I’ve been doing a fair amount of traveling lately and it never fails that SOMETHING with my “wardrobe” will go terribly awry when I’m away from home and not able to avail myself of all my regular resources for dealing with such dilemmas.
So I’ve been collecting “quick fix” tricks to deal with those wardrobe malfunctions that always seem to attack at the most inopportune moments!
Here are some of my faves!
Flat Iron as Touch-Up Iron
No time to drag out an iron and ironing board? A straightening iron works perfectly between buttons where a regular iron doesn’t fit. And it smooths collar creases and minor wrinkles. So you can look perfectly pressed when you’re pressed for time.
Remove Static Cling With a Wire Hanger
When your skirt decides to start clinging in all the wrong places…look for a wire hanger and run the long side of it over your skirt, and between your skirt and tights or slip. No more static cling! Mommy Dearest confiscated all the wire hangers in the vicinity? Try a quick spritz of hairspray on the areas that are bunching.
Keep shoelaces from constantly coming undone by using a little lip balm to coat the laces where you loop and knot and they won’t budge.
Shrunken Sweater Fix
Add 1 tablespoon of baby shampoo (or hair conditioner) to 1 quart of water, then immerse a washable garment in the solution to relax the fibers. Lightly squeeze the excess water from the garment, then lay it on a flat surface. Gently stretch the item to its original shape and size. If there is a little stiffness, use a steamer or the steam from an iron to make the garment more malleable. Finally, secure the edges with heavy objects until dry.
Baby Wipes as Stain Removers
I always make sure I bring a small travel-sized container of baby wipes with me when I travel. They come in handy SO many times. Especially for white deodorant stains!
Pumice Stone as Sweater Depiller
Restore a favorite, well-worn cardigan to form by lightly running the stone across the surface to lift off any unsightly pills.
Paper Clip as Zipper Pull
Temporarily replace a broken zipper tab by threading a paper clip through the hole. A safety pin also works.
Double-Sided Tape as Hem Securer
Fix a fallen hem when there’s no time for a trip to the tailor. Also works well as a temporary fix for gaps between buttons on your blouses or jackets.
Pencil as Zipper Releaser
Unstick a stubborn zipper by rubbing the teeth on both sides with a pencil—graphite is an excellent lubricant. Other options….lip balm, or soap.
Detangle Necklaces with Baby Oil
I am constantly dealing with tangled necklaces…especially when traveling. This one has saved me more than once. Rub a few drops of baby oil into the knots and work them gently free with a straight pin.
Nail Polish Button Securer
Apply a layer of clear nail polish to the threads on top of dress-shirt buttons. The nail polish will help the threads endure the heat of laundering, keeping the buttons on the shirt longer.
Baby Powder as Oily Spot Remover
Sprinkle on to absorb oil from spots, then brush off with a white cloth. It’s also useful for hiding the residue of wine and makeup stains after you’ve used stain-removal wipes.
Bananas as Scuff Remover
Use the inside of a banana peel to erase scuffs leather shoes. Then buff them to a shine with a paper towel.
So what’s YOUR favorite quick fix for fashion emergencies? Please share! I can use all the help I can get! :-)