No matter how much your wear your dress pants, chances are they’re going to spend the vast majority of their time waiting to be worn. If you want to squeeze more life out of a quality pair of men’s trousers, then you’re going to have to learn a few tips for making the most of that storage time. That means understanding how your closet should look when you store your dress pants. Here are five essential tips for men’s dress pants care.
Invest in a Quality Hanger
A nice wooden hanger with some heft will beat out a wire hanger every time. True: wire hangers tend to be cheaper—and the thin plastic hangers might as well be free. But we’re talking about khakis and dress men’s pants here: these are investments as much as they are trousers.
That’s why it’s good to invest in a quality hanger with some heft to it. The larger hanger will prevent wrinkling and will last a lot longer than those cheap mega-mart hangers that crack after a year of use.
Learn How to Store Pants on a Hanger
Hanging pants is a great way to prevent wrinkles and keep them at arm’s length any time you open the closet. But storing pants on a hanger can be tricky if you haven’t learned the proper way.
You’ll want to learn the tri-fold method. Start this simple fold by holding the pants upside down with one hand holding the hem of each leg. Put one of the legs through the hanger and fold back down until it reaches about an inch above the inseam. Then repeat with the other leg, folding it over the first leg through the hanger. If you’ve done it right, the pants should hang so well that you can pull on them and they won’t fall through.
To bring them off the hanger, just bring the top pant leg through again, and the pants will be ready to wear.
After Wear, Give Your Trousers a Quick Brush
A simple cleaning brush is easy to find on Amazon, and just a few seconds of work every time you wear your pants will keep them looking their best. After all, no one wants to be the one guy at the party with an obvious bit of lint or debris on their suit trousers—it’s akin to a prominent stain. Clean it off with a quick brush and you’ll never have to worry on that account.
Maintain Your Closet
The closet seems to be the one space in the apartment that gets ignored. When you clean out your room, the excess goes in the closet. When you can’t figure out what to do with a pair of jeans, it gets stuffed in the closet. Some regular maintenance will help you keep an orderly closet, which is an ideal location to store your dress pants.
Always Read the Label
Finally, no matter what our tips say, the label of your trousers should trump all. Pay attention to the specific kind of cleaning it requires. If it asks for dry cleaning, it’s not doing that just to be fancy—it’s because dry cleaning will make your clothes last longer, which over time means less money spent on clothes.
Shop Fine Men’s Dress Pants
Of course, there’s nowhere better to start than a high quality pair of dress pants. Fortunately, we have a broad collection of tailored trousers that fit the bill.