By Damilola Faustino
We’ve all been there. The stain on your blouse during a client lunch, the unsightly deodorant streak across your black dress. With most wardrobe mishaps, it’s not a matter of if, but when. While it may be tempting to toss these broken, ripped or stained items and purchase new ones, if you’re resourceful, there are quick fixes that will make your clothes look as good as new — and for cheap. Arm yourself with these materials and follow these tips to gracefully solve even the peskiest of fashion emergencies.
You broke your heels
Glue, particularly super glue, is powerful and can quickly become your best friend when it comes to repairs. If your heel comes off on your way to a client meeting or is about to break, try to align it in its original position as best you can, apply super glue, and then apply pressure for a few minutes to ensure it will stay.
A button fell off
Depending on where the button was, you can safety pin the area together if the closure is the main concern. This is a good fix if it’s pants or a skirt, and you’re able to hide the area.
You scuffed your shoes
Your solution to this everyday issue is not universal — it depends on the shoes you happen to be wearing: For leather, scrub away your scuffs with a little toothpaste; petroleum jelly will fix up your patent leather shoes and make them shine like new; brushing an eraser in one direction removes suede scuffs; and for your canvas kicks, use a baking soda paste.
You tore your blouse
Rips are one of the worst emergencies, but they can also be one of the easiest to fix. For an emergency short-term solution for small tears, pull the loose and ripped fabric through to the other side (to the inside of the garment). Be sure to pull in all the little fibers and loose threads, as well, then apply some tape to the inside, covering all the edges. This works especially well on thin, dark coloured fabrics.
You have deodorant on your clothes
Rub the fabric vigorously against itself. Its fibers will almost always remove the white marks better than rubbing a towel or other piece of fabric against it. White vinegar will also work if your deodorant stains are particularly persistent.
You spilled on yourself
Different stains demand different remedies, but white vinegar can attack almost everything, including coffee, wine, grease, sweat, and ink. Just saturate the stain with the vinegar, let it soak a few minutes, then wash it out. Heavy blotting with Club Soda is also an easily accessible fix — it even gets out blood and red wine.
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