quality. helpfully brought up in a reader's posted thoughts, quality means different things to different people, but it's definitely going to be an important thing for a small wardrobe, or my small wardrobe at least. i agree with "hebden" that quality is not necessarily measured by the price tag. but is quality purely an objective characteristic? does it equal durability, or is the concept as important as the construction? i have to admit that i bestow the title of quality on things that appeal to my sense of aesthetics and wear like iron. obviously a delicate top is not expected to be a high-performance item, so i satisfy myself with certain pieces that i can rely on to balance the more fragile items.
How do you define "quality" and how important is it for you?