Clothes can be one of the most expensive components of your family’s budget. One reason for this is because if you wear something every day, it will wear thin after a while; or you might grow too much (or get skinnier); or it might become unfashionable; or you might spill something on it. There are countless reasons why you may need to buy new clothes. One of the best ways to reduce the amount of clothes you buy for your family is to choose clothing brands that manufacture items made to last. Here are some of the most durable clothing brands for you and your family.
North Face products were designed for those looking to survive in tough and uncompromising terrain. It has recently become extra trendy thanks to collaborations with brands like Supreme, but even if that puts you off you should know that they still celebrate their rugged origins with a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship (apart from shoes, which lose their warranty after a year). This means that if you buy a North Face product and it breaks through no fault of your own, North Face will repair or replace it for you at no cost.
Old Navy is known for manufacturing affordable clothing for the whole family, but part of how it can save money is that its clothes stand apart from fast-fashion economy choices. However, some of their items are more durable than others, so look for garments made from thicker materials, and if you’re shopping ”offline” ask an attendant how long an individual item tends to last. The answer might surprise you. Old Navy also has the benefit of being featured on discount sites: use an Old Navy coupon to make your dollar stretch even further.
L. L. Bean
L. L. Bean was originally an outdoorsman’s apparel company designed by an avid angler and hunter who wanted something durable to wear in the mountains, forests and prairies. This means that their clothing is designed to be more durable than usual – and what’s more they also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for one year after purchasing their product. They used to offer a lifetime guarantee, and the decision to take it away was commented on at length by the business community. However, their press release insisted that it was nothing to do with their clothes not being up to scratch, and more that people were finding loopholes in the system that were costing the company too much.
Osprey are another outdoorsy company and their policy on durability is clear. They offer an ‘All Mighty’ Guarantee that means that they will repair any damage or any defect that has happened for any reason under any circumstances, free of charge. If they can’t fix it they will replace it for you no matter when you bought it. However, you are responsible for the shipping cost – and for health reasons they can’t take clothes that are too dirty or mouldy to repair, and they won’t fix something for cosmetic reasons (their website mentions the logo peeling off as an example).