When it comes to fashion and style, it sometimes seems that everyone has their tried and true tips and tricks they absolutely swear by. With that in mind, I have put together a list of the best. Trust me with these gems, you will be well on your way to living your most stylish life.
63. Despite what it says on the tag, cashmere is best washed by hand. To dry it, use a salad spinner, which releases excess water in seconds.
62. Use white wine to remove red wine stains.
61. To stop angora or mohair from shedding, fold the garment and place it into a zip top bag and freeze it for at least three hours.
60. Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water. Yes, vodka.
59. Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.
58. If you get an oil stain on your favorite handbag, coat the mark with baby powder and let it stand overnight. By morning, the stain should be gone. If a bit still remains, repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.
57. Always organize your clothes going light to dark from left to right in your closet. Your eye will follow the color and thus help you stay organized.
56. Wondering about the quality of your cashmere? Gently stretch the body of the garment to see if it snaps back. A lower quality cashmere will not.
55. 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.
54. Never put your swimwear in the washing machine, and always hand dry. The machine will damage the suit and it will lose its elasticity.
53. Dressy occasions are not the time to play with trends, so know your silhouette and stick to it to always look your best.
52. 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.
51. The best way to de-fuzz a sweater: use a pumice stone.
50. 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.
49. Spray tights with sticky hairspray to avoid holes and runs.
48. 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 will disappear. To de-scuff suede, use an eraser or nail file.
47. Shopping for a wedding dress or another big event outfit? Head to the store with makeup on, proper undergarments, and your hair done to get a better sense of how it will look.
46. Double stick tape works to shorten a hem in a pinch if you cannot get to the tailor before an event.
45. Blot, do not rub, when you spill something on your clothes. Wiping or rubbing will actually further ingrain the stain into the weave.
44. To stretch tight shoes, fill two freezer bags with water and place into each shoe. Let it freeze overnight. As the water freezes, it will gently expand your shoes.
43. Revamp an old coat by swapping out the buttons and having a tailor replace the lining with something eye catching, like a pattern or a bright color.
42. When getting jeans shortened, always ask your tailor to reattach the original hem. It may cost extra, but it is worth it.
41. Break in stiff or too snug shoes by slipping them on with socks and blasting your feet with a hot hair dryer.
40. To remove watermarks from leather boots, add a few drops of vinegar to a bowl of cool water and scrub the stains with a soft bristle brush until stains are no longer visible. Let dry overnight.
39. To stop squeaky shoes, remove the insole and apply Vaseline or WD-40 before replacing it.
38. When you are shopping for a jacket, coat, or blazer, pay attention to the fit around the shoulders. While a tailor can tweak pretty much everything about the fit of a jacket, they cannot change the shoulders. Make sure the seams sit perfectly at the bony tops of your shoulders.
37. Unless they are cropped or tapered, pant hems should just graze the tops of your shoes and be from 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch off the floor.
36. Always dry clean coats before storing them, and place on cedar hangers inside cloth garment bags. This preserves the fabric and keeps moths away.
35. Going to a winter wedding or formal event? Try wearing a sleeveless faux fur vest as a top, cinching it with a skinny belt or piece of ribbon and pairing it with a floor length skirt.
34. Everyday bras should be replaced every three to six months, as that is when they start to lose elasticity and support.
33. Ideally, a pencil skirt should hit just at the top of your knee.
32. Pants a bit too tight? Let them air dry and stretch the waistband by hand while they are still damp.
31. Do not underestimate the power of a well fitting, stylish winter coat.
30. Windex restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without doing any damage.
29. Fold jeans like a pro: Lay jeans on a flat surface, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked jean legs and fold them in half so the hem of the jeans lines up with the waistband. Fold the jeans in half one more time.
28. If the garment you are ironing has delicate buttons or detailing, cover them with the bowl of a metal spoon and press the surrounding fabric.
27. To achieve the perfectly effortless cuffed sleeve, keep the top button buttoned while you roll.
26. V-neck sweaters and tees give the illusion of a longer torso.
25. Spritzed a bit too much perfume on yourself this morning? Use unscented, oil-based makeup remover to remove excess perfume.
24. Tend to wear certain leather shoes without socks? Always stuff them with a soft cloth when you are done wearing them. This absorbs moisture and help the shoes keep their shape.
23. Freeze jeans inside a plastic bag for two days to zap odor without running them through the washing machine.
22. Looking for an easy trick to make your bare legs look longer? Try pumps the same color of your skin, which gives give the illusion that your legs extend a few extra inches.
21. Wrap an empty bottle of your favorite perfume in a handkerchief and tuck it into your underwear drawer for a subtle scent.
20. Heat warps your glasses frames, so always keep them in a hard case and never wear them on your head on a hot day.
19. Spray shirts prone to sweat stains with lemon juice before washing. The natural acid dissolves alkaline sweat reside that could cause yellow discoloration.
18. Use shaving cream and a washcloth to remove liquid makeup from shirt collars.
17. When it doubt, choose the smaller denim size, since jeans stretch with wear.
16. Never dry a wet shoe with heat. Let it dry naturally in open air. Heat will dry out leather and the lifespan of the shoe will be cut in half.
15. The easiest way to make your closet look organized: Buy all the same hangers for everything same color, same shape.
14. To prevent clothing from wrinkling in a suitcase, fold everything in plastic dry cleaning bags.
13. If you cannot fit two fingers underneath your bra band comfortably, it is probably too tight.
12. Accessories like scarves, sunglasses, hats, statement jewelry can instantly transform even the most basic outfit.
11. Confused about laundry settings? Remember this: The hotter the water, the cleaner the clothing will be. While warm water is fine for most clothes, linens and dirty white clothing are best washed in hot water to remove germs and heavy soil. Cold water is usually used for delicates.
10. A structured hat should rest about 1/8 to a 1/2-inch above the ears.
9. A good tip when cleaning out your closet: Ask a friend whose style you admire to come over and help. She might offer new insight on how to wear certain items before you toss them.
8. A hot glue gun works amazingly well to hem skirts, pants and even jeans in a pinch.
7. Wear your new real leather jacket in the rain to break it in. Water will soften up the leather and allow it to stretch and crease at specific points on your body.
6. Use a lemon wedge to remove excess or streaky self-tanner.
5. Invest in silk or satin pillowcases to keep your hair from breaking during the night.
4. If you are unsure about an impulse or sale purchase, leave it at the store. If you are still thinking about it when you wake up the next day, then go back and buy it.
3. A good shoemaker can fully rebuild your favorite pair, even if the arch is cracked.
2. To coax a loose thread back into place, gently tug at the stitches to the sides of the pull as well as above and below.
1. There is nothing cooler than sticking to a signature style you know looks good on you.