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OK, I admit it, this is easily the least sexy post I’ve written so far. On the other hand, it’s probably the most useful.

Clearly, we live in a casual age when many of us don’t have to dress up much – even at work. And permanent press clothing has made laundry an easy proposition, without the need to spend hours with a hot iron in hand. In fact, I know plenty of people who don’t even own an iron.

But, like it or not, there are going to be a few occasions where you’re going to need a perfectly pressed shirt.

You don’t want to cruise into a job interview with a sloppy, wrinkled mess of a shirt, do you? Or maybe eHarmony finally kicked in with a potential keeper. You’ll need to be perfectly pressed for that first impression.

And it’s not just about men’s shirts. I know women who have no clue how to get their shirts smooth as glass, either.

Sure, you can have them professionally pressed if your budget allows, or you could take them to your mother’s, assuming she knows how to iron. But the day could come when you need a pressed shirt at the last minute. It doesn’t hurt to know how to iron one so that it won’t look as if you just dragged it out from under the dog’s bed and threw it on.

Behold the wrinkled white cotton shirt. Not to be worn in public in this condition.

wrinkled white cotton shirt

Now, let me show you the same shirt that’s been perfectly pressed at home.

Ironing a shirt 201

It’s not difficult, and you’ll be a pro after you’ve done it once or twice.

Here’s the pressing order:

1. Backside of the collar (then the front if needed)

2. Yolk

3. Right side and all around the body to the left side

4. Right sleeve – back and front

5. Left sleeve – back and front