The Non-Iron Miracle Shirt: Brooks Brothers for Mothers

11/19/2008 at 12:30 PM ET

When Oprah said the Brooks Brothers Miracle Non-Iron Shirt ($90) comes out of the dryer looking like it’s been to the cleaners I said, "You LIE, Oprah!" right out loud to my TV.  I’m a stay-at-home mom with two little boys (one of whom is still breastfeeding) and from time to time I would like to look like a grownup, even if my grown-up wardrobe is two sizes (and two babies) too small. 

My friend Carie, who is a mom and a professional in the fashion industry, said Oprah’s for real. She swears by the Miracle Shirt and now I’m a convert. The shirt comes in several fits and colors including a button-down Oxford style and a crisp, white shirt with a collar that stands up a bit.  It’s 97% cotton and 3% some kind of magic synthetic fiber that defies physics. (They even have versions for men.)

You can throw the Miracle Shirt in the washing machine in a normal load, tumble it dry for 10 or 15 minutes, then smooth it out and put it on a hanger while it’s still damp. Honest to God it’s ready to wear when it dries completely. I tested its mettle during the "Pureed Carrots Incident of 2008" and a goopy stain came out completely in the wash. I also like that I can unbutton it to nurse and I often wear it over a nursing camisole. 

Danielle also tested one and says, "I am SO not a white button down shirt kind of gal but I’m loving the Miracle Shirt. It makes me look pulled together even when I only had five minutes to get dressed. I also love that it will never see the inside of a dry cleaner!"

The Miracle Shirt is not cheap, especially on a stay-at-home-mom’s salary, but I can convince myself that it costs the same as two blouses that I’ll never iron and therefore never wear. We also learned that if you buy two online, they’re $75 each and that you can usually get them for about $60 at Brooks Brothers Outlet stores.

Pros: Every wardrobe needs a white shirt and this one never needs ironing or dry cleaning.
Cons: It’s pricey but it’s worth it because we wear it.

— Kristen

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LucyMarie on

Your friend’s name is Carie? That is wild! My SIL is named Carie and I thought she was the only one.

Cherryl on

LOL!! I agree with you! I didn’t believe that these are totally non-iron until we tried them! Totally love these shirts for both me and my hubby. With a baby and two jobs, who’s got time to iron? They are pricey, but they are our birthday gift shirts🙂