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.
Button-down shirt, iron, ironing board, water spray bottle
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.
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.
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.
Iron both front panels, then flip the shirt over and iron the back. Use a spritz of water for any stubborn wrinkles.
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).