In a perfect world, you would always be able to hang your collared shirts. Keeping your collared shirts on hangers prevents wrinkles and creases. But that’s not always practical. If you are traveling, moving or have limited space in your closet you may need to have a few ready-to-wear collared shirts folded.
So how do you fold a collared shirt? and how do you prevent creases? This might seem like a daunting task, but it is not that hard. keep on reading these handy instructions to make sure your folded shirts always comes out looking as good as possible.
Folding a Standard Collared Shirt Just Takes a Little Practice
There are three different ways to fold collared shirts, the first and second method are very similar, as you will find out soon. The third method is considered the best one for packing your dress shirts for a business trip or any trip for that matter.
Rectangle Fold with Extended Sleeves
This method is quite common. Most retail shops fold dress shirts using this method. The good thing about this approach is that you end up with fewer creases on your shirt.
Lay out the shirt. Fasten all the buttons, including the ones on the sleeves and turn it facing down on a wide, flat surface.
Fold about one-third of the shirt toward its centre. Leave the sleeve outstretched and with both hands flatten the shirt again to reduce wrinkling.
Fold the sleeve toward the end of the shirt. Aligning the seams of the sleeve with the edge of the shirt; this will ensure a better finish. Repeat the process on the other side of the shirt. Overlapping your first fold so that the sleeves end up one on top of the other.
Fold the shirt in half, from the bottom up to bring to process to an end. The tail of the shirt should lay just under the back of the collar, leaving you with a perfect folded shirt.
Square Fold with Pleat Sleeves
This folding method is more compact than the one above, so is useful if you have less space to store your shirts, or if you are packing for a business trip, but on the other hand you might end up with more creases and wrinkles. So allow some time to iron your shirt before rushing to a client meeting.
You start the same way as above, laying out the shirt, then fastening all the buttons and turning it face down on a flat surface.
Also as the first method, fold about one-third of the shirt toward its centre and leave the sleeve outstretched.
Here is where the changes start. Visually divide the sleeve into three parts. You are going to create a pleat pattern, so starting near the shoulder, fold the first third of the sleeve backwards. Then fold the second third of the shirt inwards. And you should end up with the cuffs at the top of the fold. Repeat the process on the other side of the shirt overlapping the sleeves.
Fold one-third of the shirt towards the centre, followed by a second fold to finish it up.
The rolling is even more compact than the latter and is also a favourite of many men. This method will help to prevent wrinkles and lucky for you; this method also is the best one for packing; a rolled piece of clothing takes up less room than a flatted one.
Once more, lay out the shirt. Fasten all the buttons, unfold the collar (this will reduce wrinkles); and turn it facing down on a flat surface.
Fold the shirt in half with the crease along the button placket. The placket should be on the inside making sure the sleeves and collar seams line up. If they don’t line up start again, this time folding the opposite side over.
Fold the sleeves onto the body of the shirt. Make sure to fold at the seams. Here is a quick tip, folding clothes at the seams will prevent creasing.
Start rolling from the bottom. You always roll from the bottom up will ensure creases form at the base of the shirt (which will be tucked into your pants anyway) and not the other way around. As you are rolling the shirt, make sure to keep the unrolled part of the shirt as straight as possible. Once you reach the collar you are done.
These methods will cover nearly every type of collared shirt you have. Nonetheless, the rolling method seems to be most used keeping wrinkles away while traveling and occupying less space in your wardrobe. But if you are new to the practice of folding shirts, do not despair and keep on reading for more tips.
Here Are Some Products to Help You Keep Your Shirt Sharp
● Flexifoil Miracle Fold: This device helps you to fold clothing in the blink of an eye. When used with collared shirts or any other kind of clothes, this device will make folding your shirts quick and easy. You can fold the shirt along the seams, limiting creasing.
● Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus Spray: It sounds crazy, but this stuff actually works! Just unfold your shirt, spritz a couple of times with the spray, and pull on the fabric to relax wrinkles. It even comes in small enough sizes to pack while flying on a plane.
● Banana Republic Wrinkle-Free Dress Shirts: Instead of worrying about wrinkling your clothes, just find some clothes that won’t wrinkle in the first place. Although many companies offer wrinkle-resistant or wrinkle-free collared shirts, Banana Republic has one of the best-patented designs for wrinkle-free clothing.
● FoldiMate: Hate folding laundry? Well, you can get the FoldiMate machine to do it for you. The FoldiMate can fold shirts in seconds while also de-wrinkling, sanitizing, and freshening them at the same time. This state-of-the-art folding machine costs about $700 to $1,000, but if you have a ton of laundry to fold, this machine will make it super quick and straightforward. With this, you won’t even have to learn how to fold your own collared shirts.
Folding a Collared Shirt Doesn’t Have to Be Impossible
Although folding a collared shirt might seem a little daunting, don’t worry. With the right tools and some practice, you will be folding your collared shirts like a professional in no time. Keeping your folded shirts wrinkle-free doesn’t have to be an impossible task. With the right mix of know-how and wrinkle-fighting technology, you can look great for your next out of town meeting with no ironing at all.