It’s NYFW, which means new clothes. And here at Style Chicks, we agree with Joan Crawford: No Wire Hangers Ever!
Why did wire hangers make Ms. Crawford so angry? Because despite dry cleaners using wire hangers, the wire doesn’t do your clothes any favors, especially for structured garments, silks and knitwear. The thin unsupported, ill-shaped wire shape can tear tiny fibers, not to mention snag other items in your closet. Even relatively lightweight garments can have heavier detailing such as beading, sequins, buttons, embroidery or pleating.
WHY USE ALL PURPOSE NATURAL WOODEN HANGERS
Wood hangers allow the weight of the garment to be distributed more evenly, protecting delicate fabrics from weakening. An all-purpose wooden hanger, such as this set, has a wood rod across the bottom. It is intended to hold pants such heavy denim, thick material dress pants, draping items such as saris, pashminas, long flowing sarongs, scarves, and wraps. It can also be used to fold-over longer garments. This all-purpose hanger can withstand the weight of a heavier item such as a suit, coat, or outerwear. A quality wood hanger, such as this Home-It Wood Hanger, have a nice contoured curve to the back of the hanger that keeps the shape of the shoulder line and collar intact. Some wooden hangers have a few flaws including the potential for splinters, bending, exposed nails or staples or breakage. We were pleased to see none of these flaws in the Home-It Hangers; rather they have some nice extra features.
Several nice features to these hangers: they are sturdy enough to hold a heavy winter coat. They have a contour curved back to hold the line of blazers and suit jackets. They have generous notches for holding loops, and these notches have been sanded smooth to avoid snags. Something I especially like about these hangers is an etched tractioned tube the bottom bar that holds slacks/pants, this keeps the garment free of snags but helps prevent the pants from slipping off the hanger itself.
I like that there is enough room to layer scarves, ties or accessories with coats, blazers, and jackets without wrinkling them.
Free of silvers or wood irregularities, there is a smooth, shellac finish to prevent snags from tiny slivers. The wood pieces are fitted well with no protruding nails or metal bindings. The metal hanging hook can swivel around without becoming loose. These are large enough for a man’s suit but fit well with my suits, blazers, and coats.
Some hangers look good but can’t sustain holding heavier items without bending or cracking. We ran two tests: dropping the hanger and hanging the heaviest coats we could find on it to see if the hanger would break, crack or bend. Dropping the hanger on a wood floor did not cause it to break, chip, splinter or dent. The hanger did not cave under the weight of holding a heavy, full-length, lined wool coat, and it held up to bundling TWO thick winter coats on the same hanger. The bar, intended for pants, was also able to sustain the weight of a winter coat. It also did not scratch or snag more delicate fabric suits or suit linings.
CONCLUSION: We find these to be high-quality in construction and usability. The enclosed, stable pants rod on the bottom has an overlayer tubing to provide traction from slipping without snagging delicate fabrics. We were very happy to have this set of quality hangers in time for the fall and winter season and immediately put them into use.
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I received this product for testing and review purposes. If you have any questions about my experience with it, leave it in the comments section below, and I’ll do my best to answer it!