How to fold your garments

15 August 2019

Whether you’re looking to minimise ironing time, save space in your suitcase or in general, protect your finest tailored garments, there are a handful of solutions to diminish the pesky crease! We’ve uncovered the best way to fold tailored garments such as trousers, shirts and jackets to keep them looking as aesthetically pleasing as when you bought them.

At length, here's the proper way to envelope your garments into a form that accommodates any carrier, ensuring your tailored clothing emerges as crisp as they were when you packed them.

Creases appear on clothes as a result of pressure applied on folds, when garments are stored in cases, they receive constraint - to resolve this, the carrier should fold the items in such a way that the pressure is not applied to the larger surface areas and is spread onto natural folds, such as the seams. Normally, we would recommend having an iron or suit steamer at hand to make sure your suit remains sharp and wrinkle-free but it is always handy to know the best solutions for folding and packing nonetheless. 

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First thing’s first, all garments should be packed in a protected covering as to not ruin the external material, coupling these items with a coat hanger is also one way to maintain the tailored shape of clothing. Scrapping the fold completely and storing a suit, on a hanger, and in a full-length carrier bag is ultimately the best way to uphold the garments, but we know this is not always possible when travelling.

Crisp shirts

The story of a shirt fold begins with the buttons. The shirt should be laid flat out on a surface and buttoned all the way from top to bottom. This is the best solution for stretching the material to avoid any wrinkles. Then, run your hand over the shirt to even out any potential creases. Take a sleeve and cross it over the front body of the shirt, repeat with the second arm and lay out flat to ward off any hidden creases.  

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Sharp trousers

Fortunately, it is a little simpler with the bottom half of the suit. The easiest solution is to simply fold the trouser at the centre where the fly is placed. Another method for pleat-less trouser legs - if you require more space and need to pack in luggage - is to pull the trouser end hem and fold a third of the way upwards, then bend once more so the fold meets the waist band - that’s all there is to it. 

For trousers with a centre pleat down the leg, begin with folding the trouser specifically on that crease, this creates a perfect alignment and ensures the central line is kept sharp and crisp. Furthermore, check that these seams are lined up at the trouser end for ideal positioning.

Bold blazers

Due to its firm structure, padding and lapels, suit jackets tend to be the hardest garment to fold. With a suit jacket or blazer, popping the shoulders within themselves and folding the garment in half so the lapels meet, is one way to preserve the jacket.

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Flip and reverse 

Inverting the items of clothing ensures that pressure is placed on the lining and shields the outside of the garments; creases on the lining are also less noticeable. This is also an alternative way to pack if a suit bag is not at hand and you want to minimise and wear and tear.

Roll into a bundle

Made popular by Marie Kondo recently, the bundle packing method is the key resolve in minimising bends and wrinkles. This solution requires the attentive rolling of the goods best paired around a few other items of (less important) clothing - as though it resembles a barrel of hay. However, one downfall of using this method, is that a bundled jacket requires more space than when laid out flat. So if only a small carrier is available, this is not the option for you and you should attempt some of the previous methods listed above. 

Now you have perfected folding all the elements of your outfit, check out some of our premium tailored suits embodying some of the world’s finest materials. 

Written by your team of experts at Hemingway Tailors
Written by your team of experts at Hemingway Tailors
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