Be Prepared For Wardrobe Malfunctions

Ideally you'd never tear the hem of your pants, scuff your shoes or forget your umbrella on a rainy day. Use these quick wardrobe-saving tips to avoid going to your meeting tattered and rain soaked.

Photo by ocean yamaha.

In a perfect world you would easily avoid the little wardrobe mishaps, never stepping on the hem of your pants or finding yourself without an umbrella in your car. Things don't always work out that way and an emergency fix is sometimes in order to avoid going through the rest of the day with saggy pant leg or a dress with a trailing hem. Over at the frugality blog Wise Bread, they have a guide to using basic items in your work environment to perform quick fixes on your wardrobe emergencies.

Before meetings, I have stapled the hem of an unravelling skirt, and I've used staples to repair broken hook-and-eyelet fasteners. When a clasp falls apart, I've replaced the broken eyelet with a vertical staple in the inner seam of the garment. I then link the hook to the staple. With this repair, a skirt or cardigan closes perfectly.

I too will confess to having used a trusty Swingline stapler to perform my own emergency tailoring. While not a perfect fix, it's a pretty stealthy compared to having a blown-out hem. If anyone at your afternoon meeting is close enough to notice a tiny staple on the hem of your dress, you should definitely ask them to politely get out from under the table and return to their chair.

Among the other quick-fix suggestions, use a similar-colored marker to cover scuffs on shoes. I've used a large Sharpie many a time to touch up a curb-scuffed high heel. Check out the full article for more tricks and if you have your own tips for tending to wardrobe emergencies sound off in the comments below.

Cheap and Easy Repairs for Wardrobe Malfunctions [Wisebread]


    There's no way in hell I'm stapling any of my clothes (sounds like a great way to cause actual damage to the material), but I have found that plasters/band-aids are good for hems, especially the rolls of sticking plaster tape that are meant for securing bandages. They secure well, and the stickiness seems to come off easily once you get around to peeling it all off to actually fix the hem.

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now