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Garment Care

How to Care for Jackets and Coats

Some of the hardest working garments in your wardrobe are your outerwear; jackets and coats battle the elements and protect what you’re wearing underneath. Due to their heavier nature, denser textiles, more intricate construction, and the fact that they don’t usually sit next to sweaty skin, it’s often best (and easiest) to have these dry-cleaned when needed. Do your research: ask friends which dry cleaners they use, and read some online reviews to find a good establishment.

If you have a stain or mark on your coat but don’t want to cough up for a dry-cleaning bill, try spot cleaning with some water and gentle soap or laundry detergent.

Outerwear like un-lined denim jackets or those made from cotton drill can be machine washed at home on a cold or warm wash. They can also withstand tumble drying (especially useful because you’ll probably be washing these in winter, and they’re slower to air dry).

We recommend hanging your jackets when storing. Make sure your coat or jacket is zipped or buttoned closed, and that any button-fastening pockets are too - this helps your garment retain its shape. Avoid keeping your outerwear on a coat hook for an extended period of time as this can weaken or stretch the collar area. A sturdy suit jacket hanger will help retain the shape of a heavy coat or jacket.

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