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Trench coat care

Contango

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After quite a lot of wear throughout winter and spring, my trench coat is looking rather crumpled.

How would SF'ers recommend keeping the coat looking respectable?

Given that this is actually the most expensive item in my wardrobe want to make sure it lasts as well as looks good!
 

The Silverfox

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Well... I don't really have any tips on trenchcoat care, in fact I am kind of curious as I have a trench myself in need of some attention.

I will however say that I think the trenchcoat is the one thing in your wardrobe that can respectably be a bit fucked up. The whole point of a trenchcoat or slipon is to add a layer on top of your loungesuit to protect against the elements and take the punishment that day to day outdoor use would otherwise put on your suit. As such, I don't think it's inappropriate that it shows from the trenchcoat that it's performing it's duty.

It shouldn't be in rags or downright filthy by any means, but I think it's perfectly acceptable that it shows signs of use by being visibly worn and slightly dirty.
 

The Silverfox

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Well the classic trenchcoat construction is cotton gabardine outer, and a heavy silk interlining. The gabardine should be just fine in the washing mashine, but I am a little concerned about how the silk interlining would fare in this kind of treatment. The gabardine is the only bit you actually see, but it's the silk that makes it waterproof, so I'd be careful with assuming that it worked perfectly just because it looked nice comming out and that there was no visible damage.

Not that you're necessarily wrong, but I'd be careful.
 

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