Should I be leaving my suits in dry-cleaning bags? Last year, when I came back from my summer holiday, I found my clothes had white marks, probably mould because I hadn’t turned on the dehumidifier. This year, I want to do the right thing. What is that exactly?
Mr Dandy: Ew. I asked Elaine Goodwin of dry-cleaners Goodwins of London (Great, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1400), who said plastic is a no-no, but silk garment bags are breathable and ideal for precious clothing. She has hers custom-made by her tailor and I, for one, am going to follow her lead. How fabulous to say your clothes are wrapped in silk! The Container Store sells breathable, unbleached cotton bags (HK$140 and up; www.containerstore.com), which could be a good alternative. But before you do that, you need to deal with what Goodwin calls “invisible” stains from things such as cologne, champagne, white wine or sodas. You need to get those clothes cleaned or dry-cleaned first or else those imperceptible substances will oxidise and create brown, rustlike stains. Oh, the horror! Her last tip is to air the clothes outside on a sunny day every so often.
Mr Dapper: Excellent question. It is a common misconception that clothes should remain in the plastic bags once they return from the cleaners. Quite the opposite, in fact. Ultimately, a powerful dehumidifier is essential and newer models have built-in timers.
I’m getting married outdoors and plan to wear either a summer suit, or blazer and khakis with a tie. I need help on the shirt. I won’t wear an undershirt, and those expensive fabrics are too see-through. My fiancée likes pique but I’ve only ever had that for black tie. What should I look for?
Mr Dandy: Dude, it’s your wedding. You should look like yourself. Too many grooms (and brides) get buttoned up, uncomfortable and almost unrecognisable. Mod minimalists can’t go wrong with Dior Homme and its signature narrow collars, from plain cotton to Egyptian cotton (HK$5,400 to HK$6,900). Don’t like wearing a noose? Try Dior’s tricky white shirt with a tie-like stripe running down the placket (HK$5,800). The last wedding I went to, the groom wore a suit and tie, but mixed it up with a micro-print shirt. I’m pretty sure it was a Paul Smith, which has Liberty florals, or quirkier prints such as the one made up of tiny mushrooms (HK$2,250 to HK$2,550). Guys who like colour will do well with Thomas Pink’s collection of vibrant shirts (HK$2,250), ties (HK$1,300) and pocket squares (HK$700). If you’re really fashion forward, then consider an attention-grabbing Givenchy print (HK$7,290). Have fun and make it your own!
Mr Dapper: Hogwash. One should dress for the solemnity and formality of the once-in-a-lifetime occasion, in the very best one can afford. Ascot Chang’s Jerry Tong points out that “translucency” is often associated with fine poplin and voile, so be wary of those. He recommends a custom-made shirt in either a micro twill or royal Oxford weave, for a bit of texture. The latter, he points out, is similar to a pique, which might please your fiancée, too. Both are included in the fabric choices for the Thomas Mason Silverline Collection by Ascot Chang, and bespoke shirts cost HK$2,195 each.
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