Are you a travelling suit wearer?

17 June 2016

Are you a travelling suit wearer?

Business travel has its merits: exotic locations (and some not-so fabulous), flash hotels, and expensed meals and drink tabs. Sure you spend a lot of time at airports, but sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination, right? Those of us who’ve travelled for work will have learnt the hard way about travelling in a suit. When was the last time you caught a glimpse of yourself in a reflection looking crumpled and you desperately tried to remove creases before a meeting? It’s not pretty. But travelling in a suit, doesn’t have to be a chore, nor does packing them either. 

Some things are unavoidable, such as long periods of sitting and other work obligations, but you can make sure that you look sharp while doing it. It all begins with your suit. Made-to-measure tailoring allows you to customise your suit for its function, meaning that if you’re always on the road and putting it under more duress than a standard business suit, we’re here to help.

Fabric plays an important part in keeping you crease-free, so this is something to keep in mind when making your selection. Look for a fabric that’s durable down to its very fibre. Mohair is a prime example: not only is it exceptionally breathable and durable, it has a soft texture that doesn’t crease. Mohair is a high-quality fabric that can either stand alone or be combined with other materials such as merino wool or silk for a super luxurious finish. 

If you’re looking for something more everyday, a high-twist yarn wool is difficult to crease. This special technique draws the fibres closer together to give them a tensile strength you won’t find in inferior cloths. When meeting with your tailor, ask them to suggest how a lighter construction might benefit this type of fabric combined with your more active use of your suit. Without a full canvas—usually in the shoulders and the collar to retain shape—the fabric floats freely and has one less thing to fold against, which is the real cause of creases.

Finally, when you’re packing for your next trip, a good suit carrier will give you the best transportation you need. Some carry-on luggage has them inbuilt, while others choose to carry them separately. Acquaint yourself with tissue paper to bulk out the sleeves and shoulders and you’ll be pressed and ready to kick some corporate butt on your next interstate or international sojourn.