There’s nothing like a newly-procured pair of pants. The fabric is vivid, the texture is unsullied, and the fit is as crisp as it was in the dressing room.
But over time, reality creeps in. You toss the pants on the bed rather than folding them or hanging them in the closet. The pants have pocket wrinkles when you iron them. You keep telling yourself to pay better attention to your clothes, but despite your best efforts, the pants eventually lose their familiar “off-the-rack” feel.
It doesn’t have to be this way. All it takes is a little know-how, a couple of quick tips, and a few seconds of out of your day to ensure that your keep your pants looking retail-ready. Here are some tips that only the retailers knew—at least, until now.
Tip #1: Unpack the pockets before ironing. It’s not always laziness that prevents your pants from looking your best—it’s basic know-how. If you enjoy the look of a freshly-ironed pair of pants but always struggled with creating new pocket imprints and wrinkles when ironing (thanks to the raised pocket lines inside the fabric), here’s a quick tip: don’t iron the pockets at all.
People disagree as to their best strategy for avoiding pocket creases. Some recommend turning the entire pair of pants inside out and ironing them whole. Others say to unpack the pockets before ironing so that you can easily iron around them. No matter what your choice, one thing is clear: from here on out, your pants won’t look like they were ironed by a college student.
Tip #2: Hang dress pants properly. The standard “fold-and-hang” method might feel efficient, but you’d be surprised at how much longer your can keep your pants looking fresh by utilizing a different method.
We recommend hanging your pants from a hanger the same way you put them on: one leg at a time. Start by closing one of the legs over and bringing it about an inch or so from the crotch seam. Then fold the remaining leg through the hanger and over the other leg, and press the entire piece flat so as to reduce wrinkles. Voila! (An added benefit: your pants won’t fall so easily from the hanger.)
Tip #3: Try out a new fit with your pockets full.
If you really want to know how a pair of pants is going to feel day in and day out, you’re going to have to simulate a real fit in the dressing room. You can add your wallet and keys to a pair of pants to see how they fit—if they’re suddenly too tight, you may have to size up. You don’t want your pants to broadcast the contents of your pockets because the fabric is pressed tightly to your skin. Making sure that your new pants will fit you on an everyday basis is a sure way to guarantee they’ll remain fitted and crisp.