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.