Taking Care of Your Dress Shoes


Last week we discussed some tips on how to keep your suit in prime condition over a long period of time. However, we didn’t take the time to talk about dress shoes, which are an important part of your wardrobe, and can wear away quickly without proper upkeep (particularly if you wear them to work a lot).

Here are some tips for keeping your shoes classy:

1. Always Keep Them Polished

Always have some shoe polish on hand. Nothing immediately ruins the look of your dress shoes like not having them properly shined. This is part of the magic of dress shoes, and it’s one of the easiest ways to take an oft-worn pair and make them look brand new again. There are several online tutorials for how to properly shine your shoes, and it’s a quick process that helps preserve the look for a much longer period of time.

2. Learn How to Properly Dry Them

At some point, you will be caught out in the rain wearing expensive shoes–it happens. But what you do after they’ve gotten wet will greatly impact how much longer they last. Take them home, stuff them with newspaper (to soak up the water), and keep them away from direct heat, which can crack the leather and wrinkle portions of your shoe. In the future, you can also get your shoes rain-proofed, which lasts for around 6 months.

3. Maintain Their Shape

First things first–don’t keep them stored in the shoebox they came in. Overtime, the humidity can wear down the leather much faster than if they were kept on a shoe rack. To really maintain the shoes however, you should look at buying cedar shoe trees. We know, you may have seen your father using these (and they may seem old-fashioned) but they work. They help your shoe keep its natural shape, and the wood helps absorb moisture and odors (perfect for men with sweaty feet). It’s a simple step that can add months to all of your dress shoes, even if you wear them every day.

Those are some simple tips for keeping your dress shoes in top condition. If you need a new pair, check out the selection at Karako Suits and use these tips to maintain them longer.

Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on February 14, 2017.


Tips for Helping Your Suit Last

Girl worker Laundry man gives the client clean clothes at the dry cleaners

We talk a lot about how to expand your wardrobe here at Karako Suits, but we haven’t yet touched on the best ways to ensure your suit stays looking classy for as long as possible. In fact, many people actively do things with their suits that degrade the quality of the outfit faster instead of helping them last. To most men, a suit is an investment, and you want to do whatever you can to make sure your investment lasts a long time.

Here are some suit maintenance tips you should follow:

1. Don’t keep it stored in a bag

Oftentimes when you buy a suit, it will be placed in a bag to take home. Additionally, when you get your suit back from the dry cleaners, it will be wrapped in plastic to keep it looking “fresh”. However, you should not keep your suit stored in a bag, as over time that can lead to wrinkling. Either keep the bag open or remove it completely when you hang the suit in your closet.

2. Always re-crease your suit when you put it back

Always fold your suit items back along the creases. This is especially important for pants and slacks. Don’t just hang them like you would any normal jeans, as the crease will slowly come out of the pants, making them look far less vibrant. This is the same when you press or iron your clothes–always iron to the creases that have already been placed in your suit if you want it to hold the look for longer.

3. Invest in a hand steamer

Many men don’t invest in a hand steamer, but this is a smart way to save yourself dry-cleaning money. At the end of the day, your suit doesn’t need to get dry-cleaned that often. If you wear it several times week, you’re probably dry cleaning it once a month. If you wear it less and don’t stain it, a hand steamer can help you remove any small stains and keep it looking great without costing you a dry cleaners fee, or exposing your suit to a process that, over time, can start to wear it down.

These are some simple tips that will hopefully prolong the life of your suit. And if you’re in the market for a new one, be sure to visit our website today.

Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on January 27, 2017.

In the Cut: Tailoring Tips for Hemming Suit Pants


In the coming weeks we’re going to be discussing great tailoring tips you can use to make sure your menswear shines. This week, we’re discussing three options you should weigh when it comes to hemming your pant legs.

What is hemming?

Hemming is adjusting the length of the pant leg so it comes up to a specific length from a man’s foot. Many times when you buy a suit you will be asked how you want to hem the pants. And most men (at least the first few times they’re asked) don’t really have a clear idea of what they’re picking between.

What are my options?

There are three types of hems you can normally get. One option is that your pants stop just above your ankles, exposing the greatest amount of your sock when standing. A second choice is that the pants are just touching your shoes, and a final possibility is the full break, where your pants will drape on your shoes and look slightly rumpled. There are a few degrees of difference between these three, but in general, these are the styles you’ll be picking from.

Are there any good guidelines to which is the best?

“Best” is subjective, but “most versatile” may be what you’re really looking for. There are different uses for each. The third option, the “full break”, is generally for the least formal setting, as anything rumpled gives off a more casual look. The first choice can still look very formal, but depending on how your body is built, could also look odd.

In general, if you’re unsure how to decide, you should definitely pick the middle option, which gives you the most coverage both standing and sitting (option one exposes much of your legs and you could find yourself constantly pulling your socks up).

In you’re in need of a new hem, Karako Suits can tailor your pants easily. Next time, we’ll talk about some basic tips for better tailoring a suit jacket to your body.

Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on December 2, 2016.