A new study finds that people often look for the most flattering fabric, regardless of whether it’s the most comfortable.
“Fabrics are like shoes: you buy them to wear and they are supposed to fit,” says Anna Schleifer, senior editor at fabric magazine, Fabrics.
“But if you’re in a hurry to get to the destination you want, you can’t just pick the cheapest one.
That’s why a lot of people end up wearing something they really don’t want to be wearing.”
According to the new study, researchers surveyed 4,200 people and found that the majority of people have bought the wrong material for two reasons: they think it’s too expensive or the fabric is too short.
“When you buy the wrong one, you’re also choosing the wrong size for the wrong purpose,” says Schleiger.
“So if you want a longer-lasting fabric, you need to pay a little extra.”
In the study, participants were asked to choose from five fabrics.
“The fabrics we were looking for were actually a mix of a combination of fabrics and materials,” says Dr. Jessica Kwan, a textile expert at the University of Pennsylvania.
She says the main reason is that a lot are made with nylon, polyester, and a few other types of fibers.
The researchers used the results to create a guide to how much the wrong fabrics cost.
The study found that a typical $20,000 fabric will cost you between $8 and $15 a pair.
The study also showed that the cheapest fabric that people bought is often the same as a cheaper option that has been discontinued.
“If you buy a cheap fabric and you can afford it, you are much more likely to end up with the right one,” says Kwan.
“That’s because a lot fabrics are more expensive than they are worth.”
The research also showed people tend to choose the right fabric based on what they want and are looking for in a particular product.
For example, they are more likely than not to buy a fabric that is long enough to fit over their underwear.
This is because many people have short underwear and don’t really want to wear them.
“It’s not like you have to buy the cheapest,” says Professor David Ahern, director of the Institute for Design Research and Design at the City University of New York.
“People are more willing to pay extra if they’re looking for something that’s going to be comfortable.”
Ahern says it’s important to look at the fabric’s quality before buying.
“There are certain things you can look at, such as the weight, and see if there are any seams or pockets that might help with a fit,” he says.
Another study showed that people who are more interested in style tend to purchase fabrics with a lower price tag.
The findings suggest people often think about the quality of a garment before buying, even if they don’t know the exact price.
“You don’t buy a good dress just because you want it to be beautiful,” says Ahern.
“You can get a better dress for the same price.”
In addition, fabrics can be made with different sizes, making them more expensive or cheaper than they look.
So if you are looking at a fabric and don’s size is smaller than the size of your hips, you might end up buying a longer or shorter one.
“People buy things for their waist, not their hips,” says Tanya Schaffer, a senior editor for fabric magazine.
“And there’s no reason why you can compare the two.”