Logistics of wearing a suit every day

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  1. sickfits

    sickfits Member

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    I'm going to be wearing a suit about 6 days a week for work and was wondering how one goes about that. My original intention was to have 6 suits and dry clean them all once a week until I realized that dry cleaning suits more than once or twice a year is a big no-no. So with that, what in the hell are you supposed to do?

    A) How many suits should I own to pull this off?

    B) How does one keep a suit clean, wrinkle-free, and smell-free if it can't be laundered more than once or twice a year?
     
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  2. landshark

    landshark Senior member

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    I have 11 suits, 9 white shirts, 4 sport coats, 9 pairs of odd trousers, and 3 pairs of jeans. The past 2-3 years I have either worn a suit or a sport coat 6 days a week for the most part.
     
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    B) How does one keep a suit clean, wrinkle-free, and smell-free if it can't be laundered more than once or twice a year?
     
  4. landshark

    landshark Senior member

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    I always take my jacket off when I get home and hang it on my coat rack so it can air out. This can also have a noticeable difference on the jackets wrinkles. I iron the trousers to keep them wrinkle free and a sharp crease.

    Occasionally I'll let it sit in the bathroom during a hot shower with a lot of steam if I'm worried about smell, but that is rare.
     
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    Alright, I'll be frank...how does something like suit trousers which are always near your asshole get away with not getting washed after each use?
     
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    Layered Player Senior member

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    unless you go commando your underwear provide enough of a barrier to protect your trousers from all but the most noxious of emanations.

    It's pretty much why we developed drawers anyway.
     
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  8. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

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    LOL.

    Suits date from a time when most well-dressed men could store all of their clothes in a closet three feet wide. And no homes had laundry machines.

    A good-quality suit wears more like outerwear than underwear.

    Brush it after each use. Google "kent clothes brush."

    Change your boxers every day. Also, wash your ass if it gets nasty. :teach:
     
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    3 suits with spare trousers (basically wearing each pair of trousers once weekly),
    3 pair of shoes
    At least 6 shirts
     
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    Twotone Senior member

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    If you shower AFTER you drop the kids off at the pool, stink butt should not be a problem. Remember: shit, shave, shower and shine -- in that order.

    I have ten year old suits which I have never dry cleaned the jackets. The trousers get cleaned once or twice a season at most. I am pretty careful not to spill food or drink on them. If I do spill something, it will most likely be on the trousers which will immediately get dry cleaned. As others have said, hang your jacket and trousers after a day's wear and use a suit brush. Dry clean after seasonal changes. Keeping suits in rotation also gives them a rest and helps even out wear. Don't wear the same suit six days in a row. If I wore a every day, I would want five suits for each season (fall/spring being the same fabric weight).
     
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    That's the beauty of wool...if you air it out most odors will go away. My understanding is that dry cleaning only attacks oil-based stains anyway, and won't remove ass funk or other body odor. I hand-wash my odd trousers in cold water and woolite, then press with a steam iron and pressing cloth(to keep them from getting shiny)...Suit pants and jackets get drycleaned together, so if there is any fading, they will fade together.
     
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    wool repels smells better than any other fabric. Make sure your pants aren't too tight and wash your ass. Should be fine with dry cleaning a few times a year.
     
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    Also, clean your ass at least 2 times a year.
     
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    A runny fart would breach the barrier of your underwear, but outside that you should be fine provided you wipe your ass well enough or clean / polish with a washcloth.

    Also a well fitted suit should not have a tendency to crease up into your crack unless you go commando and pants too tight....
     
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    As other have said:

    -Brush it after every wear
    -Sponge clean minor spill marks
    -Always store the jacket on a wide flared hanger
    -Always hang the pants neatly on the crease mark
    -Get it professionally steam pressed at the tailor every once and a while
    -Get a press cloth if you intend to press it yourself with an iron
     
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