is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” –C.S. Lewis
And this, is what will develop when one embarks on a new friendship with those two in the featured picture. A common theme in my posts are one should take care of their clothes no matter how much one has paid or the quality of them. Two items that will assist you are a garment steamer and an iron. At the end of the day, one friend you do not want around is wrinkled clothing. Wrinkled clothes are embarrassing. Wrinkled clothes may be perceived as one not caring about their appearance. The whole point of creating one’s style is one does care about their appearance!
A garment steamer is self-explanatory, it steams your clothing to take away wrinkles. There is an assortment of them. My suggestion is do your research and find one suitable for your needs. The steamer pictured is a Conair Extreme Steam. I paid $29.99 on Ebay for it. The pricing varies but it is economical and it is a great piece of equipment to own. Sometimes it is best to use a steamer because it saves on time. There is clothing that is best suited for steaming. It is important to use distilled water only in garment steamers.
The standard iron has been destroying wrinkles (and sometimes clothing) since the beginning of time. As with everything, products get better, more advanced and make most things easier. The iron pictured is a Rowenta Effective. I purchased this on sale at Target for $39.99. Rowenta has a great reputation. As with the steamer, one will use distilled water. Hard minerals in tap water over time, may ruin the effectiveness of the steamer and the iron. While there are detractors concerning this, I would err on the side of caution. Purchasing a gallon of distilled water will not put one at a deficit. Just as you treat your clothes well, treat the equipment you use on them just as well!
In conclusion, while using a steamer should be and will be a piece of cake, ironing may be a different ballgame for the novice. And quite frankly, every male walking under the Heaven’s sun, moon and stars should absolutely, positively know how to use an iron. There are plenty of resources on line explaining in great detail, how to iron. I’m not going to berate the reader if they lack the skill set to effectively iron but ask yourself a question. What is more important? The cute barista with the nose ring at Starbucks getting your Green Tea Crème Frappuccino up to your specs or having your clothes free of wrinkles? Well, you can have both if you know how to iron your clothes. Just remember to tip! Until next time, jal ga!