10 Smart Tips to Keep your Suit Fresh
Suits are the most expensive items in your wardrobe, and quite rightly so. They are an investment in style that will pay off and this is particularly true for our Aristocracy London designs, which are limited edition and combine elegant tailoring, fine materials and impeccable craftsmanship. But, like all investments, men’s suits need care and attention. In this blog, we will share everything you need to know to take care of your suits and keep them looking, and smelling, fresh for longer.
Suit care tips
1. Hang it as soon as you get home
Use a rounded, broad-shouldered hanger, which will help the suit drape naturally. If you’re not sure which hanger is best, look no further than the complimentary one we include with every Aristocracy London order.
2. Relieve your suit of excess weight
It’s always a bad idea to load pockets because, apart from the unsightly lumps, you risk damaging the lining. Once you hang your suit, remove any pocket contents and the belt to give the fabric a respite.
3. Use a suit brush
Unlike lint rollers, a suit brush can reach between fibres and remove dirt and food crumbs. Brush in delicate, downward strokes for a minute or so, to improve both the look and smell of your suit.
4. Steam your way out of wrinkles
Ironing at home can leave your suit with shiny marks and regular pressing at the dry cleaner’s can be a hassle and cost a fortune. Instead, invest in a steamer and use it after brushing your suit. When travelling, try hanging your suit in the bathroom while you are showering for a quick fix.
5. Let it breathe.
After hanging, brushing and steaming, leave your suit out to breathe for a few hours, maybe even a day or two. This will allow the fibres to rest, regain their shape and dry.
6. Cover it up
Cover your suit in a suitable garment bag before putting away. At Aristocracy London, we know the importance of this accessory, which is why we include a quality garment bag with every order at no extra cost. It is made of breathable material, which lets air in while keeping dust and moths out.
7. Store it in the wardrobe
Drawers, suitcases and chairs are no place to keep your suits. Once inside the garment bag, hang your suit in the wardrobe, allowing enough space on either side to help it breathe and to avoid wrinkles.
8. Keep it smelling fresh
All our Aristocracy London jackets come with underarm protection to prevent unpleasant odours. For a light fragrance, you can use wardrobe fresheners but avoid spraying any perfume or diluted essential oils directly on the fabric to prevent discolouring and damage.
9. Avoid regular dry cleaning
Quality suits are not machine washable, as indicated on our Aristocracy London suits’ care labels. On the other hand, regular dry cleaning can cause irreparable damage. Following the previous tips will reduce visits to the dry cleaner’s but these will still be required when airing, steaming and spot cleaning don’t work anymore.
10. Rotate your suits
Suits, like humans, need a break. Avoid wearing the same suit on two consecutive days and rotate, as much as possible, to increase the longevity of these precious garments. Need to expand your collection for more options? Take a look at our new arrivals and pick your next favourite 3 piece suit!