Winter is coming. How do I stay wrinkle free under that coat?

We've discussed keeping clothes wrinkle free while packing.
I live in a northern state where I have to wear a heavy coat over my clothes on my way into work.

Every morning I take the time to iron my clothes, get myself looking sharp for the day to come. I put on my coat and drive to work. I take off my coat and look like I just pulled my shirt out of the laundry. :oops:

What is the best way to keep clothing wrinkle-free while wearing it?

jhack's picture

Take off the coat and jacket before you get in the car, and hang them (or lay them down) in the back seat.

Yes, it's a bit chilly for the first few minutes (wear gloves and a scarf! I use fingerless driving gloves...) but the shirt and slacks are better for it.


HMac's picture

Modify hack's advice as necessary if you're commuting via public transport! :D

But if you're commuting in your own car, consider keeping a good hanger in the back seat and [i]hanging[/i], rather than laying your jacket. It makes a difference.


stephenbooth_uk's picture

Could you pack your shirt (wear a T-shirt or Polo shirt to travel) then change at the office?

I've done something similar in the past but with an entire suit and shoes. To get to the office I had a walk of a couple of hundred metres along a road that tended to be covered in dirt (run off from a building site next to it). When it rained my shoes and the lower 6-12 inches of my trousers would get covered in mud from the spray. Not a good image int he office. To avoide this I'd wear jeans and boots to travel in, carrying my suit, then get changed when I arrived at work. Storing my jeans and boots during the day would have been an issue but I had a really good relationship with the receptionist (one of the things I learned early in my career is always be very nice to the reception and admin staff, their powers are great and extensive but subtle) so she sorted me out a locker (which were as rare as hen's teeth) to keep them in.


terrih's picture

I seriously doubt it looks like you just pulled it from the laundry. There's a huge difference between a shirt that didn't get ironed at all, and a shirt that did get ironed but has a few creases from sitting in a car and such.

That said, is your coat perchance too small?

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Move to Australia, summer's coming! :D

US41's picture

Buy better clothes. I'm not joking. The upper-end clothing is not as susceptible to the kind of post-laundry wrinkling and such as is the clothing you might find somewhere at a discount store.

I took Mike Auzenne's advice and I went to Brooks Brothers and picked up some of their cotton no-iron shirts. You wash the shirt at home, you stick it in the dryer for 20 minutes just to fluff it and immediately hang it. It looks like it has been professionally dry-cleaned. The cloth is heavier, the stitching more precise.

The shirts are more expensive, but the styles are timeless and never change. You can wear these shirts for years before you have to replace them.

Once I owned one, I started overhauling my wardrobe.

Sometimes you do get what you pay for.

RogerNewell's picture

Great question. There will be fewer folds if the composition is polyester. Alternatively, buy more T-shirts and change into freshly ironed ones at work. And to save time on caring for your clothes, use the services of a Dry Cleaning Near Me. Then your things will always be clean and in excellent condition.