How to find quality secondhand clothes online? With material filter!
Many of us wander around clothing stores touching clothes, as few buy anything from a physical store without first checking the fiber content of the clothing. The feeling in your fingers also says a lot about the quality of the garment and its fibers. But how to find out the quality of clothing when doing online shopping? There are only a few pictures and the product cannot be felt before purchase. The garment may also be photographed only on the hanger and unironed or the seller has not taken close-ups of it at all, allowing you to take a closer look at the material. In most cases, there is no right to a refund.
High-quality clothing will last years without looking worn down. They do not become fuzzy or pill. High-quality clothing is also ecological because it lasts a long time. Therefore, you should invest in them rather than in cheap fast fashion. One good garment equals five inferior ones and a high quality garment’s resale value will be maintained for years. So you can sell it after you use it, sometimes even get a price more than what you bought it for. The best hallmark of quality clothing in online stores is the material from which it is made.
I have found out that when selling something secondhand, the seller often underestimates the power of the product’s material content. When writing product description, it may seem like a trivial little thing that only takes unnecessary time to type, but the fact is that it is likely to be quite important to the buyer, as most consumers check the exact fiber content of a product before buying and attach the “quality” of the claim specifically to the fiber. The material information of the product should therefore be indicated in app with an accuracy of one percent. Especially if the product is made of or contains natural fibers.
I sighed a little when I was told that Zadaa now has a material filter in their search field. This feature is still missing from many new online clothing stores, so it’s unique in the app as a search feature. Searching through material yields better search results than just searching by type of clothing (shirt, jacket), price, or color. By searching for material, surfing is faster, because it narrows search results more accurately than the other search criteria mentioned above. You should also use material-based searches, if you want to make sure that a product does not contain any materials of animal origin, such as leather, silk or wool, and other hair fibers. The material search is where you can find a separate spot for faux leather, faux fur, polyurethane, and other man-made fibers.
Fibers are divided into three main types: natural fibers, modified fibers, and man-made fibers. No fiber is itself of poor quality or unsuitable, but their properties are clearly different because they are designed for different types of clothing and uses.
Natural fibers are the most valuable and high-quality materials. They are popular from year to year, because when well cared for they last for years in use and their value does not decrease. Plant-based natural fibers include e.g. cotton, linen, and hemp. Natural fibers of animal origin, on the other hand, include wool, silk, alpaca, angora, cashmere, mohair, and pashmina. Valuable fibers, on the other hand, cover almost all natural fibers except cotton and sheep’s wool.
Nowadays two out of three garments are polyester, so natural fiber garments are produced only half of what is man-made. For this reason, among other things, natural fiber clothing is more valuable. Many also find them more comfortable to use. The more natural fibers a garment has, the higher the quality it usually is.
Modified fibers are the second-highest quality. Viscose, modal, and lyocell are all cellulose-based modified fibers. They are therefore made of wood, but still factory-made and are therefore not counted as natural fibers. But their properties are like cotton and silk. That’s why I’m a fan of artificial fibers themselves. They are often cheaper to buy than high-value textiles, but just as comfortable to wear.
I think polyester garments have a completely and unnecessarily bad reputation. Synthetic fibers are perceived as chilling and uncomfortable, but they also have their advantages. Synthetic garments are usually cheaper to buy than natural fibers, but they should choose loose and casual designs The exception is sportswear, which is often man-made and form-fitting and meant for sweating and the materials are designed to move sweat away from the skin due to its structure.
Try Zadaa’s material filter today! I promise you will find very special treasures through it!
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P.S. If you put your own clothes on sale in Zadaa, please steam them with an evaporator first. It makes any garment look like new!