Luke asks:

“Hey Peter. My problem is I hate ironing. My job is pretty biz casual. (Still have to wear button-down tops and the occasional suit) I got a few no-iron shirts, and they’re great, any tips when it comes to pants and suits?”

Confession: I actually enjoy ironing, and in my experience clients that have told me they hate ironing have just been doing it wrong.

But I also understand that life can get busy, and it’s not realistic to expect guys who don’t enjoy ironing to jump right back in.

Today I want to share with you 2 tips that will make your ironing process quicker and more enjoyable, and 2 tips that will help you avoid ironing all together!

#1: GET YOUR CLOTHES PROFESSIONALLY PRESSED

Another confession: I don’t shine my own shoes.

Yes, that ever so popular bit that ends up on every list of “skills every man should know” I don’t do. (And last I checked, I’m pretty manly.)

Here’s the reality: I have a lot of shoes, I hate how messy shoe shining can get, shining takes up time, and my cobbler is much better at it.

I’d rather just drop off my shoes and pick them up the next day with a shine job 10x better than anything I could do. So I have no issue with you dropping off your clothes to be professionally pressed.

Most dry cleaners offer a pressing, either via a machine or hand ironing, or both. These services are sometimes offered as part of the cleaning process or stand alone. Check your local cleaners for more details.

Just keep in mind this will cost you a bit of money, but the trade-off is you save time.

#2: GET A CONTINUOUS SPRAY BOTTLE

If constantly paying to have your clothes pressed and ironed isn’t economical for you, the first style hack I’d recommend you start with is getting a proper spray bottle.

Steam, not heat, is what’s going to release the wrinkles in your clothes.

Almost all home irons come with a steam shot and water spray nozzle function, and to put it bluntly, they all suck.

The steam shots are usually overkill and makes ironing unpleasant.

Constantly steam shotting makes the process hot and sweaty, and I always end up burning some part of my hand thanks to the steam.

Iron spray nozzles spray water in concentrated areas, resulting in uneven water distribution and uneven ironing.

The better option? A continuous water mister, often used by barbers, to evenly coat the wrinkles in water. This gives the iron’s heat enough moisture to turn into steam, releasing your wrinkles.

Watch the video series I did on my Instagram stories on how I like to iron for more tips.

BUY: CONTINUOUS WATER MISTER, $13 VIA AMAZON

#3: WRINKLE RELEASE SPRAY

When you’re on a time crunch and got an emergency meeting, grab a wrinkle release spray.

The spray relaxes the fiber of your garment and, with a gentle tug, makes wrinkles almost entirely disappear in about 10 minutes.

So why only in case of an emergency?

Spraying down your clothes on laundry day sounds more annoying than ironing, and I’m not a massive fan of continually coating your clothes in chemicals.

Plus, the one I found the works the best is heavily scented, which always leaves me with a bit of a headache.

I still recommend picking a travel sized spray for your Dopp kit and work desk/bag.

BUY: DOWNY WRINKLE RELEASE TRAVEL SIZED, $7.99 (2-PACK)

#4: UPGRADE YOUR SUIT TO SOMETHING WRINKLE RESISTANT

I generally try to stay away from anything with wrinkle resistant fabric as it tends to have a different feel compared to non-wrinkle resistant counterparts.

But lucky for you Luke, times have changed. Fabric technology has improved a ton in the last few years. Now you can find a lot of great clothes with features like wrinkle resistance that are indistinguishable from more classic fabrics.

I’ve talked about this before on my blog, but I’m a big big fan of Bonobos’ Italian Performance Suit, which has a bit of stretch for comfort, as well as the wrinkle, water, and stain resistance.

The big feature here is that Bonobos’ worked with their Italian fabric mill to create a tech fabric that still felt like proper suiting wool. This is a nice upgrade if you hate ironing and always want to look sharp, but never liked the “workout jacket” like feel of other techy suits.

Bonobos’ Italian performance suits come in all their fits (standard, athletic, slim, and tailored) and a wide range of colors.

So which color should you buy?

When it comes to suits, I always recommend picking up the most versatile options first – grey or navy – then expanding to funner more colorful or patterned suits, like the navy plaid.

BUY: BONOBOS ITALIAN PERFORMANCE SUIT, $750

BONUS: HERE ARE A FEW MORE OF MY FAVORITE WRINKLE FREE OPTIONS TO COMPLETE YOUR ITALIAN PERFORMANCE SUIT LOOK

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO DEAL WITH WRINKLES?

Got a favorite way to deal with wrinkles not on the list? Share them in the comments below, I’d love to try them out!

This post was in partnership with our my friends over at Bonobos, who’ve been my go-to shop for my 1-on-1 client work. Thank you for working with me on this featured story!

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Hi, I'm Peter. I spent 11 years as a menswear designer here in NYC. Now, I help some of the most successful men look really good as a Private Personal Stylist and writer of The Essential Man. You can learn more about what I do by clicking here