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Thursday, April 03, 2008

wardrobe malfunctions

We've all had one of those days. A shirt button magically disappears, a strap somehow snaps open, a seam unravels before your very eyes! When wardrobe malfunctions occur, one can do two things: either change into that extra outfit you have stashed in your office drawer or MacGyver your way into a fully functional fashion statement. See below for a few tips on some common malfunctions and their fixes.

  • Missing top button/catch on waistband: Replace a missing or broken waistband button/catch with a binder clip. We've found that the 1 1/4" ones work best.
  • Run in stocking: A quick dab of nail polish (obviously colorless is best) or hair spray will stop a run.
  • Sweater snag: Poke the snag through to the other side of the sweater so that the longer portion of the snag is out of sight on the inside. Don't ever cut a snag! It will cause a hole.
  • Torn seam: Seemingly repair a torn seam with a small safety pin. Just follow the stitching line with the pin and make sure the pin's latch is on the inside of the garment.
  • Fallen hem: Use packing tape to tack the hem back into place.
  • Shoe scuffs: Use a Sharpie pen to fill in any discoloring scuffs or scratches.

Aside from general office supplies, keep the following around your desk as a handy kit for wardrobe emergencies:

  • Safety pins
  • Clear nail polish
  • Small sewing kit
  • Stain remover pen
  • Extra set of clothes
  • Small hair straightener (can be used as an iron in certain instances)

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