As a personal stylist for women, I've discovered that the smallest issues are often the ones that really derail our days. Surprisingly, the average office doesn't employ a tailor. I often tell our 7 year old, there's always a solution. You may not like it. But there is one. The same is also true for fashion mishaps. Hopefully, these will fall under the, "I'm so glad I know this," column.
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5 Fashion Hacks to Save the Day
Ah, duct tape. Is there nothing it can't do?
1. Problem: Loose hem.
Quick fix: Duct tape.
Yup. That's real. If the fabric is delicate, you can go with electrical tape. For coats or trousers made from heavier fabric, duct tape is best. It comes in several colors now, which is exciting. And, if you can't motivate yourself to hem your garment, it will stay on for years. At the office, masking tape might be your only option, but that doesn't last long, so head to the drug store pronto.
2. Problem: Button on the floor instead of on your shirt.
Quick fix: A paper clip.
Unfold the paper clip and thread it through two of the holes on the button. Then, poke it through the holes where the thread had been and twist on the back. I wouldn't recommend this for a silk blouse or something that is meaningful to you as it will likely leave permanent holes. But, its' great for a coat on a cold winter's day or pants in a desperate situation.
3. Problem: My shoes are killing me.
Quick fix: Moleskin.
This one comes directly from my hiker husband. After all these years of relying on bandaids to help when beautiful new shoes are rubbing the skin off of my feet, it turns out there's a MUCH better way. Stick moleskin pads directly on your foot before the blisters arrive (or after if you didn't make it in time). They stay on AND the difference is dramatic.
4. Problem: There's a run in my hosiery.
Quick fix: Hairspray.
You may remember this one from your earlier years, or this may be the first time you are hearing of it. But, spraying hairspray directly at each end of the run will stop it in its tracks. The hairspray almost glues your tights to your leg. It's temporary. So, if you have a run high up and you plan to pull those tights down repeatedly during the day, you'll need to reapply or just take them off and hope for the best.
5. Problem: The end of my belt keeps flopping around.
Quick fix: Fashion tape or double sided tape.
I hear this all the time, especially from women with hourglass or rectangle shaped figures as they benefit the most from belts. If the end of your belt keeps flopping around after you have buckled it, simply stick some fashion tape between the two layers of your belt. If you are at the office and you've just realized the decision to wear this belt is killing you, don't worry. Simply grab some double-sided tape and apply it the same way. It's not as strong as fashion tape, but it is a solid quick fix.
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