How many wears can you get out of a high quality suit?

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  1. citizenshame

    citizenshame Senior member

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    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.
     


  2. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Better question is.. how long until the job wears you out?
     


  3. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    What kind of job do you do?
     


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    dragon8 Senior member

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    Define high-quality.
     


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    bowtielover Senior member

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    That depends on the quality of the suit, I ahve a few that are going on 5 years now that I still get some use out of but usualy around 3 years or so I start to notice they are losing the luster and it's time to move on to the next one.
     


  6. stylomilo

    stylomilo Well-Known Member

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    It also depends on the fabric & care -I've had some bespoke suits for over 10 years that I'm still wearing. If you have your suits in a Zegna 15 mil mil, I'll say you have one year before the jacket will show signs of fray
     


  7. citizenshame

    citizenshame Senior member

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    What kind of job do you do?

    I'm a lawyer and I sit in a chair all day.

    I realize its difficult to define high quality, but most of my suits are Zegna, Corneliani and Canali. I hang them and brush them after every wear and rarely dry clean.
     


  8. citizenshame

    citizenshame Senior member

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    It also depends on the fabric & care -I've had some bespoke suits for over 10 years that I'm still wearing. If you have your suits in a Zegna 15 mil mil, I'll say you have one year before the jacket will show signs of fray

    Also, by talking in years, we're really not getting at the heart of the question, since some people wear individual suits more or less frequently than others. How often per year did you wear those suits that lasted ten years?
     


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    globetrotter Senior member

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    I don't have a suit that is less than 8 years old - 400 or more wearing each.
     


  10. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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    My oldest suit has gone through about 4 years of 1 to 2x/week wear. Pants belt loops in back are falling apart, and I had the front pockets replaced, but the suit is otherwise in good shape.

    Prob about 200 wears on the suit. It could go surely another 2 years if I replaced the belt loops. The jacket by itself could probably go another 10 years, but pants wear out much more quickly...

    Assuming I'm able to maintain my physique, I will try to have my suits made with 2 pairs of pants in the future. But starting in two weeks I'll no longer need to wear suits. What a relief.

    It gets old when its 90* out, or at the end of a 12 hr day.
     


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    lasbar Senior member

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    The important thing is to have enough different ones to rotate them ...

    You can keep a normal suit nearly 10 years more for a bespoke if you maintain them properly..
     


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    JayJay Senior member

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    The important thing is to have enough different ones to rotate them ...

    You can keep a normal suit nearly 10 years more for a bespoke if you maintain them properly..

    +1. Rotation is key to a suit lasting a long time.
     


  13. Fuuma

    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    The important thing is to have enough different ones to rotate them ...

    You can keep a normal suit nearly 10 years more for a bespoke if you maintain them properly..


    There is no reason to believe that.
     


  14. orthofrancis

    orthofrancis Senior member

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    +1. Rotation is key to a suit lasting a long time.

    Yes, and if one never wears them, they'll last even longer.

    The question is really not how long, but how many wears will they last. It's pointless to say my suit looks great after 10 years, if it's only worn once a month, or it looks like hell if worn 1xweek for 3 years.
     


  15. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    I don't have a suit that is less than 8 years old - 400 or more wearing each.

    You haven't bought a suit in 8 years?

    edit- You are likely the only MC styleforumner who can say that.
     


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