Fabric. The often overlooked, undervalued, yet extremely significant component of a suit and any piece of clothing in general. Every type of material comes with its own specific care method, which may seem complicated and overwhelming, but rest assured that putting in a little effort now will ensure that all your favourite garments last for years.
The go-to fabric for warmth, wool suits are a winter necessity and are very long-lasting and resilient to wear and tear. It is preferable to dry clean any woollen garments, and minimise washing as it shortens its life. Hang it in up on a sturdy wooden hanger to maintain its shape between wears and your trusty suit of armour will last for years.
Often associated with luxury and high-class, cashmere should be treated with utmost care and either be gently hand washed or dry-cleaned. Never place it in the dryer and instead, lay it flat and allow it to air dry naturally.
Strong and crease-resistant, polyester keeps its shape well and is incredibly easy to wash. Simply pop it in the washing machine and dry it off and you’re good to go. Most of the time, polyester garments do not require ironing either.
Lightweight and breathable, linen is the perfect summer fabric, however its easily wrinkled nature means that special consideration must be given to its maintenance. Growing softer and more lustrous with age, hand wash linen items in lukewarm or cold water. To reduce creasing, hang the garment on a hanger or lay it flat to dry, which means that you can avoid ironing as well.
With its superpower ability to ‘breathe’ by absorbing and releasing perspiration quickly, this high quality fabric can withstand heat and last for years. Cotton is very low maintenance and can be washed in a standard wash in your washing machine and dryer, but care must be taken when ironing to avoid wrinkles and staining.