Fashion

Ask Esquire: How Do I Prevent Creases When Packing My Suit?

There are many ways to overcome the problem of packing.
Comments

Joe asks: “You guys look like you know what you’re doing. How should I pack my suit when traveling?” 

On a recent trip to somewhere, we experienced a brain malfunction about the very thing, but let us tell you the many ways you can preserve the integrity of your suit first:  

1| The Halfie (Which We Did) 

With the suit on the hanger and inside a garment bag, fold it in half and put it on the top of everything else in your luggage. That should work, right?  

2| The Popping (Which We Usually Do) 

Take the suit jacket and fold it in itself. You have to sort of pop one sleeve and slip it into the other. The jacket is now folded lengthwise. Fold it once more crosswise. Then put both trousers (folded around the jacket) and jacket on top of everything else in your luggage. This is what we usually do. See this video from Lifehacker:

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

3| The Hanging 

Better still, there are carry-on luggage that ensures minimal, even zero, creases when packing a suit. The Vocier has a garment casing (hang jacket and trousers in here) that wraps around your other stuff like a burrito to eliminate the application of pressure on the suit. (We tracked one down at Urban Traveller.)

4| The Carrying 

Or you can save yourself some coin, and just place the suit in a hanging bag (a handsome one in leather is better, but any will do) and then carry it on the plane and beyond. Ask your flight attendant to hang it, versus cramming it inside the overhead bin.  

5| The Wearing 

Or you can just wear the jacket while in transit. Your flight attendant can secure it in a special jacket place, while you figure out which five or six movies to watch in the next millions of hours in the air.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Pro: Wearing a suit or, at least the jacket, lends you an air of sophistication (versus the unwashed masses of T-shirt-wearing flyers), which will be helpful when navigating airport security, customs, and life. 

Con: Wearing a jacket means you have to suffer the indignity of stripping it off and then putting it on again when passing through airport security. Choose your own adventure. 

6| The Reality 

As with most things, experience trumps theory.

Our brain fart did not take into account the total travel time of almost 20 hours, which included a layover and the drives to the airports and hotel. Plus, on top of that, more hours waiting for the room to get ready, because, surprise, your hotel was not ready to receive you just yet. 

Anyway, after finally cracking open its aluminum prison, the suit appeared with terrible creases all over its body and elsewhere.

A call to the housekeeping was helpful: Yes, they can steam the suit and it costs so-and-so and, yes, they can rush the steaming so that you can have a suit to wear to dinner in about two hours, and it will cost 60 percent more. 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Bye.  

7| The Trick 

If this happens to you, and after you stop crying or cursing, do this:

You hang the jacket and trousers, each in its separate hanger, in the bathroom. Turn on the shower to hot. Like very hot. Like so hot it fills the room with opaque clouds of steam. Take a walk or go to sleep. After half an hour or more, the creases melted away. Also works for shirts. 

This is not good for Mother Nature (sorry!), but very good for photos.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Clifford Olanday
Associate Editor, Esquire Philippines
View Other Articles From Clifford
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
Loading screens will soon feel as antiquated as sticking cartridges into your N64
 
Share
The HBO show might be over, but A Song of Ice and Fire still has two books to go.
 
Share
Snap your summer pics with a OneStep 2 camera on Stranger Things-inspired film.
 
Share
New series like Russian Doll, I Think You Should Leave, and Special are the anti-Game of Thrones
 
Share
A new, non-surgical treatment claims to eradicate droopy jowls in under an hour. But is it too good to be true? Rob Crossan tries to roll back the years with a bout of 'Ultherapy.'
 
Share
A new study shows that a not-zero percentage of dudes enlist their buddies' help in grooming "down there."
 
Share
Not as awkward as destroying a city and murdering innocents with a dragon, but still quite awkward
 
Share
Huni Lio is Ayala Land's sustainable, eco-friendly, and inexpensive resort in El Nido, Palawan,.
 
Share
You don't have to go far from the city to get to some of the best snorkeling spots in the Philippines.
 
Share
For Esquire US' Summer 2019 issue, they assembled Quentin Tarantino and his two leading men for their first conversation since they wrapped Taratino's ninth film, which premiered at Cannes Tuesday.
Load More Articles