I've got a problem. I just bought a Sea Island Cotton British dress shirt from Charles Thrywit, and through its first two washings, I have faithfully adhered to the company's warnings against starching the shirt. I've given the lady who comes to iron my shirts the same instructions, and although she's not happy about it, has agreed not to use starch on that shirt. But the bottom line is, the shirt looks like crap without starch. It doesn't look crisp. I have used starch for years on my Ascot Chang shirts, and they warn against using starch as well. But my AC shirts look wonderful still after 6+ years of use. I know some people say you can wash them, hang them and then iron them when they are almost dry, but that is too much damn work. I bust my arse all day in an office, sometimes 7 days a week, and I sure as heck don't want to iron shirts when I get home. The question: Can you lightly starch a sea island cotton shirt without destroying it? Or what about one of those products such as Magic Size (I think that is the name) instead? Anyone have any ideas?
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8/8/02 at 3:46pm