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A Detailed Guide to Sizing Your Suit Hangers

A Detailed Guide to Sizing Your Suit Hangers

The width of your hanger is the most overlooked but crucial detail to taking care of your suit jackets. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your clothing, and the same should be true when it comes to your wooden hangers. Considering garments inevitably spend more time in the closet than on your shoulders, it is easy to understand why a proper suit or jacket hanger is so important.


THE GUY IN THE NEXT OFFICE wears a size 36S suit, while you wear a 42R, so why do you use the same sized hangers? The Hanger Project recognizes that a premium suit deserves a premium suit hanger. Founded in 2006 by Kirby Allison, this Dallas-based company offers three different width options, each with 2.5-inch shoulder flares that ensure the jacket is fully filled out on each end.

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The sizing principle for suits and jacket hangers is simple: the hanger should extend all the way to–but not beyond–the point where the shoulder meets the sleeve (the jacket’s sleeve head). The most accurate method of sizing your hanger is to measure directly across the back (the point-to-point measurement). However, we have developed a sizing approximation using standard U.S. jacket sizes. See the below illustration on sizing the perfect Suit Hanger.



The most important consideration when choosing the size of your Jacket Hanger is that it is better for it to be too small, than too larger. If the hanger extends beyond the sleeve head, it can disrupt the drape of the sleeve. Even if your luxury suit hanger is 1/2″ to 3/4″ short on each side, the 2.5″ shoulder flares combined with the full contour will still provide better support than your jackets ever dreamed.

Our Premium Suit Hangers come in four widths: 15.5″, 17.0″, 18.5″, and 20.0″. Our 20.0″ Premium Suit Hanger is an exceptionally large suit hanger perfect for professional athletes and other gentlemen with particularly broad shoulders.