How to Fold a Dress Shirt: 2 Folds to Try

Learn the two ways to fold your dress shirts.

How to Fold a Dress Shirt

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The only time you want to be folding your dress shirt is to pack it in your carry-on or check-in luggage for travel. Or perhaps a long-term storage situation. All other reasons to store your dress shirt, you will want to hang it up. Remember to iron your dress shirt and smooth out the collar and cuff links before you start folding.

This is How to Fold a Dress Shirt: 2 Folds to Try.

Welcome to our article on how to fold a dress shirt. 

There are a few reasons you are looking to fold your dress shirt: to put in your suitcase, it’s moving day, or you are putting them into long storage, and you don’t have a suit carrier.

If you’re looking this up for general storage, let me help you out!

You should ALWAYS hang your shirt up in your closet. Hanging will stop it from wrinkling and keep your cuffs and collar in the correct shapes.

How to Fold a Dress Shirt

Be patient when folding your dress shirt, and keep your iron and ironing board nearby and hot (also make sure your dress shirt is washed). Giving any wrinkles a spot treatment before completing the folds will make your life easier when you pull it out to wear next. Learning how to hang a dress shirt correctly is also important for keeping your garment wrinkle free. If you’ve never ironed a dress shirt before make sure to learn how to properly iron dress shirts first

Follow our other step-by-step guides on all you need to know about wearing the perfect shirt.

After you have used the large surface (kitchen table, bed) to fold your dress shirt, you can fold the rest of your needed laundry or garments.

1. How to Fold a Dress Shirt

1. Lay your dress shirt flat

Lay your shirt facing upwards on a large flat surface like a table or bed. Smooth out the back of your shirt the best you can.

This is a photo of a dress shirt being laid flat to be folded

2. Choose your button option

You can button all the buttons or do the top, bottom, and center buttons. Either choice will keep your shirts straight and reduce wrinkles as you pack.

This is a photo of button options when folding a shirt

3. Make your first fold

Place your shirt front-down and make the first fold. Turn your shirt over and fold one sleeve towards the center of your shirt. Your fold line will be just before your shirt’s collar, starting at the center of the shoulder. Your shirt should have about ⅓ of the front folded over the back.

This is a photo of the first fold of a dress shirt

4. Repeat the fold

Fold the second sleeve the same way. Fold the other sleeve towards the center, so your fold is made near the shoulder.

This is a photo of the second fold of folding a dress shirt

5. Pinch your sleeve

Pinch the top and the bottom of your sleeve. Fold your sleeve on top of the rest of your sleeve. Make this fold at an angle, forming a broad “V” shape with your fold. Your sleeve’s folds should meet right around the shirt’s collar, laying flat at the seam.

This is a photo of the two sleeves of a dress shirt being pinched

6. Finish the folds

Hold the tail of your shirt with two hands and fold the shirt lengthwise. You can make 1 or 2 folds based on the length of your shirt. For shorter shirts, make your fold from the bottom up so the bottom edge rests below the collar. For longer shirts, make two folds from the bottom, so your folds stack on top of each other.

This is a graphic of the final steps on how to fold a dress shirt

How to Fold a Dress Shirt: Tips

  • Iron your shirt before folding, if it has any hard to smooth out wrinkles.
  • Be sure not to squish your collar or sleeve cuffs when making your folds.

2. How to Fold 2 Dress Shirts Together 

1. Lay the dress shirt flat

Lay the first shirt flat, with the backside up. Button up the dress shirt before placing it on a large flat surface (table, bed).

This is a photo of a dress shirt laid flat to fold two dress shirts together

2. Fold the sleeves

Place your finger at the neckline and fold your sleeves to create a straight edge. You can do this for either short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts.

This is a photo of two sleeves being folded on a dress shirt

3. Move the left sleeve

Move the left sleeve to the fold line. This will fold your sleeve on top of the back of your shirt.

This is a photo of the left sleeve being moved on a dress shirt to fold it

4. Fold the right sleeve

Fold your right sleeve like you folded the left, so it lays flat. Both of your sleeves should be lying flat on top of the back of your shirt.

this is a photo of the right sleeve being folded on a dress shirt

5. Move second shirt

Place your second folded shirt on top of your first shirt. Place it towards the bottom and leave 3-5 inches of space.

This is a photo of a second folded dress shirt being placed inside another dress shirt

6. Sandwich the dress shirts

Sandwich your second shirt in between both halves of your first shirt. Fold your first shirt around your second shirt. Your second shirt should now be between the top and bottom of your first shirt.

Sandwich the dress shirts

How to Fold 2 Dress Shirts Together: Tips

  • Smooth out both of your shirts before starting.
  • You can use both dress shirts and T-shirts for this.
  • If you are folding a short-sleeved shirt, your sleeve will fold onto the top third of your shirt.
  • For longer sleeves, your sleeves will line the length of your shirt.
  • Make sure you fold your second shirt before you fold it into the first shirt.

How to Fold a Dress Shirt FAQ

To fold a dress shirt nicely, you will want to first and foremost make sure your shirt has no wrinkles in it and is clean. Then follow our 6-step process.

To fold a dress shirt, so it doesn’t wrinkle, you will need to make sure the shirt is ironed and then use a large flat surface. A kitchen table is the best place to do this.

You should hang your dress shirts. Hanging your dress shirt will keep it wrinkle-free, with no need to iron it everytime you want to wear it. You will only want to fold your dress shirt if you are packing it for a trip or long-term storage.

Written and reviewed by:
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
Paul Marlow is a 6'7 (203cm) / 235lb (106 kg) mental health speaker, fashion expert and ex-athlete. He is a global leader in helping tall men find clothing that fits them and showing them how to style it properly. Paul also spends his time modelling in the fashion and film industries. Paul is also the founder of Never Alone, a global leader in providing mental health and therapy inspiration. He started the Mental Growth Newsletter to help others that were dealing with mental health struggles, like he has.

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