Wrinkleless in Time
"The most ideal fabrics will be washable in cold water and able to be tumble-dried," he said, adding that they should be able to be finished with a light iron. Easy-care features are so important, Executive Apparel is designing a few items around the idea, like blazers that don't require a trip to the dry cleaners to be washed. Singer was careful to caution that though Executive Apparel has had great success with its fabrics, in general, "This type of bulletproof fabric does not always have the most excellent feel or drape."
The UltraClub Youth Classic Wrinkle-Free Long-Sleeve Oxford from Bodek and Rhodes is wrinkle-free, tagless and has a pleat in the center-back with a locker-loop. Light blue or white are options for colors, and sizes range from S to L.
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S&S Activewear's French Toast Short Sleeve Youth Piqué Polo has three white pearlized buttons down its placket, a longer shirt tail, and a flat knit collar and cuffs. The 60/40 cotton/poly blend comes in youth sizes XS to XL.
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Executive Apparel offers 100 percent polyester blazers in both girl's and boy's sizes. The blazers feature top welt and bottom patch pockets and are available in burgundy, hunter green, navy, black, gray and red.
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The uniforms for a teenager's dreaded first job, usually in the retail sector, share a few similarities with the school uniforms of their youth. "Again, in this environment, wear and tear is a big factor," said Singer. "At least in the school industry, parents launder the clothes with some degree of care. Here we are in a different world: Either the clothing never gets laundered or the care is industrial strength. We recommend high levels of polyester for this market to keep maintenance low."