If you have any experience ironing dress shirts at all, you know that it can be a little time consuming. Dress shirts are not the easiest of garments to iron, so you want your shirts to look as nice on the hanger as they do fresh off of the ironing board.
If you want your dress shirts to stay nice and wrinkle-free in the closet, follow these simple steps.
Hang Up the Shirt Immediately After Ironing
While hanging up the shirt directly after ironing may seem obvious, it is not to some. Trust me. I can’t tell you the people I know that iron a shirt and then lay it across the bed or hang it on a doorknob.
If you do that, you’re just asking for it to get knocked off of the doorknob. You’re begging the dog to pull it from the bed to the floor.
Save yourself the heartache and hang the shirt immediately. It’s difficult enough just to iron it once. Don’t make yourself actually iron the same shirt twice.
Hang your Dress Shirt on Any Coat Hanger that is Not Wire
The next step is to put your freshly ironed dress shirt on the hanger. Use any hanger you like: wooden or heavy plastic.
Do not, however, use a wire hanger. I realize that every dry cleaners in the country uses wire hangers, but they cause their own set of troubles. It’s nice that wire hangers are so thin, since that causes them to take up less room in the closet. But it’s this same thinness that makes points at the shoulders and causes the shirt to pucker. If your dress shirt has any weight to it at all, a wire hanger will cause it to pucker around the yoke and shoulder in time.
Adjust the Yoke and Button the Collar
It’s best to hang your shirt while the hanger is actually hanging on the rod. Don’t attempt to hang your shirt with the coat hanger in your mouth or tucked under your chin. That method hurts your teeth and it’s hard to get the shirt on there correctly.
With the coat hanger hanging on the rod, drape your dress shirt across the hanger. Adjust the yoke of the shirt (the back part through the shoulders) to make sure it is aligned correctly. You don’t want one shoulder way in the front and one way in the back. The shirt will wrinkle if you do this.
After the yoke is situated correctly, adjust the collar. Turn the collar down as it should be and make sure the collar buttons are fastened.
Now fasten the top collar button. You’ll probably have to re-adjust the yoke again to make sure it hangs correctly.
Button Every Other Button
Now here is one of the most important steps if you don’t want your shirt to wrinkle in the closet: button every other button down the length of the shirt.
If you fasten just the top collar button, the shirt will not fall off of the hanger which is typically the goal. However, if you want a wrinkle-free shirt (which should be your goal), you need to button every other button. It keeps the shirt from shifting in the closet when you slide the hanger around on the rod. Nobody likes a shifty shirt, so make sure you fasten every other one.
Place Coat Hangers 1-2 Inches Apart in Your Closet
The ideal spacing between coat hangers is 1-2 inches. I know that this is not feasible for most of us. While those huge walk-in closets with foot upon foot of hanging space is dreamy, that’s not what most of us have in our homes.
Most people tend to cram as many hangers in the closet as possible. While this is efficient in keeping your clothes off of the floor, it tends to cause items to wrinkle. They get pushed against one another, causing creases to form. Not fun if you’ve just spent the past hour ironing your clothes for the week.
So do you have trouble with hanging your dress shirts? Not enough closet space? Too many clothes? What’s your biggest dilemma with hanging shirts?