I am a tailor by trade. I know that if you look after clothes they can literally last a lifetime. I am fiercely disapproving of the throw away fashion culture and have another whole business based on mending, taking in, letting out and re-designing favourite garments. There are a number of elements to building a lifelong wardrobe. I tell my clients to look for classic designs, with a good fit, in quality materials, in colours and shapes that suit. But once a wonderful wardrobe has been created the clothes need to be cared for and a big part of this is how they are stored. There is no point in going to all of this effort if you shove your clothes into wardrobes and draws willy nilly, using any old hanger from the shops they came from or worse, the dry cleaners! Flimsy, ill sized hangers cause creases, stretch clothes, create unsightly lumps and bumps and sometimes don’t even hold them securely so they end up in a crumpled heap on the wardrobe floor. Getting the right clothes hanger is the final but essential step to looking after your clothes and prolonging the life of your wardrobe.
The perfect hanger
Classic wooden hangers are great for strength and they look lovely but they are quite bulky. As well as taking up a lot of space they create a lot of unnecessary weight on the clothes rail, so it makes sense to use thinner lighter hangers where you can. For slimline hangers the quality can be very variable. I’ve tried different batches from TK Maxx and although they look identical, some have stood the test of time while others have broken with barely any use. You shouldn’t have to compromise on quality for space so our range includes super slim options which are also very strong. They are perfect for shirts, t-shirts and knits which have a habit of slipping off or hanging haphazardly on most other types of hanger. This is because ours are coated in non-slip rubber which really holds the garments in place. They have a lovely curved shape so there are no sharp angles to pierce into delicate, less structured items and because the rubber is in contact with the whole shoulder area, it doesn’t pull on a single point of the material, making it perfect for fine weaves. Again, these hangers also measure 38cm wide to accommodate a smaller female shoulder. The hanger comes in two styles, one for single items which is best for silk or delicate knits especially summer ponchos. The other one here, has a trouser bar with width adjustable clips to hold trousers or skirts by the waistband. This is best for summer suits and co-ords. Along with the rubber coated hangers are a range of accessories such as Chinese knots which can be used to secure camisoles and strappy dresses and hanger extensions which help to create even more space and keep whole outfits together.
What is the best way to store out of season clothes?
Another reason hangers need to be strong is so they can carry the extra weight of storage bags. When out of season clothes are stored away we highly recommend placing them in breathable, protective storage bags which shield them from dust and most importantly stop clothes moths from laying their eggs amongst them.
Before placing in a bag, ensure that all garments are meticulously clean and dry. If items have been dry cleaned, exchange the wire hanger from the dry cleaners to one of your own garment appropriate hangers as soon as possible. Remove the plastic bag from the dry cleaners and let the item air before putting it away. This allows the dry cleaning chemicals to dissipate. For that matter don’t store anything in plastic bags or boxes because moisture will be trapped and this creates mould. For breathable storage solutions, have a look at our range here and here.
Protecting and prolonging the life of clothes is our business so if you need any advice on clothing care products or how to protect them from moths, give us a call or peruse our blog pages where there is a plethora of advice.