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How to Spot Counterfeit Designer Clothing

January 21, 2014

Fashion is an important part of nowadays’ society. More and more people want to be updated with the always changing trends and consumers are, more than ever, on the look for brand names, be it about clothes, watches, jewelry or other accessories. If you want to buy designer clothing, but you are looking for a bargain price, there is an important aspect you should take into consideration, and this is the forged products.

If a piece of clothing features a designer’s brand tag, this does not guarantee that the product is actually genuine. Counterfeit designer clothing flood the market and the consumers don’t always have the tools to detect them. Unless you are shopping in the offline flag stores, you are basically on your own when it comes to spotting counterfeit designer clothes, and this is not always an easy job.

You will understand, of course, in time that the shirt you bought as Versace is not a real Versace since its colors went out on the first wash, its edge tore right on your first wear, the buttons went off, or the zipper broke. But isn’t that a bit too late? Remember, you cannot return a forged good! This kind of shopping does not come with a warranty tag attached, and this is one of the things that should make you take a second and reflect upon your purchase decision.

So, how can you tell if a dress, a pair of trousers or a shirt is a fake?

The first thing to look at and also the most important is the fabric. Counterfeit clothes are made of cheap materials that simply don’t feel like the real thing. If you are unsure about how a genuine designer piece of clothing should feel like, the best thing to do is to visit one of these shops. Simply take a look around, touch them to get an idea of how the fabric should feel under your fingers.

Another sign that helps you spot out a fake shirt or pair of trousers is the label’s stitching. Look how the label is sown on the product. Real designer clothes don’t reveal the label’s stitching on the other side. Most counterfeit pieces don’t have carefully placed labels. The same goes for the buttons. Most of them feature a brand stamp. If they don’t, you should analyze that piece into more details.

Another way of being safe, though, is staying away from the big names, especially when you find them at suspiciously low prices. You cannot really believe that you can buy a Prada for a few dollars. Diesel jeans come with a price tag, they cannot be as cheap as advertised on the market stalls. Moreover, the genuine designer clothes are not sold at street corner. Don’t be as naive as to believe the sellers’ story. If they are as dishonest as to sell fakes, they will not be struck by honesty to tell you that you are investing in a counterfeited product.

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