Bag for work clothes?

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    Aug 21, 2007 2:24 AM GMT
    Hey guys, hopefully I've posted this in the right spot--I figure it's correctly placed since my question involves working out.

    The best time for me to go to the gym is right after work. Of course, my work requires me to wear clothes appropriate for the office--dress pants, dress shirt, etc. My gym provides daily-use lockers that I can use to hang the clothes in while I am working out, but what about after I am done with my workout? Sometimes I shower at home, so will wear my gym clothes out, but even if I shower at the gym, I prefer to wear casual clothes when leaving the gym. Because dry-clean pants typically do not require cleaning each time they are worn, I want to keep the pants nicely pressed and clean. No matter how often one cleans out the gym bag, it inevitably develops a slight "odor" to it.

    Does anyone know of some sort of bag that will help the pants stay neat and odor-free? I was thinking something with a cardboard lining to help the pants keep their shape, but I am not sure such a product exists. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Aug 21, 2007 7:28 AM GMT
    Might want to try getting a garment bag for just your work clothes. You could toss in a dryer sheet in your bag to control smell. I think the best would be using seperate bags but then youre stuck carying all that around.
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    Aug 21, 2007 8:59 AM GMT
    A garment bag is the way to go, I'm afraid. It gets you odd looks in the gym, but it's the only practical option really. In terms of lugging things, it's really not that much of a hassle. If your gym bag is reasonably big, you can roll the garment bag and bring it in your gym bag, then use it to take your work clothes home. On the odour issue, I keep a little block of cedar wood in my gym bag. It absorbs bad smells, and makes your bag smell, well, like cedar wood. Not a bad thing
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    Aug 21, 2007 10:32 AM GMT

    When I am in that position I roll my clothes up loosly (place several layers in each roll to minimise wrinkles - or even use a small towel in between) and place them in a seperate Zip Lock bag (the extra large ones), then put them in my travel bag. If you roll a couple layers together it minimizes wrinkles.

    When you get home just pull them out, hang them up, and go over them lightly with a steamer. Let them hang overnight before returning to your closet.

    Works for me.

    Rob

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    Aug 21, 2007 11:58 AM GMT
    I do the opposite. I go to the gym in workout clothes and carry my dress clothes on hangers. If you are just going home, hangers should be fine. As for the smell in a garment bag, you can use the dryer sheets but they have a sweet smell and you don't want that overpowering your clothes. You can use a used dryer sheet where the odor is gone and spray it with your own cologne. Just don't overdo it with the cologne.
  • duglyduckling

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    Aug 21, 2007 4:40 PM GMT
    what about changing into casual clothes after you leave work? In your bag, just have your gym clothes.

    As for the dressy work clothes, leave it in your office till the end of the week and just take everything home on Friday. So you only have to deal with that problem once a week only instead of daily.
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    Aug 21, 2007 5:15 PM GMT
    go to container store, or look online at:

    http://www.containerstore.com/browse/index.jhtml?CATID=251


    I use these when I travel and they're great for when I have to wear a suite before heading to the gym.

    http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml?CATID=251&PRODID=72931


    just an idea
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    Aug 21, 2007 5:56 PM GMT
    I work out in the mornings and evenings and I often have to wear dress clothes, casual and proper business attaire (ie. suits) to work. I've always just transported everthing on wire hangers from the dry cleaners. (Like good fag, everything at home stays on wooden hangers). Its common practice in my gym, where everyone is squeezeing thier workouts in before or after work and changing into dress clothes or uniforms after.
    I do find I prefer to do my cardio in the afternoon, when I wont be putting dress clothes on afterward. No matter how long I stand in front of the fan, I cant stop sweating after a good cardio session, not enough to still look good in a dress shirt.
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    Aug 22, 2007 2:15 PM GMT
    Cedar! thats the other thing I was going to suggest I just couldn't think of it at the time. i just had the over powering scent of the wood. Actually that what the locker room at my gym smells like.
  • hotversguy

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    Aug 24, 2007 4:45 AM GMT
    try the Method version of Febreeze.

    it's minty!