Top 5 Worst Things For Your Suit
There are three main detriments you shouldn't put your suit through. It doesn't matter if your suit is $200 or $8,000- the wear and tear from these instances will leave you #SMH on how it's losing its shape and de-threading. Try to avoid;
1. Dry Cleaning
The ONLY time you should be dry-cleaning your suit/sportcoat is if you spill something all over it or you sweat through it completely. Outside of this, Steam Steam Steam (check out that blog post if you missed it). Think of dry cleaning chemicals as a diluted acid- it eats clothing. Anything you can do to keep your items away from dry cleaning, do it. If you haven't bought a steamer, they are cheap- go buy one. Steamers clean the dust and dirt off your suit while getting out the wrinkles and sanitizing it. Just remember, a single suit has only so many dry cleaning visits before it blows out- that number could be 2 or 20. Take that chance at your own risk!
Stop putting your jackets on the small flimsy hangers. The shoulders need to stay rested as if it were still on a body, putting it on a small hanger will over time mess up the shoulder structure. Before you know it, you will start noticing dimples and bunching in places that use to be clean and smooth.
3. Wearing it in the car
I am guilty of this, as we all are. If it's cold out, I sure in the hell am not going to take my overcoat off, then take my sportcoat off, and freeze with just a dress shirt on. Or, if I am only in the car for 2 minutes I most likely will keep it on. But knowingly, this does ruin your jacket. It pulls on the threads of the garment, stretching it out unevenly overtime reshaping it- for the worse. I always take my coat off if I am in the car more than ten minutes (if its not freezing out). Just like the dry-cleaning though, the more you sit in your car with your coat on, the shorter life span it's going to have. Try and get into the habit of taking it off and laying it across the back seat- your jacket will appreciate it.
Or any liquid for that matter, your suit doesn't like to get wet. The worsted wool (hopefully not polyester, if so get a new suit) will expand when its wet and contract as it dries.
The problem; there will be spots that are more wet than others, this causes uneven contracting when drying out. All of a sudden, your suit looks pretty worn. If you're caught in the rain, take off your coat, roll it up, and put it under your arm- and say a little prayer for it.
Back to the steamer, this is how you get wrinkles out of your suit. If you use an iron, it will burn the short-hair fibers of the wool. The end result is a very matte finish look to the ironed area, which definitely is noticeable.
You would be surprised how hard it is to find a "mens suit iron burn" - when Iron Man exists. I wasn't willing to burn one of my own, so I'll just post this picture instead.