The Butler’s Closet is a website that specializes in helping people protect their posessions–furniture, wardrobe, shoes, wedding dresses, etc. Specifically for men, the pre-cut patterns of suits sold in shopping malls and advent of Casual/Hawaiian Fridays in the 1960’s dulled care for their wardrobe. The fast pace of getting shirts and suits at malls also correlated with plastic garment bags which would yellow white shirts because of the gas the bags would eminate and wouldn’t let the fabric breathe. In the old school days of English nobility where Butler’s handled their master’s clothing, they would store suits and shoes in breathable cotton bags to protect from yellowing, insects and fading. Now, no working professional will have the money to afford a butler themselves but the idea is sound enough that it can be reapplied affordably to allow men to care for their wardrobe again. The Butler’s Closet sells shoulder dust covers and full length suit covers with buttons and not zippers to avoid snags and possible tears in fabric. The covers again are made of breathable cotton and are free of chemicals, dye, bleach and sizing.
Many men may think that caring for one’s clothing or paying attention to grooming habits is too much to worry about, i.e., a man should be judged on his character alone. A man would be correct except for failings of human behavior which cause people to form generalizations about one another which lead to stereotypes. Such is what the advent of Casual/Hawaiian Friday’s has done in changing the trend of wearing suits to work. Wearing a suit would make the man appear “stuffy” or “uptight” while a causally dressed person appear “comfortable” and “relaxed”. What has happened in the succeeding years since the advent of Casual Friday’s is the reversal of this where a man dressed in khaki’s or sneakers, may not take things serious enough on the job while a man dressed in a suit appears “prepared” and “ready to go”. A man caring for himself and his wardrobe avoid all these generalizations by providing a visual silhouette which neutralizes any perceptions. A man has separate worlds in which he participates (familial, social, professional, private) and his successes are rated on how he prepares himself.
Any little chink, like a yellow shirt, a weird odor on his suit from a plastic garment bag can make a big difference in whether a man is comfortable enough to be successful during the day or not. To give a similar yet, differing view point, women worry about many other pieces to their wardrobe and appearance then men when it comes to style and fashion but because they are prepared (with makeup, perfume in purses, borrowing accessories from friends) they can make adjustments quicker, look better in the long run. Men should adopt these tips and tricks and not have to feel like it is excessive or unimportant. The cost savings offered by wardobe care could help save money and less trips to the mall to buy additional shirts or shoes.On their website, they state an undeniable fact–one’s wardrobe is an investment.