How to Properly Iron a Dress Shirt

There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to (gasp) iron his own shirt.  Perhaps you were on a trip and found yourself with a wrinkly shirt 30 minutes before you were heading out to a wedding. Why not learn to properly iron a dress shirt so you will be sure to get it right the next time you find yourself in that situation? The great news, you can iron your dress shirt in five minutes or less.


First and foremost, take a look at the tag inside the shirt for laundering directions. Make sure to check the settings of your iron to ensure you are following the directions for the fabric type.

So that you don’t re-wrinkle the body of the shirt in a last minute attempt to iron the extremities, begin with the cuffs and the collar. In both cases, lay the collar or cuff open, inside out, and flat on the board. Iron from the outer edges in. After the inner portion is complete, flip them and do the same thing on the other side.

Next, open the arm hole and drape the circle of the armhole over the round edge of the ironing board. Rotate all the way around to iron the entirety as well as the yoke (upper back panel) between the two sleeves.

Pull the shirt off the round portion of the board and button it all the way up to the collar.  Lengthen the sleeve out holding it at the sleeve/shoulder crease in one hand and the edge of the cuff in the other. Lay it lengthwise on the board and iron the entire thing on one side before flipping it to take care of the other side.

I prefer to iron the body of the shirt in three portions. Unbutton the shirt and begin with one front panel. Iron from the side seam to the placket on each panel then get the entire back of the shirt below the yoke. Be sure to iron the placket if there is one.

And there it is! A beautifully ironed shirt in five minutes or less.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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