The Clothes Hanger

The clothes hanger might be something you do not think about too much until you pull a garment off to wear and there is an odd crease. There is a wide range of hangers to choose from that often serve different purposes. If you are anything like me, you will also prefer uniformity in your wardrobe. I have mainly wooden hangers for that reason. However, sometimes a garment calls for something unique. Below I give you the rundown on which hangers suit, which garments and what to avoid.

Which Hanger For Which Garment?

So which hanger is for which garment? Good question. Below you will find a list of hangers and the types of clothes they are best suited to. 

Wire Hangers: These are often cheap and go out of shape fairly quickly. Unless you are on a very tight budget, I would avoid them. They will likely create hanger bumps on knitted and delicate clothing. 

Metal Hangers: You might think these are the same as above, but they are not. Metal hangers are forged and heavier and will last a long time. They can also withstand heavier garments, unlike wire and many plastic versions. Not so suitable for delicate slippery fabrics like silk and satin. 

Lingerie Hangers – depending on what lingerie you are hanging will depend on what you need. If you have thin straps, choose one with notches; if you need one with clips, look for some with material inside the clip to avoid damaging delicate fabrics. Either that or you can place a small piece of paper, either side on the inside of each clip. Velvet hangers also work well. 

Velvet Hangers: These have become more popular in recent years and come in a variety of colours. They are great if you want uniformity in your wardrobe as you can choose one colour. They are also suitable for holding delicate fabrics on the hangers. The downside is they are made from plastic which would be hard to recycle. 

Shoe Hangers: As the name suggests, you can also get hangers for shoes. These come in either a panel that hangs down with various pockets for shoes or and single hanger for just one pair. Great if you like to keep your floor clear. 

Scarf Hangers: Again, these can come in a few different styles. You can buy tiered hangers where you hang several on one hanger underneath each other or a hanger with a loop to thread the scarf through. 

Wooden Hangers: These are my favourite. They are generally quite strong and just wood and metal, so they are easier to recycle if they break. You can either go for natural colours or painted. The downside is they can be slippy for delicate fabrics, though you can buy some with rubber on the shoulders to combat it.

Jumper / Sweater Hangers – Use a wider hanger like a wooden or suit hanger rather than a thin one. To avoid hanger bumps, see below. 

Tie Hangers: If you wear a suit and ties regularly, then a hanger for ties makes sense. Most come with a wooden panel down the middle and then loops either side for the ties. To avoid silk ties slipping through, choose a hanger with a rubbered or velvet texture. 

Belt Hangers: I do not own a belt hanger because, having a capsule wardrobe, I do not have many belts. However, if you own many belts, this is a great way to keep them all in one place and tidy. They usually come in a singular hanger with several loops at the bottom for the belts.

Satin Padded Hangers: These still remind me of my gran. That said, they have great uses. Padded hangers are great to reduce hanger bumps in knitwear. They also work well for more delicate fabrics as they are less likely to slip off the hanger. 

Cedar Hangers:  Similar to wooden hangers but made from Cedarwood. Perfect if you want to repel moths naturally. 

Single Rod Hangers: A single rod hanger is similar to a metal one; only one side of it is open so that the garment can be just pulled through the side. They look elegant and would work well in minimal wardrobes. However, they would not be so good in a closet where the hanger could get caught up and tilted, so the garment falls off. 

Combination Hangers: These work great for suits as the top is like a standard hanger, with clips to hang trousers or skirts underneath. I use a combination of these and the standard wooden ones in my wardrobe. 

Wide Shoulder Hangers: These are used for heavy coats or jackets. A thinner hanger can mark some heavy coats or jackets due to the weight, so one of these would work much better. If you decided to get some, you would only need a few. 

Non-Slip Hangers: As the name suggests, these can come in many forms. They can be plastic, metal or wood and often have either a rubber or velvet insert to grip the garment to the hanger. These are ideal for delicate fabrics that crease easily. 

Clip Hangers: Everyone should have a few clip hangers in their wardrobe. Anything that you can not hang over a standard hanger, you can clip with one of these. That said, avoid clipping knitwear as it may leave a mark, and delicate fabrics a sit could damage them. 

Skirt Hangers:  Basically, hangers for skirts. They have the same top half as a standard hanger and clips at the bottom for skirts. These also work well with shorts. 

A few wooden hangers hanging on a peg

How To Get Rid Of Hanger Bumps

A question I get asked quite regularly is how to avoid hanger bumps. In the first instance, the best way to remove them if they are already there would be to steam the garment. Alternatively, dampen the area with a cloth and allow it to dry flat. However, the best procedure would be to avoid them altogether. You have a few choices here. Either fold your knitwear and do not hang it at all or if not, follow these tips;

  • If you wash a garment and it says hang to dry, dry it flat, do not hang it, and it will stretch the material and create bumps that are hard to remove. 
  • If you do decide to hang it choose either a decent padded hanger or one with broad shoulders so the garment does not create hanger bumps. 
  • If you only have standard hangers to hand, you can hang the jumper on them but not in the way you might think. First, fold the jumper lengthways in two, so one arm is placed on top of the other. Next, grab your hanger and place the top of the garment over the top of one side of the hanger. Make sure the armpit of the garment is behind the hanger hook. Then also hang the arms flat over the other side of the top of the hanger. This will significantly reduce hanger marks. 

