There are several sticky situations we find ourselves in when trying to dress up or dress down.

Often times, we can’t seem to get out of these common situations.

Here are twelve fashion tips that may make life easy for you:

– Use white wine to remove red wine stains.

– Wash new jeans twice before taking them to the tailor. Why? Because jeans will always shrink in length when washed.

– Cut down your closet by 25% by asking yourself this one question: “If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?” If the answer’s no, out it goes. — Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, founder, Clos-ette and Clos-ette Too.

– Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water.

– The secret to well-fitting everyday clothes is Lycra. The formulas to look for: 95% cotton/5% Lycra spandex for T-shirts, and at least 2% Lycra for jeans to hold their shape.

– “Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.” — Jonathan Simkhai, designer

– “If you don’t have time to try on jeans in the store, try the Neck Method: You can determine your size by placing the waistline of the jeans around the diameter of your neck. If the waistline of the pant comfortably meets at back of your neck, then the jeans will fit.” — Sarah Ahmed, Creative Director, DL1961 Premium Denim

– A useful style tip: While fake designer bags are a huge ‘don’t’, fake diamond studs are a huge ‘do’. Faux stones are hard to spot to the untrained eye. You can get away with fake diamonds.

– “Never put a garment on immediately after ironing, as this can actually cause new wrinkles to form. Instead, let it sit for five minutes to set the press.” — Althea Harper, Designer and Rowenta Brand Ambassador.

– The best way to de-fuzz a sweater: use a pumice stone.

– If you get wax on a piece of clothing, layer wax paper over the hardened wax and then run an iron over it to loosen it up. Once you pull off the paper, the wax should come right out with it.

– To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow it to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread, and they’ll disappear. To de-scuff suede, use an eraser or nail file.



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