Should dress shirts be folded or should they be hung?
I just can’t take a side here because each of them serve their own purpose. Let me go into the details here.
Here are the advantages of hanging up your shirt and folding a shirt.
ADVANTAGES OF HANGING DRESS SHIRTS
If you hang up your shirt, you know that it’s going to be dry, and why is this important?
Because most shirts are made out of cotton and if you put away a shirt damp or wet or there’s somehow moisture getting into your drawer, you will get mildew and it will eat and destroy the cotton. It’s one of the few things.
You don’t have to worry about moths with cotton, but you do have to worry about mildew. So if your shirt is hanging up there, most likely it’s going to be dry.
If the shirt just came back from the cleaners or you just ironed it and it looks great for the week, you put it on a hanger and most likely, unless your three-year-old gets a hold of it and pulls it down and uses it as a blanket, it is going to stay wrinkle-free, so another great reason to put it on the hanger.
Easier to sort through
Let’s say you’ve got a jacket. You want to see, “Okay, I really want to wear this jacket or this tie,” and you can then hold it up to all of the shirts looking through your wardrobe, so there’s another reason.
Easier to put away
Let’s say you wear this shirt for an hour, a couple of hours, and it’s perfectly clean.
You take it off, easily put it back on the hanger. That takes a couple of seconds.
ADVANTAGES OF FOLDING DRESS SHIRTS
Why would you want to then fold your shirts and put them away? Are you guys ready for this? Okay.
If you’re going to fold your shirts and you’re going put them away, these are the advantages:
No stress on the points
Speaking of, if you want your shirt to last longer, you don’t want it to hang on a hanger because eventually, hangers are going to form indentions on your shirt.
Even though cotton does kind of go back over time, you will start to get little points there. It takes a long time for that to happen, but it can happen.
Less closet space
Not all of us have walk-in closets. A lot of us have just chest drawers and we don’t have as much room to hang up our shirts, so by folding them, you take up a lot less room in your wardrobe.
Easier to pack
If it’s already folded, if you travel a lot and your shirts are all folded, you could pick them and quickly put them in your suitcase. You don’t have to spend time folding them
Those are the big advantages of folded versus hung. I’d like to hear from you guys. This is a pretty hot debate. Keep it civil there in the comments.
One thing I would like to hit on is to avoid wire hangers. Avoid wire hangers.
I didn’t really touch on suit hangers, but for shirts, most hangers are going to be fine. I use a wood cedar hanger that’s made specifically for shirts and not only do I use it because it’s cedar and it helps give my closet a nice smell, but I also like that it’s got a little bit thicker area for the shoulders.
I also like that it’s got the metal hook, whenever I’m traveling, I actually use a garment bag and I can then take them.
For most men actually, plastic hangers are going to work fine especially if you let your shirts. You pull them out of the washer and you just put them on the hanger to let them dry.
The plastic is fine. Sometimes if the wood has got a bit of coloring, it could transfer to a light colored dress shirt, so be careful when you’re letting your shirts dry that you don’t have them on a colored wood hanger.
All right. That’s all I can think of. I’d love to see what you guys want to add in the comments. Don’t forget, if you’ve got more questions on men’s style, go to our website, Men’s Style Q&A.