Your suit is one of the most important items in your wardrobe, and you know it too. You’ll wear it several times throughout your life, perhaps even every day depending on your career path.
Of course, it represents a significant investment, so it’s important to learn how to wear, clean and store your suit properly so that it lasts you for a long while.
Below are some easy ways to care for your suits.
1. Give it a rest.
Unlike your everyday pair of jeans, a suit should not be worn daily for weeks or months on end. A suit’s fibers need recovery time after each wear, otherwise you’re taking years out of its durability.
Additionally, not wearing your suit daily keeps it clean longer, allowing for more time between visits to the dry-cleaner.
2. Iron With Care
When you iron, you’re using heat to loosen fabric fibers and press them flat. Unfortunately, there’s also a good chance you can end up burning or yellowing the fabric if you’re not doing it properly.
Using too much heat on delicate fabrics can completely ruin them, so make sure you always use the right heat level for the type of fabric you’re ironing.
3. Practice Good Storage Habits
Whether you have a wardrobe or a couple of shelves, the way you store your suits can make them last for years or, alternatively, leave them looking unkempt and damaged in just a few months.
Hang them properly after wear and do not be tempted to discard them in a corner until the next time you are ready to wear.
4. Dress After You Finish Your Hair and Makeup
Women’s clothing have the tendency to get damaged more when compared to men’s because women use cosmetics that can stain and fade garments. By doing your hair and makeup before you get dressed, you can avoid those issues.
Better still, wear something breezy while you go through your daily routine to prevent things like lipstick and bronzer from getting on your suit.
Hairspray is one of the main factors for fading a suit untimely, so resist the urge for a final spray before you head out the door.
5. Empty your pockets.
Filling your pockets to the brim will change your suit’s flattering cut and style and you should avoid this. Bulges and lumps change the overall shape of your suit and can stretch out the fabric, leaving it shapeless and ugly.
Therefore, make it a duty to empty your pockets before heading out in your suit, keeping only the really important items in your pockets.