Perhaps you own a clothing retail store or maybe just need to rearrange your closet. Whatever the situation, understanding universal clothing placement guidelines will help the look of your display and increase the life span of your clothes.


The secret to how clothes should be arranged lies in the sort of fabric each article contains. All of your clothes should be categorized according to the materials from which they are produced. Those articles manufactured from woven goods (for instance, Dockers or khakis) are almost always hung in the closet, but knitted clothing should be folded or stacked so as not to stretch. All slacks and casual pants should be draped over thick rounded hangers.


Clip hangers are also appropriate as the waists can be clipped so that the pants hang vertically in the closet. Blue jeans can also be stored or displayed in either of these methods. Clips are a better option because jeans, due to a usually thicker weave of material, crease when folded over a hanger. Shorts should be laid flat in drawers or on a display shelf.


The exceptions to this are silk or linen which commonly hang to prevent wrinkles in these fine materials. For upper body pieces, there are similar rules to consider. All sweaters and knits should be folded. Hangers do not bode well for these stretchable knots. This will require quite a lot of shelf space if you are displaying a winter collection or live in a colder climate but it is the only way to prevent adverse stretching or tears.


T-shirts can be both folded and hung, but when hanging these lighter garments be sure to remove the hanger from the underside to prevent stretching out the neck. When folded, T-shirts can be displayed on a table or stacked in a drawer. The previous guidelines are meant to serve for casual wear. Suits and formal wear should be hung at all times. If this is ever prevented for whatever reason, the material should be laid flat on a table or countertop to prevent wrinkles.


Dress shirts or blouses may be folded and pinned in the store for display, but in the home these easily wrinkled items remain on hangers. This will save on hours of ironing time.


Lastly, skirts and dresses should hang from the stitched loops inside the garment. Hanger groves or miniature hooks are good for display while hanging one loop in the large hanger hook will work better for more stable storage (depending on the style of the piece).


Don't let a misunderstanding in proper clothing storage ruin a display or the clothes themselves. Remember to buy hangers with thick and sturdy arms for hanging suit jackets. Wire hangers will not support the shape of your clothes.


Also, clothes should hang without restraint to prevent dust or more wrinkles. When all of these things are considered, your clothes, whether for retail or wearing, will have a longer and better-kept life.


About the Author:


Ron Maier is the owner of OnlyHangers, a leading provider of decorative coat hangers. For more information, please visit is the Vice President of S & L Store Fixtures, a leading online vendor of mannequins, mannequin torso, and retail store displays. For more information, please visit



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