The best all-purpose hangers are Bed Bath & Beyond’s Heavyweight Hangers a pack of 12. They’re sturdy and durable, and “perfect for a simple closet of t-shirts and button-ups,” says our writer who’s testing a full range of hangers for our soon-to-come guide. They also have an accessory strap for scarves, belts and other outfit accoutrements.
If you’ve got a lot of strappy tees and dresses, supplement the BB&B pick with this Closet Complete set of no-slip velvet hangers. The Closet Complete have a notch for tank tops and sleeveless dresses, which are liable to slip off the Heavyweight Hangers.
A quick word on proper hanging and the best way to get the most out of your hangers and the longest life from your clothing: For t-shirts, pull the t-shirt over the hanger, don’t stretch out the neckline. Button up at least every other button for button-ups, except for the top one, which creates a more natural-fitting hang. For dresses, make sure the shoulder seam sits flat on the hanger.