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Old 03-23-09, 11:47 AM   #1
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Clothing suggestions...

So as spring comes to Vermont again, albeit slowly, I plan on commuting again to work. I'm a roadie, so I carry nothing but lunch with me. I'm looking for clothes that I can keep at work, carefully fold up and put away in a drawer and wear for a few days (change them out on the weekend when I do groceries). My normal work attire is a button down and khakis/cords, so I'm looking for some clothes made out of synthetics that don't make me look like I'm going hiking. Good links or brands people know of?
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Old 03-23-09, 09:31 PM   #2
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No question, avoid synthetics and go with wool. For brands Smartwool is great as is Ibex or check out the stuff Rivendell is importing. Wool is a natural, sustainable fiber, better than synthetics in its temperature regulation, moisture management, and resistance to funk. You can wear it for multiple days without suffering the consequences of other materials. Once you go wool you don't go back.
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Old 03-24-09, 07:02 AM   #3
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Now that I look at it again I think I may have misread your question. Are you are looking for clothes to wear at work that you can wear for a few days in a row rather than clothes you can commute into work a few days in a row? If you are going to restock on the weekends why not restock with a full week's worth of clothes? Space constraints perhaps? Regardless the wool comments stand regarding commuting.
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I think he's talking about work not riding clothes.

I agree with the wool sweater, though. Looks nice at work and is great to ride in.

I buy wrinkle-free shirts, that I roll up for my rides (don't keep my clothes at work--but I have the same goal). These tend to be a bit stiffer, but I like the looks of them. I typically get stuff from Kohl's, which has several brands that don't wrinkle. If I'm at Dillards, I get the Roundtree brand, which is real nice.
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Wrinkle free khakis, polo shirts and you are good to go. Personally, when I was still able to stage clothing at work I kept enough for a change per day, but hey, just cuz I am a fashion icon don't mean you gotta be.
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Land's End has nice wrinkle-free clothes, including khakis. And dittos on the wool sweater. :-) Check if LE has a nice spring sale going on.

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I wear whatever I have in my closet. If you roll them up they are virtually wrinkle free. However, my office is casual. Last week I was in shorts and a t-shirt.
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Land's End has nice wrinkle-free clothes, including khakis. And dittos on the wool sweater. :-) Check if LE has a nice spring sale going on.

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I think I just turned into my dad for agreeing with this. Their stuff holds up, making a great value even though the price isn't the lowest.
Their pseudo-performance stuff isn't bad either. I've used their silk long johns as a base layer for a few years now and I couldn't be happier with it.
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Do you have to store your clothes in a desk?

Can you hang your clothes (on coat hangers) up somewhere?
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I can reuse shirts if I use a fresh t shirt liner each time.
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Docker's makes some excellent wrinkle-free slacks, I am a fan of them. Working in a bar, the quick dry and stain resistance is also a nice feature, which may help prolong the time between washing, if need be. Golf shirts are easy ti fund in the same kind of materials, wrinkle free and quick dry. Or just haul everything from the dry-cleaners to the office and hang it up.

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LL Bean. they have stuff on sale pretty often. The 100% wrinkle-free cotton looks great, feels fine.
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. These clothes are for working in, not riding in. I'm using commutes as training rides, so going light helps, and if I have clothes at work I'm more apt to ride. I work as an office-based therapist in a mental health agency, so I still need to look presentable, i.e., polo shirts, button down shirt, khakis, etc. and don't really have a good place to hang stuff.

Today I was able to secure a place to store the bike during the day (in the furnace room, safe and secure) so the commuting will probably start next week. I checked out LL Bean and they have quite a bit of stuff that is wrinkle-free, so I'll give them a try, and I'll leave a smartwool sweater in my file cabinet for chillier days.
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