lightbeard

New Member
I have a pair of burgandy AE Grayson tassel loafers that I’d like to pair with quality dress pants for work everyday (sometimes with a blazer).

I know machine washable wool means a terrible compromise in quality because it means a blend, but the lady of the house says she will only support machine washable pants and I don’t want to wear cotton slacks.

I found the following machine washable JAB wool dress pants. Any better recommendations? Happy to pay up to $200.

https://www.josbank.com/traveler-collection-traditional-fit-pleated-pants-big-tall

Btw, I’m very grateful for these forums. I’m in the process of interviewing for director positions in financial IT and thanks to your posts I got a 1985 copy of Clothes and the Man - I’ve been impeccably dressed for every interview!

Gratefully,
Lightbeard
 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
You might just as well move forward on a purchase of the Jos A. Banks Traveler Pants. They may or may not be of the quality you are seeking, but does it matter? Repeatedly laundered wool trousers are going to show wear very quickly. :icon_scratch:
 

Peak and Pine

Connoisseur
Where’s Peak & Pine when you need him.
I actually responded to the OP shortly after he posted. Took it down soon after. Rewind, all wool pants can be washed and should be and then I did the bucket, sudsy water and plunger thing and then I thought To hell with it.
 
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Peak and Pine

Connoisseur
This. Is she planning on tossing his suits in the washer too?
Sarcasm noted. But if it weren't for the variety of stuff inside the coat, lininging, canvas, batting, padding and all, you could wash the coat. But the pants have none of this. So you can wash suit pants. And should, but only if you value true cleanliness. Nothing cleans like hot, sudsy water.
 

UteLawyer

New Member
I know machine washable wool means a terrible compromise in quality because it means a blend, but the lady of the house says she will only support machine washable pants and I don’t want to wear cotton slacks.
Because of the way this was phrased, I suspect that the lady of the house is in charge of cleaning and maintenance for clothing, and she is looking to reduce her workload. Consequently, I fear that she may disapprove of suggestions that she launder his wool pants by hand. (Peak and Pine, I do approve of hand cleaning wool, and I mean that unironically.)

If that is her goal, I think it is appropriate to issue a gentle reminder that most North Americans dry clean their wool too often. If you keep your pants clean of food stains and grease stains, you can easily wear your wool pants a dozen or so times without cleaning. Be sure to brush them before and after each wear, and hang them up promptly. Spot iron as necessary. I find that wool pants are much less work than wool blends, because they do not need to be laundered as frequently.
 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
Because of the way this was phrased, I suspect that the lady of the house is in charge of cleaning and maintenance for clothing, and she is looking to reduce her workload. Consequently, I fear that she may disapprove of suggestions that she launder his wool pants by hand. (Peak and Pine, I do approve of hand cleaning wool, and I mean that unironically.)

If that is her goal, I think it is appropriate to issue a gentle reminder that most North Americans dry clean their wool too often. If you keep your pants clean of food stains and grease stains, you can easily wear your wool pants a dozen or so times without cleaning. Be sure to brush them before and after each wear, and hang them up promptly. Spot iron as necessary. I find that wool pants are much less work than wool blends, because they do not need to be laundered as frequently.
While perhaps not politically correct to share, I must tell you that these posts remind me of an utterance by the Sheldon character on the ever popular Big Bang Theory, after he found himself forced to spend an evening cuddling with Amy (his girlfriend) due to the actions of his mates girlfriends. Sheldon raged, "Make your women mind!" You might try that approach in real life and then be prepared to run like a chicken, Sweet-Pea! LOL. ;)
 

lightbeard

New Member
I want to thank you Peak and Pine, UteLawyer, SG_67 & eagle2250 for sharing your wisdom. We love to thrift shop wherever we travel and now I look at the trousers section in a whole new light. I've discovered two 100% high end wool pants that fit amazingly - we washed them gently in a bucket with cold water & Kookaburra soap and then hanged them up to dry.

I haven't needed to dry clean any of my wool pants yet and what's fantastic is if and when I do, my employer has a discounted dry cleaning service.

My desire to go 100% wool for my everyday work is coming to fruition thanks to you.

With Gratitude,
Lightbeard
 
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SG_67

Connoisseur
To the extent that I contributed, you’re welcome.

I’ve washed cheaper merino wool sweaters by hand more as an experiment and the results were fine. I imagine doing so with slacks would be no different, provided you took care as to how it’s done. The only challenge I see is pressing them.

I cannot say I did it frontier style, ala Peak & Pine. I put the sweaters in a mesh bag, on gentle and used a wool and cashmere specific laundry soap. I laid them flat to dry.

The wool maintained supple feel, no loss of elasticity or other signs of damage.

Good luck.
 
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