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How to Iron a Single or Double Cuff Shirt

Matthew Henderson

No matter how well turned out you are, your efforts will be wasted if your clothes are not well ironed. Today we'll run through ironing a single or double cuff shirt so you can refine your technique and look.

Being the David Gandy kind of dapper is not just a matter of a refined taste in clothes, but in crisp ironed shirts too, collars lying as they should, and cuffs pressed correctly.

This completed look is a battle cry to the world; proof that if you can overcome your morning look, the rest of the world is no problem.

Ironing a shirt is not rocket science, so here’s how to take it on.

To start out here’s a list of items you’ll need;

  • Iron: Get yourself a nice iron with a spray and steam function. A decent amount of steam makes the job much easier. Fill up the water reservoir before embarking on the journey.

  • Ironing board: a sturdy, comfortable full-size board is best and easy to use. Make sure it’s clean!

  • Spray bottle with clean water: if your iron does not have the spray or steam function.

  • Spray starch: This is optional and is to add that sharp collar kind of crispness. Some use starch, but do not do this unless you are feeling like an ironing aficionado. If not well done, you might over starch, and have that lovely cotton stretch shirt feel and look like a synthetic plastic flaky shirt.

  • Wrinkly shirt

So now you have all the gear, but no idea where to start. First, focus yourself, breathe slowly, and channel David Gandy. Ready? Let’s get to it.

Step one: Collar

While some are sleeves first people, we like to begin with ironing the collar. Iron the back first; starting from the sides, move in towards the centre.

If any wrinkles appear, press them down to the bottom of the collar where they are hidden from view.

Remember to moisten the collar first with the spray bottle or use the iron’s steam function.

Step two: Cuffs

Open that double or single cuff first then flatten it on the board. With a double cuff, iron its inner side first. Move on to the exterior and move all wrinkles to the edges. Do not iron over the buttons as this could leave marks, so iron around them. If you have a double cuff shirt, check the buttonholes for wear as large or heavy cufflinks can cause problems here.

Step three: Sleeve

Ensure that your fabric is flat and smooth by laying out the sleeve flat across your board. Iron from the top of the shoulder and work your way to the cuff.

Step four: Back

To the back ladies and gentlemen! Start from the top, near the shoulder area and iron down. If there are pleats, take your time around them.

Step five: Front

Begin with the button side, moving iron carefully around and between the shirt buttons. The best process is to iron your way down paying particular attention to the front pocket and collar areas as they are what shows as ‘refined’ to the public.

Finally, put your beautifully ironed shirt on a hanger for 5 minutes to ‘set’. This will dry out any dampness from the steam and give you a sharper look for longer.

And that ladies and gentleman, a simple guide on how to achieve the extraordinary; a dapper women’s or men’s shirt.