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These felt hangers help me create desperately needed closet space

Who knew hangers could have a cult following?
by Chrissy Callahan /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Confession: I have an embarrassing collection of hangers. Pretty pink ones, glossy blue ones, simple black ones from online orders — I’ve got them all. And though my collection rivals that of a Target, I’ve never given much thought to them. They’ve always been a mainstay in my closet, sure, but I’ve always paid more attention to the clothes on them than the hangers themselves.

Hangers on rack

In my all-too frequent shopping trips (I like to browse, OK?), I’ve often come across what I like to call “fancy-schmancy hangers” — you know, the ones with pearls or made of luxe materials, etc. — but I’ve never felt drawn to them. That is, until recently.

I’d heard of Joy Mangano’s Huggable Hangersbefore and had seen imitation brands all over the place, but I’d never tried them myself. I first heard of Mangano a few years ago when Jennifer Lawrence starred in a movie about the entrepreneur and inventor’s life, and was inspired by her story. Her brand has somewhat of a cult following, and she's known for taking simple items and making them more user-friendly for the everyday woman. I was intrigued to find out what her Huggable Hangers were all about.

Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers, $20 for 20 pack, Amazon

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Normally $21, 6 percent discount

53 reviews, 4 star rating

These hangers are also available at:

  • HSN, $24 for 24 pack (4,564 reviews, 4.7 star rating)
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond, $9 for a 10 pack (30 reviews, 4.5 star rating)
  • Macy's, $60 for 40 pack (134 reviews, 5 star rating)

I started by trying the purple chrome-handle variety and immediately noticed their velvety finish. They’re soft and luxe, and a lot more elegant than your run-of-the-mill hanger. Plus, they were noticeably thinner than others I’ve used. Space is always at a premium in my closet, so anything that creates more room is always welcome.

I initially thought the velvet material was there for cosmetic reasons, but it actually serves a useful purpose: The texture grips onto your clothes so they don't slip to the floor. Slinky dresses or silky blouses that would typically slide right off the hanger now stay on firmly in place. And don't let the thin shape fool you; these hangers are sturdier than others I’ve used. Even my boyfriend noticed their value right away!

At less than $20 for a pack of 20 on Amazon, Huggable Hangers combine fashion and function. And if something as small as a hanger can brighten up my daily routine, I’m down to try it. It’s the little things in life, right?

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If you want to learn more about Joy, her debut book, "Inventing Joy", premiered on HSN November 4th, 2017.

This article was originally published on October 9, 2017 on TODAY.com.

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