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Tips and Advice

An investment in your wardrobe is an investment in yourself. Always buy the best clothing you can afford. You won’t regret it. Your clothing won’t make you into something you are not. Dressing well won’t give you an education, character, or particular wealth. However, how you dress defines who you are.

Over my lifetime in the clothing business, I have learned a lot about appropriate dress and how to care for your wardrobe. So here are some of my best tips.

Suits, Sport Coats, Blazers
  • Hang up your clothing after each wearing. High performance natural fibers shed wrinkles and retain their shape.
  • Hang suits and sport coats on a curved wooden hanger. This helps your coat to keep its shape.
  • Give your clothes a rest. Rotate your suits so you don’t wear the same suit more than once a week.
  • Arrange your closet so there are a few inches between your garments. This allows breathing room and minimizes wrinkles.
  • Never store garments in plastic bags except when they come directly from the dry cleaners.
  • When driving your car take your suit or sport coat off and place it on a hanger. In cold weather your over coat will keep your coat from wrinkling so you don’t need to take it off.
  • When cared for properly a suit has a useful life of approximately 200 – 250 wearings.
  • Purge your closet once or twice a year to eliminate unnecessary items. If a garment is 10 years old or you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s time to give it to charity or your favorite nephew.
Trousers:
  • After each wearing, hang your trousers on a clip hanger by the cuff or hem. This will allow wrinkles to hang out.
  • Avoid filling up your pockets and don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. It puts stress on the side seams.
  • In the winter static electricity may cause your trouser leg to cling to your sock. If this happens, dampen your hands with water and lightly rub them over your socks. Dry cleaning will take the charge out of wool fabric.
Dry Cleaning:
  • Dry cleaning is a chemical process that breaks down the fibers over time. Unless a garment is soiled, clean it only once or twice a year or the end of each season.
  • The best dry cleaners generally are small operators who dry clean on the premises. Multi-store dry cleaners and chains tend to pay less attention to your garment.
  • If your coat or pants are wrinkled and don’t need to be dry cleaned have them pressed only.
Shirts:
  • Cotton fabrics will out-perform blends and treated “wrinkle free” fabrics. Cotton fabrics are more comfortable and durable. Natural fibers adjust to extreme temperatures better than their synthetic or treated counterparts.
  • We recommend cotton shirts be professionally laundered. They will last longer and look better.
  • Starching shirts will cause cotton fibers to weaken more quickly over time so we recommend “no starch” for commercially laundered shirts.
  • Always remove collar stays before sending your shirt to the laundry.
  • Your shirt collar should complement the shape of your face. A man with a “round” face should wear a “straight” collar. A man with an “oval” face looks best with a wider spread collar.
Neckties:
  • The most economical way to change your look is to change your tie
  • Untie your tie the same way you tied it. Don’t just pull it apart. This reduces wear and tear particularly to the linings and seams.
  • If you get a spot on a tie it might be ruined. Most dry cleaners cannot dry clean a tie. Some home remedies are to hand-wash the tie in woolite or immediately sprinkle baby powder on the spot to absorb the stain.
  • Keep an extra tie in your office in case you dip yours in your chili.
  • Most men wear about 15 – 20 favorite ties. If you have lots of ties in your closet, clean out the ones you no longer wear. It can be helpful to hang 3 or 4 favorite ties with each of your suits or sport coats.
Shoes:
  • When not in use, always use quality cedar shoe trees. The shoe trees eliminate the moisture in your shoe and help them keep their shape.
  • Do not wear the same shoes on consecutive days. Allow them to dry thoroughly between wearings.
  • Keep your shoes well shined. Extend their life by having your shoe shined after every 2 or 3 wearings.
  • Always match your belt with your shoes.
Where to shop?

Most men have a closet full of clothing and nothing to wear. Why? Because they purchase spontaneously with no overall plan in mind. Executive Image maximizes the benefit of your fine clothing investment.