Hangers and Things You Hang Onto: #30folds30days, Straight Stair Fold, Day 22

I was a pretty forgetful kid. I don’t know if that’s just a normal kid thing, or something particular to me. My head was in the clouds and on other things. Consequently, I lost stuff sometimes. Or a lot.

But when I was eight years old, my father gave me his swiss army knife that he had from when he was a kid. For whatever reason, somehow, I managed to hold onto it through the first few months I had it. Then the first few years. Then a couple camping trips. That’s not to say I didn’t lose other things in this time. Including another swiss army knife, several pairs of glasses, some jewelry, and other fairly meaningful things. But this one I held on to. Through college, law school, numerous moves, and a few girlfriends.

But this knife I managed to keep. Still to this day I have it. Through it, I learned that if I hold on to something, and take care of it, it comes to mean something. And I feel good about being able to hold on to it. To take care of it. One day I’ll pass it on to my kid. And hopefully, he won’t lose it.

Clothes, can be a lot like that. You can have a favorite shirt, pair of shoes, or suit that you hold onto, and take care of, until it literally becomes part of your identity. Hang onto them, and they’ll become a part of you, as much as your wardrobe.

So, in the theme of hanging on to things, today we’re going to talk about hangers. There’s a few things to keep in mind when storing clothes. First, don’t hang knits. Sweaters and other knits should not be hung. The shoulders will stretch and it will ruin your lovely (and expensive) cashmere, wool, or other blend.

Second, there are levels to your hangers.

The wire hanger is your most basic. It’s sharp edges and thin lines will mis-shapen your shirts, but it is the most conpact of hangers, and your dry cleaners gives them away. But there’s a reason. Aside from mis-shaping your clothes, and getting tangled, the wire hanger can rust and stain your clothes if exposed to moisture. Unless they have the cardboard bottom, they’re of very little use. The one’s with the cardboard bottom can be used to hang pants.

The basic plastic hanger is the next level up, its shape and angle is still not exactly idea for the hanging of shirts, but it beats a wire hanger, and is less likely to do damage. They are more bulky than wire hangers, but these are the most practical and inexpensive choice.

There are plastic clip hangers for your pants as well. Make sure you hang them from the bottom hem. Do not fold them in half and hang them from the middle of the pant. This will create an ugly wrinkle and imprint in the middle of your pants.

Then you have your curved plastic hangers, which more conform to the shape of the shirt, and may even rotate, so you can make sure all your hangers are facing the right way and avoid any confusion.

Then you have velvet hangers, which you can use for nice shirts, and in a pinch, a suit. I wouldn’t recommend for a suit, but I definitely wouldn’t use and of the previously mentioned hangers to hang your suit.

Finally, the best hanger is the wooden suit hanger. This is what you should have for all your suits. It’ll hold its shape, absorb moisture from the suit in some cases, and is more befitting of your finest threads.

Today’s fold is the straight stair fold. A variation on the Three stairs fold earlier. This one creates the different lines or stairs, straight across, rather than diagonally. Which I suppose doesn’t make them stairs, but that’s okay.

1. Start with a large square. You need a lot of material for this fold.

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2. Fold in half horizontally.

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3. Fold in half horizontally again.

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4. Fold up the bottom to make a crease.

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5. See the crease here. you can also fold up and back.

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6. I prefer simply grabbing the material and pulling in to make the crease, like so.

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7. You should now have your three levels. You can do four if you want as well, same basic idea.

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8. Grab by the middle of the fold to pick up, pinching the creases together.

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9. And fold in half. It is now ready for your pocket.

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10. Place into your pocket with the end of the fold with the edges of the square facing the lapel, so it can mask them somewhat.

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I really like this fold. Elegant but interesting. A great fold for when you want to add a bit of intrigue to your business attire. Questions or guidance needed: Seamus@smkstyle.com

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