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post #3841 of 4449
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

Well if you want something you can throw in the wash then it has to be cotton, in which case best case you're looking at decent pressed khakies. Otherwise you're looking at wool and then it's the usual wear them many times then occasionally dry clean routine.

Yes that's why I'm looking at those BR has but just wondering if there is any other decent brands that offer those? Can't seem to find at Club Monaco or JCrew. 

post #3842 of 4449

I have a pair of Brooks Brothers Advantage Chinos and they do the trick. I don't generally like anything non-iron, but these are pretty awesome. The materials feel great and they come creased, and keep a crease. 

 

J. Crew seems to have a lot of trousers made of cotton. I prefer the Bowery Classic fit, but if you like things slim, there's these. Not so sure about "stretch", though:

 

https://www.jcrew.com/ca/mens_category/PantFitGuide/Dress/BowerySlim/PRDOVR~F4031/F4031.jsp

 

I want to go back to wool trousers for a moment, though. I think some guys over-estimate how much maintenance they require. Wool has a natural anti-microbial quality that really does prevent the need for frequent cleaning. Hang them from the cuff after use and brush them with a clothes brush and you're good to go. Washing cotton pants and having to re-press them yourself is a bit of a hassle IMHO. Wear wool trousers and watch the weather forecast. If you're worried about getting wet, wear the cotton chinos that day. However, I've got caught in the rain with my wool trousers, and after a night's hanging they are back to normal, no other maintenance required. I'm not sure why anyone would consider them fragile either. I'm not wearing super 180s wool trousers.

 

Read this: http://www.nurturedfamily.com/amazing-properties-of-wool.html

post #3843 of 4449

I'm just going to chime in on the cleaning discussion. Get a good quality clothes brush. I recommend Kent. Someone recommended it on here to me a long time ago and I can't thank them enough

post #3844 of 4449
Agreed with the previous two posts (at least). Good wool pants will last a decent amount before they need dry cleaning, a good brush is essential and a bit of rain is not a problem.

We are now recommending khakis/chinos but the opening post from nqtri said "no chinos"- I hope he changes his mind and gets a couple of pairs of nice non iron dressy ones. I bought mine from Tyrwhitt and they have served me well; easy to dress them up as the hold the crease and overall form nicely.
post #3845 of 4449
You know, I don't have a clothing brush. Where can I pick one up? I remember having a lint brush
post #3846 of 4449
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Originally Posted by Ebichuman View Post

Agreed with the previous two posts (at least). Good wool pants will last a decent amount before they need dry cleaning, a good brush is essential and a bit of rain is not a problem.

We are now recommending khakis/chinos but the opening post from nqtri said "no chinos"- I hope he changes his mind and gets a couple of pairs of nice non iron dressy ones. I bought mine from Tyrwhitt and they have served me well; easy to dress them up as the hold the crease and overall form nicely.

 

Question for you all, because it appears I dry clean my pants too often.  I typically will rotate a couple pairs, alternating Mon-Thurs for two weeks, and then I dry clean them.  I hang them up carefully each day. A proper clothes brush is top of my list to buy.

 

But it sounds like I should be dry cleaning them more like 4ish times a year? 

 

I've at least learned to never dry clean my jackets other than winter jackets which I do once a year or even every two years.

post #3847 of 4449
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

You know, I don't have a clothing brush. Where can I pick one up? I remember having a lint brush

How about from our own Hanger Project : https://www.hangerproject.ca/catalogsearch/result/?cat=0&q=kent?
post #3848 of 4449
I have a large rotation of wool pants and jackets which means I probably clean them once a year usually at the end of the season. A couple of lighter colored items may see the cleaner one more time. If I wear one or two of the heavier items (fall-winter-spring) items more frequently, they may go for cleaning once more, too. Cotton chinos hit the washer as needed.
post #3849 of 4449

I got my brush from Kent's eBay store where they sell the seconds/overstock back when our dollar was worth something. I think it was GBKENT. They have nothing up for sale at the moment but about once a month they post new things. 

post #3850 of 4449
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Originally Posted by Spex View Post
 

I have a pair of Brooks Brothers Advantage Chinos and they do the trick. I don't generally like anything non-iron, but these are pretty awesome. The materials feel great and they come creased, and keep a crease. 

 

J. Crew seems to have a lot of trousers made of cotton. I prefer the Bowery Classic fit, but if you like things slim, there's these. Not so sure about "stretch", though:

 

https://www.jcrew.com/ca/mens_category/PantFitGuide/Dress/BowerySlim/PRDOVR~F4031/F4031.jsp

 

I want to go back to wool trousers for a moment, though. I think some guys over-estimate how much maintenance they require. Wool has a natural anti-microbial quality that really does prevent the need for frequent cleaning. Hang them from the cuff after use and brush them with a clothes brush and you're good to go. Washing cotton pants and having to re-press them yourself is a bit of a hassle IMHO. Wear wool trousers and watch the weather forecast. If you're worried about getting wet, wear the cotton chinos that day. However, I've got caught in the rain with my wool trousers, and after a night's hanging they are back to normal, no other maintenance required. I'm not sure why anyone would consider them fragile either. I'm not wearing super 180s wool trousers.

 

Read this: http://www.nurturedfamily.com/amazing-properties-of-wool.html

 

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Originally Posted by Ebichuman View Post

Agreed with the previous two posts (at least). Good wool pants will last a decent amount before they need dry cleaning, a good brush is essential and a bit of rain is not a problem.

We are now recommending khakis/chinos but the opening post from nqtri said "no chinos"- I hope he changes his mind and gets a couple of pairs of nice non iron dressy ones. I bought mine from Tyrwhitt and they have served me well; easy to dress them up as the hold the crease and overall form nicely.

 

I agreed. I think I have some serious overestimation on the maintenance of wool pants and used to think of it as extremely delicate fabric. Your points clear things up and send me back on the wool pant track :cheers:

 

 

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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

You know, I don't have a clothing brush. Where can I pick one up? I remember having a lint brush

I got mine from Muji for like $24 (I think) and it's been great so far. 

post #3851 of 4449
yeah call me crazy but I've got say 12 wool pants so a rotation of about 2 weeks and I couldn't be dry cleaning them more than every few months, meaning I put at least every 5-10 uses so yeah like 3 times a year max. Unless i've spilled something or they're particularly dirty, I can't see why. I shower every day, I'm wearing underwear, I shake out dust and brush them every wearing or two, and most of them look as new as the day I bought them.
post #3852 of 4449
y'all do realize that dry cleaning is very harsh on clothes, right?
post #3853 of 4449
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Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post

How about from our own Hanger Project : https://www.hangerproject.ca/catalogsearch/result/?cat=0&q=kent?

$200 for a clothing brush? What in the world. I'll just stick to lint brushes. biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

yeah call me crazy but I've got say 12 wool pants so a rotation of about 2 weeks and I couldn't be dry cleaning them more than every few months, meaning I put at least every 5-10 uses so yeah like 3 times a year max. Unless i've spilled something or they're particularly dirty, I can't see why. I shower every day, I'm wearing underwear, I shake out dust and brush them every wearing or two, and most of them look as new as the day I bought them.

Yeah, I"m in the same boat as you. I only dry clean if soy sauce happens to spill on me while eating sushi.
post #3854 of 4449
@Viral

yes, I think it's evident from our comments wink.gif
post #3855 of 4449
Last time I was in Japan I bought a clothes brush from Muji for maybe the equivalent of $5 or $10. Perhaps the Muji at Yonge/Dundas has such an item? Mind you, they'll charge you twice as much...
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