How to Iron Dress Pant Creases

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How to Iron Dress Pant Creases
Dress trousers without a crease can look unkempt. (Black Dress Shoes image by TMLP from

Whether you wear dress trousers to work on a daily basis or you just need to wear them for a special occasion, it's important to iron them properly so they look neat. Part of properly ironing dress trousers is ironing a crease in each pant leg. Although this may look tricky to do, you can quickly iron a clean, crisp crease in your dress trousers with just a few tools and the right ironing method.

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Things you need

  • Ironing board
  • Paper clips
  • Iron
  • Spray starch

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  1. 1

    Pick up the bottom of each pant leg with your hands, then press the pant legs together so that the seams on the inner sides of the pant legs line up against one another. This will create a crease down the front and back centre of the dress pant legs.

  2. 2

    Lay the dress trousers flat on your ironing board with the creases in line.

  3. 3

    Place paper clips about every 2 inches along the creases, to help guide you while ironing.

  4. 4

    Heat your iron to the setting recommended on the label of your trousers. Check if steam is recommended for the fabric and set the iron accordingly.

  5. 5

    Apply spray starch in between each paper-clipped section of the folded creases and run the iron in between the paper clips to actually create the creases. Move the iron around for about 20 seconds in between each paper clip to create the creases effectively. You may need to iron each section longer, depending on the heat setting you are using. Avoid holding the iron in one spot without moving it or you risk scorching your trousers.

  6. 6

    Remove the paper clips once you have ironed in between each of them. Spray each crease entirely with starch, then run the iron up and down the creases several times to help set them in. This will also help to iron the creases in the spots where the paper clips were located.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're using a steam iron or the steam setting on your iron, put a pressing cloth over the dress trousers prior to ironing, so you won't damage the trousers.

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