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How many times do you wear a dress shirt before it goes to the cleaners??

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by drew4392, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. drew4392

    drew4392 Active Member

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    So... the reason I ask is sometimes I get lazy and don't want to steam/iron my shirts to wear a second time-- even though they are still clean after I wore it once. And sometimes, I will simply take them all to the cleaners where they come back nice and crisp again.

    Do you get in the habit of ironing a shirt immediately after you wear it (before you hang it up)? Or do you hang it up after you wear it, and when you want to wear it again, you iron it then?

    Or... is wearing a shirt more than once simply out of the question for some?
     
  2. MetroStyles

    MetroStyles Senior member

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    Once. But if I had a way to make it look fresh (i.e. ironed) without ironing it myself, I would wear it twice.
     
  3. SVS

    SVS Senior member

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    Once and only once. I wouldn't even consider wearing a shirt twice.

    I'd consider a jack or pants, but never a shirt.
     
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    Star Senior member

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    I look at the inside collar of my shirt after 1 wear and usually find that it disgusts me so off it goes into my shirt wash bag.[​IMG]
     
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    contaygious Senior member

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    I have a steamer I use to freshen up shirts. It costs me 7 bucks to clean one at Fletchers here in vancouver (non dry clean) and I don't have enough shirts yet to last me while they are being cloeaned sooo I don't have another option.
     
  6. Bradford

    Bradford Senior member

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    Once - shirts need to be cleaned after each wearing.
     
  7. forex

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    Once - shirts need to be cleaned after each wearing.

    Do you dry clean or have them hand washed?
     
  8. Bradford

    Bradford Senior member

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    Do you dry clean or have them hand washed?

    Washing machine and then ironed (actually my wife does the laundry)
     
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    forex Senior member

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    Washing machine and then ironed (actually my wife does the laundry)

    same here,I wonder what the drawback of dry cleaning is,wifey is not home and away for a long time so I am stuck.
     
  10. Bradford

    Bradford Senior member

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    Forex - I used the dry cleaners when I was single, never had a problem with it. Also, ironing a shirt is not that tough although I take a lot longer per shirt than my wife.

    For the OP, my main point is that you have to do something. Stains set in and never come out if you don't wash/dry clean the shirt right away.

    I ended up tossing a tuxedo shirt a few years back because of this - only wore it for a few hours at an event and thought it didn't get dirty.

    Wrong, oil and sweat from your skin still get in and when I pulled it out of the closet again it had horrible ring around the collar.
     
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    Or... is wearing a shirt more than once simply out of the question for some?

    For me, yes - unthinkable. I wear once then have them laundered and ironed.

    TD
     
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    once. yes, more than once is out of the question
     
  13. YoungAmerican

    YoungAmerican Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    same here,I wonder what the drawback of dry cleaning is,wifey is not home and away for a long time so I am stuck.

    I bet you could figure it out. It's not like there's a vagina-only activator switch on washing machines.
     
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    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    once, only once, just once, one time only. the same for underwear. and sox.
     
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    enthuesd Well-Known Member

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    more than once under most circumstances.
     
  16. stylemeup

    stylemeup Senior member

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    I wear mine until they start to smell, then I stop.

    Or if they are visbly dirty, then I stop too.

    Last week I found a shirt in my closet that I hadn't worn and forgot to clean for over a year. It had these nasty yellow stains all over the collar. I took it to the dry cleaner thinking it probably wouldn't come out. But after I got it drycleaned then it came back looking good as new. The yellow stains were completely gone.
     
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    I usually wear them until I think it needs to be cleaned - BUT - I am a college student and I am weird. I don't wear one shirt for the entire day, usually its a few hours max. I take mid-day naps and I'm not going to sleep in a dress shirt so I take it off, and usually put on a different one. If I wore shirts all day, it would definitely be one and done.
     
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    swiego Senior member

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    Once or twice.

    It depends on exactly what it means to wear a shirt.

    Some days, I have the morning off, I put on the shirt at 1pm, relax at the office catching up on email for a few hours, then head back home. The shirt comes off and will be worn again.

    Other days, I put on the shirt at 6am before hopping in the car. I then plough through a 16 hour work day in a hot, sweaty environment in the middle of summer and find myself having to move equipment, run between buildings, etc. When I get home at 1am, the shirt goes right into the hamper.

    So, it really depends. A few hours IMO doesn't merit another wash, especially for a finer shirt where I don't want to subject it to too many unnecessary cleaning cycles. On the other hand, a single hard day can be enough to make me want to send that shirt to the cleaners before I wash it again.
     
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    Zegnamtl Senior member

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    I have a steamer I use to freshen up shirts. It costs me 7 bucks to clean one at Fletchers here in vancouver (non dry clean) and I don't have enough shirts yet to last me while they are being cloeaned sooo I don't have another option.

    Washing and ironing your shirts really is not that hard and does not take that much time.
    As an incentive since as you mention, you only have a small collection of shirts, it is about a new shirt every month if you do it at home.
     

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