You & Your Clothes vs. Gravity and Bugs
There are two main forces that’ll do the most damage to your clothes. Gravity, and Bugs. Moths or the more common carpet beetle work quick. All it takes is open access to the garment and insects can turn your favorite suit into lunch. Gravity on the other hand works slow. Hang that blazer up on the wrong hanger and the unrelenting 9.8 m/s2 force will pull it to pieces like a medieval prisoner on the rack.
Protect the investment that is your wardrobe with these four must have items:
It’s not the best idea to keep your suits in that garbage-bag like plastic garment bag they came in from the store. Those tear easily, and that will let the bugs in. Those bags also don’t breathe. At all. So if you zip up a sweated up/drink-spilled-on suit following a night of drunken debauchery, the next time you open up that bag it’ll smell like someone died in your suit that night. You want something like the above. An oxford style fabric that breathes but also keeps dust and bugs out.
You wouldn’t come home and toss your suit on the floor would you? Frankly, it’s better on the floor than hanging on a wire or plastic hanger. Gravity works slow, but unless you have some wide shoulder suit hangers like these, the lack of surface area on a standard hanger will destroy your jacket. Invest in a few. One for each suit coat, blazer, and wool over coat.
You want your clothes to be moisture and bug free. Hang one of these up between each of your suits and your closet will be protected against both. If the smell starts to fade, lightly sand and it’ll come right back. An 11-pack for under $16 should be plenty.
They’re a bit of a luxury, but if you’d rather not deal with the slight wrinkles those cardboard covered wire pants hangers can cause, these are the answer. Clip your waistband to the hanger and you’ll never look like you were folded at the knees ever again.