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Freshly ironed dress pants next to an old iron.

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How to iron pants

Smooth out your style.

Did you know one of the best tools a man can have in his style arsenal is a decent iron and ironing board? Yes, seriously.

Ironing pants is a talent everyone possesses: you just need to unlock your inner ironing potential. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the suit is or how expensive those pants are, if they aren’t ironed and pressed properly you may as well have turned up in your boxers or khaki shorts. 

When learning how to iron pants, don’t set the iron too hot. It will take a little longer to get the creases out, but wouldn’t you prefer that to a burn mark? Elegance takes patience. 

  • 01


    Turn pants inside out. Start with the pockets, laying them flat against the board.

  • 02


    Iron in this order: Flies, seams and hem on one leg. The same again on the other.

  • 03


    Line up the waistband and board. Place the pants flies down. Iron the waistband.

  • 04


    Line legs up. Lift the top leg and iron the inside of the bottom. Flip and repeat. 

  • 05


    Get a crease: align the inseams, lay pant legs on the board and iron over the edges.