I hate shrinking!!!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by DeltaGammaVega, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. DeltaGammaVega

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    What is your strategy in purchasing items that will shrink? I ordered 4 pairs of chinos for business casual from lands end. The 34.25 inch inseam turned into 32 and now I look like an 8 year old. I have the same trouble with jeans as well... 34 shrunk too short, I bought 36 and now those are still way too long. I can't win. Do most people need alterations for fitting clothes? For wool slacks, 34 is perfect because it stays at 34.
     
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    Cold water, hang dry. For pants, hang from the cuff so that they stretch a bit as they dry. I've never had pants shrink up 2+ inches on me. Same with jeans now that I think about it, and I do throw those in the drier.
     
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    I machine wash my denim in cold water and hang them dry. Some of my denim gets tossed in the dryer where they will feel tight for a few minutes but relax afterward. My wool sweaters, scarves, etc, I cold hand wash..soak in mild detergent for 20 min, then gently rinse several times. Gently fold and squeeze lightly. Then lay a thick towel on a table and lay the sweater on the towel for about 10-15 min to wick away as much water as possible, then hang dry inside-out with arms folded over the shoulders. Avoid excessive squeezing, wringing or agitation while washing wool. Using this method, I have had no bad outcomes.
    Check in with the Streetwear & Denim section of our forum. There is an entire world of denim that exists and that I am not qualified to respond to.
    http://www.styleforum.net/f/13/streetwear-and-denim
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    Assuming that they were machine washable, did you follow the instructions to the letter, that inseam change seems odd by any account
     
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    The tags says machine wash warm, tumble dry medium.

    I always wash cold, tumble dry low.

    Even my Dockers D3 pants shrunk from 34 to 32.5. Thats 1.5 inches, and they are a cotton/poly blend.
     

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