Wire hangers are great for storing stuff on a clothes rail while you reassess your wardrobe needs. But to keep your clothes in really good nick, they need the right hanging or storage methods. Another reason for counting. We sell a great range of hangers
The best solution is full-length hanging, if you’ve got the space. You will need peg hangers. Otherwise, they should be folded in half and hung on a hanger with a round, fat bar so that you don’t get creases at the knees. The foam-covered ones given away by boutiques are fine. Wooden hangers with grips are excellent, but you do need a lot of room as they’re bulky.
Look at your shoulders in the mirror, or better, look at other people’s shoulders as they stand. Are they straight? No, they curve, and that’s how jackets are cut. So you need curved, banana-shaped hangers to hold the shape nicely. Plastic ones are fine and wooden too, though again, they’re heavy. Expensive designers such as Chanel or Stella McCartney give away velvet flock hangers with their clothes, which are fabulous but cost a lot. Clothes doesn’t fall off.
For these, depending on the fabric and cut, you need peg or expander hangers to hold the waist taut. Expanders are good with materials such as suede, leather or delicates, which will be marked by the grips on peg hangers. Never hang a skirt by its loops; it makes a v-shape in the middle and creases against other clothes.
Dresses, blouses and knitwear
Of all the hangers I’ve ever tested, I’ve found the narrow, rubber-covered, slightly curved hangers we stock to be the best for dresses, blouses and tops. They need to hold the garment and stop it slipping off but be light enough not to spoil the shape. Unlike wire hangers, they don’t have pointy corners.
- Beware the pretty, padded hanger, which can often be too horizontal and take up too much space.
- Never use too wide a hanger, it will disfigure your clothes.
- Look for hanger extensions so that you can store a jacket and skirt together.
- Take hangers when you travel because hotel ones are rarely satisfactory.