There’s More To Clothing Labels Than Meets The Eye

When it comes to clothing, one important aspect that is often overlooked is the label that you’ll find inside. In fact, with some types of clothing, you might actually find more than one.

In the fashion and apparel industry, clothing labels are very important, and in addition to providing brand identity about the specific piece of clothing, it also provides useful washing and care information. Afterall, not every piece of clothing should be washed at the same heat and cycle. Different materials require different care, and the label is where the consumer will find all of this information.

The two types of label you can find inside a piece of clothing are the brand label and the care label. Below we will take a brief look at one of these.

Brand label

All garments produced by famous brands including those such as Levi, Armani, Nike and Polo will all feature a brand label inside each item. For tops such as shirts and t-shirts, this label is usually on the back of the garment inside the neck area.

This label is always placed in a prominent position, so that the eyes are automatically drawn to the brand and label when you pick a garment off the shelf or rack to give it a closer look. Brand labels are a great way for the manufacturer to further promote themselves and provide some additional information. 

For example, if the brand is one that manufacturer’s ethically produced clothing, then it is going to want to showcase this fact. And one of the best ways of doing so is on their brand label inside each item.

Not all garments are going to have a brand label, especially if they are a generic piece of clothing and not something produced by a major player in the industry. However, for the major brands, the labels are always worth taking a closer look at.

Care label

All garments will have a clothing care label, with some of them being either extremely long in size or consist of multiple layers, such as a small leaflet. 

These care labels are usually stitched onto the side of garments low around the waist area, in order to cause as little annoyance as possible. Depending on the material that these are made from, lots of people may find the label very uncomfortable or even itchy. They are often removed as soon as the individual arrives home with the item.

Despite their sometimes large size, the care labels on clothing are very important, and you should pay close attention to them, even if you intend to remove them before wearing the garment.

Some items are intended for dry clean only, while others should only be washed at low temperatures on a light washing cycle. Some garments are also not suitable for tumble dryers and should be hung out to dry naturally. Get the type of wash wrong, and you could end up ruining the garment. 

The different types of clothing label

Labels for clothing can be made in a variety of ways with different styles and materials. Some types of clothing require more specific types of labels, and below we will take a look at some of the most common types of labels for garments.

Adhesive Labels

Sometimes there are pieces of clothing that want to display a prominent label on them, which can then be removed before being worn. For this purpose, it’s best to use adhesive labels which can be applied and removed very quickly and easily without the risk of causing any damage to the garment. One piece of clothing that these are frequently used on are socks, jeans and other denim garments.

Woven Labels

For a more traditional look and one that also adds a touch of quality to a garment, woven labels are a great solution, and are often used on pieces of clothing that will require more frequent washing than others. Over time, regular labels will fade and wear out, while a woven label will always remain and be visible.

Swing Tags

Another form of label that is removed before the garment is worn are swing tags. These are also another popular type of label for jeans and other rugged and outdoor garments. The swing tag can feature much more information than you’d be able to include on a regular label, and are sometimes used to tell the story of how the garment came to be, with details such as where the materials were first created, where they were developed, and how the garment came to be in your hands.

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