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Tips on how to care for suits and jackets

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Your suit is one of the most important items in your wardrobe and you know it too. You will use it multiple times throughout your life, maybe even every day, depending on your career path.

Of course, it represents a significant investment, so it is important to learn how to use, clean and store your suit properly so that it will last you a long time.

Here are some simple ways to care for your suits.

1. Give it a break.

Unlike your everyday pair of jeans, a suit shouldn’t be worn daily for weeks or months. The fibers in a suit need a recovery time after each use, otherwise you will lose years of durability.

Also, not wearing your suit daily keeps it cleaner longer, allowing more time between visits to the dry cleaner.

2. Iron carefully

When ironing, use heat to loosen the fibers of the fabric and flatten them. Unfortunately, there is also a good chance that you could end up burning or yellowing the fabric if you are not doing it correctly.

Using too much heat on delicate fabrics can completely ruin them, so be sure to always use the correct heat setting for the type of fabric you are ironing.

3. Practice good storage habits

Whether you have a closet or a couple of shelves, the way you store your suits can make them last for years or alternatively leave them unkempt and damaged in just a few months.

Hang them properly after use and don’t be tempted to toss them into a corner until the next time you’re ready to use them.

4. Dress after finishing your hair and makeup

Women’s clothing tends to get more damaged compared to men’s because women use cosmetics that can stain and discolor the garments. By combing your hair and putting on makeup before dressing, you can avoid those problems.

Better yet, wear something cheery as you go about your daily routine to prevent things like lipstick and bronzer from getting on your suit.

Hairspray is one of the main factors in fading a suit prematurely, so resist the urge for one last application before heading out the door.

5. Empty your pockets.

Filling your pockets to the brim will change the flattering cut and style of your suit and should be avoided. Lumps and lumps change the overall shape of your suit and can stretch the fabric, leaving it shapeless and ugly.

So, make it a must to empty your pockets before heading out in your suit, keeping only the really important items in your pockets.

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