Don’t Iron Your Shirts!

(mellow band music) – Hey now, I’m Dorian, joined by my wife and
celebrity men’s wear stylist, Ashley Weston.
– Hi guys. – So today, Ash, we have a
great reader and viewer question for Two Minute Tuesday. Let’s get into it. (upbeat electronic music) So Ash, Timothy Leary, hilarious name. – Why?
(mellow electronic music) – Google the guy if you
don’t know who that is. – Okay. – I’m gonna say one phrase
that he is known for, “Tune in, turn on and drop out.” Anyways–
– (chuckles) – he has a question, although
if this is his user picture, he doesn’t look like the
Timothy Leary I know. Anyways, Timothy Leary wanted to know: Can you please make a
video about the proper way to iron a dress shirt?
– (chuckles) – So Ash, I thought this was perfect, since you work with dress shirts all day everyday, for your job. – I do.
– So I want to import to the audience what you do
to make your clients look like literally the definition
of a million plus dollars, a billion dollars if we’re talkin’ about some of your clients.
– Like leading men. – Leading men of a
billion dollar franchise, this is what Ashley does
for the dress shirts. All right, and go. – Okay, so this is a really simple answer. You don’t iron a dress shirt. And I bet you there’s gonna be a lot of, a lotta people that are watching right now that are going to challenge me on this. – We’ll call them (dog barks) heads. – No, it’s just–
– Yeah, they are. – maybe you guys learned it
a certain way which is fine. However, this is the thing. I deal with just hundreds, thousands of dress shirts every day. I have to get my clients ready for their big red carpet premieres. – And they need to look perfect– – Yes, exactly.
– not kind of okay, not okay-ish. Perfect.
– Yes. – So let’s keep that in mind, fellas. – And so, the easiest,
fastest, most efficient and effective way is to use a steamer. (steamer hisses) So a steamer will. It’s just; it’s super quick to heat up. It will get all the wrinkles out. It’s way easier than an iron.
– Oh my God, yeah. – Because with an iron,
you could potentially burn the shirt, leave
the little marks on it. – I’ve done it.
– We’ve all done it. I’ve even done it. And I’m a professional. So it’s like you really
have to get the setting, the heat setting right, and know what your shirt is composed of. Because oftentimes, if it’s
not just 100% pure cotton, if it has blends in it,
you could really ruin your dress shirt, so–
– And it’s a pain in the frickin’ balls–
– Oh my gosh. – to iron.
– It takes so much longer. – Get the board out,
put the sleeve properly, make sure it’s laying flat, do it one way, flip it over, do it the other way. Do I want creases in the top of my sleeve? No, okay now, do the top of the sleeve. Oh my God.
– It’s a lot more labor intensive.
– For no reason. By the way, Ash is gonna list
her favorite portable steamer. You can get a stand-up
style if you really want. – Which I’ll include that as well in the article.
– If you’re doing a lotta steaming, obviously,
that’s the best way. But there’s a portable steamer that I personally use all the time too. She’s got a gazillion
of ’em, sitting around. That just works fantastic. We’ll link it in the–
(tone beeps) Whoop. We’ll link it in the description. But Ash, real briefly, give
them the quick, three steps about how to actually steam a shirt. – So what you wanna do. Take a dress shirt or
whatever shirt you want. Put it on a hanger. Hang it somewhere. Get your steamer. So with dress shirts,
I just like to button just the top button and
leave the rest undone. That way, I can get around
and really steam everything. So I always start with the front, and I slowly–
– Do you pull the bottom taut? – No, you don’t have to–
– Okay. – at all, not at all. Unless it’s like just kind of flimsy, and you wanna just be able
to get the entire shirt. But you don’t need to do that. And literally, you just take the steamer, and you just start from the top and go all the way down,
you know, relatively slowly. You don’t wanna go super fast,
but just relatively slowly. And you just kinda
cover each surface area. – Same as the sleeves–
– Same with the sleeves. – pull those out; do it on both sides. – It’s just so easy. There’s like. I mean, it takes–
– It’s really, really simple. – literally like 20 seconds
to steam a shirt. (chuckles) – Yep, all right fellas, hopefully, that answers your question. Guys, if you have other questions, leave them in the comments section below because that’s how they get answered, just like Mr. Timothy
Leary had his question. That’s how we do these. So guys, thumbs if you like this video, subs if you loved it. We’ll
see ya in the next one. – (in unison) Bye! (smooth electronic music)


