A Smart Way to Check a Garment’s Quality

woman-shopping-bags_300Finding a good deal while shopping is always exciting—but before you buy an item based on its great price tag, use this quick trick for seeing if there’s a good reason for why your potential buy is marked down.

Turn the garment or bag inside out, and inspect the lining. According to Christian Siriano, who designs a line of shoes and bags for Payless, that’s where you’ll tend to find uneven seams and jumbled or loose threads (commonly at the hemline). Another bad sign of which to be wary: Lining that looks bubbly, or hangs lower than the hem of the frock.

Want more shopping tips? Read our guide for finding clothes that flatter your figure.


  1. corrections

    wary, not weary

    October 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm
  2. Rachel Stein

    fixed, thanks!

    October 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm
  3. Barbara

    While you’re making corrections, “it’s” should be “its” in the first sentence.

    October 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm
  4. Judith Jameson

    Barbara, you are wrong. It’s means “it is”, a contraction. Its in this case means “belonging to”. This is one instance when you don’t use the apostrophe for possession.

    October 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm
  5. Rachel Stein

    Fixed– thanks, Barbara!

    October 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm
  6. Carolyn

    Mother always said to check the seams. 1) straight, 2) even stitches, 3) space between stitches should not be seen such as “. . . .” they should be (…….)

    October 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm
  7. Joanna

    this is pretty useless, as most clothing most consumers buy today do not have linings. Good tip for those with linings, but how about some tips for those without?

    October 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm
  8. Deb

    Why are there ALWAYS grammar nazi’s waiting in the wings with all of the criticisms? Those clothes with no liners? Use mesh laundry bags that you can buy at the Dollar store. They are great for items that need hand washing but can still handle a regular wash load, if it is not to delicate.

    October 14, 2013 at 11:14 pm
  9. Barbara

    I just love Real Simple magazine and don’t want its reputation tarnished by a few simple errors. That’s all. I know that writers want to be correct and don’t mind a little help occasionally.

    October 15, 2013 at 6:11 am

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