Ironing can be a tedious job, yet unfortunately even the nicest shirts can look odd or ill when not properly ironed. Wearing a creased or unearned shirt can look not only unprofessional, but also sloppy. Before you leave the house, make sure your shirt is both ironed and relatively crease free.
For the sake of the article, we're going to assume you have a working iron, and iron board (that you know how to setup).
Depending on the shirts you are going to iron, and the thickness of the cotton you'll likely need the iron turned up to 5. Men's shirts like our cotton Le Roy Shirt are a pleasure to iron, with creases disappearing almost immediately. It's also worth noting that whilst cotton shirts are generally the superior choice, certain cotton-blend offer similar breathability and an almost iron-free finish. Making them a great choice for business, formal and wedding functions.
It's important to first consider the shirt you are about to iron, and the fabric its constructed from. Most quality men's shirts are made from cotton or a cotton-blend. These shirts can withstand high tempretures. Polyester shirts however are a little more senestive to heat, so be sure to check the care tag before you start.
Start with the Collar
Always start by ironing the collar of your shirt. The collar is not only the most visible part of the shirt, but also determines the way your shirt will sit. Start by laying the shirt flat on an ironing board, and lifting the collar. First iron the underside of the collar by slowly pressing the iron from one side to the other.
If any wrinkles appear, press them to the bottom where they'll be less visible. Once this is done, flip the collar back over and repeat the process for the outside of the collar.
Cuffs come next
The cuffs are also important, and can be ironed by laying them flat on the ironing board. Iron both the inside and outside of the cuff, and carefully navigate around the buttons.
The Shirt Front
Arguably the most difficult part to ironing mens shirts is the front. Lay the shirt front flat on the ironing board, with the side of the button placket (the centre piece where the buttons are stitched) showing. Carefully press the shirt, and make sure you avoid the buttons. Slowly press the entire side of the shirt from the shoulder down to the hem.
Gently lift the shirt and place the button-hole placket face up on the ironing board and repeat the process. Pay carefull attention to the placket, and ensure it is clear of creases and wrinkles.
The Back of the Shirt
Lay the shirt face down on the ironing board, with the collar wrapped around the edge of the ironing board. You should now be able to press the entire back of your shirt with ease. Start from the top, and work your way down. Pay carefull attention to the back pleats and darts if applicable.
Iron the Sleeves
They key to a well-ironed sleeve is its positioning. Take a little extra time, and ensure the sleeve is completely flat. Again start from the top of the shirt sleeve and work your way to the cuff.
Hang & Finished
Once you have completely ironed the shirt and are happy with the results, hang the shirt on a good hanger and leave until worn. Folding your shirts after ironing, will only ask for extra creases to reappear.
To acheive a super crisp, sharp look first iron the shirt inside out. This of course will add extra time to the process, but will end with a much cleaner result.
If all else failed and you still cannot properly iron, concede defeat and give it to your mother. She knows best!