Garment bags aren’t just something you see hanging in your grandma’s closet to keep her clothes from getting dusty. They’re useful to everyone!
Since there are so many variations of this handy dandy storage bag, we will be highlighting the top picks for you on our list below.
Some have wheels, some fold and others are large enough for your six year old to play hide and seek in (better that he doesn’t, though).
You’ll find out which is the best garment bag for your needs and how to go about choosing one right… here.
Before You Choose
Here are a few things to take into consideration before you select a garment bag:
- Travel or Home Use. Travel garment bags are designed to meet the traveler’s needs. They’re made of durable denier polyester material (the same used for backpacks), they have pouches and zippers, handles and hooks. They’re sturdier to help prevent wrinkles as you go from one place to another.
Garment bags you would use at home in the closet are lighter, some designed for single garments or other designed to fit three or four. They’re usually lighter in weight and breathable to prevent dust mites and mold from forming.
- Solid or See-Through. See-through garment bags are great for home use when you want to be able to easily see the contents of the bag. You wouldn’t travel with this type of vinyl bag since it isn’t as strong or durable.
Solid bags are the ones you travel with (made of denier polyester as we just mentioned) or you might find home garment bags that are made out of light, tissue-like fabric that is breathable.
Be careful with bags made of all vinyl as condensation and moisture can easily build up inside.
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From suit and tie to formal dress, you’ll need to choose a bag that is slightly longer than the clothing inside in order to prevent wrinkles.
- Suits. Jacket lengths vary, so you can look for a bag ranging from 40-50 inches, give or take a few.
- Gowns. For wedding gown, you’ll probably need a bag at least 70 inches long in order to give yourself plenty of room at the bottom of the bag so the dress doesn’t touch.
- Dresses. 60 inches should be long enough for most dresses.
Flying from one place to another for business or even pleasure is a whole lot easier if you have a garment bag with wheels. The same goes for any means of transportation: by car, train, boat or even if you walk from one building in NYC to another one two miles away.
If your bag is heavy and you can’t or don’t want to carry it, then you need something with wheels, we highly recommend numbers 8 or 10. They’re so convenient!
The down side: you’ll have to check them. We have a solution for those of you who need a carry-on option: number 9. It’s only 3 inches wide and 13.5 inches wide, which is completely within the size regulations of most major airline companies. You could also try number 1, which we’ll be highlighting below.
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If you’re looking for something small and compact that you could fit in a suitcase or even a backpack, Dot&Dot as the perfect garment bag for you: the packing folder.
It measures 15” x 10” when closed and, surprisingly, it can fit up to seven shirts or seven folded pants.
We love that it comes with a folding board and instructions that tell you how to properly fold the garments in order to prevent wrinkles.
The folder has a handle and the bottom has a small patch of mesh so you can see what’s inside and so they garments can breathe.
This is the smallest of the garment bags on our list, so if you’re in need of something a bit larger, keep reading!
WallyBags has plenty of great garment bags out there and this one is ideal for couples who travel together.
This is made of sturdy 600D denier polyester, which means that it is puncture proof and flexible so you can place it inside a suitcase. When open, it is a full 66 inches in length, so any dresses or long clothing that you need to travel with is secure.
It has pockets that will fit one pair of shoes for each person and separate pockets for any accessories that you’ll be bringing along (jewelry, etc.) and we love the padded roll bars that help keep the clothing secure. It definitely prevents the wrinkles!
Destination wedding attendees, this is the best garment bag for you! It’s even large enough for a wedding gown and tux for the bride and groom.
If your clothes will be hanging around the house all day, then this is definitely the right kind of garment bag to store them in.
You actually have three sizing options here: dress-length, gown-width and suit-length. Each has a full-length zipper, gusseted sides that allow you to place several garments (or one voluminous garment) inside and the material is breathable. They also provide you with cedar inserts that help prevent insects and mold from consuming your clothing.
This isn’t the kind of garment bag you would want to travel with (it isn’t sturdy enough), but to help protect your clothing in the closet, it is ideal. Even if you’re in need of a travel garment bag, we still recommend a few of these for home use!