She sees you wearing wrinkled pants.
She sees you in a wrinkled, faded shirt that looks like a hand-me-down from your grandaddy.
What do you think she thinks about you?
The answer? Not much.
Yes, clothes make the man and if you ask most women, they care more about how “put together” you are than they do about expensive name brands.
They also notice when you keep your clothes in great condition.
Here are a few ways to do this:
Get Decent Hangers
I like getting my clothes dry cleaned and laundered as much as the next guy, but those wire hangers they give you are best when recycled (not re-used in your closet).
A better option is to invest in some good wood hangers that will not bend or lose their shape when hanging damp shirts to dry.
For pants, I am a huge fan of those wood hangers with clips for every pair of pants I own. Hanging semi-dry jeans or khakis after washing is a great way to keep them relatively wrinkle-free.
Plus, like hang-drying shirts you don’t have that time-consuming and annoying (for me, at least) folding part as well.
For slacks, hanging them up after each wear can keep your dry-cleaning of them to once a month (or less).
Fewer wrinkles + more wears = less time and money spent on dry cleaning.
What’s the bottom line here?
That $20 or $30 you spend on wood hangers today is peanuts compared to what you’re saving in time and money tomorrow.
Practice Good Laundry Habits
This has always been a tough one for me.
In my younger years, my bedroom floor seem to have a magnetic pull on shirts, pants, and socks. When I was done wearing something, it would end up in a nice pile next to an already full hamper.
When I was out of clothes and in a rush, I would just grab an armful of stuff and cram it into the washer machine (with lots of soap and hot water for good measure).
What I didn’t know was that most of my items ended up wrinkled, faded, and ill-fitting (either shrunk or stretched out).
With the way my clothes look on me, I was one missed shave away from looking like a hobo.
Luckily, I later picked up on these good habits:
- Always separate dark clothes from white/light ones
- Don’t do laundry unless you have the time to hang and fold after
- Use half the normal amount of laundry soap (saves clothes, uses less detergent)
- Skip the dryer or use for only half of the normal time before hang-drying
- Iron wrinkle-prone clothes (like khakis or cotton shirts) when they are damp (not when dried)
Nothing makes me more confident about my clothes than throwing on a freshly-pressed shirt or pair of pants just back from the cleaners.
The only problem comes when I find myself wearing shirts or pants that lose that crisp, polished look because I couldn’t find time to drop off my cleaning for the week.
Now, the term dry-cleaning should be used loosely because it’s more like dry-refreshing and dewrinkling.
Still, using the Dryel bag and sheet system between cleanings can double or triple the run of shirts, pants, and coats in that post-cleaning period.
As an added bonus, the refill cleaning sheets are under $2.00 each and you can clean four shirts or four pants with each sheet.
What does that mean for you?
It means you are spending 2-3 times less time and money at the cleaners.
Note: I have no endorsement contract with the Dryel people nor do I profit in any way if you use their product. I use it. I like it. That’s all!
What You Need to Remember
- Hang-drying damp clothes on good wood hangers prevents wrinkles and saves money
- Using Dryel or ironing shirts and slacks between cleanings can save time and money
- Your clothes will look better longer if you use half the normal detergent and half the normal dry-cleaning frequency