How to Look after Your Suit

How to Look after Your Suit

I know we've said it before, but buying a suit isn't always simple nor is it particularly cheap. Therefore, it's crucial you carry out plenty of research before taking the leap to guarantee it fits correctly and you'll get more than one wear out of it. And also, if you're parting with that sort of cash you're also going to want to make sure it lasts longer than a couple of outings.

To ensure your suits remain looking as fresh as they did the day you bought them it's fundamental you look after them properly. So if you're in any doubt of what correct suit care involves then grab your note pad and listen up.

Photo: Shutter Stock
Photo: Shutter Stock

Invest in Some Wooden Hangers

Wire hangers have no place in any wardrobe. They're only just about acceptable for lightweight shirts and tees, but when it comes to suits don't even think about it. They cause irreparable damage to the shoulders of your suit jacket and leave nasty creases on trouser legs. When hanging a suit a solid wooden hanger is the only option. Places like Ikea and the like have multipacks for super cheap so it's well worth grabbing some.

Learn How to Use a Steam Iron

Your mum probably taught you how to use an iron once upon a time, but there's a good chance you haven't used one since. However, if you want to keep your suit looking slick at all times you'll need to start making use of one again; a steam iron will help to keep your jacket and trousers crease free.

Always Buy Two Pairs of Trousers

If you plan on wearing your suit to work it's advisable you purchase two pairs of trousers with every jacket. Where you're sat down most of the time the seat of your suit trousers will wear quicker than your jacket eventually causing it to go shiny - something you definitely won't want happening.

Dry Clean Sparingly

We can't stress this enough: don't dry clean your suits more than twice a year. Obviously, if you spill something down your suit then you'll have to get it dry cleaned, but wherever possible avoid it as the harsh chemicals will cause the suit fibres to break down over time and make your suit go wrinkly. Instead, invest in a soft clothes brush which is perfect for removing any light stains or marks.

Rotate as Much as Possible

Like we mentioned in our how to take care of your shirts feature, it's important to rotate your suits as much as possible. Ideally you should have at least two suits in your wardrobe if you're required to wear one to work each day as it'll limit one wearing out before the other.

Avoid Using Your Pockets

Stuffing your daily essentials into your suit jacket or trouser pockets is a massive no-no. You want your suit to look slick at all times and a clumpy wallet or bunch of keys will distort that aesthetic. Similarly, don't try and un-stich any sewn-up pockets as these help to maintain the shape of the suit and flatter your frame. If you need to put your belongings somewhere then buy yourself a man bag.

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