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Navy blue trousers getting shiny in the seat?

post #1 of 10
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Hi Gents,

 

I am thinking about getting a pair of bespoke trousers (one of my first) and just love navy blue and also already have too many gray trousers.  I have looked at some cloth with the tailor and there are some wonderful navy blues.  He cautioned me that navy blue will eventually turn shiny in the seat.

 

Any suggestions/guidance/experience here?  I could go with charcoal - just want to get a nice all year pair of bespoke pants.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 
No wisdom from SF?
post #3 of 10

There are some great tips on removing the shine.  Choose from the following search:

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=TROUSERS+GETTING+SHINY+IN+THE+SEAT&aq=f&oq=TROUSERS+GETTING+SHINY+IN+THE+SEAT&aqs=chrome.0.57&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Also, most of my suits and trousers have never gotten the shine - probably because of the woll material I chose.

 

David

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Now thats SF wisdom. Thanks.

I have a toothbrush and vinegar so I am prepared, though my tailor would just roll his eyes if he knew my plans.

What type of wool do you use, that doesnt get shiny?
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Originally Posted by Ennius View Post

Now thats SF wisdom. Thanks.

I have a toothbrush and vinegar so I am prepared, though my tailor would just roll his eyes if he knew my plans.

What type of wool do you use, that doesnt get shiny?

For trousers - cashmere.  I was introduced to it at Nordstroms many years ago.  There are internet sites that sell them for less - but I have yet to find the quality .

 

I am also a big fan of Australian Wool.  See my thread here:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/345054/3-piece-business-suits-back-in-fashion-for-2013

 

I live in Montana (although originally from Newport Beach, California where the shopping was great).  So buying over the internet can be a challenge, but not with quality stores who offer a free shipping and free shipping satisfaction return.

post #6 of 10

Well, as I understand, cashmere trousers wouldn't get shiny... because they would pill and wear through first, right?

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Well, as I understand, cashmere trousers wouldn't get shiny... because they would pill and wear through first, right?

Mine have never experience that.

 

Spring is upon us and I suspect a lot of the cashmere is off until next fall or winter.  But you raise a very good question, and I suspect a phone call to Nordstroms may very well get you a qualified answer - because of their unconditional return guarantee they will know what works and will not work.

post #8 of 10

Here is a link I found:

 

http://putthison.com/post/1315915017/q-and-answer-why-does-wool-get-shiny-rob-asks

 

And, I suspect my wife never uses an iron on the wool.  She may have had them steam cleaned.

 

"Avoiding shiny wool suits:  Press and clean with a sponge and steam, rather than a big iron maiden-looking super-heated death contraption, which is what you’ll find at the dry cleaner’s plant."

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post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the insights.

Australian wool looks sweet
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