Putting on a fresh, personally-cut suit gives you power. The power to change the world. When you step out in that kind of outfit, people take notice.
And yet, many don’t give our suits the care and attention they deserve. These treasures deserve the best care - because they take care of us. Keep your confidence and win the day every time you pull out a suit - by taking some simple maintenance steps after each outing.
Sound complicated? You’d be surprised how little effort it takes once you have the right tools. The experts at Butler Luxury have all the guidance you need for proper care of your formal attire. We’ll cover everything you need to know - including cleaning, maintaining, storing, using the right suit hangers for your formal attire.
So let’s get started. Your suits will thank you for it.
Buying a quality suit is a significant investment. Every individual needs a reliable outfit for those distinctive moments in life. The right look can make the difference between people listening to you or dismissing you. There is power in a powerful suit!
There are two main ways to store pieces of formal attire: for regular, everyday use and for long-term storage. Let’s look at how to accomplish both.
Build a routine suit care ritual to stay consistent with storing your suits properly. The process begins every time you come home from work or a formal event.
While this may seem like a burdensome process to go through every time you take off a suit, building the habit will extend the life of your outfit. You'll have the process down to a speedy regimen in no time!
Improper long-term suit storage could spell disaster to the ongoing quality of your suit. Even one season of improper storage could result in a damaged ensemble. When we discuss long-term storage of a suit, we're talking about a period of 30 or more days or more where the piece won't be worn.
The best way to store your suit long-term is by hanging it on a rack as opposed to folding it. Don't ever fold a suit for long periods!
Remember the following steps:
When taking the suit out of long-term storage for use, remember the following:
The best way to store ties is on a tie rack. However, if you don't own one, roll the ties and place them in a compartmentalized drawer. Practice the same methods for your belts.
Never store either item with a suit inside a garment bag. The only exception to this rule is during short-term travel.
A leather dress shoe, much like a leather jacket, runs the risk of cracking or warping if left exposed to the elements for long periods. Thus, to prevent damage, find a cool, well-ventilated area to store your dress shoes.
Ensure that you clean and condition the shoes before storing them to preserve their like-new appearance. Finally, use shoe trees (preferably cedar) to keep the shoes' shape intact and give them a pleasant ongoing scent.
Most professionals own a suit, but do most pros know how to own a suit?
Specifically, do they know how to properly care for the suits in their closets?
More often than not, they don’t - and they’re either flying by the seat of their pants or going by bad advice someone else has given them.
Taking care of a suit is an art and a science, and there are certain rules that you should know.
In order to keep your suit looking its best for years to come, and to avoid costly mistakes, we’re going to show you do’s and don’ts when it comes to cleaning a suit and performing general maintenance for one of the most foundational pieces of a man’s wardrobe.
When you purchase a suit, you need to think about how you are going to store it and hang it. You also need to think about how much it is going to cost to maintain that suit over its lifetime.
You need proper suit hangers, to start, and this is integral to preserving the integrity and life of your suit. Those made by Butler Luxury, for example, not only help you preserve your investment but also provide the support your suit needs to maintain its structure.
Depending on how often you wear your suit, your cleaning regimen will be different but, in general, some light maintenance should normally prevent most problems with your suit.
Along those lines, another big issue is that men don’t inspect their suits after wearing them. This inspection could help you spot stains and wear early. That means you can get it repaired before it becomes a bigger issue.
Regular brushing of your suit is a must. This loosens any accumulated dirt and forces you to examine it after wearing it. Remember what we said about spotting problems before they become bigger issues? Here’s a great opportunity to do just that.
One of the biggest mistakes that men make when cleaning a suit is trying to remove a stain on their own. Due to the fabric used to make most suits, trying to remove a stain using store-bought materials and your own know-how could not only ruin your suit but it could make it beyond repair. After all, a dry cleaner is not a miracle worker and a tailor cannot repair discolored fabric easily.
If you know what you’re doing, then none of this should be a problem, but most people don’t. The issue that you will face time and time again with a do-it-yourself approach is that you’ll cause damage you didn’t intend.
We recommend spot cleaning only when the stain is minor and not ingrained into the fabric. If you notice that the fibers underneath the stain are dyed by the stain, then it might be a little too much for you to handle. Most light stains will come out with some light brushing and cleaning.
Steaming a suit works great for removing wrinkles or blasting out a surface stain. Just don’t expose them to large amounts of liquid or water vapor in any form. Using excessive steam can introduce problems with the fabric’s integrity. Keep the treatment localized and thoroughly air dry the spot afterward with cool air if possible. Hot air could damage the fabric of your suit.
In addition, If you do not store your suit properly after steaming, mildew can appear on your outfit! You want to keep them in a semi-cool environment without a lot of light.
This ties in with another huge issue that individuals have with their suits and that is the hidden or invisible damage done to them every time you wear them. Again, as we said in the beginning, not using proper suit hangers can have a huge impact on the structure of your suit. Putting them on poorly fashioned hangers that aren’t up to the job can result in degradation of the make and construction of the suit as a whole.
