To Iron or Not to Iron

We normally don’t make it a point to dissect the opinions of other style bloggers.  We’d much rather provide our own rhyme and reason for what we believe in or not.  However, we recently came across a comment that made us raise our eyebrows a bit and felt the need to address the topic–the non-iron dress shirt topic.  This type of shirt is made for the man who either doesn’t have the time or the knowledge to properly iron and press his shirt.  Or maybe he just travels for work and needs something quick and easy.  High quality non-iron shirts are made of cotton and are made to resist the “worn in” look.  This is accomplished through a process called nanotechnology and its been available since the early 1990′s. Wrinkle-resistant finishes are obtained by using chemical agents that act as catalysts in a chemical chain.  These chemical chains provide elastic resiliency properties that help clothes to avoid forming wrinkles. Garments with this finish are identified by “Wrinkle-Resistant” and “Non-Iron”.

Apparently this gentlman has not had a great experience with non-iron shirts.  We beg to differ.  In our experience non-iron dress shirts certainly come in handy for those days one doesn’t feel like ironing or for use during traveling.  We’ve found that the Brooks Brothers non-iron dress shirt holds up well over hours of wear without the slightest hint of wrinkles.






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The Best Chips You Don’t Eat

If you’ve been fortunate enough to grow your collection of suits, coats, and other valuable garments, you’ll need to protect them in the off-season so when it comes time to wear them again they will look as good as new.  Moths, dust, mildew, moisture and the like can all destroy your wardrobe without you noticing until you find a hole in your favorite jacket .  Your solution?  Cedar Fresh Cedar Chips.  Cedar (like the wood in your shoe trees) absorbs orders and moisture and repels moths and other harmful pests.  Pick it up at a hardware store for $3.99 and place the bag in your closest, drawer, or anywhere else you want to keep your clothes fresh.  Just don’t eat them.

Cedar Fresh Cedar Chips





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Granted Endorsement – Suite Arrival

A man’s gotta travel and he’s gotta travel light.  In steps Suite Arrival, a travel company that ships your grooming products directly to your hotel at whatever exotic locale or business convention you may be visiting next.  If you’re the unfortunate man who doesn’t have a personal dopp kit, Suite Arrival offers a full line of products for hair, shave, body, etc. making travel lighter and faster without the hassle of being checked at security or finding a local convenience shop that sells your favorite toothpaste at 2am where no one speaks English.  We give two thumbs up to convenience.






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Get Spanked

For those men who have a bit of a weight problem there may be a solution to hold in those areas which need it most.  However, it may border on the line between necessity and extravagance.  SPANX, the woman-owned company that offers slimming intimates for women has created a shape enhancing undershirt specifically for men.  This is the company’s first line of products for men and SPANX hopes it will become a best seller.  See more and decide for yourself HERE.






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Anatomy of a Dress Shirt

One of the best breakdowns of a dress shirt we’ve seen in awhile.  Provided by shirt maker Alexander West.

Collar Base: (or collar stand) is the band of fabric sewn into the neckline of a dress shirt, which the collar attaches to.

Collar Leaf: the outside fabric of the collar, located at the front sides, which is folded over the collar base.

Collar Point Length: the distance between the collar point and the top of the collar leaf.

Collar Front Band: the area on the base that sits between the collar points.

Collar Point Spread: the distance between the collar points.

Collar: the part of a shirt that encompasses the neckline of the garment, often so as to fold or roll over. Comes in various shapes, depending on the face shape and occasion.

Yoke: a shaped piece fabric in a garment, fitted about or below the neck and shoulders, from which the rest of the garment hangs. It can be split in two, called the “split-yoke.”

Placket Front: a standard shirt front with a placket sewn on top of the shirt front.

Plain Front: a standard shirt front with a hidden placket; usually lapped left over right for men, and vice versa for women.

Fly Front: a flap of material down one side of the front opening of a garment to conceal buttons or fasteners.

Armhole: the opening in a dress shirt, which the arms are sewn in to.

Sleeve: the part of a garment that covers the arm and is usually cut wider than the cuffs. Most sleeve lengths fall between 32 and 36 inches.

Sleeve Placket: a distinctive feature that is sewn on the sleeve; the opening of the sleeve fabric near the cuff

Cuff: a fold or band serving as a trimming or finish for the bottom of a sleeve. Some cuff styles include: French Cuffs and Barrel Cuffs.

 

Back Collar Height: the part of the collar that is folded over, at the backside of the dress shirt.

Yoke: a shaped piece fabric in a garment, fitted about or below the neck and shoulders, from which the rest of the garment hangs. It can be split in two, called the “split-yoke.”

Hang Loop: a piece of fabric sewn into the yoke seam which allows the shirt to be hung at this point.

Side Pleats: single fabric folds at the other parts of the shirt back.

Box Pleat Front: a double fabric fold, with the material folded under at each side at the back center of a shirt.

Armhole: the opening in a dress shirt, which the arms are sewn in to.

Sleeve: the part of a garment that covers the arm and is usually cut wider than the cuffs. Most sleeve lengths fall between 32 and 36 inches.

Darts: a tapered seam of fabric for adjusting the fit of a garment.

Hem: the finished lower edge of the dress shirt body.

Tail: the part of a shirt below the waistline.






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