There’s an old song lyric that goes “You couldn’t be keener/You look so fresh from the cleaner.”
In fact, looking fresh from the dry cleaner is not a good thing, since it probably means your jacket looks stiff, the lapel roll has been pressed flat, and you smell like chemicals.
Eco types often point out how environmentally unfriendly dry cleaning is, and we’re here to say it’s not exactly gentle on your favorite suits, blazers and sportcoats either. The truth is if you want to clothing to last, you should adopt a home maintenance regimen and dry clean your clothing as infrequently… Continue>>
Two hundred years later, George Bryan “Beau” Brummell is remembered as the most elegant man who ever lived, and one of the reasons was his emphasis on the importance of dress shirts. Brummell insisted on plenty of fresh shirts, and supposedly sent them from London to be laundered in the country where the air was fresher.
When it comes to caring for dress shirts, time, money and effort all collide. While you’ll ultimately choose the method of care that best fits your lifestyle, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Dry Cleaners Versus Washing at Home
The first thing to decide is whether you want to care… Continue>>
Your cotton dress shirts will last longer if you follow some simple care instructions. If you are washing at home, use a cold water setting, then tumble dry on a delicate cycle. While your shirt is still damp, use a warm iron to get those wrinkles out. If you have your shirts professionally laundered, ask for light starch.
For non-iron cotton shirts, use the same wash and dry settings mentioned above. Simply remove the shirts from the dryer while they are still warm and you will be able to put them on without even looking at an iron… Continue>>