Clothes can be downright mystifying for some guys. Even the casual “t-shirt and jeans” type can run into wardrobe woes. And if you’re a clothes horse, forget it. All of your shirts and accessories have to be properly stored away, or you risk the wrath of wrinkles and rips. But what if you don’t know how to properly fold clothes? What if you’ve never learned, and now you’re ashamed to ask? Fear not, for we’ve got you covered.
T-shirts. Pretty simple stuff. Now, if the shirt in question is strictly an undergarment, don’t worry too much. Fold it in order to conserve space, but appearance isn’t so important. For t-shirts you plan to wear out, a little more care is needed. Fold the sleeves back along their seams, and pinch them in place by holding the shirt at the place your shoulders would be. Then, fold the shoulders back to meet in the middle, and finally fold the shirt in half lengthwise. Your logo should be neatly in the middle.
Jeans. Casual jeans are once again pretty simple. Fancier jeans fall into the “dress pants” category, for which the rules are different. But for the casuals, you can get away with laying the jeans flat, folding them in half along the fly, and folding them lengthwise.
Dress Pants. Trickier. See the seams on the pant legs? Put them together. Imagine those clean creases that dress pants have. This is how you create them. Put the seams together, then put the legs together. The seat of the pants should lay flat for you. For best results, drape the pants through a hanger and hang them in the closet.
Dress Shirts. Whoo, they can be tricky. In a perfect world, you would hang them on a rounded hanger and be done. But if you must fold them, similar rules to the t-shirt apply. Use the seams on the arms to guide you, adding an additional fold at the elbows. Your goal is to have the buttons centered at the end. Really though, it almost doesn’t matter, because you’re going to iron it anyway…right?
Socks. Seriously, don’t laugh. Nice socks, like argyle or cashmere, should really be folded. How you do it is up to you (your options are limited by their size), just don’t do the old “put ’em together and flip ’em inside out in a ball.” It stretches out the elastic, makes your socks sag, and can bruise the cashmere.