How to Fold a Polo Shirt in 8 Steps

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Polo shirts are a great way to dress up a casual outfit without having to wear a dress shirt. Keep your shirts ready to go. When you know how to fold a polo shirt, you won’t have to deal with wrinkles.

​Before You Fold

​Not many people will count washing and drying as a big first step in the folding process. However, there are a few wrinkle-inducing factors aside from steaming garments that can make or break your folding efforts if you aren’t aware of them.

First, you want to always strive to​ wash your clothes according to the label​. This can seem like an unwanted extra step in already dreaded laundry duty. But, when you ​take care of your clothes​ the way they need to be taken care of, they will last longer by keeping their shape and vibrancy.

It is also better to wash your clothes in smaller loads. You can make sure they aren’t being overcrowded and missing out on being washed. Smaller loads also help you to focus on making sure certain shirts, like your polo shirts, are able to be washed with the correct specifications on the cycle.

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While it is quick and easy to toss your shirts in the dryer, opt to hang wet polo shirts after washing. This will be a huge step in the right direction to get rid of wrinkles.

Also, hanging your shirts can give them a longer life since they are not being damaged by the high heat of a dryer. A lot of people whip out a handheld steamer to quickly steam their clothes once they’re hung to keep them from wrinkling. 

The final step in the washing and drying prep is to fold your polo as quickly as possible. If you do use the dryer, be ready to fold your polo as soon as the timer goes off.

The longer your clothes sit, the more prone they are to wrinkles. If you hang your polo shirts to dry, you don’t have to move as quickly since they are hanging up and gravity is doing all the wrinkle fighting for you.

​How to Fold a Polo Shirt

​While you can hang your polo shirts, sometimes space or traveling demands you need to fold them. There is a simple way you can fold your polo shirts so you don’t have to worry about wrinkles or odd creasing.

  1. Lay your polo shirt on a flat surface and straighten it out, making sure there are no wrinkles.​
  2. Button up all the buttons on the front and any on the sleeves.​
  3. Flip your polo shirt over so that it is button side down.
  4. Fold the sleeves into the body of the polo by taking each sleeve and folding it back to the middle of the shirt. Make sure you are not folding in the side seams, only the sleeves.​
  5. Now, fold in the sides of your shirt. Take the side and fold it in towards the middle of the shirt.​
  6. Repeat with the other side of the shirt so both sides are folded in and touching each other in the middle of the back.
  7. Bring the bottom of the shirt up to the collar to fold the shirt in half.
  8. If the folded shirt is too long then you can fold in up again, bringing the bottom of fold up to the top.

How to Fold Collared Shirts for Travel

You can follow the same steps if you’re planning to learn how to fold collared shirts for travel. Just make sure you do not pack your shirts too tightly in the drawer or suitcase. When they are pressed down on too much, wrinkles will happen even when you fold your collared shirts properly for travel.

​How to Roll a Polo Shirt

​Rolling shirts is a popular way to pack when you are traveling, due to the space-saving compact fold. Rolled folds are also effective against keeping your polo shirts from wrinkling.

  1. Lay your polo shirt face down on a flat surface. Make sure the collar is straight and your buttons are all done up.
  2. Begin by folding the bottom of your shirt up about four inches. This will shorten how much of the shirt you need to roll.
  3. Bring the sleeves into the back middle of the shirt so they are touching slightly when both folded.
  4. Smooth down the shirt before rolling.
  5. Begin rolling from the collar and roll down. Keep the roll tight, but don’t bear down and strain.​

​Just make sure you do not pack down your rolled shirts. The compressed pack will force the fibers of your clothes to be agitated and will cause wrinkles.

Even if you follow all the steps, sometimes wrinkles will happen. Not to fret. You can always pack a ​wrinkle releasing spray​ to help straighten out your shirts so you don’t have to iron your clothes or steam them while getting ready for the day.


Now that you know the different steps for how to fold a polo shirt, you can keep your closet staples looking their best and ready.