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How To Buy Girls Apparel That Will Last

Introduction

Girls grow at a fast pace especially through their preteen and teen years. They will be going through apparel quickly, so it is important to buy girls apparel that will last and endure for the long haul.

Step 1

First, before going out shopping for girls apparel you will want to take inventory of what your daughter has already in her closet. Take note of how many pants, tops, jackets, and skirts etc she has as well as the particular style apparel that she favors wearing.

Step 2

Plan a day of shopping for girls apparel with her. Look for girls apparel that are durable and will be able to withstand many washings. You can find quality clothing for girls at many places online and retail stores.

Step 3

Be sure not to buy any girls apparel that she already owns. This will just be a waste of money so be sure to stick to your list of items.

Step 4

While you are buying clothing pay attention to the quality of the apparel. Look at the seams, buttons and zippers. Buy only apparel that is made from a quality fabric such as cotton, wool or silk. These are better quality and will last longer as well as being easier to care for versus some mystery fabric you never heard of.

Step 5

Pay attention to the care label on the apparel. The manufacturer provides these labels for a reason and not following them properly can result in your clothing not lasting as long as it could. An example of an apparel label is Machine wash (cool, warm or hot). This means to wash in your washing machine at the temperature the label suggests. If the label says dry clean only, than don't wash or dry it. This type of apparel needs to be taken to the dry cleaners.

Another good way to make apparel last even longer is to forgo the dryer and opt to lay your clothes out to dry. You can either hang your clothes outside to dry or use some kind of hanger instead to dry your clothing.

Step 6

Don't wash girls' apparel as often as you normally do. Sometimes your clothes are not even dirty. If you only have on an item of clothing for say a few hours you really don't need to wash it. You can wear an item a few times before washing it to extend the life of the garment.

Step 7

Have separate apparel for your girls for school and play. Teach them to take care of their "good" school clothes and take them off when they get home and put on their older play apparel to wear.

Tips

If you notice a stain on any girls apparel take action right away to remove the stain. If you wait too long this gives the stain more time to settle making it more difficult to remove.

When looking to buy girls apparel to last is to only buy high quality apparel. If you are on a budget you can find some good clothing at second hand shops and even online auction websites such as Ebay.

By Krissy Brungs, published at 02/17/2012
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