Public Suit Announcement.

Yesterday I found myself at a Job Fair. Yes, one of those events wherein we all wear fancy suits and shake hands with a lot of people. And we all attend them in the hopes that a wonderful connection might be made with another human at another company that might hire us. We want to put our best foot, and best suit, forward. So, I have the following public suit announcement:


Everyone should double check your suits for finishing stitches! Here is a woman who was standing in line next to me. She had on a lovely blue suit. Now, consider the following picture. What is wrong with her suit?

PublicSuitAnnouncementYeah, it’s kinda hard to see, so I’ll zoom in for you…


See that big ‘ol “X”? That’s called basting. You can see it on the vent of her skirt as well as the back flap at the bottom of her lovely suit. Basting is added after the garment is complete to help keep it looking nice during packing, shipping, and the final sale. The “X” is not part of the suit and is unnecessary. This is not like the “Do Not Remove” tag on your mattress… So, for the sake of style and for the best fit of your suit REMOVE THE BASTING STITCHES!

This has been a public service announcement. Thank you for your time. Now, go get a pair of sharp scissors and carefully remove all those basting Xs from your suits.

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2 Responses to Public Suit Announcement.

  1. You think the people doing the interviews/recruiting have any more clue that the job seekers? says:

    Does that mean I should remove the stitching that keeps my suit jacket pockets closed? I always thought that if the stitches helped prior to sale, they would benefit forever.

    • Samantha says:

      That’s an interesting point! I’m not sure if the interviewers/recruiters have any more clue than the job seekers, but the suit will always fit better with the flap basting removed. If a suit has the back flaps, then they are designed and placed there to allow for a smooth line down the back of the suit when bending and moving. So it improves the overall look of the suit even if no one actively notices.

      I think that pocket basting removal is a matter of personal preference. The pockets are basted shut during the construction process and left that way for shipping/packaging/etc. Pocket basting threads tend to be well hidden and so aren’t a distraction. If you open and use the pockets, then you tend to stretch the fabric and it won’t lay as nicely. So I prefer to leave that basting in and never use the pockets on the front of my suit jackets. I think, ultimately, both choices are acceptable!

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