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How to Fold a Shirt like a pro in 5 Easy Steps

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Whether you’re in a budget hotel with no hangers, or you’re packing a bag for a business trip, there comes a time in every man’s life when your shirt requires folding. Yes, it’s the most heinous of crimes to commit against such precision tailoring but needs must when the devil drives. So rather than stuffing that crisp white dress shirt into your carry-on bag, check out our easy 5 step process to fold a shirt for packing.

1. Lay the shirt out

Time to clear the dining table or find another suitably flat (and clean) surface to lay out the shirt. Don’t bother with the bed as it’s too soft to smooth out creases on and don’t even think about putting it on the floor where you just walked in your old runners. Once you’ve found your clean and even surface, lay your shirt out flat and fasten all the buttons before smoothing out those creases.

2. Split into sections

This is a great trick for folding any form of clothing the right way. Take a hold of the shirt about halfway between the collar and the shoulder and find roughly the same place at the bottom of the shirt. Pull the fabric tight until you see a line running from top to bottom, this magical little line is called your folding line.

3. Start folding

Fold the entire section that is on the outside of the folding line over until it rests neatly under the collar. If you keep a hold of the bottom point of the folding line, you’ll stand a better chance of getting this fold right.


4. Fold the sleeves

Now don’t get too hasty and start with the other side, you’ll want to sort out that sleeve first. Do this by folding the sleeve back on itself but make sure that it runs in line with the folded section as this will minimize the chances of creasing when packed.


What next? Why the other side of course.

5. Finish it off

Once you’ve managed to get both sides done all you need to do is make the whole thing a bit more manageable. Do this by grabbing the bottom corners and folding them halfway up the shirt. Then you grab your two new bottom corners and fold these all the way up to the collar.


We told you it was easy, right?

Once you’ve mastered this skill there’ll be no need to worry about there being an iron in your hotel room as if it’s done right, your shirt should come out in a ready-to-wear state.

And just because we care about you so much here’s a little extra piece of anti-crease insurance.

Bonus packing tip

If you are packing two shirts for your trip, lay one in your case on its back with the collar facing you. Then take the second shirt and place it face down on the first and with the collar at the opposite end. If you’re only taking one shirt then a piece of card or an insert under the collar will do the trick nicely. This will help avoid creases in your collar and make sure that it maintains its shape throughout its journey in the overhead compartment.

Now that you can fold a shirt like a pro there’s no excuse for looking like you slept in your shirt, unless of course, you did.

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