Are Generic Garments Just As Good As Name Brand Clothes?
 by: George Hutton

Shopping for clothes is always a fun experience. With new styles and designs coming out every year, getting a new wardrobe can do a lot for you. Sometimes, though, buying name brand clothes all the time can get quite expensive. There is an alternative, which is buying generic brands which intend to simulate the name brand look. If you like shopping but don't know which is better, this article is for you. I'll go over the basic pros and cons of each, so you can make a better buying decision.

There are several positives to buying name brands. They are of generally higher quality, both in the material and how they were put together. They will also be noticed by all your friends of being name brand, so if that's important to you, it's a definite plus. Name brands will generally last quite a bit longer than the generic copies, so you know you are buying long lasting quality when you buy any name brand piece of clothing.
The biggest drawback to buying name brand is that it can be terribly expensive. If you had a certain piece of clothing in mind that you just had to have, but nearly had a coronary when you saw the price, then you can understand this point very well. Very few of us have the financial resources to solely by name brands. For those of us on a budget, that just isn't possible.

Buying generic brands, on the other hand, can save you a ton of cash. There are plenty of retail stores designed specifically to sell generic brands or off-brand products at a substantial discount, which means you can save quite a bit of money. Many times they look very similar to name brands, so from a style standpoint, you're getting the same piece of clothing at a significantly reduced price.

Naturally, there are some drawbacks to buying off brands. Many of the actual manufacturers won't be known to you, so you'll have no idea what kind of quality you are buying. Sometimes you'll get lucky and they'll hold up just as well as a name brand item, but often times they won't. This means you'll have to replace them more often.

So how do you know which is best for you? Many people like to find a happy medium. They'll have three or four name brand outfits, and they keep these for special occasions. Other times when they are hanging out with friends or family, generic brands are perfect. That way, you get the best of both worlds.
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