When it comes to business casual attire, the goal is to look appropriately professional without sacrificing comfort and versatility. Clean, wrinkle-free clothes are a must. Here are some tips on how to iron your favorite shirts and Khaki pants. Remember proper care also saves you money by extending the life of your pants and shirts.
How to Iron a Shirt
Before starting, check the label for fabric type. This determines the temperature at which you'll set the iron. If you're not sure of the fabric, iron at a lower heat setting. You can always increase the temperature if needed. And don't iron a dirty shirt; it sets any stains.
Start by ironing the collar. This is the most visible part of a shirt. Iron the underside first; press the iron from one point to the other. Then flip the shirt over and repeat the same process on the outside of the collar.
Unbutton each cuff and lay flat. Iron the inside of the cuff first, then the outside. Carefully iron around the buttons, never over them.
Start with the side that has buttons and carefully work the iron point around each button. Then move up to the top of the shoulder and work the iron down the shirt front. Repeat on the other side. Invest more time on the front; it gets seen more--with or without a jacket.
Start by positioning one of the sleeve heads into the square edge of the ironing board. This way half the back is in position to be ironed. Start at the top with the yoke (back shoulder area) and slowly slide the iron down. If you have a center box pleat, iron around it. Then, slide the shirt over and iron the other half.
Unless you have a sleeve board, you'll be ironing two layers of fabric. Make sure the fabric is flat and smooth BEFORE you apply the iron. Take either sleeve by the seam and lay the entire sleeve and most of the shirt flat on the ironing board. Start ironing at the top where the sleeve is sewn onto the shirt and work your way down to the cuff. Turn the sleeve over and iron the other side. Repeat the process with the other sleeve.
Buy no-iron oxford shirts that are an easy-care blend of cotton and polyester. These wash-and-wear shirts typically require little or no ironing, even after being packed in a suitcase.
How to Iron Pants with a Crease
Wash and dry the pant according to the instructions on the care label. Adjust your iron to the appropriate setting indicated on the label.
Fold the pant lengthwise and line up the inseams on the legs. Lay the pant flat on the ironing board.
Flip the top pant leg up toward the crotch. Run a warm iron over the bottom pant leg, pressing firmly along the edges of the pant leg where you want the creases. Flip the pant over and repeat. Then do the same with the outside seams facing up on each leg. If the pant is cuffed, iron creases into the cuffs as well.
Hold the iron a couple of inches over the fabric and apply a burst of steam to the edges of the pant legs. Press firmly while running the iron along the edges of the trouser legs. Continue ironing for another minute or so to ensure the creases are crisp.
Promptly hang the pant from the waist after ironing, using a clamp-type hanger.
Buy men's Khaki pants in an easy-care blend of cotton and polyester. These wash-and-wear pants require little or no ironing. To retain a sharp crease without ironing, immediately remove the pant from the dryer when done drying and hang from the waist using a clamp-style hanger.