Ironing Chinos & washing jeans
Designer Hemant Sagar of Lecoanet Hemant on daily fashion problems
How often should one wash one’s jeans? There are some who say once in a few months is okay and there are others who wash it every time they wear it. Who is right?
Jeans should be washed only when they show dirt stains, not to be confounded with fashionable embellishments. The difference is usually obvious when you examine your jeans with a critical eye. Jeans should never be ironed, and above all should never ever have a front crease—they look even worse on jeans than on chinos. Jeans are above all meant for rugged wear and can take a lot of action. While doing so they adapt to the shape of your body, especially your knees, which makes them personal and promises a snug fit. So washing them too often will not help the fit.
I am confused when it comes to ironing chinos. Should there be a crease down the front of the trousers or not?
Chinos are primarily reserved for sporty and everyday casual dressing; hence they do not need to be treated like classic clothing such as suits and dressy pants. Do keep in mind that when it comes to trousers, the crease carries a message that reads ‘formal’. Hence a crease in chinos would contradict the garment’s sporty nature. Chinos can be worn with a shirt (white is a favourite) for a relatively dressy evening look, say an outing with your friends. Pairing them either with moccasins or dress/laced shoes will overdress the chinos.
Suits, especially jackets, always end up crushed in my bag when I am travelling. As a result it is always a scramble to get them ironed when I reach the hotel. I am too lazy to carry a suiter. What should I do?
Pack the heaviest items at the bottom of the suitcase and add the suit on the top to avoid creases. You can also put the suit in a plastic bag like the ones you get at the dry cleaner or a garment bag while packing it in a suitcase. While travelling it’s advisable to not use linen or cotton suits else you risk creasing. As soon as you arrive at your destination, hang your suit first and also use a hard case instead of buying a soft one.
I am in the process of getting a three-piece suit stitched. And of late I have seen some people wearing the waistcoat with lapels. Is this advisable?
A three-piece suit is a very dressy statement. Putting lapels on the waistcoat will not only make it dressier, but also thicker due to the layering. If this is what you are looking for, go ahead with lapels. It’s the dressiest look possible. To finish off the look you could opt for a chain watch that you tuck into the side pocket of the waistcoat – something to give your outfit a retro twist.
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