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

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  1. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    You haven't bought a suit in 8 years?

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


    He didn't say that. It is entirely possible he bought a bunch of 8 year old used suits last week.
     


  2. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman 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.



    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.

    Good luck.
     


  3. stylomilo

    stylomilo Well-Known Member

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    About once a week on average. In all fairness , the suit has gone back to the tailors that made it 4 years ago for refurbishment etc. I generally buy mid weight fabrics ( around 12 oz ) & no more than Super 120's and include an additional pair of pants with every suit I purchase . I also use a garment steamer & sent it for dry cleaning every 9 to 12 months which helps prolong the suit's life.
     


  4. stylomilo

    stylomilo Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. A good jacket hanger helps too
     


  5. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I never buy suits that are over Super 130's. Sure they look and feel great new, but I wear a suit 7 days a week and they wear rather fast and tend to be more wrinkle prone. I would only get higher than 130's if I had about 50 suits to rotate through. I think I have about 12 now, so maybe at about the 35 or 40 mark I should start replacing...
     


  6. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.


    if you take your jacket off when at the desk, then get two trousers. but then you will get sick of looking at the same suit years later.
    if your jacket stays on, then dont bother.
    marks suggestions are very good.
    get heel and toe guards of the same fabric. dont get that mickey mouse tape that some use.
    dry cleaning at about 15 wearings is ok. once a year is for slobs.
    when the trousers get baggy at the knees dont get them pressed.
    clean them dont press in the crud.
     


  7. epa

    epa Senior member

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    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.


    But what people understand as "high quality" cloths on SF doesn't seem to necessarily imply long duration. Very nice cashmere and flannel cloths tend to last less than some polyester blend cloths, I fear. I once had a polyester suit (yes!) that seemed to never wear out. I once had a pair of trousers made in a wonderful flannel cloth and I never saw a pair of trousers wear out more rapidly.
    I normally have about 14 suits (incl. sport coats) in my rotation, and I would say that I normally buy one or two suits or sport coats per year. But I think that I have actually got rid of some before they were actually too worn out: basically, because I didn't fancy them anymore.
     


  8. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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  9. epa

    epa Senior member

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    if you take your jacket off when at the desk, then get two trousers. but then you will get sick of looking at the same suit years later.
    I think that is one of the reasons for which I tend to favour sport coats. I almost never wear the jacket when at the desk, and I spend lots of times at the desk. So the trousers really get a lot more of wear than the jackets.
    Also, I like the more casual look of a sport coat. I used to have more suits than sportcoats, now it is about 4:3, or close to 5:2, in favour of the sport coats.
     


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    1.... 2.... 3.... (Spills wine on suit... ) ....3
     


  11. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A clothing store owner years ago urged me to hang my suits and let them air out, rotate them and never dry clean them unless I had too. I usually only dry clean 1-2 times a year unless there is a spill. Any wrinkles come out once hung up or after hanging near a hot shower. The exception is with summer suits that when worn in hot humid weather, I need to dry clean more often. But, avoid a hotel dry cleaner if at all possible. They are guaranteed to press a shine into your fabric.

    Following the above advice I have rarely worn out a suit.
     


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  13. SimonC

    SimonC Senior member

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    I purchased a Chester Barrie 12oz worsted suit at a thrift store a decade ago, have worn it on average once a week since then, and only now has it got to the state that I really need to put it out of its misery.

    For most suits I tire of them / my tastes change / whatever before I wear them out. I agree with the above though, good maintenance and rotation will increase the lifespan.
     


  14. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Exactly 572 times.

    sorry but your math is wrong. its really 136,572.
     


  15. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    sorry but your math is wrong. its really 136,572.

    Wouldn't wearing a suit once be the worst, if that is, you never take it off?

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