SUIT MAINTENANCE TIPS
For a Dapper Lasting Look Every Time
Genteel custom tailored suits are made from the finest fabrics and constructed by some of the best made to measure tailors in the industry. Genteel custom suits have gained a reputation for their ability to last without puckering, bubbling or shining. However, even high quality custom suits could benefit from some simple daily maintenance. By following the steps listed below, Genteel clients can easily prolong the life of their custom clothing.
1. During Wet Conditions
When it rains or snows, be careful to brush the water off rather than press it into your garment. The less water your custom suit absorbs, the longer it will last. Also any dirt that does accumulate during a day’s wear can easily be brushed off in the evening. Simply hang up your jacket and trousers and brush them a few times with a soft-bristled brush. This removes the specks of dirt before they can get ground into the material through wearing or pressing.
2. Hanging Method
All wool suits, custom or not, are prone to wrinkling. To smoothen your custom suit, hang the jacket on a regular wooden hanger, and hang the pants on woman’s skirt hanger, latching the cuffs on top and letting the waistband drop down toward the floor. Be sure to hang your custom suits on sturdy and wide wood hangers. Plastic hangers will cause your jacket shoulders to compress.
3. Dry Cleaning
While the dry cleaner should be avoided whenever possible, dry cleaning twice a year should be sufficient for a suit worn once or twice a week. spend a few extra dollars and go to a reputable place. You will save money in the long run.
4. Packing For A Trip
When packing your suit for a trip always put a plastic bag over it. This will prevent wrinkling and protect the suit in case something spills inside your case.
5. Pocket Maintenance
Try not to use the front pockets of the suit at all, but if you must use them, make sure the items are light, like business cards or handkerchiefs. Placing anything with any kind of substantial weight in the front pockets causes the front of the coat to sag down and lose its shape. It also does damage to the inside lining and potentially the fabric behind it.
6. Suit Rotation
Try and rotate the wearing of your suits as evenly as possible. Wearing a suit two days in a row or three times in a week is a recipe for disaster.
7. Hang Them Up
Always hang up your custom suits. Leaving them laying around only leads to excessive wrinkling and an eventual trip to the dry cleaner. In addition, throwing suits on the floor or bed etc. leaves the suit in an unusual position for a long period of time and will eventually cause certain delicate parts of the suit (like the lapel) to lose its shape.
8. Splitting The Pants From The Blazer
Never separate the jacket and the pant as an outfit. Always wear them together. If you start wearing the jacket as a stand-alone blazer, the jacket will wear out faster than the pant but if you are able to buy additional trousers for each suit then this is also highly recommended. The more you alternate, the longer the life of the suit. An extra pair is a wise move. On that note, when you dry clean, always dry clean both the jacket and pant-doing one without the other might cause the color to fade differently.
9. Out Of The Garment Bag
Always remove the garment bag before hanging up your custom suit. Hanging up in a garment bag for a prolonged amount of time will not allow the fibres and fabric of the suit to “breathe”. This will lead to a breakdown in the construction of the garment.
10. Thigh Care
If you are a bit on the heavy side or if your legs are muscular, ask your tailor to affix a crotch lining into the trousers. This is just a soft piece of cotton in the crotch area that prevents the trousers from wearing out in the thigh area.