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The Official Dieworkwear Appreciation Thread

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But then... then a month goes by, and another, and another, and before long you begin to hate those stupid fucking things. You come to hate how boring and limiting shorts are, how they offer so few options. You hate how you look exactly the same every bloody day. You hate looking like a tourist and a child all rolled into one.
After almost a decade in the tropics I feel somewhat differently - the constraints (light fabrics, short sleeves, etc.) and smaller visual space offer much more opportunity for careful creativity, but it is hard. You can tell the tourists because they are not used to living that way all year round and default to what they think is conservative but does not have the same cultural grounding as the equivalent in temperate climes; so their tropical dress language fits in less well. On the other hand the opportunities for creativity are limitless, once you drop the carcan of Italian/American hot weather cultural tropes and allow for blending into the madness. IMHO anyway.
 

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After almost a decade in the tropics I feel somewhat differently - the constraints (light fabrics, short sleeves, etc.) and smaller visual space offer much more opportunity for careful creativity, but it is hard. You can tell the tourists because they are not used to living that way all year round and default to what they think is conservative but does not have the same cultural grounding as the equivalent in temperate climes; so their tropical dress language fits in less well. On the other hand the opportunities for creativity are limitless, once you drop the carcan of Italian/American hot weather cultural tropes and allow for blending into the madness. IMHO anyway.
You’re not wrong. It would probably be more accurate to say that I have neither the interest nor the body to experiment with hot weather style. When I head to Bangkok I leave all of my clothes behind save for a few pairs of shorts, a handful of t-shirts, a few too many long sleeved shirts with sleeves suitable for rolling, and some workout gear. Dressing in hot weather is, for me, a balancing act between remaining cool and hiding flaws. If my waist were two or three inches smaller I might be more interested in playing around with the possibilities, but... well, cheese exists.
 

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Same problem as above unfortunately. I should add in the original post I was looking for reasonably priced alternatives
Bronson Mfc makes some that look legit but they're out of stock in most sizes. Might be worth watching for a restock.

 

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Bronson Mfc makes some that look legit but they're out of stock in most sizes. Might be worth watching for a restock.

Cool, thanks man. Signed up for a restock alert.
 

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So @dieworkwear , if I have cruelly and inconsiderately been for years subjecting my sport coats to improperly-sized coat hangers and am only now using appropriate ones, are my jackets irreparably damaged? I have a couple jackets that are clearly stretched and probably destroyed, but they're ill-fitting cheapos I'm planning to dispose of. However, one jacket I would like to keep, and while it's not as noticeably impacted, there is some ruffling/divot in one of the lightly-padded shoulders. Was thinking I might need to have a tailor do some restructuring.
 

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So @dieworkwear , if I have cruelly and inconsiderately been for years subjecting my sport coats to improperly-sized coat hangers and am only now using appropriate ones, are my jackets irreparably damaged? I have a couple jackets that are clearly stretched and probably destroyed, but they're ill-fitting cheapos I'm planning to dispose of. However, one jacket I would like to keep, and while it's not as noticeably impacted, there is some ruffling/divot in one of the lightly-padded shoulders. Was thinking I might need to have a tailor do some restructuring.
Your jacket may just need a good pressing. If you have someone local who can do it, try to see if they can press it back into proper shape. Otherwise, Rave FabriCARE hand presses garments. Dry cleaners will press jackets as well, but they often use a machine and don't do a good job. Depending on the cost of your coat, you may want to send it to someone more reliable, and do it when it needs to be cleaned (so you don't have to send it twice).

There's a small chance the collar may be stretched out, but I don't have direct experience with this. I've only read about it online and heard about it from tailors. I imagine if this happens, you may be able to get a good tailor to fix it for you.

Jeffery has a good post on his blog about the importance of proper hangers.

 

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Your jacket may just need a good pressing. If you have someone local who can do it, try to see if they can press it back into proper shape. Otherwise, Rave FabriCARE hand presses garments. Dry cleaners will press jackets as well, but they often use a machine and don't do a good job. Depending on the cost of your coat, you may want to send it to someone more reliable, and do it when it needs to be cleaned (so you don't have to send it twice).
I've been meaning to ask how you send your garments to Arizona. Do you have a pile of giant boxes laying around?
 

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I've been meaning to ask how you send your garments to Arizona. Do you have a pile of giant boxes laying around?
I just ship by UPS and they package everything. I also don't clean very often (maybe just once a year?). Garments get thrown in a box and shipped off. I don't worry about packing because the garments will be pressed and shipped back in proper boxes later anyway.
 

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