Wear a suit, tie, and dress shoes for more than an hour in the hot Texas sun and your skin will begin to itch and wrinkle. The same goes for wearing these garments inside too.
We’ve all been there — trying to impress at a wedding or get ahead at work — only to find that the suit feels too tight, doesn’t breathe well, or just plain makes us want to crawl out of our own skin.
So the question is: why are suits uncomfortable? And most importantly, what can you do about it to make them more comfortable?
In this article, we’re going to answer everything you need to know about why your suit is uncomfortable and how to fix it.
1. The fabrics
Usually, if your suit is cheap and it is made of wool, then it’s going to be heavy and uncomfortable. This is not ideal, especially if you live in a hot climate.
The solution? Look for a suit that’s made of linen/cashmere, which are much more comfortable than wool.
2. Your suit is too tight
When an item of clothing feels too tight, it pulls on the fibers in our skin and causes friction. That friction can cause sweating, which will only make the situation worse.
The solution? Get a bigger size! You should still be able to find a size that fits you and is comfortable.
3. Your skin doesn’t react well to wool
Wool can be responsible for rashes, dry skin, and itching. The solution? Look for a suit that’s made out of cotton or linen/cashmere instead.
4. It’s too hot!
Suits are not typically designed for hot weather. The solution? Wear a lighter-weight suit in warmer weather or choose different attire that’s more appropriate for the heat.
5. You’re wearing it wrong
Improper wearing of a suit can also contribute to discomfort. Pay attention to the fit of the necktie and your posture to reduce friction between your skin and the garment.
6. Your shoes are uncomfortable
Make sure that your shoes work well with your suit. Get smarter shoes that are formal and comfortable.
7. You buy cheap suits
Cheap suits are often made of lower-quality fabrics and poor construction, leading to discomfort. Investing in a higher-quality suit can improve comfort.
8. You’re not wearing a correct under-suit
Wearing an undershirt that’s lined with a moisture-wicking material can help keep your body cooler and more comfortable.
9. You’re wearing it too much
If you wear a suit too frequently without proper breaks or cleaning, it can become uncomfortable. Ensure you take breaks and maintain your suit well.
10. You don’t know how to wear it
If your suit doesn’t fit you well or you’re wearing it incorrectly, it will be uncomfortable. Learn the proper way to wear a suit to maximize comfort.
If you’re just getting started in your suit journey and want to get something comfortable and classy, focus on the fit and fabric, and don’t hesitate to ask for professional advice when making your purchase.