No-Iron Men’s Shirts
Some guys love them. Others hate them. Say that they are “hair shirts” and too stiff. But no-iron men’s shirts do look good. Can’t deny that.
If you are a purist, these just may not be for you. Having debuted in 1953 by Brooks Borthers, the no-iron concept is certainly not new. DuPont has worked with retailers to create the non-iron formula which has not changed much over the years. Today, however, many no-iron shirts are all-cotton while the first ones were a dacron-cotton blend.
The chemical process that creates the non-iron product comes from a chemical treatment with formaldehyde that bonds fabric strands to create a stiffer fabric. But the process also leads to baggy elbows and fabric that tends to become stiffer over time.
Even with all that being true and not sounding very environmentally friendly, everyone wants to look good. It is difficult to appear fresh and nicely groomed if your shirt is all crumpled up. Having a freshly-pressed appearance right out of the closet is a huge advantage.
Another great benefit of the no-iron men’s shirts is the considerable savings in laundering, pressing and steaming services of maintaining your wardrobe. No hauling of a big bag of laundry to the cleaners every week either or having to go pick them up.
Today, non-iron shirts come in a variety of fits and styles to meet anyone’s preferences. Whether you want spread collar, tapered fit, extra long tails, or triple-stripe, there is a shirt that will fit the bill.
Non-iron shirts also maintain their shape throughout the work day. For travel, they are super great. Some manufacturers also include a stretchy polyester spandes fabric that means you can crumple your shirt into a ball and still put on a shirt that looks freshly laundered.
New “wrinkle-resistant” formulas are being tried all the time to stiffen fabric. One formula includes a naturally extra long cotton fiber that tends to be wrinkle-free.