  1. i just toss something wrinkly in the clothes dryer with a damp facecloth. After a few mins its mostly wrikle-free. That's the fastest way but adds a few pennies ot your power bill. TOtally worth the 5-10 mins of my time I saved

  2. No. Sorry but no. As a man I can tell you steamers are great but you will need to steam iron a dress shirt. This advice was give to me by 72 year old Italian tailor. I see the results and …… sorry.

  3. Millennial laziness! You can't crease and make the shirt sharp without ironing. Look at his shirt in the video. It looks like he pulled it from the hamper and steamed it for a couple minutes. By the way, I love that if we disagree, we're d**k heads.

  4. Am wondering if dorian meant to present with a wrinkled shirt and rave how great a steamer work seems counterintuitive

  5. Sure, if you're in a hurry steamers are the way to go. I prefer to iron if I have the time. Steaming gets the wrinkles out but won't make it crisp with creases is iron only (light starch). Also, homeboy probably should have had his shirt hit with the steamer before filming this video…

  6. I'm in the IRON IT! category….steamers, while effective, don't give that crisp feel to the shirt. Plus, being ex-military, I was taught to iron where a shirt is finished with single creases that could cut paper.

  7. I've tried a ton of steamers, even professional quality ones. Steaming works to get out wrinkles but the shirt just shows the wrinkles once you start moving in it. For a work dress shirt, I unfortunately MUST iron.

  8. I have a question for TMT….Ties? Width? How long at the front? Do I really what to look like an idiot (DT) where my tie is as low as my "Johnson"? Not worried about colours or patterns (that's another minefield). Thanks.

  9. It takes me way longer than 20 seconds to steam a shirt. I have to use an steamer and iron to get my clothes crisp. Steamers are good for fabrics you can't iron.

  10. Steamers are fine for high speed maint. but if you want a sharp crease it's hard to beat starch esp for sleeves placards and collars. Steamers do a decent job of preping the wrinkles from a sports coat as well!

  11. Take your dress shirts to a trusted cleaner and get them laundered and pressed. Please dont overthink this simple task.

  12. This is why I always sit in the first carriage of any steam train I travel on, hang your shirts up and it's a free steam

  13. Sorry but I literally bought the steamer you recommended over a year ago…. it's okay. Honestly I've found it nowhere near as effective or as fast as a good iron, and I'm meticulous af. If you iron a dress shirt every day you get pretty efficient at it.

  14. Yeah i'm goig to be a dickhead….ironing is the only way to go if you want a nice looking dress shirt. Plus its really easy. I have never burned or ruined a shirt and i even watch netflix while ironing…

  15. Are Oxfords supposed to show wrinkles like Dorian's?! If so, my life would be way easier. I've been ironing these things. And the steamer I own doesn't touch the wrinkles on an Oxford.

  16. Hard to say I agree or disagree with this. My dress shirts that I wear with my suits get sent to the cleaners. I don't think it's worth my or my wife's time dealing with ironing them. On the other hand, with shirts that I wear casually (button down oxfords, casual linens, pull over shirts etc.) I just wash them at home dry them in the dryer with low or no heat (depending on the fabric) hang them to dry, and use the steam iron to shape them back up (while the shirt is ever so slightly damp) and then air them out to dry completely. It's not going to be crisp with razor sharp creases, but they are casual shirts for living your life in and doing life things like getting coffee and cake with my wife or paying for my son's ice cream (sorry I don't have better things to do after work.) There are other things to be concerned about besides a wrinkle in a shirt that's going to get wrinkled after moving around anyways….just make sure the collar, cuff, and button placket is nice and ironed. A good steam iron is more than capable of doing that…just make sure you're tugging on the part you're steaming to get the cloth nice and taut.

