Originally Posted by citizenshame
Assuming the fabric and construction are decent, how many times can you wear a suit before it...wears out? 100? 50?
I ask because my job requires me to wear a suit every day and I'm trying to figure out how long my current suits will last me at this rate.
It's hard to say. Especially so in RTW.
If you're buying MTM or bespoke, then you will have control as to the cloth used. However, if you're buying RTW you are at the mercy of the store's buyer who may have made the decision based on factors other than longevity, such as cost, speed of delivery, friendly relations, etc.
I would say that the choice of cloth is a major factor in longevity. Generally, if you work with an experienced tailor or clothier, he can guide you.
I have some Flusser Custom and Brooks Custom of 10+ years. I have a couple of friends with London bespoke garments of 15+ years of age. They are very, very careful about maintenance.
If you wear a suit daily, as I do, then you have to replenish the "inventory" at least a couple of times a year. You will tire of certain suits which are no longer flattering.
There are a couple of tricks in stretching life span, such as
1. A second trouser;
2. Trouser lining at least to the knee to cut-down on abrasion at the knee when you sit; a full lining is even better for fall-winter suits;
3. Crotch lining;
4. Heel guards on the bottom of the trousers; and
5. Don't carry your wallet in your back pocket. I wore a hole in a suit trouser from the abrasion. It is also a good idea not to carry too much in any of your pockets.