Please don’t dryclean your cotton shirts frequently it’s awful for the material.[/quote]
Is that true?
I was going to suggest dry cleaning aswell. For the time saved on ironing the money is not a factor.
I didn’t take the comment about using a dry cleaner to mean get your cotton shirts dry cleaned. When I used to take my dress shirts to dry cleaners in the past, they laundered and pressed them. In other words, the shirts got washed, not dry-cleaned. It was simply a way to save myself time and avoid doing any ironing.
Dry cleaners have these forms that a shirt fits around for pressing, so the ironing comes out perfectly. Is that worth between $1-2 per shirt? IDK, but I lack any ironing skills. The few times I’ve tried to iron stuff, I’ve actually ironed in some wrinkles.
As for brands, I can’t make any recommendations. I just make sure to try on everything. (Forget the ones sold in a box.) I find choosing the correct collar size and sleeve length is not enough. Depending on the brand or style, some of them have tons of extra material that balloons out around your mid-section.
One of my pet peeves is what the way most stores pin back shirts on mannequins. You may see a shirt on a mannequin that looks like it might fit very well, but it turns out someone just gathered all the extra material around the figure’s lower back, folded it over, and pinned it.
Laundered and pressed is fine and to be honest when I get busy I do that as well rather than doing it myself. I can still press my shirts better by hand than the dry cleaner can with their machines but sometimes the time involved just isn’t available to me.
The chemicals used in dry cleaning are very harsh and hard on fabrics, typically I try to get my suits cleaned once per year or less if I can avoid it. A good brushing and a little spot cleaning here and there is usually sufficient in combination with my steamer to keep them looking great. It’s a shame to wear out a nice suit by getting it dry cleaned too often.
Although since I own the company it does give me a great excuse to buy something new. . .
Plus since all our stuff is made to measure it always fits which is nice since most stores don’t carry shirts with 18.5" necks.