How to Iron a Dress Shirt

Ironing a dress shirt may seem like a hassle, but don’t downgrade to wrinkle-free fabrics just yet: The method in this video is a fast and easy way to get your shirt crisp, collar to cuffs.

What You Need

  1. Check iron
  2. Check ironing board
  3. Check water spray bottle

Follow These Steps

  1. Iron the collar

    Start with the underside of the collar, working from the center out to the points to avoid creasing. Flip the shirt over, and repeat on the outside of the collar.

    Tip: Always put your iron on the recommended setting for the shirt's material (cotton, linen, poly-blend). When in doubt, use the lowest setting.

  2. Iron the shoulders

    Secure one shoulder over the narrow end of the board and iron from the yoke (the point where the collar meets the arm and the body of the shirt) to the center of the back. Repeat on the other shoulder.

    Tip: Spray hard-to-smooth wrinkles with a little water, then iron over the area again.

  3. Iron the cuffs and sleeves

    Lay one sleeve flat on the board with buttons or cuff-link holes facing up. Iron the inside of the cuff first, then flip the sleeve over to iron the outside of the cuff. Next, iron the sleeve, beginning with the front side. Repeat with the other sleeve.

  4. Iron the front and back

    Iron both front panels, then flip the shirt over and iron the back. Use a spritz of water for any stubborn wrinkles.

  5. Iron between the buttons

    Next, tackle the placket (the panel where the buttons are). Take care to iron between the buttons; ironing over them can break buttons or scratch your iron's plate.

    Tip: Hang the shirt immediately after ironing to keep new wrinkles from forming (and don’t forget to unplug your iron).