Fashion is not foolproof. Stains, holes, scratches and scuffs are all very real threats to our wardrobe, forcing us to live in fear each day. Eventually we’ll all be faced with a fashion emergency of our own, so the best thing to do is prepare for the inevitable. As long as we’re equipped with the knowledge of a few quick and easy fashion fixes, we won’t let something as trivial as a tear in our stockings keep us down.
Following are the 10 most common fashion quick fixes every girl should know.
#1 Problem – While getting ready, you realize your clothes are wrinkled but have no time to iron them.
The Quick Fix: Hang your clothes in the bathroom and shut the door while you shower. This allows the moisture and steam to work out some of the wrinkles. When you’re done showering, use your hand to smooth out any that may have been missed, working from the top of the garment to the bottom.
#2 Problem – You just noticed some really unsightly sweat stains on your favorite shirt.
The Quick Fix: Spray a bit of lemon juice on the stains before placing your garment in the washing machine. This works particularly well for gray shirts, as they are the most prone to discoloration.
#3 Problem – Despite being super careful, you’ve somehow managed to snag your pantyhose on the way to work.
The Quick Fix: Clear nail polish. In order to prevent further damaging your stockings or pantyhose, paint nail polish at the beginning, end, and around the edges of the run. The polish stops the hole from getting bigger, and won’t wash off.
#4 Problem – Your patent leather shoes just don’t have the same shine that they used to.
The Quick Fix: Take a hint from My Big Fat Greek Wedding — Windex is the cure for this one! Spraying some of the cleaning solution onto a paper towel to clean patent leather will remove scuff marks and even restore some of the original shine.
#5 Problem – You work hard at the gym, and it’s starting to take a toll on your workout shoes.
The Quick Fix: Pour a couple tablespoons of baking soda into your sweaty shoes, making sure that it’s distributed evenly. The soda will get rid of any odor and absorb the moisture from perspiration.
#6 Problem – The underwire of your expensive bra has popped through the fabric.
The Quick Fix: Make a patch out of Moleskin, a soft material that is adhesive on its back. Simply cut a small strip of the material and remove the paper back. Then, shove the underwire back into its hole as far as it will go, cover with the patch, and press down to secure.
#7 Problem – The necklace you planned on wearing tonight is tangled, and you’re struggling to undo the knots.
The Quick Fix: Rubbing a few drops of baby oil onto each knot will help loosen the chain. Then work the knots out by using a straight pin or needle.
#8 Problem – You had your eyes set on an adorable pair of shoes, but the last pair in the store is half a size too small.
The Quick Fix: You can make them work! Fill two freezer bags with water and place one in each shoe. Let the bags freeze overnight. Your shoes will expand along with the water.
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#9 Problem – You like to do your makeup before getting dressed, but after putting on your shirt you realize there’s foundation all over the collar.
The Quick Fix: Shaving cream can be used to remove any liquid makeup. Use a washcloth to work a small amount into the fabric.
#10 Problem – You’ve purchased something that needs hemming for an event this weekend, only to find out that the alterations wouldn’t be finished in time.
The Quick Fix: While this isn’t a great permanent solution, in a pinch you can use a glue gun to create a quick hem. This technique isn’t a lasting one, so you should get the garment properly altered when you do have the time.
What are some quick fixes you use during a fashion emergency?