Style File: Your Work Wardrobe Questions Answered

DEANNA GRUBBS, DIRECTOR OF RETAIL MERCHANDISING AT JOHNSTON & MURPHY, DISHES ON CAREER DRESSING

Johnston & Murphy

Office-appropriate attire is no longer limited to navy dresses and pinstripe suits, but it’s sometimes a fine line as to what flies in the workplace. Our Members shared vexing career clothing questions, and we’re turning to Deanna Grubbs, Director of Retail Merchandising at Johnston & Murphy, for answers on how to take on the work week in style.

Q. No one likes to iron! Is it possible to avoid ironing work clothes?
- Julie via twitter @Jkchavanne

A. Start by selecting fabrics that naturally have wrinkle-resistant properties - such as jersey, wool, and polyester - quite common in dresses and pants. If you prefer the look and feel of cotton, many brands offer styles that have been specially treated to be wrinkle-resistant. In our men’s apparel line, we have a selection of Easy Care shirts that can literally be taken right out of the dryer and worn wrinkle-free. Poly/cotton blends are more common in women’s shirts, and the blend naturally offers wrinkle resistance. And if you insist on 100% cotton, try hanging your clothes in the bathroom while showering to “steam” out the wrinkles. It’s not as good as a press job, but it’s better than nothing.
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July 21, 2010