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We have had posts recently about upscale materials and fashions.  And I was thinking, what do you consider upscale?  How would you define it.  It would be great to see and read about examples.  I suspect many of us define this differently.

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I LOVE Dillards.  All of their items are good quality, even their house brands.

 

Most companie's house brands are extremely inexpensive and launder badly.

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I think you know quality when you see and feel it. It's hard to define in words.

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@indoor kitty wrote:

I think you know quality when you see and feel it. It's hard to define in words.


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Agree.  Quality depends on the person and the price point.

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That's a good topic/question! As said by @NYCLatinaLaw , most of us will have a different idea as to what constitutes upscale. If I'm purchasing something I consider to be upscale, I prefer natural fibers (as opposed to synthetic). Other things I consider include the origin of the garment and the reputation of customer service from the store (or company). With the actual garment, I look for strong stitching (with good thread), quality/sturdy zippers, buttons, etc. I think when a piece is well made, it should fit nicely and lay and move well when worn. 

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Re: Upscale fashions

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I'm really not a fahionista, but I think "upscale" means quality details. The other day I was watching Isaac, and they were presenting a wool coat that had no collar, no cuffs, and no lining. It looked unfinished to me, but they were trying to sell it as being a sleek and clean design. I think an upscale coat would have a nice collar, lining in a beautiful fabric, and either cuffs or nicely finished sleeves, and beautiful buttons, at least! 

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Upscale usually means the finest fabrics - usually natural such as wool, cotton. linen, silk, etc.  Also, included is fine tailoring, excess material, and designer details such as drapping, princess seaming, pleating, folding, dramatic sleeves and/or other designer details including unusual muted colors, or bold saturated colors with distinct textures, and combinations of textures, cloths, etc.

 

You know it immediately when you see it.  Costs are much higher and are worth it for the garments' longevity, etc.

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I'd say places like Bergdorf Goodman.

 

I receive email newsletters from them, and, yes, definitely upscale, imo.

 

The styles shown call out 'upscale'. 

 

I've noticed that 'upscale' places/stores show quite a few higher waisted items. 

 

Just looks 'classy' the way the pants hang, etc. 

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The most important thing to me is how the material feels when I touch it.  That is what makes me buy an item.  Upscale does not always met that criteria and upscale doesn't always mean quality, just means expensive.

 

I do want an item that feels good, looks good and is well made - that is more important to me than "upscale".

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@NYCLatinaLaw    I describe upscale clothing as excellent fabrics used and  craftsmanship.  Also, the designer and the pricing. A lot of the time you have to wait for sales to purchase the clothes unless you have an unlimited budget.

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