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How to Iron a Crease into the Back of a Men's Dress Shirt

author image David Lipscomb
David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.
How to Iron a Crease into the Back of a Men's Dress Shirt
A shirt isn't ironed until the rear pleat is accounted for. Photo Credit: Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images

The key to looking as crisp as possible is to do a thorough ironing job on your shirts. In addition to the sleeves and body, an oft-forgotten section of button-down dress shirts is the pleat, centered on the back and between the shoulder blades. Ironing this perfectly flat to the back of the shirt is a small touch that makes you look that much sharper and attuned to the details.

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Step 1

Set your iron to its hottest setting -- usually cotton -- and be sure the steam dial or switch is on.

Step 2

Lay the shirt back-side up, with the back pleat centered on the wider end of the ironing board.

Step 3

Adjust the pleat with your fingers to remove any wrinkles. Lay the press cloth over the shirt if it is made of synthetic or a synthetic and cotton blend, as direct heat from the iron may scorch or melt the fabric.

Step 4

Press the pleat flat, paying attention to the small hanging loop typically stitched above the pleat. Give a small tug to the collar while doing this to keep the pleat straight as needed.

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