25 budget fashion hacks to always look a million dollars
Dolly Parton once said, “It costs me a lot of money to look this cheap”. Nice one, Dolly. But we say, “It doesn’t cost a lot of money to look a million bucks”. All you need are 25 budget fashion hacks. Well, will ya looky here …
1. All-natural shoe waterproofing
Keep your canvas shoes waterproof by giving them a rub with beeswax and then setting it with a hairdryer.
2. Getting the better of buttons
Can’t handle ironing around buttons? Simply flip your shirt inside out to make ironing a breeze. (I know, why didn’t you think of that?)
3. Lost and found
Lost an earring back or button in the carpet? Simply slip a stocking over your vacuum cleaner hose and get sucking … the lost item will get sucked onto the stocking.
4. Get straight
If you struggle to iron your collars properly, running a hot hair straightener around them is the perfect way to get a perfectly smooth edge.
5. Zippidy doo dah
Zipper on your favourite jacket keeps getting stuck? Rub the teeth of the zipper with a graphite pencil tip and it will soon glide up with ease.
If those dreaded white deodorant stains have made their presence felt on your dark top, give those pits a rub with a pair of jeans and watch them disappear. (Test a small patch first to avoid any colour transfer.)
7. No sweat
Those stubborn yellow sweat stains from white shirts can easily be removed by spraying the affected areas with lemon juice before you put them in the wash. (But don’t try it on darks or colours unless you want bleached armpits!)
8. Quit your wining
Has that red wine found its way down the front of your top again? (Naughty red wine!) Remove it by gently blotting the affected area with a cloth soaked in white wine.
9. Run with this (or rather, don’t)
Sick of seeing your tights ladder after just one wear? Spray them with hairspray to prevent runs – it will also help stop static cling.
10. Bread winner
To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of stale bread, then gently rub the stain with the edge of the bread until it’s all gone.
11. How’s it hangin’?
Got a sneaking suspicion you never wear half your wardrobe? To find out for sure, turn all your hangers in one direction, and as you take out clothes to wear, hang them back up with the hanger facing the opposite direction. After one year, get rid of the clothes that are still hanging in the original direction – chances are you’ll never wear ‘em again!
12. Softly does it
To give your T-shirts that vintage-soft feel, soak them in salt water (1L of water and 1/2 cup of salt) for about three days, then wash normally.
13. Delicate business
Hate the endless wringing required when hand-washing your delicates? Easily fixed by placing them in a salad spinner and doing your thing. It’s your very own spin cycle!
14. Patently obvious (once you know how)
Have your patent shoes lost their sheen? A spritz of Windex will soon have you able to see your reflection in them once more.
15. Now that’s using your noodle
To keep your long boots in good nick, stuff them with pool noodles when you’re not wearing them to help them keep their shape and stand up right. You’ll be amazed at how much longer they last.
16. Vodka spritzer
If your vintage or thrift clothing (or stuff that hasn’t been worn since last season) is smelling like a Vinnies store, give them a spritz with a mixture of one part vodka and two parts water to instantly neutralise the musty odour.
17. Perfectly buttoned up
Keep the top button of your cuff buttoned up when you roll up your sleeves and they will always be perfectly cuffed.
18. Magic eraser
Get scratches and ding marks out of leather bags by placing a little bit of moisturiser onto the end of a cotton bud and gently rubbing it into the scratch. Magic!
19. Bags no ironing!
To arrive at your travel destination with wrinkle-free clothes, fold everything in plastic dry cleaning bags before placing them in your suitcase. Now that’s good to know!
20. The finger test
Check to see if your bra fits properly by trying to fit two fingers under your bra band comfortably. If you can’t, it’s probably too tight. And if you can fit more than two fingers under there easily, it’s probably too large!
21. ‘Necks to know’ time
No time to try on a pair of pants? You can tell if they’ll fit without trying them on by wrapping the waist around your neck. If they’re the right size, they will wrap just once around your neck without overlapping. How cool is that?
22. Powder power
Remove an oil stain out of a purse by coating the mark with baby powder and letting it sit overnight. Wake up to a purse that’s as good as new.
23. Cold shoulder
To prevent your angora or mohair jumpers from shedding, placing them in a sealed plastic bag and freeze them for a minimum of three hours. I don’t know who figured out that sneaky trick, but it works a charm.
24. Smooth as an exfoliated heel …
De-fuzz your sweater by rubbing it with a pumice stone.
25. Hot shoe shuffle
Break in stiff or snug-fitting shoes (yes, those ones you bought that didn’t quite fit but were on sale and really, really fabulous) by putting them on with socks and blasting your feet with a hot hairdryer.
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This article was written by Zoe Meunier for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz