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12 Fashion Hacks for Every Style Emergency

There are few things more annoying than running out the door or, worse, already being out and about, and popping a button, losing a heel, or realizing your hem is rapidly coming undone. Whenever that happens I feel the need to apologize to everyone I see. “I know I look like a hot mess NOW, but I swear I was all in one piece when I got dressed this morning!”

Knowing a few fashion hacks can help you pull yourself back together quickly without a total wardrobe change. From stains to wayward bra straps to ripped hems, here are 12 of the handiest hacks I’ve found for overcoming those little style annoyances and getting you back on your way!

1. Quick-Fix for Wrinkled Clothes

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Image source: Kayla Moncur

When you’re rushing out the door and don’t have time to iron a wonky collar or pocket flap, just grab your flat iron and run it over the wayward fabric a couple times. DO make sure your iron is free of styling product! You don’t want the gunk transferring to your clothes.

2. Tape Up an Unraveled Hem

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Image source: Kayla Moncur

Tape will be your best friend if you notice your hem coming apart while you’re away from home! I’ve successfully used duct tape and packing tape, but you can use whatever you’ve got on hand! Stick a piece over the bit that’s coming undone and fix it when you’ve got time to wield a needle and thread (or get it to a tailor).

3. Makeup Stains on Your Clothes? Baby Wipes to the Rescue!

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Image source: Kayla Moncur

Baby wipes have saved my backside more times than I can count, but I didn’t realize they could remove makeup from my clothing! I tested it out and, sure enough, a quick scrub removed a dusty shadow of foundation from the collar of my blouse. You can also use them to remove pesky deodorant marks.

4. Use Super Glue for an Ornery High Heel

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Image source: Kayla Moncur

There are few things more frustrating than a beloved shoe starting to separate from its sole or heel. A little super glue and a few minutes of pressure will get you back in business!

5. No Button? No Problem If You Have a Binder Clip

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Image source: Kayla Moncur

This tip comes from my younger sister. A binder clip she keeps in her purse has gotten use as an emergency button replacement AND to pull in the waistband of a pair of shorts that were a little too loose.

6. Un-Stick a Zipper wit Candle Wax, Soap, and More!

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Image source: Kayla Moncur

Stuck zippers are a huge drag. Use a candle (I’ve got a big bag of tea lights in my kitchen that have come in quite handy), orthodontic wax, or soap to unstick! Just rub your weapon of choice along the zipper teeth until the zipper pull moves smoothly. Apparently you can also use the tip of a graphite pencil but I’ve always been too worried about getting pencil on my clothing to give it a try!

7. Beat the Grease with Baby Powder

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Image source: Kayla Moncur

I swear by Shout Advance for Greasy Stains (it’s a miracle worker) but if you don’t have any on hand, then baby powder can save your clothing in a pinch! Cover the greasy spot with baby powder, let it sit overnight, then wash as usual. You may have to repeat the process, so don’t put it in the dryer until the grease stain is totally gone!

8. Get Rid of Wrinkles with a Steamy Shower

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Image source: Kayla Moncur

I am not big on ironing and will try any number of tricks to get out wrinkles before resorting to the iron. Try showering with your wrinkly item in the steamy bathroom with you. It often gets rid of the wrinkles! If your item is dryer safe, you can also try throwing it in the dryer with a damp towel.

9. Corral Bra Straps with a Paper Clip

Image source: Kayla Moncur
Image source: Kayla Moncur

When I am queen of the world, I will ensure that all clothing will be manufactured so that it can be worn with a normal bra. Until that day, a paper clip or two can be used to corral wayward bra straps so that they lay nicely inside your clothing.

10. Shine Those Shoes with Petroleum Jelly

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Image source: Kayla Moncur

A bit of petroleum jelly on your patent leather shoes will help cover up scuffs and make your shoes shine like new!

11. Hairspray the Static Away

Image source: Kayla Moncur
Image source: Kayla Moncur

If your skirt can’t seem to leave your legs alone, then give the inside of your skirt a quick spritz of hairspray. If you’re wearing tights, give them a little spray as well!

12. Saving Your Butt(on)

Image source: Kayla Moncur
Image source: Kayla Moncur

If you’ve got a button that’s making an escape, then strip the paper off a twist tie or use a paper clip to keep it in place until you can get your hands on a sewing kit. Be careful, though: Don’t attempt this one if it requires you to punch larger holes in your fabric!

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