My Favourite Clothes Hangers

As I mentioned above, I prefer natural wooden hangers. For me, they are durable; you can recycle them if they fall apart, and they come in a variety of styles to suit most garment needs. More than anything, I love the uniformity of them. I like things to look as clean and uncomplicated as possible. Below are some examples.

white background pink text how to hang clothes in a closet
pink background taupe text how to hang clothes and remove hanger bumps

What Next?

The information given in the post is the best of my knowledge at the time of writing. If you are embarking on anything new get professional advice if required.

If you enjoyed this post and wish to create a capsule wardrobe, I can help you create one quickly and easily. Get started immediately with one of my personal styling services or book in for a complimentary consultation

  • Personal Styling Gift Vouchers – Save up, ask for them for gifts or put towards any of my services. This is the ideal way to afford a personal stylist whatever your budget!
  • Capsule Closet Success Membership – Receive a copy of the Seasonal Capsule Essentials Ebook twice a year worth $19 and gain access to the Capsule Closet Success Course worth $200. Join our private community for support and advice and submit questions every week and have them answered live in our weekly live check-in sessions. 
  • Premium Personal Styling – A personalised colour analysis and body shape style guide, a live wardrobe edit, a personal shopping and a curated Lookbook
  • Personal Styling – 
  • A personalised Colour Analysis, a Body Shape Analysis And Style Guide, a Live Wardrobe Edit
  • A wardrobe Edit – A 20-minute zoom call to discuss your needs and to highlight any particular problems you want to address in the wardrobe edit. A private Pinterest board to pin styles and colours you love. A 60 minutes live video wardrobe edit
  • Colour Analysis And Body Shape Styling –
  • The Capsule Closet Stylist Colour Analysis looks at the natural colouring in your hair, eyes and skin tone and shows how you can complement your natural colouring in your clothes. The Body Shape Style Guide teaches you how to make the most of your best assets, hide what you do not like, find clothes that complement your shape, and choose the perfect fit.

Still Not Sure?

Book a discovery call with me where we can discuss colour, style, decluttering, body shapes and much, much more.  I can identify where you most need help and point you in the right direction. 

**Please Note This Post Contains Affiliate Links

Capsule Closet Stylist is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Program, Shopstyle and LTK, affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn commission incomes by advertising and linking to 

Why not join my facebook community  of other people on a similar journey.

Or follow me on Youtube or Instagram

for lots of videos and image inspiration. 

Love a freebie? Sign up for my Capsule Wardrobe Guide Worth $40

I will send you lots of tips on creating the perfect wardrobe. I am a minimalist, so I promise I will not be bombarding you with emails. 

If you would like to support the show and help me create more content, you can do so here. Thank you in advance

Leave a Reply

More Articles

If you would like to support the blog and help me create more content, you can do so here. Thank you in advance

Download my FREE Capsule Wardrobe Planner Worth $40!!

Capsule Closet Success testimonials

'When you join the membership it isn't generic it is tailored to your needs. Michelle considers each individual person and provides advice and guidance based on their needs. I have learnt so much since I joined I feel like I could sit an exam on it now! Honestly, without a doubt if you feel like you are lost with what to wear, you don't know what suits your body shape or your shape has changed, you've lost confidence, you're starting a new job, or you want to minimise your wardrobe, Michelle's membership is without a doubt for you. You can not get better for the price, I have looked!'
I joined Michelle's facebook "capsule wardrobe challenge" in June 2020. I loved her approach of starting off with a concept of what colours and styles you were attracted to, followed by what your lifestyle required functionally. It helped me assess my existing wardrobe with a checklist in mind instead of feeling overwhelmed and indecisive. I found the video format and weekly check-ins easy to follow and explained each stage of building a capsule well. She has been quick to answer any queries I have and to offer her professional stylist's opinion with a gentle manner. I am most grateful for Michelle's overarching aim to help her clients "find their happy place". This membership is about being comfortable in your own skin, not about being super fashionable, and that is exactly what I needed. Thank you for helping me find my confidence again. 😊
There is no doubt in my mind that having a personal stylist online is worth the investment. In fact, at the end of the day I will spend considerably less while looking and feeling so much better. Why? Because I will never again mindlessly spend and spend and spend on clothes that just aren’t right for me and that don’t make me happy. I think we all dream of that wardrobe that makes us happy and confident, but it is so easy to just give up and just wear something. I know I did. And that is just plain crazy because I love clothes! I have always been attracted to styles that I lacked the confidence to try out. Now, with the help and guidance of Michelle, I can finally explore those styles with confidence knowing that whenever I run an item by Michelle, she will give me her honest feedback on whether or not it will fit with my colors and with how I want to look and feel. In short: Michelle’s advice really is priceless. I feel an A-lister in the garments I have purchased since becoming a member! Pssst: One secret, you don’t have to become a minimalist if you don’t want to. Michelle is not about legalistic minalism, she is all about you finding out what works for you and that – along with her very deep knowledge of style – is why I think her membership works for me when in the past nothing else has.

The Capsule Wardrobe Guide

Build a capsule wardrobe like a pro

Receive the latest news and FREE articles. 

woman holding clothes up looking happy
Subscribe & Get For A Limited Time Only!

10% off on Your First Purchase