Clothing Hangers 101



Happy new year! I’m guessing that like me, many of you like to start the new year by cleaning out and organizing your closet. While you’re at it, you may want to revisit your hanger situation.

I recently got rid of all of my plastic hangers and replaced them with my favorite all purpose hanger – velvet covered ones. They are essential for wider necklines and slippery fabrics that slip off of plastic or wood hangers, and they are lightweight but strong. I use these hangers from Amazon and they are sturdy and have held up schlepping from event to event. Padded hangers are ideal for delicate items like silk tops and lingerie, though they take up a lot more room.

Joan Crawford had it right – no wire hangers, ever!! The ones you get from the dry cleaner? Try upcycling them into something useful:

For trousers, use a sturdy clamp hanger and hang them upside down to preserve creases. Make sure it clamps very tightly – I find that my skirts tend to slip out of my clamp hangers, so you should try out a few. Otherwise, use hangers with clips to hang pants and skirts right side up.


Are your scarves in a balled up jumble in the back of your closet like me? I plan to pick up a scarf hanger so I can actually see all of the scarves I own!

Do you have closet organizing tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!



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