The temps turned mercifully cooler today so I did laundry and then I actually got the hated iron out and did some ironing. Oh, how I loathe ironing. But it’s something that one must do unless one has buckets of money to spend at the dry cleaner.
I always keep a spritz bottle of water with a few drops of lavender or rose oil mixed in to use while ironing. The moisture helps press out my clothes more neatly and the fragrance dissipates in the closet and smells nice.
An ironed garment is a more respectable-looking garment! Imagine me saying that in Tim Gunn’s voice. I know we live in an informal culture with lots of wash-and-wear fabrics but clergy should not be outfitted entirely in those! If your entire professional wardrobe consists of garments you don’t ever have to have pressed or ironed, you can rest assured that you’re not prepared for public ministry moments including funerals, rites of passage, public witness and ecumenical networking.
And by the way, I own a few of those miraculous “you never need to iron this shirt” shirts and guess what?
They need to be ironed.