If you've been shelling out for designer clothing in the hopes that it will be more durable than cheaper options, you might want to reconsider.
A new study from The University of Leeds suggests that low-cost clothing might actually outlast pricier pieces.
The study was led by Dr. Mark Sumner, a lecturer in fashion and sustainability. Using samples of T-shirts and jeans from a variety of brands and price points, researchers measured factors such as seam strength, colorfastness, and how long it took for the fabric of each piece to develop rips or tears.
Despite the popular notion that designer clothes are more sturdily constructed than off-the-rack items, the study found that fast-fashion shirts and jeans usually out-performed their luxury counterparts.