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How do you keep your trousers pressed and looking sharp?

P. Bateman

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I'm a young guy with a small stable of trousers and after one or two wears the pants are wrinkled and shabby looking. I bought a Corby pant press thinking I could avoid the dry cleaner and saving money on frequent presses but it's a piece of junk. I've tried ironing by hand but I haven't got it quite right and find myself creating multiple creases, ruining it.

I thought about buying a full pant steamer like this: http://www.hammacher.com/Product/75427?source=FROOGLE but I don't really have room in my apartment and frankly it seems overkill.

How do you keep your pants looking sharp? Do you press or steam after each wear? Advice is appreciated.
 

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Every night before I go to bed, I neatly place my trousers for the next day between the box springs and the top mattress on my bed. It works wonderfully.
 

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I've heard of military folks sewing their creases in permanently, though it's probably against regulations.
 

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Invest in a good iron and work on your technique, and practice. That said, it seems odd to me that you have these issues. I never iron my office pants and suit pants, they don't ever seem to need it. I have them professionally cleaned and pressed maybe 2-3x per year max. After every wearing, I brush them, hang them very carefully, and leave them for 7-10 days on the hanger. Next time I pull them out, they always have a nice crease and look fresh and devoid of any evidence of prior wear.
 

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Originally Posted by SuitMyself
Has anyone heard of or tried a Supercrease in their trousers?

http://www.supercrease.com/

we do this at the store that i manage, its wonderful, it was started by the military...you can take your trousers to any Jospenh A Bank or Mens Wearhouse and they will do it for you...I think that is only $8.00 or so, i believe that many dry cleaners do this as well...well worth it
 

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Originally Posted by TC (Houston)
Invest in a good iron and work on your technique, and practice. That said, it seems odd to me that you have these issues. I never iron my office pants and suit pants, they don't ever seem to need it. I have them professionally cleaned and pressed maybe 2-3x per year max. After every wearing, I brush them, hang them very carefully, and leave them for 7-10 days on the hanger. Next time I pull them out, they always have a nice crease and look fresh and devoid of any evidence of prior wear.
same here, i haves a clothes valet that i hang them on every night after getting home and remove and hang the next night and store. its seems a good pair of worsted gabardine to users should not have this issue...
 

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I had the permanent crease applied to a pair of trousers. They really do stay crisp.

That said, learning how to iron pants is a skill you want to learn. It's frustrating at first, but worth doing. The important thing is lining up the seams and getting the pants completely flat--after that, the actual ironing is immaterial.
 

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Thanks guys, great tips here!

I should have clarified, my suit slacks (fine fabric) get many many wears and look great. However in my office which is business casual I usual wear thicker stuff like Bill's Khakis, corduroys, or thicker wool slacks and these don't hold up worth a damn. Literally two wears and creases are soft, behind the knees and lap wrinkled. As soon as I got home I hang them but the wrinkles do not fall out. Would the Supercrease work on a heavier fabric like a khaki?

Thank you,
Jacob
 

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Originally Posted by TC (Houston)
Invest in a good iron and work on your technique, and practice. That said, it seems odd to me that you have these issues. I never iron my office pants and suit pants, they don't ever seem to need it. I have them professionally cleaned and pressed maybe 2-3x per year max. After every wearing, I brush them, hang them very carefully, and leave them for 7-10 days on the hanger. Next time I pull them out, they always have a nice crease and look fresh and devoid of any evidence of prior wear.

Originally Posted by 69clyde
same here, i haves a clothes valet that i hang them on every night after getting home and remove and hang the next night and store. its seems a good pair of worsted gabardine to users should not have this issue...

Are you guys hanging them by the cuffs? I love that fresh pressed crease so I usually re-iron them myself next wearing.
 

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I've tried both hanging by cuff and folding over and prefer the fold.
 

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Originally Posted by jamesbond
Are you guys hanging them by the cuffs? I love that fresh pressed crease so I usually re-iron them myself next wearing.

+1
I really like a fresh crease, so I usually like to iron before I head out.
 

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I love ironing my pants. when i had an office, i kept a mini ironing board and a steamer just in case.
 

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Originally Posted by P. Bateman
How do you keep your trousers pressed and looking sharp?



I keep them on the hanger for as long as possible.
 

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