Personally, I hate commuting. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in NYC where unless you live right in the heart of the city and all your friends live within a few blocks of you, you have to commute to get anywhere. Whether its by foot, train, bus, ship or car, commuting takes time out of your day and after long enough time, out of your life.
Commuting also affects what you wear and how you can wear it. How many people have put on fresh clothes one summer or winter morning, the stepped outside and between the train, bus and walking, look like they’ve been through a hurricane by the time they get to work? From soaked slacks (at the bottom), to wrinkles in shirts and creases in blazers, what’s there to do? I’m sure people have come up with nifty solutions of their own but here are a few:
- Roll up your layers. If you’re wearing a blazer over something, you may be better off rolling it after dry ironing and storing it in your bag, then putting it on at work. It’ll probably be freezing inside the office anyway.
- Leave an extra garment at work. You might be able to simply change into it after you enter the office, depending on how strict your dress code is at work. The more client-facing your division is, the more likely it is that your boss will expect you to come in already dressed up looking sharp.
- Wrinkle free clothing. There are a lot of various effective brands for men. For women, it’s a more experimental area. I feel as though Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers (women’s side) or New York&Co. would have some good wrinkle-free options.
- Get your office to fund a private car to take you to and from work. (Hey, you never know!)
- Invest in quality material suits. Soft, durable viscous material is less likely to remain wrinkled for long.