How to Iron a Dress Shirt

No one wants to look like they've slept in their clothes.  Follow our simple steps to get your button-downs tidy and crisp-- and look your best in no time!

Check the shirt’s label. Cotton and cotton blends can tolerate a hot iron, while polyester blends need a cooler setting. The manufacturer’s label should spell it out clearly, but when in doubt, start with a low setting and increase the heat until wrinkles in the shirt begin to respond.

Is it clean? Ironing over existing stains can set them permanently. Don’t risk it: Choose a liquid detergent that works for both whites and colors, and use a liquid fabric softener in a scent you love.

Press the collar. Begin with the underside, working from the center of the collar out toward the points. Turn over and repeat on the other side of the collar.

Press the shoulders. Place one shoulder over the narrow end of your ironing board. Starting at the yoke (where the collar meets the body of the shirt), iron toward the center of the back. Repeat the process on the other side.

Press the cuffs. Lay one sleeve flat with the buttons or cuff-link holes facing up. Iron the inside of the cuff first, then turn over and iron the outside. Repeat with the other sleeve.

Press the sleeves. Lay one sleeve flat and use your hand to smooth out any creases between the two layers. Iron the front of the sleeve first, then the back. Repeat with the other sleeve.

Press the front and back. Begin with the front panels, taking care to iron between the buttons; pressing on them can cause them to break. Turn over and iron the back of the shirt.

When you’re done, hang and button your shirt immediately, and turn off and unplug your iron.

How to Pull Off the Pajama Pants Trend

If you’ve ever wished all of your clothes could be as comfy as your sleepwear, you’ll love the new “pajama pants” trend. Suddenly it’s become stylish to dress for work in the blousy pants you’d normally save for bedtime. But since you don’t want to leave the house looking like you just woke up, follow these tips for a look that’s as comfortable as it is chic.

Stay away from jersey knits. These stretchy fabrics tend to look a little too unstructured (read sloppy) and clingy for the office. Stick with silk and cotton blends, and make sure they fit properly. Whether you opt for a palazzo-style pant or a more tapered fit, neither should be too long, too baggy, or too tight, especially through the thighs and backside.

Consider a higher-waist version. Paired with a tucked-in tunic or a long T-shirt and high heels, these super-comfy pants elongate the silhouette and make legs look longer and thinner.

Go neutral on top. Part of the appeal of pajama pants is their bright, graphic prints and pretty floral patterns. Just be sure to pair them with a fitted top in black, white, or another solid to ensure that you look as though you’re going to the office, not the circus.

Add stylish kicks and statement jewelry. Heels and eye-catching accessories instantly dress up any ensemble, and pajama pants are no exception. Choose a wedge or a strappy sandal and a chunky necklace or bangle bracelets to complete the look.

Press for success. Wrinkles are a sure sign you’re wearing sleepwear. So no matter what the fabric of your pajama pants, make sure they’re crisply pressed.

Last but not least. As long as you’re going for comfort, add a clean-scented liquid fabric softener to the wash so that your pajama pants will feel as wonderful as they look.