A well-pressed suit is a mark of professionalism.

How to Iron a Lady's Suit

by David Lipscomb

Women, like men, need to look sharp when they head to the office. Although it's usually a good idea to dry clean suits -- which includes pressing -- it's often necessary to give them a quick touch up on business trips and after periods of storage. Using the right settings and process can keep your suit looking clean and sharp.

Skirts and Trousers

Brush the suit thoroughly while it's still on the hanger. This removes much of the loose dirt and fuzz from the jacket, pants or skirt, resulting in a cleaner look.

Inspect the fabric and care tags inside the jacket, pants or skirt. Depending on the fabric, a press cloth may be required. Any synthetics such as polyester or rayon requires the cloth to prevent scorching or melting.

Set your steam iron to the appropriate setting as dictated by the fabric and care tags.

Lay out the skirt -- if your suit features one -- flat on the ironing board. Lay the press cloth on top of the skirt if needed. Iron this piece flat, paying special attention to pleats. Avoid ironing directly over fasteners to prevent possible damage and shiny marks on the surrounding fabric.

If your suit pants don't have a permanent crease, fold trouser legs seam to seam along the center. Lay the press cloth over top as needed, ironing a crisp crease in each leg.

Blazer and Shirts

Flip up the blazer collar. If there is a liner underneath, use your press cloth to avoid possible damage if it happens to be synthetic. Iron the collar from the natural crease outward.

Lay the blazer on the ironing board with the back hanging down from the surface. Overlay the press cloth if needed, then iron each side, again avoiding buttons and fasteners.

Flip the blazer over, ironing the back. You can iron pleats into a crease or work around them if you prefer that look. Focus on the vents, which tend to accumulate creases from being sat upon.

Iron the arms, avoiding placing a crease down the center and avoiding cuff buttons.

Repeat the same process used on the blazer for each dress shirt, ironing the inside as well for an extra-crisp look.

Items you will need

  • Wool clothes brush
  • Steam iron
  • Ironing board
  • Cotton press cloth

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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