jeans/pants. With ankle pants, the hem should be positioned just above or right on your ankle bone; skinny jeans should offer a clean, ankle-length look; straight jeans should cover the top of your feet, however remember to choose clothes that fit your body type.

When choosing jeans for men, go for those that are long enough to cover the socks but short enough not to cover the shoes.

7. The quality of the fabric

Always check the label. Even though synthetic fabric is cheaper and often blended with natural materials, it doesn’t last as well as natural fabric does with repeated laundering. Hold the fabric up to the light to judge its weight and the density of the weave.

Finally, check the seams on both the inside and outside of the garment. It is a warning sign if they are sloppy, loose, or stitched over multiple times.

8. Don’t trust the size on the labels

Although a standard sizing chart was used in the past, most brands today seem to develop their own sizing system. Another problem with sizes is so-called “vanity sizing.” According to research, a size 8 dress today is about the same as a size 16 dress in 1958. Therefore, you should always try different sizes on, and choose the one that fits best.

9. Dress for shopping success

If you are going to buy shoes, wear a pair that you can easily slip on and off. In general, choose comfortable clothes for your shopping trip, but wear the undergarments you would wear under the clothes you plan to purchase.

10. “Cost per wear” equation

When deciding whether to buy an expensive garment or to go for its cheaper equivalent, use a “cost per wear” equation. It is the sum of the price of the garment and its maintenance divided by the number of times you’ll wear it. According to this equation, for clothes you are going to wear regularly, it is better to choose a more expensive but higher quality item as it will serve you longer. The reverse is true for the items you won’t wear regularly.

That is on today’s topic, we hope you did find necessary tips on this list? And what shopping strategies do you use? Share your opinion with us in the comments. Cheers.



O U Mackson's profile: O U Mackson, born Ozuruonye Mackson Uchenwa is a Nigerian journalist, filmmaker, talent manager entarprenuer and the founder the talent promotion company O U ENTERTAINMENTS and CEO O U Mackson. Date of Birth: 2nd February 1992 (28 years) Hometown: O U Mackson hails from Eziama Uturu in Abia state Family: Ozuruonye Uchenwa was born into a polygamous family of 3 legal wives and 16 children. O U Mackson is the 4th child of his mother; Mrs Obiesie who was his 2nd wife and the 12th child of the family. Background: O U Mackson was born in his hometown Uturu but moved to Adamawa state at infancy to Professor Calistus Akosim; a guidan, where he started his daycare and nursery education at University Nursery School then primary school at University Primary School. He optained his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in the same school before he moved back to his parents in Uturu, Abia State to continue his secondary education at the Assumption Model Technical School, Uturu then completed Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE) at Osusu Secondary High School, Aba, Abia state. Ozuruonye Mackson Uchenwa gained admission to study Mechanical Engineering in the Federal Polythecnic, Ilaro, After his Ordinary National (OND) in 2012, Ozuruonye Mackson Uchenwa enrolled in the University of Alaska Fairbanks USA, in the first quarter of 2013 and emerged one of the best graduating students of 2016 from the English department where he studied English Literature/Letters (BA) In 2019 Ozuruonye Mackson Uchenwa completed a postgraduate diploma (PGD) in journalism in the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) Work Experience National Television Authority (NTA10) Program Canvasser National Television Authority (NTA2) Field Journalist/Producer Betex Communications limited Producer/Director PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS • Script Writing - Certificate - 2010 • English/Human Relations - Certificate - 2013 PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS • CEO O U Entertainments ( • Author of 3 published books • Graduate Member of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) HONOURS Best Prose writer of the year, award 2010 Association of Nigeria Authors, Ondo Chapter. Awarded by: His Excellency the Executive Governor of Ondo State. (Dr. Rahman Bamidele Mimiko)

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