Care guide for the Business Suit

December 22, 2021

Get this suit the care it deserves, and he'll make sure to get that bonus for you.

We’ve got a few tips for you on how to make alterations and best look after your Business Suit:

1. Alterations:  there’s a good chance you’ll have a few to make to get that extra perfect fit.

2. Care: like all things of quality, your suit will age well, especially if you take good care of it.

3. Dry cleaning: that’s what’s suitable for this kind of garment. So get ready for a trip down to the dry cleaner’s now and again.

Happy reading, we hope it's helpful.

Alterations

As soon as you receive your suit, we strongly advise you to take it to an alteration specialist. It’s about getting the perfect fit. A good fit will make you feel good. You won’t regret it.

The only alteration that you’ll have to make for sure is to take up the trouser hem. Everything else is a ‘nice to do’.

Here’s a tip. Buddy-up with an alteration specialist in your neighbourhood. Failing that, your uncle’s tailor.  Build a rapport as good alterations specialists are worth their weight in (golden) fleece.

We know a good one in London. Shahid’s your guy. If you’ve any more to add, please let us know.  Like the saying, 'never judge a book by its cover',  some of the best tailors have workshops that are messier than an artist’s studio.

The Trousers:

Your trousers will arrive unhemmed measuring 92cm (36/37"). We’ve made them nice and long so you can decide whether cuff or no cuff. It’s as you wish. Some people call cuffs ‘turn-ups’. That’s up to you too.

If you ask us, we think they'll look better with a cuff. The Italians like to go big with 5cm cuffs. We’d recommend 4cm... the perfect proportions that you’ll never get tired of.

If the waist is good, but the trouser legs don't fit perfectly, take them in or let them out around the thigh slightly. This is fairly straightforward alteration.

The Jacket:

For the jacket, several things can be easily altered:

You can take in or let out the length of the sleeves if needed. We’ve made the sleeves easy to alter by not opening the buttonholes. That also saves on production costs which we hand onto you. We thought you’d like that.

And you can take up the length of the jacket. It’s really simple to do. We'd recommend that the jacket is long enough to cover your seat, yes - that's your arse - and no more. Shorter than that and you’ll look like a rocker, and longer’s a bit old fashioned.

Altering the chest fit:

The jacket fit is very important. If the jacket fits well at the shoulders but is slightly too snug or too wide at the chest, this can be altered. This is the most complicated of the alterations that we're telling you about here, so make sure you're in good hands when doing this.

The saying goes that ‘clothes make the man’. That doesn’t always apply to what a tailor's wearing. So remember, if they’re not well dressed, it doesn’t mean to say they’re not good tailors - often the opposite. You've been warned.

Day-to-day care instructions

First of all, after wearing your jacket and/or trousers, always put them back on their hanger.  We know this is easy to forget, especially after a long day, but it's a good habit to get into.

Putting your suit back on the hanger prevents the jacket's shoulders from losing their shape, the trousers from creasing and the front pleats disappearing. The Business Suit prefers this to the back of a chair or curled up in a ball. Like for a pet, you need to take care of your
Suit, to keep it healthy and long-living.

If the jacket or trousers become slightly creased, the first step is to leave them on their hanger for between 24 and 48 hours to give the fabric the chance to naturally spring back. Then iron the jacket or the trousers on the silk setting, so not too hot (max 110°C), and very, very carefully; it's more about the steam coming into contact with the fabric rather than the hot plate of the iron. And avoid the padded parts of the jacket like the shoulders.

Remove any marks on your jacket or on the trousers by sprinkling warm water and some natural soap. A mild shampoo will also do. Never use hot water. Wool doesn’t like hot water.

Last but not least, you’ll find a couple of extra buttons for your jacket and trousers, just in case you lose one ... or two.

Dry cleaning

If the jacket and trousers are very creased or marked, take them to the dry cleaner’s.

Friendly tip: Remember to check your clothes when you pick them up from the dry cleaner's. That way if you find any damage it will be the responsibility of the dry cleaner's, and not yours. Once you've left the building it'll be more difficult to prove and you'll probably have to pay for the damage yourself.

Thanks !

So there you have it, you now know everything there is to know about looking after your Business Suit. If we've missed something or you have any questions hit us up in the comment section below or here help@asphalte-paris.com.

We'll be back in touch in a couple of weeks to see how you're getting on.

Until then,

The Asphalte Team

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