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LSA Dressiquette: A frequent flyer’s guide to folding and packing your suit

For the frequent flyer, the world has certainly shrunk. Day trips for business meetings have become significantly more convenient, thanks to the number of flying options available to every part of the country, and even the world. The downside: Shrinking and compact luggage that’s all about ‘travelling light’. Peek into a business traveller‘s bag, and apart from a pair or two of clothing, you’re most likely to find a laptop, a book/ kindle, and his grooming essentials. And of course, a suit, which poses the biggest challenge while packing for these day trips – how to keep it crease-less. A common suit bag is cumbersome to carry and wearing it in flight would make it frumpy, not to mention the risk of stains. So we’ve looked for the cleanest, safest, and most reliable ways of packing a suit right, and found some gems. So here’s a guide to how to fold your suit right while travelling.

The Wraparound Method

This is for those who prefer a duffel-bag over a suitcase. As an addition, we’d suggest using a protective bag over the folded suit, to avoid creases. Another bonus, you can skip baggage claim and gain more more time to prepare for your big meeting.

How to do it:

  • Step 1: Lay the jacket / blazer face down and clear out the creases.
  • Step 2: Fold the left shoulder back but ensure the shoulder pads are perfectly parallel.
  • Step 3: Turn the right shoulder inside out and tuck the left inside it.
  • Step 4: Lengthwise, fold it in half and place it in the center of your trousers.
  • Step 5: Fold trouser bottoms over jacket and repeat with top of trousers.
The Henry Herbert Folding Method

As the name suggests, this folding technique was first practiced by a premium London-based tailor called Henry Herbert, and we must say, it’s highly efficient. You might need a bit of patience to deal with this method but it’s our favourite packing method on the list. First for its compactness and second, for focusing on keeping the lapel and upper torso crease-free. While packing, place the suit right at the top, just to be safe.

How to do it:

  • Step 1: Place the jacket facing down and brush out all creases.
  • Step 2: Fold just the sleeves inwards without the shoulder pads.
  • Step 3: Fold the trousers in half twice, so they’re a quarter of their size.
  • Step 4: Place the trousers on the upper portion of your jacket and fold the suit over to envelope it.
  • Step 5: Remove any creases and flip over again, so the front of the jacket and its lapels are facing you.
  • The Old School Method
  • No fuss, just crease-free folds. This is practically the same way you fold a shirt and is great for beginners. Although, just like a shirt, one needs to ensure that nothing creases or gathers up while folding. It could leave a horrible crease mark, not the surprise you want while unpacking. We’d suggest keeping this one unprotected in your bag or suitcase, simply because it’s already gathered up and requires some space to breathe. Place it at the bottom of a flat suitcase to keep the wrinkles at bay.

How to do it:

  • Step 1: Lay the jacket face down on a flat surface.
  • Step 2: Fold the left sleeve back so the the jacket is three quarters of its width.
  • Step 3: Now fold the right sleeve back so the shoulders are slightly overlapping.
  • Step 4: Fold the bottom half of the jacket up and tuck the bottom hem under the collar.
  • All images: Courtesy Brooks Brothers & Shutterstock
LSA Dressiquette: A frequent flyer’s guide to folding and packing your suit

Mikhail Gomes

Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman

A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.


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