One study by the Office for National Statistics revealed that 3.7 million workers travelled for two hours or more as part of their daily commute. This may involve walking, driving, cycling, taking public transport, or a combination of a few. On top of this, many men choose to wear a formal suit to the office to look smart — not ideal attire for a lengthy travel time! Read on as we look at some smart solutions to avoid damage to your tailoring.
Which suits are designed for the commute?
Bear in mind that there are different suits for different occasions. You wouldn’t wear a wedding suit to an interview for example. Look out for the signs of a suit that are suitable for your commute:
- Added elastane — this increases the flexibility of the suit and allows it to ‘bounce’ back to its shape after repeated wear and folding.
- Elastic waistband — an elastic waistband gives you comfort during your commute, fitting to your skin.
- Choose a lightweight wool that’s not going to cause you to overheat when you’re rushing to and from work.
What can you do to keep it protected?
If you don’t look after your suit, you might find that it can get damaged.
Protect from creases
Do you cycle or walk to the office? If you do, it’s likely that you’ll work up quite a sweat. Not only can this be damaging to the material of your shirt and jacket, it’s also likely to smell later in the day. Getting caught in the rain can also have negative effects on your suit as often it doesn’t have a chance to dry out fully throughout the day. Instead, consider commuting in workout clothes and freshening up when you get to work.
Have you ever thought of investing in a crease-resistant suit? This way, you can fold it up in a backpack and it will be good to wear when you arrive at the office. CT Shirts offer a range of ‘performance suits’ that are made with merino wool (a material with natural crease recovery). Their suits also have 2% added elastane which results in a crease-resistant cloth. This suit would also be suitable for public transport commuters. Sitting in the same position on a bus, tube, or in a car can cause your suit to become creased — not a great look for meetings throughout the day!
Protect from the weather
The weather can be unpredictable, but it’s important you take precautions to prevent any harm to your suit. During the winter seasons, road salt can be damaging to your shoes and the slush and snow can have long lasting effects if your shoes aren’t dried out properly.
Buy a show spray which can ‘prevent and seal’ the material and decrease weather damage. One way to do this is with beeswax — this creates a thin protective layer over the material of the footwear.
Are you a wearer of suede shoes? Invest in some hydrophobic suede protector. If you find a good spray, this can cover your shoes with a waterproof layer as the spray repels water.
Protect from dirt
If you’re a user of public transport, you might come into contact with dirt from seats. You should brush your suit jacket down every day to prevent this dirt from becoming embedded in the suit and harder to remove in the future.
It’s not a good idea to dry clean too often. Instead, for stains that are hard to remove, send your suit for a spot clean.
This article was created by CT shirts, retailers of men’s suits and shirts.
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