Buying a suit ought to be seen as long term investment. A treasured and well maintained suit can stay with you for decades if it’s given the necessary care. With that in mind, here are a few pointers on looking after the most prized part of your wardrobe.
Hanging and storing your suit
Naturally, it’s important to hang your suit somewhere dry. Rather than using a wire hanger, try and opt for a more solid option. A chunkier wood or plastic hanger is closer to the shape of your shoulders and will support the garment more evenly without causing stretching. A thinner wire hanger concentrates the support of the weight of the suit in too fine an area and this can misshape the fabric around the shoulders, where the suit ought to be a perfect fit for a sharp silhouette.
When transporting a suit, try to avoid folding the suit anywhere but along the existing joints and natural points of creasing, such as the elbow and the shoulder hems. This avoids creasing throughout the larger areas of the suits fabrics. It might also be worth having a look at a specific suit for travel, constructed with fabrics such as worsted wool, which with their natural elasticity are more resistant to creasing.
Keeping your suit clean
Firstly, don’t resort to giving the whole suit a clean every time you notice a slight stain or mark. Instead, first look to clean the suit delicately with water and a soft cloth. Target specific areas which need cleaning to spare the whole suit the trauma of a full cleaning. When necessary, you can turn to the option of dry cleaning, look for a recommendation of a reputable service.
However, we’d suggest that you don’t resort to dry cleaning any more than two or three times a year as a maximum. The chemicals used in the process can damage the fibres of the suit, especially natural and organic materials. This can age the appearance of the suit and increase the likelihood of damage over time.
Pressing and ironing your suit
One particularly important thing to note here is that a dry iron isn’t good news for a suit. This will scorch the material and will often result in an unwanted shiny finish as well as increasing the probability of the fabrics weakening. Instead, use a steam iron. This not only reduces the appearance of creases in the fabric but also opens up the fibres of the suit’s material meaning stains can more easily be removed, especially from suits with a high thread count and a close structure of fibres and strands.
Consider investing in a proper steam press to achieve an even steam which will leave the suit crisply presented – it’s always a nicer feeling to wear a freshly pressed suit.
Making your suit last
A smart way to make your suit last longer is to rotate its trousers. Fortunately, at Norton and Townsend we very frequently have promotions offering an additional or discounted second pair of trousers with your suit. Typically, the jacket of a suit long outlasts the trousers, with the seat of the trousers wearing thin more quickly than other elements of the suit. A second pair of trousers means that you can continue to get the value of wearing your suit jacket for longer whilst keeping the overall suit looking fresh and new.
The better the quality of the suit’s materials and the higher the standard of the craftsmanship involved, the longer your suit will last. What’s more, if your suit is perfectly fitted to your figure then any stretching of the suit’s fabrics is reduced, decreasing the likelihood of seams and fabric falling apart from the strain. Whilst a high quality bespoke suit can be a large investment, if it’s well cared for then it offers considerably better value than the false economy of a cheaper suit that will only offer a few wears before needing replacing. With Norton and Townsend, you know you’re getting a suit that lasts.