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    Why Are Guys So Afraid of Irons?

    Often when looking through any men's style forum, if there is a request for shirt recommendations the request always specifies non-iron. After reading about chemicals used in that process, I have tried to find decent shirts that are not non-iron. TM Lewin has some that I like, but that's not really the point here. Even non-iron tagged shirts still require a little bit of ironing, so why all the fuss?

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    Never understood it either, but I have skin that's sensitive to synthetic fabrics and chemical treatments. Regardless, ironing is relaxing and hardly time-consuming if you have a non-absurd wardrobe in terms of volume. I tend to think non-iron just appeals to the modern obsession with convenience at all costs, even when the convenience is marginal at best and comes at a cost.

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    I'm not afraid of irons - I was ironing clothes when i was a teenager. And even have a $150 digital iron....for skis).

    But I just don't want to bother ironing shirts as part of my regular routine. Non-iron shirts look good enough, so they're a win for me.

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    Never understood it either, but I have skin that's sensitive to synthetic fabrics and chemical treatments. Regardless, ironing is relaxing and hardly time-consuming if you have a non-absurd wardrobe in terms of volume. I tend to think non-iron just appeals to the modern obsession with convenience at all costs, even when the convenience is marginal at best and comes at a cost.
    All costs? What is the cost of the times saving? Why should I spend time ironing when I can easily avoid it?

    If you've got sensitive skin, have at it. I don't.

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    I suppose I understand the fuss as people like convenience. I just personally find it less convenient to have my shirt fall apart than spend a couple of minutes ironing it.

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    I prefer non iron. I have both but it saves a lot of time to wash and hang then to wash, pull out iron, pull out ironing board, set up, get hangers, iron and hang then put it all away.

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    I prefer non-iron shirts only from the standpoint that they stay looking nicer throughout the day. I don't mind ironing.

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    A lot of people probably don't even own irons anymore. I know I managed for a long time without one, I think I was like 28 or 29 when I finally bought one.
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    Ironing is one of the things I hate the most in life. But all my shirts are must-iron. I haven't worn a non-iron for ages but I like the feel of a must-iron shirt better.

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    Amen to that! I HATE IRONING but it's a must. Even non-iron shirts seem to need a touch up. I do have a portable steamer now which helps but I have come to the conclusion that ironing will be part of my life til the day I die.

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    I go back and forth with ironing my own clothes and dry cleaning. Similarly, I don't care if a shirt is non-iron or not, if I like it, I'll buy it.

    Also what is the worry on chemicals...protecting the environment or another reason?

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