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Should I Use Wooden Hangers

wooden clothing hangers

You open your wardrobe and are faced with the prospect of a rainbow of plastic hangers mixed in with some wired versions you received from the dry cleaners. How do your clothes look? Probably tired and a little dishevelled. Upgrading your wardrobe accessories can not only improve your opinion of the clothes you own but also increase their longevity of wear.

We have mentioned in the past that gentleman should invest in shoe trees for their formal shoes, but they should also hang all their clothes with wooden hangers.

Maintain Shape Of Clothes

Especially with sweaters, wired hangers can create indents on the shoulders of your garments which will show when worn. Wired and plastic hangers also do not allow your clothes to hang naturally meaning they can become misshapen over time.

Remove Clothing Moisture

Natural wooden hangers will wick away moisture from a man’s suit after a long day of business and client meetings.

Saves Ironing

Ok, this is pushing it a little. But using wooden hangers will mean creases are more likely to fall out of your clothing, so in theory reducing the need for men to iron.

Wardrobe Aesthetics

It might be my slight OCD but there is a real sense of pride when I open my wardrobe to my clothes all uniform and hung immaculately. It gives the look of a high end boutique, and adds a real sense of luxury to getting dressed in the morning.

What Size Hanger?

This depends on the different garments being hung, but a rule of thumb is that they should be 15-20 inches in length from end to end. The width should half and inch, as any bigger or smaller won’t allow the sleeves to hang naturally. Make the hanger thicker for jackets and suits. The brand you choose should have specific ranges for suiting to choose from.


Again if you have bought a suit of £200-£300+ then investing another £20 in a good hanger shouldn’t be ignored. For typical shirt and sweater hangers then look at a budget of £1-£2 per hanger.

Where To Buy

There are a variety of suppliers on the market for the different levels of spend. Here are a few below:


The Hanger Project

The Container Store

Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.

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