But this is only possible if treated with the upmost care and attention.
Bear in mind, the suit is not indestructible.
Due to the delicacy of the fibres, suit fabrics are prone to stretching and tearing seams are also liable to split.
Here at Norton & Townsend, we have put together an 8-point guide to how you can ensure a long life from one of the most important (and don’t forget costly) pieces in your wardrobe.
1 | Rotate your suits
We all have our favourites, but make sure you have a few good options that you can rotate throughout the working week in order to prevent wearing down one particular piece. The more you alternate, the longer the life of the suit.
2 | Get the right size.
Buying a suit in the correct size to start with is imperative. A tight suit may cause the fabric to wear thin and split over time.
3 | Return to the original tailor
Returning to your original tailors for alterations and corrections means they will be completed to perfection. From our regional offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh and Cardiff, Norton & Townsend’s experienced bespoke tailors cover the whole of the UK visiting you in the comfort of your own home or office.
4 | Avoid overloading pockets
Try to avoid overloading the internal pockets of your suit. Items such as keys and thick wallets will spit the lining as well as eventually forcing the suit to lose its shape. The outer side pockets also should be kept closed in order for the silhouette to always appear streamline and sharp.
5 | Don’t dry clean your suit (unless absolutely necessary)
This one is fairly self-explanatory. Your suit should only be cleaned once every 6-8 months, depending on how much you wear it, unless in the case of an emergency.
6 | Invest in a clothes brush
As well as getting rid of the dog hairs, a proper clothes brush will help remove any stains or marks that will eventually break down the fibres of your suit. A must have for any wardrobe.
7 | Take care when not worn
As tempting as it is can be, try not to leave your suit in a crumpled heap on the floor when you get home in the early hours of the morning after a big night. Granted this can be difficult when you’re struggling to even walk straight.
8 | Hang with care
A bit like you will be the next morning, make sure the suit is ‘hanging’ with space. This means ensuring it is not squeezed in-between other garments so that the fabric can breathe after a long day of wear.
8 | Use a steam iron
pressing your suit regularly with a steam iron will not only keep it crease free, it will open up the fibres and help remove stains.