I know the relaxed, semi-wrinkled shirt with the sleeves rolled at the 3/4 point on the arm is in this season. But much like everything else in fashion, the look has been overkilled. To that end, I would like to lend some simple advice. If your like myself, and rarely go to the dry cleaners for non-formal button ups; try ironing your cotton dress shirts damp.
Many men make the mistake of washing and then drying cotton shirts which ruins the possibility of that shirt ever looking crisp (not to mention leaving all your clothes unfolded in the basket until you wear it again). These SIMPLE steps will leave all your button-ups looking nice and smooth after a cold water wash. So all you lazy laundry losers– listen up and take notes.
1. Wash cotton button up shirts in cold water cycle.
2. Remove shirts after wash is complete while damp (not soaked).
3. Place iron on cotton setting with high steam.
4. Start inside the collar, shoulders, then wrist.
5. Iron the body of shirt.
6. Hang shirt up for at least 20 minutes before wearing to allow the shape of the shirt to set.
These simple steps may save you a couple dry cleaning dollars, in addition to helping preserve the life of your shirt. Say bye bye to those permanent shirt wrinkles.