Finding durable, high quality girls’ school trousers can be somewhat of a challenge for any parent; you want your child to have a pair of comfortable trousers that will last all year but you don’t want them to cost a fortune. Just like any other purchase you might make, looking for the perfect pair of school trousers requires some careful checking and consideration. Once you’ve inspected all of the necessary factors, they should be good to go all term if not all year!
The areas you should be focusing on are the seams, fasteners, lining, materials and fabric and the care instructions. Regarding seams, they should be tight enough to be secure but loose enough to allow for free movement; double seams are dense but stronger than single seams, making them an ideal choice for school trousers. Seams and hems should also be pressed so they lie flat as this will ensure they are less likely to become damaged or pulled. Check for any loose threads or broken stitches to make sure your trousers will stand the test of time.
As for fasteners, whether they be buttons, hooks, zippers, or a combination of any of the two; they should always be sewn on securely and steadily. Hooks should not hang loose, buttons should be firmly attached and bound with thread and zippers should move up and down with ease. Remember, the fasteners on a pair of trousers also contribute to their overall durability.
When it comes to lining, technically, lined trousers are better than unlined pairs because they are much easier to slip on and the also layer better. This doesn’t necessarily mean that all trousers without lining are not high quality though because some unlined trousers, if made properly, can fit wonderfully.
You’ll also want to check the materials and fabric used before purchasing any pair of trousers. You can assess the quality of the fabric just by grabbing it at the seams with both hands and giving it a gentle tug. If the thread from the seams starts to pull apart, consider them a very poorly made pair of trousers. The weight of the fabric is also a good judge of quality; the heavier and denser fabrics tend to age better and last longer.
Another sign worth checking is the care instructions. Opt for trousers that are much more flexible when it comes to care and maintenance. Garments that do not shrink, become stiff, or alter in any way once washed are the best choice.
The last thing to look out for when choosing the perfect pair of school trousers is the possibility of damage to the fabric or construction. Obviously, you won’t want to buy a pair of trousers that are useless before the term has even started so make sure you thoroughly check the product for any loose threads, runs, or broken zippers.