Trying to find that perfect outfit for an evening party or gala can be a difficult task. Especially if your task is to look for a uniquely-made dress in a boutique. But not so if you where to look and what to look for in terms of design, style and quality.
Where We Find Our Dresses
At Sastique Fashions, we find all of our quality clothing and accessories from individual designers and manufacturers all over the world. While we enjoy working with a variety of partners out-of-state and overseas, our passion is to remain connected to our home here in Phoenix, AZ. Therefore our main focus in the coming years is to partner with more local designers to increase our stock of quality boutique dresses.
As an upscale clothing boutique, we pick and choose (read: fuss-over) the types of clothing that our customers want. We never carry items that we wouldn’t wear ourselves. Our fashion is always unique but classic and conservative.
One such dress is the “Peach Angel Dress”. This vintage-inspired dress has an elegant lace design across the front to it’s sheer back. A beautiful light peach with a beveled skirt and short babydoll sleeves.
Another similar vintage-inspired dress is the “Ivory Fields Dress”. It is a plus-size only, a-line style dress with a lace design on the top and skirt on the bottom. The garment is a creamy nude color.
What To Look For In a Quality Dress
There are several individual ways to tell if an item is low quality. In terms of fashion, how to tell if something was made among a particular standard is a bit more subtle. Here are the 3 most common ways to tell if a dress (or any clothing for that matter) is higher in quality:
The hemline is the stitching or seam along the ends of a garment. The stitching can be used to either pull to pieces of fabric together or to secure the ends of a piece of fabric, such as a skirt. A bad hemline would run crooked and threads would appear to be unraveled (especially noticeable at the ends). A good hemline would be straight and threads would appear to be neatly tightened.
What is the material made out of? It is common knowledge that some materials are higher in quality than others; such as cotton as opposed to polyester, or silk as opposed to cotton. However there are many variations of polyesters, and some are of higher quality than cotton. There are also many different variations of quality among silks. The most important factor when deciphering quality is whether the material will fit your needs – given the material quality, is the dress you want within your budget?
Have you ever gone to a second-hand store, tried on a pair of shorts (or the like) and thought they fit right…except it seems to be cut funny. This may along go with hemlines, but “cut” is usually the term associated with how the garment is stitched in a certain way. You can notice if a dress has a quality cut just by how the sleeves and skirt are aligned. If one of the sleeves are off-center or the skirt isn’t cut straight across, you know the dressmaker didn’t follow accurate measurements.