Best non-iron items?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kasper, May 16, 2006.

  1. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Senior member

    Messages:
    3,246
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2005
    Location:
    Cambridge/Texas
    I mean, Brooksease suits are supposed to be wrinkle-resistant, but they're also kind of sucky. I don't know of any decent suits billed as wrinkle-resistant.
     


  2. stach

    stach Senior member

    Messages:
    578
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    I recently bought a Sanyo raincoat. It's 100% poly, lightweight, totally waterproof yet it breathes better than linen. I can wad it into a small bag and it pops out completely wrinkle free. It is truely a miracle fabric. The price is not bad when you can find them on sale.
     


  3. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

    Messages:
    796
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    May 1, 2002
    Location:
    Seattle
    Bic: If you get non-iron, it should be 100% wool for suits and 100% cotton for shirts. Polyester blends never quite look, feel, or breathe right. Not to mention, they seem very low class.

    Thanks for the tip, Jovan. I don't get non-iron. I pack well, use a steamer, and do just fine.

    Still, I thought it would be useful to attempt to answer the question asked in the initial post. In my made to measure suit shop I have seen some 90-80 percent wool blends that to many observers would pass as 100% wool. Do you think if I introduced you to 10 men, you would be able to tell me who was wearing a suit that is wool/poly 90/10 blend? I have my doubts.

    I once had some attractive 70 cotton 30 poly white shirts that looked great fresh out of the dryer. If I had to spend weeks on the road with only 2 suits and 4 shirts, and was suffering the hassles the initial poster seems to be, I would not rule out getting blends.

    Bic
     


  4. Mr. Checks

    Mr. Checks Senior member

    Messages:
    1,279
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2006
    Location:
    Here
    In a lost thread somewhere many spoke highly of the Nordstrom Smartcare.

    I'm not a fan of these, but I like my Brooks non-iron as well as I'll ever like any non-iron.

    If you just plain dislike Brooks, I'd go with Nordstrom.
     


  5. Kasper

    Kasper Senior member

    Messages:
    278
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    May 15, 2006
    I will try the Nordstrom's SmartCare next. I appreciate these tips. Bic, you seem to know where I am coming from: my bag stuffed into the overhead, getting in and out of my Hertz compact rental all day and the often rusty iron at Holiday Inns just are not the best thing for a luxury wardrobe. I will have to hold off on the 100% egyptian cotton shirts at least for now.
     


  6. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

    Messages:
    10,875
    Likes Received:
    36
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Location:
    Back in Black
    My brother swears by the Ted Baker Endurance suits, although I know I've heard (unfavorable) mutterings about Ted Baker around here. Has anyone any experience with the Endurance line as a travel-friendly suit option?
     


  7. Kasper

    Kasper Senior member

    Messages:
    278
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    May 15, 2006
    My brother swears by the Ted Baker Endurance suits, although I know I've heard (unfavorable) mutterings about Ted Baker around here. Has anyone any experience with the Endurance line as a travel-friendly suit option?

    I am not familar with Ted Baker do you know where I can find them?
     


  8. pengesq

    pengesq Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    May 18, 2006
    I've purchased a lot of non-iron shirts recently because I'm tired of my dry cleaner ruining my fine dress shirts. I would rank the non iron in the following order:

    1. Nordstrom SmartCare - it truly is wrinkle free and feels the best
    2. Charles Tyrhwitt - because I can shorten sleeve length and get french cuffs
    3. Brooks Brothers - I can throw them into the dryer and presto! But they don't seem to breath as well as the Nordstrom of Tyrwhitt
    4. Lands End - great value at $40 but looks and feels a little plastic
    5. Paul Frederick - you can get these at $30 each. They do the job, but nothing special.
     


  9. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

    Messages:
    20,605
    Likes Received:
    390
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Location:
    greater chicago
    kasper,

    I travel a lot, too. I would recomend a tri-fold garment bag, travel pro, tumi and briggs riley all make them. what I have is a bag that is small enough to get on a plane, half the bag is garment bag, and half is big enough for my shirts socks and underwear, as well as computer and toiletries. when I get where I am going, I steam the minimal wrinkles out in the shower.

    I would also recomend a little steamer - not the ones that look like a tea pot, but the ones that look like a little iron.
     


  10. AlexHoogeveen

    AlexHoogeveen Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2006
    A great way to avoid creases: wrap it in paper. I don't know the exacet name for it but it's very thin paper which you can see a bit thru and that wrinkles very fast. But it between stuff and the paper wrinkles/creases and your clothes do not (well... not that much)

    After i used the paper (and it's all wrinkled) i put in my shoes as a replacement for shoe trees. It helps [​IMG]

    Not really the sort of tip you wanted, but maybe it helps.
     


  11. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Senior member

    Messages:
    3,246
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2005
    Location:
    Cambridge/Texas
    A great way to avoid creases: wrap it in paper. I don't know the exacet name for it but it's very thin paper which you can see a bit thru and that wrinkles very fast. But it between stuff and the paper wrinkles/creases and your clothes do not (well... not that much)
    Plastic dry cleaning bags work well too. I put all of my shirts and jackets in dry cleaning bags inside a hanging (garment) bag and I never have wrinkle problems.
     


  12. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

    Messages:
    10,875
    Likes Received:
    36
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Location:
    Back in Black
    This is much-belated and possibly of no interest to anyone... But there are a bunch of Ted Baker Endurance suits at C21 at the moment for 300. Also a TBE tuxedo with the most beautiful lining I think I've ever seen. The tux has interesting grosgrain lapels and fashion-forward pant-leg seams. But... it's three-button notch-lapel... [​IMG]
     


  13. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

    Messages:
    5,496
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Hands down a steamer works wonders with none of the risks of an iron. Steamers freshen and removes minor stains.
     


  14. rgpuppy

    rgpuppy Active Member

    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2006
    Just checking up on reading old posts....

    Becareful what you expect when you buy "no iron" pants. Particularly dress pants.

    Most of us wear a crease in our dress pants...many of todays No Iron processes focus on fabric smoothness and NOT on crease retention. The AASTM actaully has 2 different tests... for crease retention and fabric smoothness.

    As most no iron or wrinkle resistant treatments are applied to Cotton pants finding true dress pants can be tough. Sounds like you have already found the JCP Stafford Ease product. If you are happy with them but want something a little nicer or that performs better I would reccomend looking at some pants like....Louis Raphel.

    I KNOW I KNOW most of these are Poly Rayon...and many of you would not be caught dead wearing them. Nor would I...but being a related business I am often buying and testing pants to see how they perform after packing, wearing and washing. These LR hold up well.

    Also if will hang you pants from the Cuffs, on a clip hanger (also called a skirt hanger) so that the waistband is closet to the ground wrinkles will fall out over night. Place the clips near the creases and it will help refine the crease as well.

    Hope that is helpful

    PS...if you can wear cotton pants as dress pants try the BB Chino or the LE Chino that is labeled as Wrinkle Free...both test out very well for machine washing.

    PSS>..last comment..do not try and wash any trousers with over approx 20% wool, regardless of what the label says...particularly in a hotel machine. The shinkage will make the pants unwearable and if they do not shrink the hand feel will be like sand paper.
     


  15. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

    Messages:
    5,496
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Is your work such that spot cleaning and steaming just can't get you through a trip? I've found that heavy starch from the laundry helps with extra wearing while on a trip.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by