You can be dressed to the nines, but if you’re shirt is unpressed and wrinkled, you’ll look sloppy as hell.
If you’re a grown man, you should know how to iron your own dress shirt. And if your mum never taught you, you’re probably walking around looking like a bit of a slob with your wrinkled shirt.
Having your shirts ironed at the dry cleaners can get quite expensive, so unless you’re on a “Big end of town” budget, you’ll have to get the job done yourself.
Wearing crisp, ironed dress shirts is not only a way to look well put together, but it will also show that you have impeccable style and impress all. Learning to iron your own dress shirt isn’t exactly rocket science and here’s an easy six step guide to follow:
What you will need to be a success.
Of course, it’s the most important tool you’ll need to get the wrinkles out of your dress shirts. You can easily grab one at any store and they can be fairly inexpensive. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, but like anything else, you get what you pay for. Definitely look for an iron that has a high heat feature so that you aren’t ironing for an hour. This will cut your ironing time in half and will work with more fabrics since some need higher temps to get their shape. You’ll want the sole plate to be made from something like cast iron, steel or be titanium coated and it should be smooth, clean and solid. And for your delicate fabrics, make sure that it has a steam feature.
An Ironing Board
Buy one that’s sturdy and has a comfortable height. And for some extra padding, you can place a thick towel over it or simply place a piece of foil under its cover so that it reflects the heat from the iron, allowing you to iron both sides of your dress shirt at the same time (but just be careful of it burning).
You’ll need to fill the iron with water since it will run off steam when you use that function. But if there’s no steam function, use a spray bottle to mist the shirt with some water before you iron it.
Six easy iron steps to learn.
To iron a dress shirt, you’ll have to break it up by parts of the shirt:
Step 1: The colar
Start by popping out the collar and first iron its underside. Iron out the wrinkles to the bottom so that they’re less visible to the eye. Flip it and repeat the same step on the other side of the collar.
Step 2. The Cuffs
Lay the cuffs flat after you unbutton them. Start with the inside and then flip over to the outside, ironing the wrinkles out to the edge. Don’t iron the buttons.
Step 3. Placket
Locate the button side of the front of the shirt and place it on the board. You’ll want to move the iron around its button area and work your way down from the top of the shoulder. Repeat on the opposite side shoulder. Repeat on the opposite side.
Step 4. The back
You’ll want to iron the backside from the inside-out. Start at the top and then slowly move to the bottom of the shirt. Apply some pressure as you iron down the shirt.
Step 5. The Sleeves
The hardest parts to iron are the sleeves, which should be saved till the end. You’ll have to lay them flat and smooth before you iron over them and many swear by a sleeve board to make sure that you’re only ironing one side at a time so that the other side doesn’t get any creases and vice versa. Get the sleeve by its seam and then carefully lay it out. Iron at the top and work down toward the cuff. Repeat for the back and do on both sleeves.
Step 6. Hang to finish off.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure that you hang the dress shirt correctly in the closet, ensuring it’s not creased between the other shirts. Make sure you don’t sit it on the back of a chair somewhere as it will crease again and look like it hasn’t been ironed when you go to throw it on.
Stay sharp and look handsome with your well ironed shirt.