How to care for your clothes – using the right hangers

By 22 January 2019 February 12th, 2019 Wardrobe Organisation
Picture: Are you taking care of your clothes?

As you might know from one of my previous posts: Personal Stylist Myths Busted – What I really think when you show me your wardrobe, I‘m not fussed about the type of clothes or the amount of clothes in your wardrobe. However, I do worry when your wardrobe contains everything but the kitchen sink!

Let me be clear: your clothes should be the only items calling your wardrobe their home.

If your clothes could give you a five star rating for their accomodation, how would you really fare?

Use the right hangers

One of the biggest wardrobe sins in my books is to leave clothes on dry cleaner hangers. You know the flimsy metal ones, the ones that leave your knitwear bruised and your satin scratched. I hate those with a passion!

You will find much greater joy from using unified velvet covered hangers with flexible metal hooks (preferably all in the same colour, but that‘s just my personal preference). If your clothes can‘t slip off the hanger into the abyss of the bottom of the wardrobe, they‘ll actually be at your disposal when you need them. And did I mention that they will keep their shape and look fab for longer when they live on a decent hanger?

Be sure to use wooden hangers with wider wings and a curved back for your coats, jackets, and blazers. The curved back mirrors your neck bone, so it‘s essential to place your jackets the right way round just as they would sit on your shoulders to keep them in shape.

For skirts, I absolutely love clippy hangers. You can ask to keep these when you buy clothes at a store. Their life expectancy is a little shorter due to the materials used , but nothing puts my skirts better on display than these babies.

Usually it‘s empty hangers that cause the most havok in a wardrobe and make it look abandoned. So, clear out the empty hangers you don‘t need, get rid of the metal ones from your dry cleaner and hang your clothes all facing the same way (unless you are in the middle of my Hanger Test, then ignore this last bit).messy_wardrobe

Arrangement by type

You might be tempted to keep complete outfits hanging together to remind you how to put different clothes together. Whilst that looks like a quick win in the short term, it will restrict your options when planning new outfits using your existing pieces. I also noticed that clients who use this method often buy the same items again and again because they forget that they already have a black top (navy cardigan, blue jeans, [insert your most common repeat buy here]).

I‘d challenge you to trust yourself and your wardrobe more. With a little practice you‘ll be able to mix and match what you already have, saving you money and keeping your look fresh and versatile. Especially if you are staying within your colour profile, your wardrobe will be full of opportunities to be really creative when you build new outfits.

To make your life easier, keep all blazers together, all skirts together, all tops together etc, to be absolutely clear on what‘s available. This approach will save you so much space in your wardrobe, because the various hanger types won‘t be clashing against each other. More importantly, you‘ll be able to see what you have and navigate your garment categories with ease. The truth is that unless you can easily see and access an item, you simply won‘t wear it. And you know what happens to clothes you no longer wear

Plus, it just looks so neat and pretty when you open your wardrobe doors, doesn‘t it?

A great wardrobe is a bit of give and take

I believe that clothes can only make you feel good if they feel good in the first place. I know this sounds a little woo woo, but it‘s a very simple principle of give and take. Your input determines the output. That applies to your wardrobe too, especially when you want to include your clothes in your business strategy as part of your personal brand. If things currently feel overwhelming and you don‘t know where to start, let‘s have a chat to see how I can help.

One Comment

  • Dara says:

    I completely agree. I would add that it’s important to find hangers that are not too big (i.e. the ends poke into the sleeves causing ugly bulges). It can be hard for womenswear as most standard hangers are designed for menswear. If possible find hangers that are 38cm wide rather than the standard 40 or 42cm.

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