10 ways to make your suit last a lifetime

1 – Choose the Right Suit 

Take your time choosing the type of suit you want as well as fabric and linings, get something that speaks to you, but that you will also be happy to wear in 10 year’s time.

Buy the best quality, because we all know if you buy cheap you will have to buy twice. 

Get a suit which is guaranteed quality. 

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2 – Storage

Make sure you have adequate room In your wardrobe, don’t squeeze it in! 

Invest in a good quality cloth garment bag to avoid dust and moths getting to your suit.

Your hangers should be wooden or plastic with rounded edges to keep your suit in the correct shape. 

A wooden hanger is best if you can get it, as it helps to absorb moisture from the suit.  

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4 – Cleaning

A good clean will help your suit last longer but don’t go crazy. 

Over-cleaning a suit is a very common reason suits wear out faster.

Here at Fielding & Nicholson we recommend cleaning two to three times a year but no more. Always make sure to clean your suit at the end of the season ready for storage, a linen suit should be cleaned and stored correctly mid-September. This allows it to be fresh for when you get it out again in the spring.

When your suit does need cleaning talk to your dry cleaner about wet care which is a more gentle process and always send the trouser and jacket together as you don’t want them to fade unevenly.  

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3 – Traveling and packing

If you have luggage use a cloth or plastic garment bag to protect the suit.

  With hand luggage, traveling with your suit can be easier than you think, simply use the loose roll technique. Turn your jacket and trousers inside out, shoulders or seams together then loosely roll. 

No matter what you do, the suit will have some creases when you arrive at your destination, but hang it up as soon as you get there and use a steamer or iron to remove them.

If the hotel doesn’t have an iron hang it on the back of your bathroom door whilst you shower and the steam should help the creases to fall out. 

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5 – Don’t use your outer pockets 

Of course you can use your breast pocket and internal pockets for your phone and wallet, but don’t cram them with bulky items. 

Constantly taking things in and out of your pockets will cause them to get worn out quickly and fray around the edges. 

Try and keep your outer flap pockets out of use as these are the most obvious, and what do you actually need to be carrying around in them?

If you do wear out your pockets you can always get them replaced or repaired by your tailor.

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6 – Get Two Pairs of Trousers 

Most men that invest in a bespoke suit tend to have to wear them every day, meaning you will wear your suit trousers almost constantly. 

The amount of use suit trousers go through in their life is a lot, meaning they get worn out a lot faster than the jacket.

Once the trousers wear out you will never get a fabric that is an exact match to your jacket again, as the jacket will have become faded and worn. 

Our top tip is to buy two pairs of trousers when you order your suit, especially if it’s going to be one of your everyday suits. 

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7 – Give them a rest

When you get home from work, hang your suit up, let it rest and recuperate for another hard day’s work tomorrow. 

Hang it in a well ventilated area out of sunlight, this gives it time to dry and for the fibres to go back into shape.

Also try and rotate your suits if possible.  This means you’re not wearing the same one for more than two days in a row and no more than twice a week, to give it time to rest.

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8 – Invest in a good brush 

Invest in a good soft bristle brush to give your jacket and trousers a brush down every night. 

This will help remove lint, dust, hair and crumbs.

This along with airing it should mean you don’t have to dry clean your suit for at least six months.

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9 – Mend straight away 

As soon as you see any damage or wear on your suit you should get it to your tailors straight away.

When things are small they can be mended invisibly and reinforced to prevent any future issues. The longer you leave it the bigger the issue will get and the harder it is too repair, sometimes even impossible.

You should regularly check your suit over for any damages and let your tailor know as soon as possible for repair.

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10 – Be gentle 

A bespoke suit is an investment , so look after it. 

Make sure to always take your jacket off when you do any lifting, take care when getting in and out of cars, don’t keep your hands in your trouser pockets and make sure you have the right belt for your suit. 

Contact us now to discuss your own bespoke suit in the comfort of our luxury Dormeuil showroom.

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