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Wednesday
Apr152015

wardrobe care.

Once you’ve collated the perfect wardrobe, it’s essential to keep it looking as good as new. Hardy Amies asked the experts for their tips

 

David Hellqvist, menswear writer and stylist

Anyone can be good at shopping; buying sweaters and trousers isn’t that difficult. We all do it on a regular basis. What you have to remember, though, is that clothes, like puppies, are for life – at least the good-quality ones. It’s fair enough to get off on the chase, as I do – finding the seasonal highlight from your favourite designer can be a thrill, I know, and wearing them for the first time is a treat… but what about the day after? Where do you put it? How do you treat it? These are the questions that matter when it comes to garment care.

Granted, they’re not the sexiest words around. I, too, have been known to build a tower of worn T-shirts next to my bed, but that doesn’t make it right. Who are we to underestimate the sartorial value of a garment? What we wear has as much cultural import as art and music. Fashion, truly, is the fabric of history. Hence this call to arms: take care of your clothes, pay your respects to the wardrobe and honour the lineage of your favourite pieces…

So, how do you do that? What’s the procedure when caring for clothes? Well, there are a few key rules to remember: hang up as many tops as possible, but never cashmere knits, which should always be folded. Double up summer coats on hangers during winter to save space and buy rails with two ‘floors’ so you can have two racks of tops. Hang your ‘top tier’ stuff on the top rail – your best bits, the pieces you’re most likely to wear at the moment. This will change, of course – not so much due to seasonal fads, but more with your mood. I do the same with coats: I have a few on hooks by the door, the rest on a rail. Pieces come and go on rotation.

The washing of clothes is a boring necessity, but one that is topped only by the ironing of shirts. If possible, get a job that doesn’t require ironed shirts. I wear lots of shirts and work hard on trying to cut out the ironing process. The best way of doing that is this: having washed a shirt or tee, hold on to the shoulders and flap it to straighten out the garment. Repeated a few times and then hung up to dry, this will save you lots of ironing time. Please note, though – if it’s a proper dress shirt, it will likely still need to be shown some steam, in which case, it’s best just to get it dry-cleaned and ironed in one go, saving you the bother.

 

Keep your suits ship-shape

 

Joe Butler, apprentice cutter at Hardy Amies

In order to keep your work and eveningwear looking at its very best make sure to have your suits sponged and pressed rather than dry cleaned. You might assume it gives the best results but the dry cleaning chemicals actually strip the natural oils from the wool, damaging the garment.

 

Charlie Teasdale, fashion writer for Man About Town and Brummell

Don’t underestimate the power of a lint roller: It might just be a psychological thing, but a quick waft over one’s clothes between meetings/client lunches/evenings out will have you feeling your sharpest once again.

 

Peter Howarth, editor of Times Luxx Report: Men’s Style

I store all my suits in garment bags, so they are protected and keep their shape. But I never store them in plastic, as this can damage the suit, and I make sure the garment bag is ventilated to stop the suit from getting musty.

 

Keep your shoes in peak condition

 

Tim Little, CEO of Grenson

There are two golden rules with shoes that will make them last a very long time if you adhere to them. First of all, don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days running. They need time to dry out after every wear, as leather is more vulnerable when wet. Secondly, always feed the leather uppers with good quality shoe cream, not just polish. Shoe cream feeds the leather and keeps it soft and supple whereas polish just protects it from the elements.

 

Josh Sims, fashion writer and author of Icons Of Men’s Style

There’s no great shine for your shoes than a military shine. Apply a mix of standard polish and water – and yes, it’s true, spit works even better – using a dry cloth. Work it into the leather’s grain with fingertip. Allow the wax to stand overnight. Then with a brush or, better still, a lambs-wool glove – the longer and harder, the shinier the result. If you can get a ‘parade gloss’ stick and melt that straight onto your shoes using a hot spoon, you really will get a mirror finish. But perhaps that effort is why you’re probably not in the army.

 

Other indispensible tips

 

Charlie Teasdale, fashion writer for Man About Town and Brummell

Over washing can be as bad as under washing: Your favourite shirt will lose its lustre if you stick it in the machine or take it to the dry cleaners too many times, so just wear it less.

 

Peter Howarth, editor of Times Luxx Report: Men’s Style

I make sure to clear out my closets fairly regularly to make sure my clothes are stored loosely so they can breathe. And I use chalk or something that absorbs moisture to make sure my closets stay dry.

 

- hardy amies

 

- james

Tuesday
Jun172014

5 steps to build a wardrobe on a budget.

yes, we all want to have the freshest wardrobe. yes, we all want to look like we're dressed to the nines whenever we leave the house. and yes, doing so can be extremely pricey and unrealistic at times. so here are some tips for building your wadrobe on a budget.

 

1. 

Thrift Hard. Know the good thrift shops in your area, and visit them with some regularity. You won't always find a gem every single time you go, so it's important to go often.

2. 

Fit it Well. Find a solid tailor in your area and build a relationship. Returning to the same tailor will help them get a feel for the way you like your clothes to fit, and will help them deliver consistently high qulity work. Combining thrift store clothes with a tailored fit will make the clothes look like they were made for your body, creating a quality look at a bargain price. For those of you in utah, I recommend Hollady Furs in Provo.


3. 

Learn the basics. Some common knowledge on sewing buttons, fixing tears and holes can help your clothes last longer. You can also customize your clothing a little with new buttons, new thread colors, and other small changes. The difference is in the details.


4. 

Maintain. It's one thing to get the right pieces of clothing, but it's another thing to make sure it lasts. Dry clean the clothes that need to be dry cleaned. Hang dry those things that you don't want to shrink. Polish your shoes. condition your leather goods. brush your suits and suedes. the list goes on. Keep it nice and i'll stay looking nice.


5. 

stay connected. find clothing manufacturers you like, and stay connected to their promotion schedules. This enables you to find quality clothing brand new for better prices. Most retailers have a some pretty regularly scheduled sales events that can be found with a simple google search (Nordstrom for example), knowing when these occur will help you plan your purchases. 

- james

 

 

 

 

 

Monday
May132013

garage sessions - most important part of the wardrobe.

Just in case you were wondering what James thinks the most important parts of your wardrobe are, James decided to lay it out for you, as awkwardly as possible.
- dripcult

Sunday
Nov252012

ABC's of Men's Fashion 32.

wardrobe

It is a good thing, on occasion, to think of your clothes as a wardrobe: a single unit. You should plan to have an efficient one, rather like a tool kit for a car, to get you through any situation or emergency. A man should aim at bulding a wardrobe to help him be efficient at his job and able to enjoy his leisure. 

Wednesday
Oct102012

abc's of Men's Fashion 31.

wardrobe.

To discuss a man's wardrobe is really to discuss a man's life, For the kind of clothes he has in it reveals his way of life; and their condition and degree of fashionableness will show his character.

- James

Saturday
Dec102011

ABC's of Men's Fashion #6

Style.

The Oxford Dictionary has two long columns of definitions for this word. Only one I think need concern us today. The first reads as follows: 'a person's characteristic bearing, demeanour, or manner especially as conducing to beauty or striking appearance'. It means a harmonious and individual inerpretation of current fashions, and even sometimes demonstration of a wish not to abandon an old style too quickly, if at all. To attain style in dress, you must look perfectly happy and relaxed in your clothes which must appear part of you rather than a wardrobe you have just donned.

- James