By hanging dress shirts properly you can avoid the creation of new wrinkles and help yourself save time on ironing and dry cleaning. 

I use these tips and tricks myself in order to keep my dress shirts looking their best, so that when I need to wear them, they are ready. 

Some of the most important things to consider when hanging a dress shirt is the type of hanger it is hanging on, as well as how much space there is between hangers. Try not to use wire hangers, and try not to cram too many dress shirts into a small closet or close space. 

A well-fitting dress shirt is important for looking stylish. If you are looking for a new dress shirt and aren’t sure which size to get, be sure to learn about how a dress shirt should fit. 

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How To Hang A Dress Shirt

How To Hang A Dress Shirt

Total Time: 5 min

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Use the 5 tips and tricks below to properly hang a dress shirt. Using these methods will help keep your shirt flat, wrinkle free, and ready to wear. 

1. Hang up directly after ironing

In order to prevent dress shirts from becoming wrinkled again, make sure to hang your dress shirt immediately after it has been ironed. This may seem obvious, but failing to hang the shirt right after ironing will lead to the creation of more wrinkles, and you may have to iron the shirt once again.

If you are washing and ironing dress shirts yourself, be sure to read our guide on how to wash dress shirts as well as the article how to iron dress shirts.

this is a photo of a dress shirt on an ironing board

2. Use the proper hanger

It is best to use a wooden or plastic hanger to hang your dress shirts. Avoid using wire hangers since they are too thin and will cause problems around the shoulders and yoke area of the shirt. 

The ideal hanger should be wide, but not so wide that it extends past the point where the shoulder meets the sleeve. If your dress shirt is made from heavy fabric and has some weight to it, it becomes even more important that you use the correct hanger.  

Using a shabby hanger might not ruin your dress shirt, but it will cause wrinkles and pouting, which will require more ironing and care before wearing. 

this is a photo of a proper hanger to hang a dress shirt on

3. Adjust the yoke

(Note: The yoke is the panel of fabric that is situated behind your collar and goes over the tops of your shoulders)

When hanging your shirt, it is because to begin when the shirt is hanging on the actual hanger. Do not try to hold the hanger in one hand or with your chin as you place the shirt over top. Hang the hanger on a knob or in your wardrobe, and then begin placing your shirt overtop. 

While your shirt is on the hanger, adjust the yoke to make sure that it is even on both sides, and that there is no extra fabric bunched up on the top. If the shirt is uneven, it will lead to the formation of wrinkles and you will likely need to iron it once again before wearing. 

Once the shirt has been hung correctly, adjust and turn down the collar, and make sure the buttons around the collar are fastened. 

this is a photo of a shirts yoke not adjusted properly
this is a photo of a shirts yoke adjusted properly

4. Button the shirt

The most important part of hanging your shirt is making sure the buttons are done correctly. 

Firstly, be sure that the top collar button is fastened so that the shirt will be in no danger of falling off. Secondly, to avoid the creation of wrinkles, fasten at least every other button down the front placket of the shirt, and more preferably, fasten each and every button. 

The buttons around the cuffs of your shirt should also be fastened. 

this is a photo of a shirt buttoned properly when hung up

5. Leave space between hangers

Be sure not to store the dress shirts too closely together while in the closet, as this may lead to wrinkles on the shirt as well as creases around the collar area. Leave 1 or 2 inches (3 to 6cm) of free space between the hooks on each hanger to make sure each garment has sufficient space between them. 

If you don’t have enough space to hang all of your shirts and need to fold some, please refer to how to fold dress shirts to learn all the best practices. 

this is a photo of proper space left between two shirts hanging

Follow our other ‘dress shirt’ focused articles to help make your dress shirt do what you want.

Also, check out our other guides on hanging each piece of clothing properly.

FAQ

Use plastic and wooden hangers instead of wire hangers. Make sure the yoke and shoulders are even and the top collar button is done up. Fasten the buttons down the placket and leave 1 to 2 inches of apace in between each hanger. 

It is better to hang dress shirts. Folding a dress shirt will lead to the creation of wrinkles. When given the option, always choose to hang your dress shirt. 

Dress shirts should be hung. To properly hang a dress shirt use plastic and wooden hangers instead of wire hangers. Make sure the yoke and shoulders are even and the top collar button is done up. Fasten the buttons down the placket and leave 1 to 2 inches of apace in between each hanger. 

To hang dry dress shirts use plastic and wooden hangers instead of wire hangers. Make sure the yoke and shoulders are even and the top collar button is done up. Fasten the buttons down the placket and leave 1 to 2 inches of apace in between each hanger. Store out of direct sunlight in a place with good airflow until dry.