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How to Hang Your Pants to Prevent Wrinkling

Some of the most sustainable fabrics, such as organic cotton, linen, and hemp, are also the most prone to wrinkles. Although pants made from these fabrics should always be hung rather than folded, it can be hard to do so without creating unnecessary wrinkles. But, now you have the tips and tricks you need to ensure your favorite pants are ready to wear straight off the hanger.

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Hanging up a shirt is very straightforward, but hanging up a pair of pants can be another thing entirely. Especially if you have a delicate pair of pants that wrinkles easily.

If you are environmentally conscious, you want all of your garments to last as long as possible. Storing them with care and hanging them properly increases their longevity.

Different Types of Hangers

The first step in hanging pants correctly is choosing the correct hanger. The best hanger is one that allows pants to rest securely on the hanger in a way that is gentle on the fabric.

The Wire Hanger

a pile of wire hangers

If you are looking for the best pants hanger, skip wire hangers altogether. Wire hangers don't have the strength to support the weight of pants, and such structural failure will result in sagging hangers and wrinkled pants. These hangers also have sharp edges, risking an accidental rip or tear.

The Classic Hanger

When you think of a clothes hanger, the first image that comes to mind is likely the classic hanger. The classic hanger can come in different colors and different materials - wood, plastic, metal, velvet, or satin. The classic hanger is a better choice for supporting the weight of pants, but depending on the hanger’s material, pants may easily slip off. If you want to use a classic hanger to hang pants, keep reading to learn how to prevent pants from slipping off.

The Clip and Clamp Hangers

Typically made of plastic or wood, clip and clamp hangers allow your pants to hang without folding. These hangers are affordable and offer the best protection against wrinkles. But keep in mind, if you plan on using this type of hanger, make sure the hanger's clip or clamp can hold the weight of your pants.

a clip and clamp hanger

How to Hang Pants Properly

After selecting what type of hanger you will use, here are a few tips for hanging your pants correctly.

Consider the Pants’ Fabric

Some fabrics are more forgiving than others when it comes to hanging. For example, jeans can be folded over the bar of a classic hanger, and you can be confident they will still look good the next day. However, dress pants require more care to avoid having a wrinkled mess.

Don’t Store Dress Pants in a Drawer

Folding dress pants causes noticeable creasing that may be hard to iron out. Hanging up dress pants on an appropriate hanger will save you time and frustration.

Hanging Pants on a Classic Hanger

When using a standard hanger, use this 4-step method to keep pants from sliding off.

  1. Lay pants down on a flat surface with the seams gathered together.
  2. Place the bottom of the hanger between the pant legs.
  3. Pull one pant leg through the hanger until the hem is even with the crotch of the pant.
  4. Lay the pant leg on the hanger back down, and fold the second pant leg over the first and through the hanger.

You can see this and alternative methods in action in our video here…..

Hanging Pants with a Clip or Clamp Hanger

When using a clip or a clamp hanger, it’s important that the clip or clamp is strong enough to support the weight of the pants. Follow these steps to hang pants on these hangers:

  1. Depending on the size of your clip hanger, you may need to fold the pants vertically to fit them on the hanger.
  2. Place the clip about an inch away from the outside edge of the waistband. Most clips are mobile, so you can slide them across the hanger to the appropriate location.
  3. If the pants are made of delicate fabric, such as leather, consider placing index cards beneath the clips for protection.

FAQs

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1. Is it better to hang or fold pants?

It is always better to hang dress pants, rather than to fold them. When pants are hung on an appropriate hanger, they are protected from creasing, wrinkling, and other damage. Jeans, however, can be folded and placed in a drawer or on a shelf and will not wrinkle.

2. How do you hang pants?

There is more than one way to hang pants, just as there is more than one type of hanger you can use. Hanging pants keeps them wrinkle-free, tear-free, and damage-free. When hanging pants, follow the tips and tricks outlined above to extend the longevity of your clothes.

3. How do you hang pants with clip hangers?

Using clip hangers to hang pants is one of the safest ways to store them. Clip hangers prevent wrinkles by allowing pants to hang straight when not being worn. The clips should be placed about an inch away from edges of the pants, and index cards can be placed underneath the clips when hanging delicate pieces.

Some of the most sustainable fabrics, such as organic cotton, linen, and hemp, are also the most prone to wrinkles. Although pants made from these fabrics should always be hung rather than folded, it can be hard to do so without creating unnecessary wrinkles. But, now you have the tips and tricks you need to ensure your favorite pants are ready to wear straight off the hanger.

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