You have washed and ironed all your shirt and noticed that you do not have enough space in your closet? Maybe you are missing a coathanger for one or two of your dress shirts? Or maybe you are planning to travel and need your dress shirts packed in a suitcase? In these cases, folding a dress shirt is the ultimate solution. Not only it will save space in your closet, but will allso help to cut down on wrinkles.

11 simple steps to folding your dress shirt

  1. Lay the shirt flat and ensure that it is buttoned up, including the collar and cuffs. Not fully buttoned shirt will not fold properly and may wrinkle.
  2. Turn the shirt upside down, spread the sleeves and make sure the shirt is even.
  3. Fold the right sleeve accross the back of the shirt.
  4. Fold the sleeve at around the elbow / middle so that the cuff is touching the collar
  5. Repeat step 3 for the left sleeve
  6. Repeat step 4 for the left sleeve
  7. Fold the right side of the shirt towards the middle. Try to keep the line as straight as possible (this may take some practice)
  8. Fold the left side of the shirt towards the middle. It will cover slightly more than half of the space so do not worry about it going on top of your previous fold.
  9. Measure about 1/3 (slightly less) of the length of the shirt from the botton. Fold the bottom part towards the top
  10. Fold the shirt one more time to get a nice rectangular shape
  11. Turn the dress shirt around and voila! You can now move on to the next shirt

Bonus tip: how to fold a dress shirt for travel

If you brought dress shirt to at least one trip, you‘ve been in a situation where you had to iron it in a hotel at least once. You also know that ironing in a hotel can be a very complicated – some have very lousy ironing equipment. One time during my business trip I gave up and simply bought a new dress shirt on my way to work instead of trying to iron a shirt I brought with me.

resealable plastic bag

Good news is that there is a simple trick to keeping your clothes wrinkle free during trips. First, you need to fold your shirt, as covered above. Secondly, you need a resealable plastic bag to put your dress shirt in. You can get a bunch of them on Amazon, Ebay, Aliexpress and they do not cost a fortune. Thirdly, when you put your shirt to the bag, be sure to leave some air in it before you seal it. The inflated bag will take a bit more space in your luggage, but it will protect your dress shirt during the trip.

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