Whether you’re looking to minimise ironing time, save space in your suitcase or protect your finest tailored garments, there are a handful of solutions to diminish creases. We’ve uncovered the best ways to fold tailored garments such as trousers, shirts and jackets to keep them looking as good as when you first bought them:
The shirt should be laid flat on a surface and buttoned from top to bottom. This is the best solution for stretching the material to avoid wrinkles. Next, run your hand over the shirt to even out any 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.
It is a little simpler with the bottom half of the suit. The easiest solution is to fold the trouser at the centre where the fly is placed. Another method for pleat-less trousers 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.
For trousers with a centre pleat down the leg, begin folding the trouser specifically on that crease, this creates a perfect alignment and ensures the central line is kept sharp. Check that these seams are lined up at the trouser end for ideal positioning.
Due to their 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 it.
FLIP & 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 on hand and you want to minimise wear and tear.
ROLL INTO A BUNDLE
The bundle packing method is the key fix in minimising bends and wrinkles. This solution requires the attentive rolling of the goods best paired around a few other items of clothing. One downfall of using this method is that a bundled jacket requires more space than when laid flat. So if only a small carrier is available, this is not the option for you and you should attempt some of the above methods.