You should be wary of having your suits dry cleaned frequently. Dry cleaning is, at best, an annual event for your suits and we recommend you try to keep it to a minimum for even your most heavily trafficked items. Dry cleaning strips the fibers of their natural wools and makes them more susceptible to wear and tear.
So, when to take a suit to a dry cleaner? A good rule of thumb is that, when it is beyond your abilities, you should consult with the professionals. There are a myriad of reasons for this but chief among them is that they are less likely to screw up the job. It’s that simple.
Being penny-wise, but pound foolish, is an expensive venture when it comes to men’s suiting.
That’s why we advise letting your dry cleaner take a look if you can’t do it yourself. Just refrain from making this cleaning option a regular habit! Not all solutions involve a full dry cleaning. Some stains and issues can be handled with other methods.
Business conferences, weddings, funerals, awards – there are many reasons to pack and travel with a suit. No matter the purpose of your trip, you always want to arrive looking dapper. So how do you achieve this when your luggage seems determined to wrinkle your suits?
Suit packing can be a nuisance. You're using every packing hack, you know, including:
However, when it comes to your suit jacket, you attempt to fold it five different ways before realizing that it will crease no matter what you try.
So you place it on top of the pile before zipping up your suitcase - almost as an afterthought. Of course, when you later unpack, your suit is a wrinkled mess that requires more than a steamy shower to fix.
Worry not! This article will show you a suit packing blueprint that produces wrinkle-free results every time.
There are two ways of packing your suit, depending on the size of your suitcase.
The garment bag will do the work in protecting your suit from rubbing against other items in the suitcase, causing unnecessary wrinkling and possible garment damage.
(After step four above) Place your folded jacket inside the top part of a protective plastic cover and lay it on top of your outstretched pants. The plastic prevents the garments' fabric from rubbing against itself, which causes wrinkling.
To fully utilize the space inside your bag, treat your shoes like packing cubes (mainly if they safely flatten with the bag).
You could use a suitcase with a designated shoe compartment, but it will reduce the overall space available for other items you want to carry. Whereas, using a separate shoe suitcase increases your luggage, which means extra airline fees.
Use the following suit packing tips when packing shoes for travel:
Once you pack your shoes and suit, stuff every corner, nook, and cranny with accessories such as socks, belts, pocket squares, ties, jewelry, chargers, adapters, and other smaller items.
By thinking strategically about your packing space and choices, you can utilize every inch of your suitcase and have the shoes and accessories you need on your trip.
Using the right suit hangers is one of the easiest, yet most effective ways of protecting your clothing. The best suit hangers not only extend the life of your garment but also give the closet a neater appearance, which makes them a sound investment for your wardrobe.
However, not every hanger will keep your suits in good shape without stretching or damaging the shoulder padding. To find the right hanger, focus on the material, size, shape, and sturdiness of each option.
This article will help you pick the best options for your wardrobe by comparing three common types of hangers - plastic, wire, and wood suit hangers.
Plastic hangers are arguably the most common and frequently used clothes hangers. This is because they’re easy to find and relatively cheap compared to other options. Generally, these hangers come in different colors and sizes, including smaller widths designed for children.
Plastic hangers are also easy to work with when it comes to hanging or removing clothes. However, you will need to button dress shirts and zip-up hoodies to keep wide-neck clothes hanging. Be careful when purchasing plastic hangers as you might desire a more reliable set of hangers in a short time.
Best use cases: Plastic hangers are an ideal option for shoppers on a budget who might be looking for different color options. These options are best for consignment shops and thrift stores.
Wire hangers are cheap and often lose their shape when used to support heavy clothing. They have the most downsides, so we would not recommend purchasing them. Instead, we advise shoppers to replace them and find hangers that will serve them and their clothing better.
Best use case: Not recommended. However, you can use wire hangers in a pinch for ultra-lightweight clothes.
As you might have realized, both plastic and wire hangers are cheap and readily available. But there’s a significant downside in that using them means foregoing the best interests of your valued clothing.
Wooden hangers are stylish and work well for most types of clothing. Apart from their elegant finishing, high-quality wood suit hangers have a longer lifespan. If you’re looking for hangers that will give you optimal clothing support, then wooden hangers are the best deal. Here’s why:
Best use cases: Hanging a wide range of clothing that needs to maintain shape, especially formal attire. Also great for adding aesthetic appeal to your closet.
Investing in a set of good quality suit hangers and suit covers ensures your most treasured garments stay protected all through. With the right suit hangers, you can keep the entire wardrobe looking fresh and organized. Additionally, you need to be confident enough about storing your formal attire, so quality closet accessories count.
Proper suit storage is heavily reliant on the use of the right hangers and suit covers. The correct shape, size, and type of wooden hangers help maintain the natural contour of your suit jacket and prevents damage to your outfit.
Butler Luxury's line of suit covers and suit hangers protect your treasured formal pieces while in storage to keep them in top condition and ready to wear. We design, manufacture, and distribute luxury home items to a global market that consists of clothing designers, tailors, museums, and hotels that insist on the best. We're making that same collection available to you - today!