Fashion can seem so unattainable to many of us out there who really want to look our best but don’t want to have to turn it into any chore to undertake on a daily basis. The secret is to play around as much as you want with your style, and keep your favourite closet numbers lasting for as long as possible with these handy 24 hacks to help every woman out there.
#1 Lemon Juice
Spray sweat stains with lemon juice before putting the clothing item into the wash. No horrible yellow marks for you!
#2 Distressed Jeans
Use a scissors to cut the knees of your old jeans and fray the slits with the side of the scissors for a more distressed look. This is an easy way to update your wardrobe and stop you becoming bored of an old pair of trousers.
For a street fashion edge, iron or sew on embroidered patches. Embroidered detail is a continuing trend this coming season, so why not do it yourself and have a one of a kind piece?
#4 Taped Shoes
Update your plain flats by placing some tape over the area just before the toe to cover and protect it. Next, spray the toe with your choice of spray paint colour for a toe cap appearance. Now you practically have a new pair of shoes!
#5 Ladder in your tights
If the thought of going bare legged is too much to bare (see what I did there?) but you find yourself in a state of despair every time you wear tights and get a run in them like clockwork, spray the tights with hairspray to prevent any tears.
#6 Ice VS Gum
Use ice to get any chewing gum off your clothes. Hold it like a mini pick and tap it off gently to ensure your clothes are as good as new.
#7 Wine Stains
Everyone should know this one unless they’ve been living under a rock, but if you were worried about any wine stains after a good night out, white wine will remove any red wine stains hassle free.
#8 Velvet Hangers
Use thin velvet clothes hangers to create more space in your closet and prevent the clothes from any tearing or getting caught. The hangers are so flat that it means there’s plenty more space to go buy more stuff!
#9 New Shoes
If you have any shoes that need stretching, fill some plastic container bags with water and place them in the freezer. When the water expands, so too will the shoes. No more painful wearing out of the evil but beautiful shoes.
If you are wearing a top that would look best braless, either opt for a packet of nipple covers or invest in a pair of long lasting silicone covers. If your bust size means this truly isn’t an option in fear of knocking someone out, there are multiway bras in every colour and size imaginable.
#11 Not just for your makeup
To double or triple up on the use of a product you may have lying around, if you have any makeup brush cleaning spray, spritz it lightly on your bedsheets and inside bags you use regularly to give them a fresh smell and ensure they are free of any pesky bacteria. Most homeware stores do a reasonable one for €2.50!
#12 Shirt Buttons
Iron your button up shirt inside out to speeden up the process and avoid the buttons coming off accidentally.
#13 Pencil that zipper
Fix a stuck zipper by running a graphite pencil over the zipper teeth. No more frustrating jams, thank you very much.
#14 Baby powder to the rescue
If you manage to get oil spillages in your handbag from that leftover lunch, fear not. Sprinkle some baby powder on the oil to soak it up and refresh the smell.
#15 No more fluff
Gently go over a pilling jumper with a pumice stone to remove the fluff and leave it looking brand new. I’d advise using a separate one than the one you use on your feet I hope it goes without saying…
#16 Forget the changing room!
If you really can’t be bothered making a trip to the changing rooms, you can tell a pair of pants will fit if you can wrap the waist around your neck. Go figure!
#17 Sharpies are your new best friend
There’s no way anyone can avoid having the occasional washing accident and end up with bleach stains on their beloved clothes. Use a sharpie to blot out any bleach stains in no time.
#18 Makeup marks go bye bye
Another unavoidable clothing conundrum is the mystery of how to remove a tight neck top or dress without smudging your makeup all over it. Just let it happen, and before throwing it in the wash, wipe the stains with shaving foam and put it in the machine. No more makeup or dodgy tan marks all around the neck!
#19 Alexa Chung bags it
That patent leather bag or pair of boots you cherish and protect with your life will get damaged by daily wear and tear. Keep them looking as fresh and shiny as possible by using window cleaner on them.
#20 Ladder in my tights, Take II
Another way to prevent ladders in your tights if you have no hairspray at hand is by dabbing some clear nail varnish on the tear to stop to worsening.
#21 Moisturize those shoes
Moisturizer can double up as shoe polish if you have some spare and don’t fancy a trip to high street! Simply rub it into the boot and leave to soak in and dry.
#22 Water wipes at the ready
Use water wipes to clean the inside of your handbag after a few uses. This way the longevity of the bag is sure to increase and you won’t have to chuck it out… You can still buy a new one, g’wan.
#23 Shaving the Fluff
If you don’t have a pumice stone to remove pilling that’s gathered on your clothes, you can also use a razor. Gently go over the surface with the razor to remove the worst of the fluff and go in with the sticky side of a plaster to pick up any remaining bits.
#24 All the shiny!
Bejewel your beanie to give it a more ornate and glamorous new look. Adding a brooch to the front of the beanie is a quick and easy way to achieve this!