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How to Hang Dresses

by Lisa S. Kramer, studioD

Most women have a variety of dresses in their wardrobe. To prevent wrinkles and maintain the shape of your dresses, hang them up with an appropriate hanger in your closet or on a clothing rack. You typically will not be able to use the same type of hanger to hang up all your dresses. Instead, you will need to use different types of hangers to accommodate various dress styes and materials.

Sort through your hangers and dispose of any wire hangers, such as the ones you receive free at the dry cleaners, as they can misshape or stain your dresses. Also dispose of any flimsy plastic hangers that can easily break.

Decide upon the appropriate type of hanger for your dresses based on their style and fabric.

Select sturdy wooden hangers for dresses made out of heavy materials such as thick wool or leather.

Dresses made of delicate fabrics such as satin, velvet, silk, taffeta and chiffon are best when hung on padded hangers.

Check the inside of your dresses for tiny loops of fabric known as "hanger helpers" or "garment straps" that the dress manufacture may have sewn into the inside top of the dress, to be used for hanging up the dress. If your dress has these special hanging straps, hang on a notched hanger.

If your dress does not have these straps, or is strapless, it can be a hassle to manually sew them in. Instead, you can hang up a strapless dress using a clamp hanger with padded clamps.

Hang fragile, expensive, or otherwise important dresses in a garment bag to protect the dresses from moisture, dust, bugs and stains.

Select wood hangers or heavy-guage, plastic tubular hangers for your more casual dresses made out or cotton or other lightweight materials.

After hanging your dresses on their appropriate hangers, you may want to organize your dresses by style, fabric, occasion, season or color.

Items you will need
  •  Wood or plastic hangers
  •  Padded hangers
  •  Notched hangers
  •  Garment bags


  • Be sure all your dresses are clean before hanging them up in your closet, since dirty clothing can attract bugs and mildew, which can ruin clothing
  • Evenly space your hangers on your closet rod to create an aesthetically-pleasing, organized look.


  • Do not hang knit dresses on hangers, especially for a prolonged period of time, as it may leave the dress stretched out and misshapen. Instead, carefully fold your knit dresses and store them on a shelf or in a drawer.

About the Author

Lisa S. Kramer is a licensed attorney practicing civil litigation and estates and trusts law in southern Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude. Kramer earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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