Best Clothing Hangers for Every Item

Hangers have gone upscale: there are literally hundreds of different types of hangers, but the best ones keep it simple. Choose hangers that fit your specific wardrobe, not because they look or sound like something you should have. 

You want hangers that actually fit your clothing. If you hang your overcoat on a child-sized hanger, the hanger cannot properly support the shoulders of your garment. The coat will wrinkle--or worse, lose its shape. Skirt hangers can be used to hang pants, but you can't use pants hangers to hang skirts, unless you fold them over, which can cause wrinkles. 

Wood hangers support your clothes more evenly than hangers made of plastic or wire. You can bring your own hangers to the dry cleaner and they'll hang your clothes on them after cleaning--this avoids receiving wire hangers, which can ruin the shape and look of your clothes.

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    Best Hangers
    How to store accessories like belts. Photo / Gap

    With very few exceptions, belt hangers and organizers are also designed to hang and organize ties. More on ties below, but rest assured you can interchange any of these between the two.

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    Blankets and Comforters

    Comforter hangers
    Blanket and comforter hangers. Photo / Pottery Barns

    Get those bulky blankets and comforters out of the way on a hanger.

    This hanger is big enough to store your blankets and comforters hanging in the closet. 

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    Children's Clothing

    Children's clothing hangers
    Children's clothing hangers. Photo / Gap

    Kid's clothes are more narrow than adults so they get their own hangers.

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    Better than a coat rack: best hangers for coats
    Wall Mounted Coat Rack from Pottery Barn. Photo / Pottery Barn

    You've got a few options here depending on your style and the size of your closet.

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    Dresses, Delicates, and Vintage Clothing

    Dress hangers
    Dress hangers. Photo / Sheinside

    Use care with formal or vintage clothing, and for more delicate items like camisoles and cover-ups.

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    Hangers for handbags
    Hangers for handbags. Photo / Banana Republic

     We love this over-the-door hanger for hanging either in the bedroom or, even better, in the entryway to store your everyday bags. 

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    Page Denim from Piperlime
    Page Denim from Piperlime. Photo / Piperlime

    These specially-designed slack hangers are great for grouping pants together.

    • We love that you can just slide your pants onto these individual pant hangers. The extra five-second time-savings feels so worth it. 
    • And here is a trouser clamp to hang pants individually.
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    Best hangers for skirts
    Best hangers for skirts. Photo / OpenSky

    Use a skirt hanger for skirts, delicate scarves, or to hang trousers upside down. 

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    Shirts, Blouses, and Button-Downs

    Best hangers for shirts
    Button Down Shirt. Button Down Shirt

    Huggable hangers are great for people with small closets or lots and lots of clothes. However, if you plan on keeping an item of clothing for the long-haul, consider investing in a wooden hanger:

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    Tie Hangers
    Tie Hangers. Photo / The Container Store

    You can use a tie rack, or you can use hangers specifically designed for belts:

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    Hanger Holder

    Hangers for hangers
    Use hanger organizers to hold hangers. Photo / The Container Store

    Keep your hangers neat and tidy with a hanger holder.