Originally Published 8/2/11
1. Cut the tags off and cut the vents and breast pocket open.
Basic, yes. But there are more than a few guys walking around with the vents on their jackets still sewn shut. Take a small nail scissors and carefully ease your blazer’s breast pocket open. First time you go to add a pocket square you’ll be glad it’s already done.
2. Leave the front pockets closed.
Keeping the front pockets on a blazer closed helps the jacket retain its shape. Especially if it’s a $50 cheap-o from Old Navy. Besides, you’ll want to carry your card case in the interior pocket.
3. Take it to your Tailor and have the sides brought in.
Your shoulders need to fit off the rack, but the vast majority will need to have the sides tapered. Otherwise you’ll end up having the same shape as barrel man. Even if it’s a slim fit blazer, take to the tailor and get pinned up.
4. Hang it on a wide shouldered hanger
Repeat after me: No… wire… hangers. Not even standard plastic will come close to doing right by your blazer’s shoulders. Gravity is hell on your clothes. Especially if your blazer is hanging on a might as well be a razor regular hanger. Invest in wide shouldered suit jacket hangers, and don’t depend on those flimsy plastic covers that your dry cleaner sends you home with.
5. Never machine wash it. Ever.
Doesn’t matter if the tag says you can, doesn’t matter if it’s all cotton. Imagine soaking your blazer with a fire hose, and then allowing two Elephants to execute a four hour booty call on top of it. Washing machines will have a similar effect on your blazer’s shape. Dry clean or hand wash only.
Pictured Below: The new 14-wale J. Crew Sportcoat in grey. In-person review will show up on the site this week.