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How To Care For Men's Dress Shirts?
 by: Janine Giorgenti

Knowing the Proper care for your dress shirts is essential in keeping your shirts crisp and in good condition, while projecting a well-groomed appearance.

Many men ask "how do I clean and take care of my custom shirts"

Tips on how to care and extend the life of your dress shirts:

Wash your brand new custom dress shirt before wearing to, remove any toxic chemicals and to make the material softer.

To avoid embarrassing moments and the nuisance of loosing a button. Routinely check your custom shirt to see if the buttons are secure, or if there are any loose threads.

To preserve the fabric and color, machine wash your custom dress shirts using a gentle cycle with luke-warm water.

Do not dry-clean your shirts! The chemicals in dry cleaning fluid will destroy the fabric or even turn your custom shirts yellow. Instead, request that your shirts be laundered.

Starching while pressing causes cotton fibers in custom dress shirts to weaken. To keep a crisp look, buy a custom shirt with a high thread count.

To avoid antiperspirant stains, spray your deodorant or cologne on your body and wait for it to dry before wearing the dress shirt.

To prevent permanent staining, promptly wash your custom dress shirt before the stain sets and is absorbed in the fabric.

To avoid lifting the color out of your shirts or "color runs", separate your shirts before laundering into three categories. whites, colors and darks. To get your white shirts whiter, use bleach like Clorox. For colors, use a diluted solution or special bleach for colors. As for your dark colored shirts, avoid bleaching all together.

Check for stains and clean before pressing. Heat from an iron will permanently set the stain into the fabric.

Unless you have a great steam iron, it’s best to iron your custom dress shirts while the fabric is damp, so you do not scorch or damage the fabric. It will also make it easier to get out all the wrinkles.

Tips for Ironing your custom dress shirts:

Collar - To iron the collar, starting from its underside. Iron away from the collar points toward the back of the neck area. Then turn the shirt over and iron the same way for the front of the collar.

Yoke - Iron the yoke area starting from the neck outwards to the center of the shirt. If there are pleats at the yoke, iron the pleats flat in the direction of the fold.

Cuff - Similar to the collars, iron the cuffs inside out. Always remember to lay the sleeves flat and start from the cuff upward, then iron the other side as well.

Shirt body - Iron the torso starting from the shoulders down to the shirt ends. Do it step by step starting from the right torso panel then to the left panel. This will keep each side equally well-ironed. Remember to iron in-between the buttons as well with the iron tip.

Hanging your Custom shirts:

To keep your custom dress shirts in a nice shape, use wooden or plastic hangers with firm shoulders. Wire hangers will destroy the shape of your custom shirts

For more information on men's custom dress shirts please visit

About The Author

Janine Giorgenti

For two decades, Janine Giorgenti has dedicated her life’s work to developing cutting edge techniques, for creating a professional image. She is a pioneering top clothing designer, image and wardrobe consultant as well as a dynamic speaker.

As a recognized expert in color psychology and a seasoned Seventh Avenue designer, Janine helps clients substantially improve their professional appearance. Her scientific approach to image enhancement applies the innovations of the world’s greatest clothing experts to each individual’s wardrobe.

Many clients credit her counsel with helping them win promotions, close deals, land new jobs, perform better in the business world and build general self-confidence. Her clients include sport figures, celebrities and Fortune 500 executives from American Express, Deloitte &Touché, Citicorp, MetLife, Marriott and Morgan Stanley, among others.

Janine Giorgenti reaches thousands through her “ Dress for Success” seminars, TV and Radio appearances, while her acclaimed “Image Empowerment” audio series” empower countless more people. Her makeovers are featured on local and regional television programs, and her advice was recently the centerpiece of a McKinsey & Company women's website series on 'business casual'.

Janine is a fourth generation designer who trained at New York’s renowned Fashion Institute of Technology. She was a fashion consultant for Saks 5th Ave, Anne Taylor, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Janine’s original creations have been featured in The New York Times Fashion of the Times centerfold, as well in Vogue magazine.

Janine is committed to giving back to the community, often providing custom clothing and organizing fashion shows as fundraising events for nonprofits that include The American Heart Association, A Cure for Breast Cancer, Arthritis foundation, The United Way, and the Special Olympics for Handicapped Kids.

Her advice is frequently sought by major national newspapers and magazines, and will soon be collected into a book, co-authored with award-winning television producer and journalist Sue Treiman.

Janine Giorgenti can be contacted at 1-800-99-IMAGE or [email protected]

Copyright clause: My articles can be copied, published and re-printed without my permission as long as I remain the author of the article.

This article was posted on February 27, 2006


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