Let's start at the beginning. About ten years ago I settled on my hanger design. They were clear plastic, available everywhere, and the ones with clips for pants matched perfectly (I hang my pants with clips, I hate folded over ones because they take up too much space). It takes a while to transfer all of your clothes to new hangers, and it inevitably requires more hangers than you think. Finally, every item of clothing was transferred, and I was pleased. I have used these hangers ever since.
When I first got married, my husband, knowing my love of hangers, started buying wood hangers so we could transition. Unfortunately, while wood hangers look pretty, they take up too much space and annoyed me, so I only used them on his side of the closet. In the meantime, I would occasionally catch a presentation of Joy Mangano's Huggable Hangers on the Home Shopping Network. I would watch, somewhat enthralled, but the task of changing everything over was daunting. Also, I worried about creases in the shoulders, lint from the flocking, and the clips for pants that I would have to buy separately.
Here's where the change came: A few months ago, my mom bought a generic version of huggable hangers. She didn't like them, since it is harder to get the clothes on the hangers. So she brought over some so that I could try. I liked them! I wanted all beige, (I think the beige makes the closet look lighter and larger), but she had black and I figured that would work for now, until I transitioned all of the clothes. But here's the real turning point: I have always had large closets. Space was NEVER an issue, so that contributed to the fact that I wasn't really ready to make the transition, since it was unnecessary. Fast forward a couple of months, and I was getting ready to temporarily move into my parent's casita. With a small closet. My husband knows me well, so he went and bought me more of the generic huggable hangers. They went from "oh, maybe" to an absolute necessity.
The moral of the story is that if you are short on space in your closet, invest in huggable hangers! They even have them at Target. The good thing is that they maximize your space. They hold on to the tiniest straps on your camisoles, and you can buy clips for your pants. The downside is that yes, it is slightly more difficult to get your clothes on them, but it is only a difference of a couple of seconds. My only major complaint is that on the generic ones, the hook is clean and simple, while on the authentic Joy Mangano ones, the side is imprinted with Made In China, which makes the hangers look sloppy and annoying (at least to an anal closet organizer). Seriously? You couldn't have put the engraving on the side that faces the closet wall? This irritates me to no end.
Either way, I am happy to triple my closet space with something as simple as hangers. The flocked hangers, whether generic or original, are a great buy.