  17. I've had this question forever. You say to wear watches with a leather strap with suits and ones with metal bands with casual clothing. But the people who buy Rolex and Rado, these watches always come with a metal bamd. The ones who buy them also usually wear them with a suit. Is that a faux pas??

  18. Steam gets the wrinkles out for 15 minutes until you sit down or move at all. Then the wrinkles come right back. Also, ****head needs his shirt ironed. It looks like shit.

  19. i guess it depends on the individual. by rule and tradition, shirts that have crisp lines exhibits class and bespoke-ness?. sure steamer would be quicker and more convenient, but that convenience comes with a cost.

  20. What shoe protection spray would you recommend? I think you might of covered this before but all I can remember are cleaning kits.

  21. Ashley- why if you steam is Dorians shirt wrinkled? Whomp whomp… I think this vid needs a tutorial of said shirt. (He is not the leading man with this shirt.) also do you use starch to keep it longer?

  22. Any suggestions on a good steamer. I have used a ton of hand held steamers and they just don't seem to work properly. Not everyone can afford those fancy steamers I'm sure you use for your clients. A video of you showing how to steam a shirt would be nice.

  23. To me, steaming over ironing is like using an electric shaver over a razor on your face. It is just not the same, especially if you want a sharp collar or create press marks. And while I get a lot of people don't like ironing, there is a kind of ritual with it that I appreciate. I like to use a spray bottle; my kids will often try to get me to spray their face with it. I definitely prefer steaming on fabrics I am afraid to touch an iron with, like a suit. Anyway, great video, as always.

  24. My mother taught me how to iron when I was 12 years old, and at 69 you could say that I'm well-practiced. My ironed shirts look beautiful. As to steamers, I've tried a few but to no avail. Learn how to iron your clothing. Your steamed shirts are never going to look as good as an ironed shirt – perhaps passable, but not good. If you still want to try a steamer, remember this: Use ONLY DISTILLED WATER. If you use tap water, your steamer will become clogged because of the impurities in the water. And, not to pile on, I must say that Dorian's setting a bad example here with his woefully wrinkled shirt. Ashley, take a good look at Dorian and help the poor guy out. And, please, no commercials. Otherwise, a great channel with lots of excellent advice.

  25. Great video. I have been planning to get a steamer for a while. This is a bit more motivation lol. I love how all these guys are taking the position that ironing is better and then show there utter lack of knowledge of fabrics by pointing out Dorians shirt. Some fabric will never be completely wrinkle free.Its the nature of it.You might have to do a video on that since it seems more guys then one would think dont know that. Keep up the great videos. I look forward to your next one.

  26. Did anyone else get steamed up watching this ( perhaps in both senses simultaneously?)? OK..I'll get me coat..cheers.

  27. I didn't realize my question would spark so much debate..I like though. .. Dorian, I was in shocked when you called name…lol

  28. This is very short sighted. Sure in the world of "non-iron" shirts this is fine. But as someone who wears only higher end custom shirts a steamer does almost nothing because of how the fibers are. You need to iron it to make it look crisp and fresh.

  29. I always have my shirts starched and ironed and "boxed" at the cleaners, with that said to are always right ! 🤓

  30. I wear dress shirts everyday for work. I use a Rowenta iron and its fire… I hate steaming. Maybe I'm old school but I love the creases from ironing or dry cleaning.

  31. Thank God someone, mainly you two fine ppl, put the whole ironing thing to bed. I tried the iron at first and when I bought my first cheapy steamer I said to myself…Am I on LSD??? This is FANTASTIC!!! I'll never go back to the 30 min ball smashing sessions of ironing again…and my shirts always look fantastic too btw

  32. I have a question that I’ve searched for hours all over Google and YouTube and still cannot find a good answer.

    How do you keep your shirt collars standing up like new? After a few washes they start to fall flat and look horrible????

