Non-Iron shirts

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  1. wmb

    wmb Senior member

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    Brooks uses a lot of non iron cotton these days... I just don't like the feel of any non iron, even the all cotton ones. I will put up with a few wrinkles for the comfort in my opinon...
     


  2. ysc

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    I bought my first non-iron shirt recently, a brooks brothers, I just wanted a slim fit red gingham and it was the only one I could find, I quite like it. Actually I like it a lot, as a student I usually don't iron and just wear shirts wrinkled but not having to iron and being wrinkle free kicks ass, the fabric feels good and the cut it pretty good. I will probably will get a couple more at some stage.
    I can't say it's the best, its on the only one I have every tried but it seems pretty good to me.

    On a slight aside it is really not that hard to learn how to iron. An ex-marine sergeant drilled ironing into me at 13 as a cadet. He explained it to us as a series of tactical manoeuvres led by the point of the iron. Once you have learned how it really is not so mystical/risky.
     


  3. Bona Drag

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    Has the treatment/fabric some of these companies use changed recently? I know Brooks now does BrooksCool, for example.

    I have some Brooks/Jos Bank (yeah, I know) non-iron that are nearly intolerable in Louisiana heat, but they're almost five years old. I've been eyeing some of the new LL Bean wrinkle resistant joints, but that may be a bad idea.

    The customer service rep assured me that they are very comfortable in Maine summers LOL.
     


  4. AlonzoMosely

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    They retain stains (as a previous poster said) and do not breathe. The few remaining Nordstrom Smartcare shirts that I have not yet discarded get worn only in cold weather in lieu of an extra layer of clothing. I wish Nordstrom offered the same shirts in non-non-iron as it does in Smartcare.
     


  5. ysc

    ysc Senior member

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    Has the treatment/fabric some of these companies use changed recently? I know Brooks now does BrooksCool, for example.

    I have some Brooks/Jos Bank (yeah, I know) non-iron that are nearly intolerable in Louisiana heat, but they're almost five years old. I've been eyeing some of the new LL Bean wrinkle resistant joints, but that may be a bad idea.

    The customer service rep assured me that they are very comfortable in Maine summers LOL.


    I think they must have done, I can't compare then to now, but my BB "The original polo shirt non iron" doesn't feel as nice as a couple of really good quality shirts I have but the fabric doesn't feel any worse than a regular PRL shirt I have, maybe slightly different from my other shirts if I get really analytical, but not bad, and I don't find it sweat inducing at all.
     


  6. overdog

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    I'd second BB slim fit non-iron as well. It fits slimmer than my Nordstrom tailored fit and the fabric on my oldest one (probably close to 30 washes) has yet to lose its non-iron qualities. If you steer clear of the BB non-iron pinpoint oxfords, the fabric is actually pretty soft.
     


  7. Shoe City Thinker

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    They're surprisingly decent. I still prefer to send my better shirts to the cleaners. But it's nice to have a few non-iron shirts in the closet in the event that you need a dress shirt and all your regular shirts at the laundry.
     


  8. ThaAmericanDream

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    Does anyone else have a BB Non-Iron Slim Fit BrooksCoolĂ‚[​IMG] Dress Shirt?

    Their website claims they are lighter weight and more breathable.
     


  9. effang

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    we're all wearing cotton, or cotton blends. what exactly does breath ability mean in this instance? it's not like the material is man-made or anything.
     


  10. throwouttheiron

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    Campaign to abolish ironing (CAI):

    Below is an extract from Charles Tyrwhitt's website, and I vouch for it. I wrote to them a few years ago complaining that they didn't have enough non-iron stuff. Maybe I influenced them a little - but there still are not enough colours. Try finding a lemon or yellow 100% cotton non iron shirt, anywhere in the world! Nordstrom have one by Calvin Klein - that's it.

    Non iron shirts probably haven't caught on because of lying propaganda that says they have chemicals in them. If there were chemicals that could affect your skin on contact they would wash out in the first wash. Your deodorant has chemicals in it that go right into your pores and are probably slowly killing you. I refuse to iron so since I got married the only shirts my husband buys are non iron and 100% cotton. They look and feel lovely. Use a slow spin. Even if they look a bit creased initially when you put them on your body heat makes the creases fall out and you look smart all day long. Men who insist on shirts that take half an hour to iron are selfish (unless they are sending them out for cleaning) because it's not usually they that have to iron them and it's the worst job on earth. How many times has a girlfriend you're out with said to you: "I must get back I have a huge pile of ironing to do". And it's usually when the sun is shining - that's when people get all into laundry. Hey, life is too short! And dragging the ironing board and iron out and in is a dog. If you have a laundry room where it's permanently out that's not quite so bad, but even then - fiddling around with collars and double cuffs trying to line up button holes and stuff like that - no way - it's not for me. Life is too short for self-imposed slavery. And if you can afford to send all your clothes to the cleaners, fine, but they won't last as long.

    You know what it is; I've figured it: It's snobbery. Men want you to think they are superior because they have a "proper" shirt - all cotton, ironed by a slave. But they're out of date. If you have to be smart at least don't look as if you have worked at it.

    Over to CT before I get too mad:



    A non-iron shirt still should feel soft and lovely

    Unlike the non-iron fabric of old, proper non-iron shirt fabric should be made of 100% two-ply cotton so it feels as comfortable as regular shirt fabric. That means it should not contain any man-made fibres such as polyester (a shirt should never sparkle suspiciously in the sun thank you very much) and so should feel luxuriously soft against the skin.
    The non-iron magic

    The 'non-iron magic' in proper non-iron shirts doesn't come from the fibres themselves, but from the special treating process which involves subjecting the finished shirt to high temperatures. This ensures that when the shirt is hung up to dry after washing, it stays remarkably crease-free. Of course, there are other non-iron shirts on the market that have been treated using additives that make the shirts feel, and look like, cheap-as-chips nylon. If a non-iron shirt doesn't feel as smooth as cotton, we say avoid it like the plague.
     


  11. XFactor

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    I get it. I am a single man and I do not enjoy or have time for ironing.

    For all the rant about hating ironing,you have not made any CLEAR recommendations on which shirts/ brands etc work well and are priced right as per you.
     


  12. Hiras Fashion

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    Choose 100% cotton fabrics that are easy care fabrics which are wrinkle-free and should be non-iron.
     


  13. jt10000

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    Not my experience.


    Nor mine.

    I suspect that when non-iron shirts started, they were worse in feel and breathability, etc. but are better now. This allows the snobs to perpetuate the idea that they are bad. Maybe some still are, but I have non-iron shirts from Brooks Brothers and Land's End I like a lot. For important uses I'll sometimes still iron a bit - particularly the collars.
     


  14. throwouttheiron

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    We've got good ones from Charles Tyrwhitt, Lands End, M&S and others. As long as they are 100% cotton they seem to be fine. I even got some really cheap on Ebay - ex M&S stock without the labels. They were superb. Lands End do good reductions in their sales, so I stock up when they're cheap.
     


  15. XFactor

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    What kind of price points are you getting these for?
    At normal and in sales and on Ebay?
    Some ideas would be nice on brand/ model / how/ when / price points you made the acquisitions would be nice to know.
     
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