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Investing is about earning a return, not about entertainment. You should not care about how intriguing a stock or a business is, but should find a stock attractive or repulsive based on its intrinsic value. This discipline is easier said than done, especially considering the following five textile and apparel stocks. Their industry is boring, but they all pay dividends and have grown their dividend payments over the past decade. The dividends they pay are modest and steady, like the underlying businesses themselves. Their valuations mediocre, and they have had modest to acceptible returns on equity over the past decade. In short, they are stable and borring—which is a good thing for your investments. These stocks are described below:

Lacrosse Footwear Inc. (NASDAQ:BOOT-OLD) recently traded at $12.22 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 4.1% dividend yield. For 4 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of BOOT paid a total of $1.65 in dividends. BOOT shareholders have suffered a -22.9% drop in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this microcap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 1.2, a price-to-earnings multiple of 17.0, and a price-to-sales multiple of 0.6 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade, shareholders enjoyed a 5.1% average annual return on equity.

Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) recently traded at $25.14 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 2.0% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of AIN paid a total of $3.40 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $2.25 were paid in the last five years. AIN shareholders have enjoyed a 10.1% rise in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this smallcap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 1.8, a price-to-earnings multiple of 12.8, and a price-to-sales multiple of 0.8 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade, shareholders saw a 4.6% average annual return on equity.

Superior Uniform Group Inc. (NASDAQ:SGC) recently traded at $12.7 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 4.2% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of SGC paid a total of $5.40 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $2.70 were paid in the last five years. SGC shareholders have savored a 21.8% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this microcap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 1.2, a price-to-earnings multiple of 17.8, and a price-to-sales multiple of 0.7 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders saw a 4.2% average annual return on equity.

V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC) recently traded at $137.11 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 2.1% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of VFC paid a total of $16.36 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $11.30 were paid in the last five years. VFC shareholders have savored a 64.6% jump in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this largecap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 3.4, a price-to-earnings multiple of 22.5, and a price-to-sales multiple of 1.8 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade, shareholders savored a 13.5% average annual return on equity.

Weyco Group Inc. (NASDAQ:WEYS) recently traded at $24.5 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 2.6% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of WEYS paid a total of $3.50 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $2.51 were paid in the last five years. WEYS shareholders have seen a 3.8% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this microcap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 1.6, a price-to-earnings multiple of 18.8, and a price-to-sales multiple of 1.1 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade, shareholders savored a 13.8% average annual return on equity.

For investments, boring can be beautiful. Don’t ignore boring sectors like textiles just becase they don’t pique your interest.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Disclaimer: This article was written to provide investor information and education, and should not be construed as a guarantee or investment advice. I have no idea what your individual risk, time-horizon, and tax circumstances are: please seek the personal advice of a financial planner. This article uses third-party data and may contain approximations and errors. Please check estimates and data for yourself before investing.