Ask a Stylist: How to Properly Iron Your Shirt

HOW TO PROPERLY AND SWIFTLY IRON A SHIRT

It breaks my heart every time I see a person who’s wearing what would have been a crisp and clean look...with the exception of it's ruined by wrinkles. 

Listen, I get it, we all lead busy lives and have a hundred more pressing matters to think about than whether or not we’ve got time to iron our shirts before leaving the house. However, it is arguably one of the easiest and least expensive ways to ensure that you look intentional and put together (and won’t be a dead giveaway that you just rolled out of bed). 

Depending on the garment’s fabric, proper ironing takes a maximum of 10 minutes (5 mins if you’re efficient, which will come with practice). 

“So...how do I properly iron my shirts?” you ask. Lucky for you, you’ve landed in the right place as we have mapped out the basic rules and steps to follow.

IRONING SHIRTS 101

  1. Before pressing or ironing, it’s best for your shirt to be a little damp.
  2. Set your iron on the low to medium setting.
  3. Avoid placing the iron directly on top of shirt seams as the head of the iron may cause the seams to pucker. 
  4. Begin with ironing the shirt’s sleeves, then move onto the back, front, and lastly, your collar
  5. Hang the shirt promptly after pressing.

The hardest part is now done! Once your garment is ironed, it is less likely to wrinkle from normal wear. This, of course, is determined by the weight and grade of the cloth (heavier weighted garments generally require little to no ironing).

At Original Stitch, we offer a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts. 

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