Welcome to our article on the best ways to hang your dress pants. 

Hanging your dress pants correctly will ensure they are wrinkle-free when you have the next special event to dress up for. Save yourself the time of needing to iron away the wrinkles and hang them correctly the first time. Unlike hanging jeans, where there is more lee-way.

Be sure to hang your dress pants when you are done wearing them and DO NOT fold them.

Table of Contents

  • Fastest way to hang dress pants: Standard dress pants hanging
  • Best way to hang dress pants: Savile Row fold

How To Hang Dress Pants

Allow these four options to help you show up to the next event looking crisp in your suit. These hanging methods are put in order of effectiveness for keeping your dress pants ready to wear at a moment’s notice.

How To Hang Dress Pants

Savile Row Fold

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

this is a photo of the savile row fold

1. Use a standard hanger for savile row fold

Get a standard clothes hanger. One that looks like a triangle has two diagonal bars and a horizontal bar at the bottom. This method is the best for dress pants.

this is a photo of standard clothing hanger

2. Hold dress pants by the pant-leg cuff

Hold the dress pants upside down by cuffs. Your thumbs should be touching the inseams, and your fingers should touch the outseams. Finally, the inseams should be facing each other.

this is a photo of tall paul holding dress pants by the cuff

3. Place the hanger between the dress pant legs

Place the hanger between the pant legs. It might be easier to place the hanger on a rod first. The horizontal bar should be between the two pant legs. You should still be holding the pants by the cuffs.

this is a photo of tall paul placing a hanger between dress pant legs

4. Drape one dress pant leg across the horizontal bar

Drape one leg across the horizontal bar. Pull the leg through the hanger, and fold it across the bar.

this is a photo of tall paul draping one dress pant leg over the horizontal bar of a clothing hanger

5. Tug the dress pant leg down

Tug the leg down, so the cuff touches the crotch part of the pants. Let go of the cuff.

6. Drape the dress pant leg over the first one

Drape the other leg over the first one. Pull the other leg through the hanger and drape it across the horizontal bar. Tug the leg down until the dress pants hang evenly.

this is a photo of tall paul draping the dress pant leg over the firt leg
this is a photo of how to do the savile row fold on dress pants

Clamping pants hanger

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

this is a photo of dress pants in a clamping pants hanger

1. Use a clamping pants hanger

Get a clamping pants hanger. These are usually made of wood, consisting of two horizontal bars that pull together. They are ideal for suit pants.

this is a photo of a clamping pants hanger

2. Fold the dress pants in half vertically

Fold the dress pants in half vertically. The hand pockets should be on the inside, and the seat of the pants should be on the outside.

this is a photo of dress pants folded in half vertically

3. Open the clamping pants hanger

Open the hanger. Grip the hook part of the hanger and pull it towards you. The two horizontal bars should open up.

this is a photo of clamping pants hanger being opened

4. Place the dress pant cuffs between the bars

Place the cuffs between the bars and pull them down. You will hang the dress pants by the legs, not by the waist. This is because bulky things, such as buttons and zippers, get in the way. They prevent the hanger from closing together all the way.

this is a photo of dress pants between the bars

5. Close the clamping pants hanger

Close the hanger and place it in your closet. Push the hook part back down towards the hanger and away from you.

this is a photo of the clamping pants hanger bar being closed on the dress pants

Hanger with clips 

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

this is a photo of a hanger with clips for dress pants

1. Use a hanger with clips

Get a hanger with clips attached to it. These hangers are suitable for dress pants, but they may leave some imprints unless you use cushioning (such as index cards).

this is a photo of a hanger with clips

2. Clips the dress pants by the waistband

Clip the dress pants by the waistband to the hanger. Each clip should be about 1 inch (2.54 centimetres) away from the outside edge of the waistband. The clips on most hangers are adjustable. They can slide across the bar back and forth. Move the clips around as necessary.

this is a photo of clipping dress pants by the waistband to a clipped hanger

3. Fold dress pants in half vertically if too wide

If your dress pants are too wide for your hanger, fold them in half vertically. If you do not have a lot of vertical space in your closet, fold your pants in half vertically, then horizontally. You will be clipping them by the knee part.

this is a photo of dress pants folded in half vertically hang

Standard dress pants hanging

Total Time: 3 min

Cost: $0

this is a photo of standard dress pants hanging

1. Use a standard clothes hanger

Grab a standard clothes hanger. A classic clothes hanger is shaped like a triangle. It has two diagonal bars and a horizontal bar at the bottom.

this is a photo of a standard clothes hanger

2. Fold dress pants in half vertically

Fold the dress pants in half vertically. Make sure the hand pockets are on the inside, and the seat of the dress pants is on the outside.

this is a photo of dress pants folded in half vertically to be hung

3. Hook the hanger over something stable

Hook your hanger over something stable, such as a closet rod or lip of a door frame. Doing so will allow you to use both hands for the hanging process.

this is a photo of tall paul hanging the hanger on a door frame

4. Drape the dress pants over the hanger

Slip the dress pants through the hanger, and drape them across the bar by the leg part. The waistband should be touching the cuffs.

this is a photo of tall paul draping the dress pant legs over the hanger

5. Tug on the dress pants until even

If you notice the dress pants slipping off the hanger, you must adjust them. Either tug on the waistband or the ankles. Do this until the pants hang across the bar without slipping.

Follow our other guides to properly hang the rest of your wardrobe.

FAQ

The best way to hand dress pants so they don’t wrinkle is to use the Savile Row Fold. A specific way to fold your dress pants, so they do not wrinkle or fall off the hanger at any time while being stored.

The only way to store your dress pants is to hang them. The ability for wrinkles to occur when folding your dress pants isn’t worth it. Grab a hanger and do the Savile Row Fold to hang your pants.

Yes, not only can you hang your pants on hangers, but this should be the only way you put away your pants. Especially dress pants.