Well-made men’s clothing can last for decades with a little care. If you are going to splurge and buy a well-crafted Brooks Brothers suit, Zegna necktie, or a pair of Testoni wingtips, then you will want to take care of those clothing items as you would maintain other valuables, like your fine Swiss watch or your automobile. These five items increase the usable life of your fine clothing and also ensure that your garments maintain their original look and shape, making the purchase of these must-have accessories more of an investment than an expense.
Cedar blocks may seem useless to some but they can go a long way in preserving your fine clothing. Placing cedar blocks in your drawers, armoire, or closet can help absorb moisture and repel bugs and insects that could damage your clothing. Cedar blocks also give your clothing a subtle yet nice smell, especially when placed in confined areas.
When you are not wearing your suit/sport coat you should always store it on a hanger; this is common practice by nearly every man. However, it should be repeated that the proper hanger is key. A contoured coat hanger is the only acceptable means of placing your suit or sport coat in your closet. Contoured hangers mimic the shape of human shoulders, ensuring that the coat maintains its shape and always falls across your shoulders as it was intended.
Shoe Polish Kit
An otherwise sharp appearance can easily be ruined by a pair of tattered or dirty dress shoes. A proper shoe shine kit allows you to keep up the appearance of your shoes and preserve the attractive aesthetics of the leather. Not only will proper shoe care add to the life of your shoes but it helps you exude a put-together and “proper” image in the workplace.
Cedar Shoe Trees
Shoe trees are one of the most often overlooked wardrobe accessories but they are essential to any well-dressed man’s wardrobe. Not only do shoe trees preserve the shape of a dress shoe, but shoe trees made from cedar wood also absorb moisture and odors, maintaining the construction and hygiene of the shoe lining. Always opt for cedar shoe trees over the slightly cheaper plastic models.
Motorized Tie Rack
Nothing makes a man’s dress clothing pop like a well-chosen tie. Conversely, nothing can detract from an otherwise put-together ensemble like a wrinkled or tattered necktie. The easiest way to maintain the shape of your neckties is to buy a motorized tie rack, which will also help you organize your closet space, saving you crucial time and stress as you get dressed for those early morning board meetings.
The contributor is a stickler for organization, going as far as keeping his 34 pairs of cuff links in a single mahogany chest so that he can easily maintain his collection.
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