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Suit in the shower?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by vanzdog, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. vanzdog

    vanzdog Well-Known Member

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    I've heard you could pop your wool suit in the shower and the steam will take out any minor wrinkles.....thoughts?

    Not get it wet....but hang it on the towel rake a few feet away
     
  2. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    I usually wear my suit when I take a shower.
     
  3. LukeM

    LukeM Senior member

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    I usually wear my suit when I take a shower.
    +1 When I get out I quickly blow dry it to get a snug fit
     
  4. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Bad title.[​IMG] It's an old trick worth doing when you're traveling, but for home use get a Jiffy steamer or one of the other brands. There are a lot of threads on this topic.
     
  5. mrclam

    mrclam Senior member

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    Bad title.[​IMG] It's an old trick worth doing when you're traveling, but for home use get a Jiffy steamer or one of the other brands. There are a lot of threads on this topic.
    Don't remember where the thread was, but I recall a thread that pointed out that using steam on wool suits is not the best idea, and cause your suits to lose their shape prematurely.
     
  6. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Don't remember where the thread was, but I recall a thread that pointed out that using steam on wool suits is not the best idea, and cause your suits to lose their shape prematurely.

    That was a post from jeffreyd, a very respected tailor/member here, but there was much disagreement with him on this particular topic. I steam my suits, not often mind you, but they have suffered no ill effects.
     
  7. vanzdog

    vanzdog Well-Known Member

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    Don't remember where the thread was, but I recall a thread that pointed out that using steam on wool suits is not the best idea, and cause your suits to lose their shape prematurely.

    That was a post from jeffreyd, a very respected tailor/member here, but there was much disagreement with him on this particular topic. I steam my suits, not often mind you, but they have suffered no ill effects.

    definitley helpful
     
  8. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos Senior member

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    That was a post from jeffreyd, a very respected tailor/member here, but there was much disagreement with him on this particular topic. I steam my suits, not often mind you, but they have suffered no ill effects.

    Jeffrey's advice was accurate, but the debate is over whether or not his advice is practical for most people. The same debate could be, and has been, had over Alex Kabbaz's shirt care regimen.

    One of the biggest challenges I have when trying to follow Jeffrey's advice, for instance, is actually getting all the wrinkles out of my suits. Sometimes I just need to bust out the E-Steam and touch things up. So long as I'm being careful and not just haphazardly blasting all over the suit with the steamer, I'll probably be fine.
     
  9. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Sometimes I just need to bust out the E-Steam and touch things up. So long as I'm being careful and not just haphazardly blasting all over the suit with the steamer, I'll probably be fine.
    Yes, I spot steam where needed.
     
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    What does Jeffrey recommend for suit care? From the cryptic way people are talking about it I would imagine goats blood, chanting and a virgin are involved.
     
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    Jeffrey's advice was accurate, but the debate is over whether or not his advice is practical for most people. The same debate could be, and has been, had over Alex Kabbaz's shirt care regimen.

    One of the biggest challenges I have when trying to follow Jeffrey's advice, for instance, is actually getting all the wrinkles out of my suits. Sometimes I just need to bust out the E-Steam and touch things up. So long as I'm being careful and not just haphazardly blasting all over the suit with the steamer, I'll probably be fine.



    This. Jeffery's thread scared me a bit as well, until I realized I have been steaming my suits for a decade now w/o incident.

    That said, he does have a point, overuse of steam can be detrimental. I tried ironing w a cloth as he recommends, but I just dont have the skill, time, or patience to do so. So Im back to just the Jiffy steamer, albeit now trying to limit the steam to just the wrinkled areas.
     
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    That was a post from jeffreyd, a very respected tailor/member here, but there was much disagreement with him on this particular topic. I steam my suits, not often mind you, but they have suffered no ill effects.

    I thought his main point was that steaming can undo the iron shaping that high end bespoke cutters do. His analogy was to a woman's curls on a humid day.
     
  13. sellahi22

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    That was a post from jeffreyd, a very respected tailor/member here, but there was much disagreement with him on this particular topic. I steam my suits, not often mind you, but they have suffered no ill effects.

    I thought his main point was that steaming undoes the iron shaping that high end bespoke cutters do. His analogy was to a woman's curls on a humid day.
     
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    John Cutler, one of the best bespoke tailors in Australia (if not the best) and considered by some one of the best in the world, says it's okay to place your suit in the bathroom and use the steam of the shower to smooth out the wrinkles, particularly when travelling. I'm happy to take his word for it. http://www.cutlerbespoke.com.au/trav...poke-suits.php
     
  15. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    When I arrive after a cross country flight I frequently unpack, hang my suit and pants in the bathroom, shut the door and take a lice long shower before going out to eat. I feel great and the steam gets rid of all the wrinkles.

    If clothing was ruined by steam, then it would be destroyed during a humid summer or after brisk walks in winter when you perspire. Natural fabrics are highly resistant to reasonable amounts of moisture.
     
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    I thought his main point was that steaming undoes the iron shaping that high end bespoke cutters do. His analogy was to a woman's curls on a humid day.

    I understood his point, but is it logical? What about a 100 deg F day with 99% humidity, and you wear your suit all day. Is it slowly getting undone? I doubt it
     
  17. Lord Asquith

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    I've heard you could pop your wool suit in the shower and the steam will take out any minor wrinkles.....thoughts?

    Not get it wet....but hang it on the towel rake a few feet away


    Actually if it's a wool suit you can just hang it and the wrinkles should come out.
     
  18. TheWraith

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    ^ Yes, most will, but sometimes a few do not, even if the suit is wool.
     
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    jefferyd's post about touching up a suit. ...and now I'm off to read Cutler's thing. thx for the link. edit: oi that was fast. B)
     
  20. stubloom

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    I'm with jefferyd on this one. I see the results of poor steaming almost on a daily basis. Mostly on suit jackets, sport coats and trousers that have been "professionally cleaned and pressed". A rule of thumb for steaming at home: keep the head of the steamer as far away from the fabric as possible; limit the amount of steam used as much as possible; never apply steam directly to the collar or lapel; and, to the extent practical, keep steam away from seams. For further information on this subject.... Blog post: The myth of pressing a garment with steam http://www.ravefabricare.com/true-qu...ith-steam.aspx
     

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