Taking Care of Your Garments: Men’s Professional Style Tips
Tip #30: Take care of your garments.
As a man, having a suit in your wardrobe is a must. Whether it's for a special occasion, a job interview, or just for a night out on the town, a well-fitting and stylish suit can elevate your overall look. However, many men make the mistake of over-dry cleaning their suits, which can break down the fabric and dull its color. In this blog post, we will go over some tips on how to properly take care of your suits and dress garments to ensure they last as long as possible.
First and foremost, only dry clean your garments when there is a stain or a smell that won’t go away. Typically, wool suits will wick away moisture and odors after a few days, so if you only wear your suit a few times a year or let it rest for a few days in between wears, you won’t need to dry clean it frequently. Over-dry cleaning can break down the fabric and dull its color, so it’s important to dry clean as little as possible. If you feel your suit is creased, ask for it to be pressed only, not dry cleaned.
To keep your suits in great condition, it's important to store them properly. Leave your suit out of the garment bag for a few hours to allow it to breathe and rest. Make sure the zipper of the garment bag is undone by about 3 inches to allow proper air flow. Consider adding a cedar ring to the hanger or cedar balls to the bag, as cedar helps to take out moisture and keep moths away.
Another important tip is to take your jacket off when sitting or driving. This will take the stress off the seams and prevent your elbows from rubbing on an armrest or desk. By doing this, you'll not only extend the life of your suit, but you'll also look more polished and professional when you take it off.
Taking care of your suits and dress garments is essential if you want them to last as long as possible. By following the tips outlined in this blog post, you can ensure that your suits always look their best and make you feel confident and stylish. So, the next time you wear a suit, keep in mind these tips and enjoy the compliments you'll receive on your impeccable style and appearance.
Derek Burbidge - Owner/Founder of Cardero Clothing
In 2014, Derek rented a suit for his wedding only to later discover the advice he received was terrible and the fit of the rentals was way off. After travelling to Thailand and Europe soon after his wedding he was introduced to bespoke clothing and various timeless styles. As a lover of all things men's fashion, he started Cardero Clothing to keep men from making the same mistakes he did.