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How to Care for New Business Shirts

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Our clients are always asking us "How do I take care of my new business shirt?" Since we can see this is a topic of great interest, we've compiled our expert advice on some critical care instructions. Use these to extend the life of your new shirt and keep it looking crisp and clean for longer.

First things first: read the manufacturer's care label (if applicable), and follow those instructions. If there are none, then typically you should wash a new shirt before you start wearing it, especially if the shirt is not custom made. The fabric may contain chemicals, which were part of the manufacturing process, that could irritate your skin.


When you launder your shirt, use a reliable detergent and set your washing machine setting to the “delicate” cycle. Use cold or lukewarm water (cooler water helps the shirt retain its colour and shape).


Before washing, unbutton your cuffs and flip the shirt inside out. If you have a mesh washing bag, use that as well. If it’s a really good quality business shirt, hand wash it. Finally, never put your shirts in a dryer.

What About Dry Cleaning?

Dry cleaning is unnecessary and can turn a white business shirt into a dingy shade of yellow. If you’re going to get your shirts cleaned by a professional, always ask they be “cold laundered and pressed” and not dry cleaned.


Nowaday, professional cleaning is inexpensive, and many dry cleaners around Sydney will cold launder and press your shirts for between $2 to $3 per shirt, which is a small price to pay to avoid ironing.

Dry cleaning shirts is only necessary if the garment has difficult to remove stains like your girlfriend or wife's make-up.

A Few Final Tips

Never iron a stained business shirt as you could "set" the stain, thus making it impossible to remove. Also, when you store your business shirts, wash them before putting them in plastic bags to prevent bugs and odours from getting in.

How to Fold Your Shirts

Folding a business shirt is not as difficult as it looks! Just follow the steps in the image below, and you'll be folding your shirts like a pro in no time at all. (Click on image to enlarge.)


Following our advice should give you years of comfortable, confident business shirt wearing.

If you've never experienced the luxury of owning and wearing a custom made business shirt, you've been cheating yourself! Once you've worn a tailor made shirt that fits your body like a glove, you'll never go back to wearing off-the-rack shirts again.


Our master tailors guide you through every step of the process from taking your measurements to helping you select fabric and styling options to making last minute tweaks to ensure a perfect fit.Book an obligation free styling session today and see how good custom tailoring can feel.

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