In my last guide, I gave 12 tips for buying a bespoke suit. So now that you have your new suit and have worn it a few times to work, interviews, or closing deals (hopefully), you need to understand the proper suit care. The work doesn’t stop after purchasing your suit and you need that custom tailored masterpiece to be kept in prime condition at all times. Here are a few things to keep in mind when maintaining your new custom suit. As always, drop me a comment with any specific questions and I will do my best to answer them all!
#1 Brushing and Rolling
Brushing and rolling a suit can keep a suit looking fresh and in top condition. The majority of suits made will be made from wool which is a natural fiber. Wool holds things like dirt, dust, and lint in the fabric and when it doesn’t see proper care for a while, the fabric begins to damage. Brushing the suit out with a suit brush will significantly extend its life and save you money in the long run! Just one thing to note, when brushing, be sure to brush downwards and never perpendicular to the fibers to avoid damaging the fabric. After a quick lint roll, your suit will look cared for and ready to wear time and time again.
#2 Hanging and why it’s Important
How to hang your suit is something that should also be noted. It is important for your suit to breath and have plenty of space when it is off your body and on a hanger. I would suggest investing in a proper wooden hanger (or a few) which will adequately space your suit in a wide-spread contoured shape to preserve its appearance. A wooden hanger will also absorb moisture (which can help with odors after a long day) and act as a natural moth repellent.
#3 Avoiding Moths
Adding on to my last point, moths are basically a death sentence for any suit. Moths will lay hundreds of eggs in your material and once they hatch, you better get ready for another trip to your tailor. So the question becomes, how can you prevent moths from invading your suit in the first place? Some suit enthusiasts will suggest mothballs, and while they will do the job, the smell can be strong and unpleasant. An alternative that I would suggest, is taking some dried lavender leaves, placing them in sealed pouches, and putting them into empty pockets. This will prevent moths in your suit and it will do so without the smell. Additional measures to prevent moths in your suit include keeping your closet clean and vacuuming the space you place your suit frequently.
#4 Minor Repairs and Alterations
Problems you may encounter with your suit usually end up small and only get worse. Know your custom suit and look over it every so often to make sure it isn’t damaged in any way. There are repairs you can take into your own hands without them turning into costly problems. For example, if you see a suit button that is ready to fall off, cut the string and repair it yourself before you lose the button. A replacement may turn costly and could have easily been avoided. The point is, know your suit, and if you can’t fix a problem on your own, don’t be afraid to give your tailor a call and have it repaired properly.
#5 Traveling With Your Suit
My obvious suggestion when you travel with your suit is that you invest in a garment bag to protect for protection. Unfortunately garment bags aren’t always practical, you don’t own one, or you can’t borrow one. So what’s the solution? You’re going to have to fold your suit and you need to do it the right way. I suggest taking some time to look over a guide dedicated to explaining the proper way to fold your suit.
#6 Cycle Your Suits
The last tip I have is to cycle your suits. It is important to give your suits a break to avoid deterioration. Natural wool needs time to sit to ensure there isn’t constant wear and tear allowing the fabric to recover. If the situation calls for it, it’s okay to wear a suit for a few days, but just be aware that you shouldn’t regularly be wearing the same suit on a day to day basis.
As always, thank you for reading! If you have any questions or need any clarification about proper suit care, please feel free to leave a comment and I will answer back as soon as I can!
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