    I literally never want to wash my new shirts because I know that it will never loll the same

  33. I've never burnt myself or my dress shirts, it's not that hard, set the iron on cotton. I did buy a steamer once, it didn't get rid of the wrinkles and I ended up burning myself with the steam. Different strokes for different folks. And what's with the potty mouth Dorian? … don't let them get under your skin or they win.

  34. I steam what I can but there are a number of certain cottons–including high quality cottons–that literally need an iron. The same could be said for ironing out any hard creases in a linen/linen blend shirt. Steamers won't take care of that.

  35. Hello Ashley and Dorian! I recently re-vamped my shirts per Ashley's 5 essential shirts every man should own. Thanks for that video, I found it very helpful. However, I'm having some trouble styling the dark-wash chambray shirt. Any chance you can do a video on how to style this versitle shirt with chino/trousers shoes, belt, etc. This would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!

  36. Hey! I'd love it if you guys spoke your thoughts on beards!

    Maybe get a beard expert on your video to talk more about it…like what kinda beard suits a particular face shape et al…

  37. I hear everyone raving about steamers all the time but I’ve never used one that can properly get out those deep set in wrinkles that are in dress shirts after washing and hang drying? Also, man idk if I’m doing something special but I can iron a shirt from start to finish in like 2 minutes with my extra wide ironing board? It actually takes me longer to steam… I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt though and try checking out your steamer, maybe my cheapo Walmart steamer isn’t good enough.

  38. love your Oxford, but can't ever find a slim fit Oxford. what is yours and do you recommend a specific Oxford for skinny guys?

  39. Are suit vest with a tee or dress shirt alone still a thing. I still see it around. Looks like one of those things that never go out of style but maybe because I still see it around . I personally have not wore it on awhile . I'm in the middle of editing my closet . So do I Chuck the vest ? What y'all think.

  40. On iron you dress shirts: it's not tedium if you give shit. By the way, whoever asked this question clearly trust your judgement above others because RMRS(Real Men Real Style) did a video on how to Iron your dress shirt like year ago.

  41. Dry clean my dress shirts. Hit it with the steamer the day I wear it to get out wrinkles from hanging I. The closet. Get the nice creases and no wrinkles

  42. Sry Ashley, but i took your words and bought a and Used it.
    Its kinda works, but is NO WAY NEAR THE RESULTS OF AN IRON.
    As this it is okay but it cant take the place of an iron.
    Sry i am realy disapointed in this advice from yours

  43. after years in the military I can say without doubt … Don’t Iron your dress shorts .. If you wanna get kicked around the parade square all day

  44. Took a peak at the dry cleaner's and what did I see? A giant shirt-shaped clamshell steamer. /drool/

    Question, though: How do you keep from burning (steaming) your fingertips? (Very carefully, I imagine.)

  45. Beautiful couple,Totally agree, most of the dry cleaners that iron shirts once you wash them they look prematurely old direct contact with the iron shorten the life of the fabrics Thanks for the tips. It's just common sense.

  46. Question:
    Where does Dorian buy his clothes? I am 6’4”, 170lbs (tall/skinny) and can’t find anything that fits me. I try slim fit pants but they make my size 14 shoes look even bigger (clownish), the waist of my pants always sit too low on my hips, shorts are always way too short, and dress shirts are always baggy because they assume a longer sleeve means a more heavy weighted person. Can you recommend brands? Do I just buy custom like through Proper Cloth/Indochino (do you like these online custom clothing websites?), or should I just buy large and always go to a tailor? There’s the Big and Tall sections in stores but no skinny and tall. Does Dorian share this same pain? I love your videos- I have no style and have been binge watching your playlists. Thanks and keep it up!

  47. I travel all the time. Don't iron your shirt? Already there. Also there are no iron shirts. Wash and air dry on a hanger. You only really need to touch up the collars and the button area once in a while on no iron and normal shirts. If any shirt starts to get to bad it is probably time to get a new shirt. You get what you pay for. More expensive shirts 85-100 each are usually easier to keep looking nice. What is your opinion on collar stays?

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