Wearing pressed formal shirts is a sign of a man who is well disciplined and knows what he wants. If you are yet to learn how to iron a formal shirt, then don’t worry as we have all the steps you need to expertly achieve this.
You will need:
Formal Shirt Ironing PreparationIf like us, you strive for the best - it is essential to opt for a high-quality iron. Before each use, check to see if it is clean, as any stains will be set into the shirt with the use of a dirty iron.
- Fill the ironing chamber with distilled water.
- With the ironing board and iron set up, take a moment to check the details on your shirt’s care label as this will act as a fabric guide when choosing a setting on the iron.
- Ensure hangers are nearby so you can hang shirts up immediately after.
How To Iron A Formal Shirt
- Begin with a moist men's shirt which is damp but not wet.
- Undo all the buttons on the shirt, including those on the cuff
- Open up the collar onto the ironing board and press the iron from one spot of the underside all the way around to the other side
- If any tough wrinkles appear, iron them in a downwards motion to the base of the collar where they will not be as noticeable.
- Flip the shirt over and repeat on the other side of the collar.
- Lay the cuff out flat and iron the inside before flipping over and repeating on the outside.
- Take care not to iron over buttons as this will leave a stain on the shirt.
- It is often the front of formal shirts for men which garners the most attention from other people, so take extra time on this step to ensure it is completely crease-free.
- Begin on the side which has buttons and carefully work the point of the iron around the buttons (again taking care not to iron over them)
- Then take the iron to the top of the shoulder and work it down across the entirety of the front of the shirt.
- Repeat this on the other side of the shirt.
- Lay the dress shirt flat on the ironing board, beginning on the inside of the shirt
- Flip over and repeat this on the outside of the shirt
- To master the pleats you may find on the back of the shirt, reposition the shirt several times until you find the optimum position for you to comfortably iron the pleats.
- Smooth out the top of the back and shoulder section across the ironing board.
- Begin at one and side and work iron across to the middle
- Turn shirt on ironing board and repeat this step so both sides of the yoke are pressed.
- Lay the seam of the sleeve flat, using your hand to spread the fabric smoothly out.
- Use the tip of the iron to start near the cuff before working the way back to the shoulder.
- An additional crease is optional and can be ironed in down the edge of the sleeve depending on personal taste.
- Repeat this on the other sleeve
There you will have an expertly ironed shirt, ready to elevate your look and confidence levels. Now you know the correct way to iron a shirt, why not add to your collection and browse Emmett London’s men formal shirts online?