For many men putting away your suit, jacket, shirt or overcoat simply means grabbing the wire or plastic hanger out of your closet and putting your nice clothing on the hangers that you collected from your neighborhood dry cleaners or launderers. The reality is you are damaging your clothes by using hangers that were not meant for that purpose.
For instance wire or metal hangers are used mostly by dry cleaners and professional laundries to hang your shirts on after they have been cleaned. The hangers are temporary and are basically meant for transport to your home. For the record we like our shirts boxed, but you should never leave your shirt or suit on these hangers since they create marks, dimples or creases in your attire that will be hard to remove.
This applies also to suits and jackets that are dry cleaned, the wire hanger with the shoulder shaped cardboard cover is just used for transport and not as a permanent hanger for your suit or jacket.
In fact using common sense and the right hangers can extend the life of your clothes for a very long time and the right clothes hangers will keep your clothes looking great from year to year. There are a couple of factors that you must consider when picking out hangers.
- The design of the hanger
- The construction
- Its intended purpose
First the design, well-made hangers are designed specifically for certain parts of your attire, for instance a longer fully contoured hanger with wide shoulder flares are designed to preserve the suit jacket’s drape. The suit hanger is designed to follow the natural shoulder profile thus maintaining the overall shape of the jacket, nothing looks worse than a jacket that droops and loses its natural drape.
Second, plastic or wire hangers are not designed for long-term support. Most hangers made of plastic and metal wire are generic and most commonly found in one-size fits all. Their poor design is because the main purpose for these hangers was for temporary usage and because they are cost-effective for the professional dry cleaner.
Third, there are hangers designed for overcoats, jackets, trousers and shirts and using the right one means the difference in the life of your garment, with that said we took pictures of some hangers that we felt will keep your clothes looking great for years.
We ask the team at Butler Luxury to send some samples so we could compare their hangers to some hangers we received from our favorite men stores. Let’s explain this by pictures that we took and added short captions.
See above, starting from the bottom, we see a hanger for a suit with a felt covered bar (notice no locking bar) and nice size shoulder flares, the overcoat hanger with the wide shoulder flares, the flatter shape hanger design for shirts and finally the hanger designed for trousers, again no locking bar but a well-designed felt covered bar designed to grip your pants without leaving a crease.
We think you get the idea, using the best hangers go along way in protecting the personal investment you make in your clothes. One thing I appreciate about good clothing is that people respect a man that takes stock in himself. Of course, I invested in breathable canvas suit bags as well as a cedar filled closet but quality well-made hangers like the ones from Butler luxury keep your clothes in shape and gives you that same quality drape and feel even after many years. This is not a paid endorsement but if you want quality hangers for your wardrobe, please contact the team at Butler Luxury. The hangers that we photographed and tested came in a dark expresso finish as well as a deep butterscotch finish, so they also looked great in your closet.
So remember take good care of your clothes, its your investment in you as a person!
Eric, from The Dicky Bow