Know Your Outerwear
on whether a pair was at the top or the bottom of the stack when the material was cut. Whenever possible, try on the specific garment you’re thinking of buying. • Read hangtags. Federal Trade Commission standards, and some state laws, govern truth in outerwear labeling. For instance, if a garment is labeled “down,” it must be down. Hangtags and website descriptions also often contain valuable care information. • Ask for care advice. Your outerwear will probably take a beating, and extremely soiled garments sometimes lose their effectiveness. Ask especially about caring for any treatments, finishes, dyes, or leather products. If you’re into low maintenance, invest in an oilskin duster or jacket — all it’ll need is a good hosing down.