How to Extend the Life of Your Suit

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POSTED BY: AARON IGNACIO

How to Extend the Life of Your Suits

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We live in a world of numbers. People associate value with a timeframe of usability. We see it all the time in daily life. People measure the value of their phones by how many years they can use it before the software becomes slow and glitchy. People measure a car's performance by the year it was released.

After last week's post on building your wardrobe, many men have asked us the question, "How long should my suits last?"

Rather than the value being measured by how long you own the suit, or how many wears you can get out of your suit, the question you should be asking is, "How can I prolong the life of my suits?"

The simple truth is that you play a major role in the lifespan of your garment. In this article we take a look at 3 key factors that determine the lifespan of your garments.


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Your Suit Fabric Plays an Important Part in its Longevity

Fabric plays an extreme role in the longevity of a suit. The common misconception that men have is that the more expensive their suit is, the longer it should last.

The truth is the more luxurious and expensive the cloth, the softer and more delicate it is. Durable suits are generally made using fabrics that have performance features which help extend the life of the garment. High twist yarns, worsted wool fabrics and heavier weight cloths are all great examples of performance fabrics.

So, select carefully, because fabric plays an extreme role in the longevity of a suit.

How to Extend the Life of Your Suits

  • Tired of seeing wrinkles in the back of the knee of your trousers? Hang them upside down by the cuffs in a well ventilated area. The weight of the waistband will eliminate any wrinkles in the trouser.
    Aaron Ignacio, Clothing Specialist

Build a Wardrobe to Extend the Longevity of Your Suits

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Your Wardrobe Rotation Plays a Large Factor in Each Suit's Longevity

Another large factor in a suit's longevity is how often it is worn. A good suit is made using natural fibres, like wool, which needs to breathe and recover from wear.

Wearing your suit too often will cause stress on the fabric, especially in the trousers due to friction when walking.

By building a healthy rotation of suits, you will be able to stretch the amount of time in between wears for each suit which will give the fabric time to rest.

Aim to only wear your suit once in a given week. If its necessary to wear it again, limit to only twice in the week.


PRO TIP: Tired of seeing wrinkles in the back of the knee of your trousers? Hang them upside down by the cuffs in a well ventilated area. The weight of the waistband will eliminate any wrinkles in the trouser.


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Properly Caring For Your Garment Will Extend Its Lifespan

Many men assume that dry cleaning their suit is good for the garment. The reverse is actually the case.

Dry cleaning is a harmful process to a suit due to the chemicals used and the treatment the garment is given.

Unlike a regular laundry process of washing t-shirts and socks every week, a suit should only be dry cleaned when there is a visible stain.

Asking the dry cleaner to press your garment is much more effective when needing to bring it back to life after constant wear.

Proper Care for Your Custom Suit

While many people measure the lifespan of their suits by how long they have it or amount of wears, the truth is that they have a hand in their garment's lifespan. By taking charge and caring properly for your garments using these three pointers, you will enjoy each suit you own to their fullest potential. Remember that your image is a visual representation of who you are and by ensuring your garments lifespan is extended, you will be able to look and feel your best every day of the week.

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