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13 Things I Wish I Knew About Fashion When I First Started

August 03, 2015

Most women love a good lifestyle suggestion, especially when it comes to amping up their style or adding to their wardrobe. However, once upon a time, not every fashionista was so great at looking good. Even industry experts make mistakes once in a while! Plus, it’s not uncommon for people to make a lot of missteps when they’re just getting into the world of fashion. If you’re wondering what beginner fashion tips you may be missing, read on. These will keep you looking good while making sure you don’t over-spend unnecessarily.

Make Smart Purchases

For people who love fashion, it’s easy to get swept up in the moment and make a purchase decision on-the-spot. To make sure you don’t make any mistakes and have buyer’s remorse, especially when you can’t return an item after purchasing it, take some breathing room before swiping your credit card. If you’re able to, wait until the next day or even the next week. If you’re still thinking about the item, go back and purchase it. You’ll be surprised at how many times you decide it’s not something you want to spend your money on.

Get Rid of Red Wine Stains

Once upon a time, a very fashionable young lady went to a lovely wedding at a gorgeous winery. On the drink menu was, of course, a variety of wines. Red being her favorite, she didn’t hesitate to order a glass. Unfortunately, she was wearing a white shirt, which quickly became covered with red wine after a dancing woman knocked into her. Had she known one of the best tricks for removing a red wine stain, her evening - and outfit - wouldn’t have been ruined. To get rid of a red wine stain, use white wine. Who knew?!

Freshen Hand-Me-Downs

Vintage stores and thrift shops are some of the best places to find great bargains on designer duds. The smell, though, may leave something to be desired. While these shops can’t sell anything that’s over-worn or stinky, some of their clothing may be a bit musty. To freshen things up, you can always run the garment through the laundry. However, you may not want to damage vintage clothing with a harsh wash cycle. When you need a more delicate way to handle your new outfit, combine one part vodka with two parts water. Put the mixture in a spritz bottle and spray your new clothes to get rid of any lingering scents.

Get the Perfect Fit

While you may think that cotton is the most comfy fabric out there, it won’t help you get the perfect fit when it comes to your clothing. While you can still wear mostly-cotton clothing, you’ll need a little bit of Lycra in them to look your best. For t-shirts, look for 95% cotton and 5% Lycra. For jeans, aim for a pair that has about 2% Lycra.

Maintain Dark Denim

There’s a debate over how often you should wash your jeans. Some people say never while others wash them after almost every wear. Most people fall somewhere in the middle, wearing them several times between washes so they get broken in, but cleaning them once in a blew moon to keep them smelling fresh and looking clean. When it’s time to throw your dark denim in the washer, there’s an easy way to prevent the color from fading. Add half a cup of distilled white vinegar when the machine’s on the final rinse cycle. Then enjoy your still-dark denim until it’s time for their next wash! If you need to take your jeans to the tailor, make sure to wash them twice ahead of time to ensure you end up with the best fit possible.

Stop Tights From Snagging

Is there anything worse than pulling on your only pair of tights to find out that there’s a hole or run in them? That could change your entire outfit and even make you late for wherever you’re heading. If you have a pair of tights that you can’t live without, or a cheap pair that you need to rely on for the evening, there’s a way to make sure they stay in one piece for the time being. Spritz them with a cheap hairspray to prevent any runs or holes. Make sure the hairspray is extra sticky, which usually means it has extra firm hold.

Stretch Out Your Shoes

Have you ever bought a pair of shoes that almost fit, but they’re not quite perfect? You can’t pass them up because they’re just so gorgeous, but you also don’t want to be in major discomfort every time you slip them on. Or maybe your feet are more swollen than normal, but you want to wear your favorite pair of heels the following day. It’s possible to stretch out shoes a bit with this great trick: fill two freezer bags with water and put one in each shoe. Put the shoes in your freezer overnight. The water will freeze and expand, which will slowly help your shoes to expand as well.

Replace Your Bra

If you have a favorite bra, it can be hard to part with it. However, when you wear your bras for too long, they start to lose their shape, making it harder for them to support your chest. The bras you wear on a daily basis should be replaced every six months. If you want to stretch out its use a bit more, you can get away with wearing it for eight months, but no longer. As for the bras you only wear on special occasions, those you can hang on to for much longer.

Dial Down the Perfume

Makeup remover is a wonderful creation: it can get rid of even the most stubborn makeup and help you keep your skin looking young for years to come. There’s a lesser known use for it too, though. If you’ve applied too much perfume, you may be finding it hard to breathe. A shower isn’t an option since you’re probably about ready to head out the door. When you need to tone down the scent a bit, an unscented makeup remover that’s oil-based will do the trick. Dab a little bit on a cotton ball and then swipe over the area where you applied the perfume.

Protect Your Glasses

If you’re on your game when it comes to sun protection, you probably never head outdoors without a trusty pair of sunglasses. If it’s especially hot, though, or if you’re going to be sitting directly in the sun, the heat can actually warp plastic frames. When you know it’s going to be extra hot, opt for a pair of metal-framed glasses instead. They’ll get a bit warm if they sit in a hot car for too long, but otherwise, you’ll be able to protect your peepers without ruining your glasses. Keep the same rule in mind for regular prescription glasses, too.

Keep Leather Shoes Looking Great

Leather shoes will never go out of style, but they can be kind of a pain to maintain. If you were caught in the rain in your favorite pair of leather boots or shoes, you’re probably wondering how you can get rid of those unsightly watermarks. Luckily, there’s a simple solution: add some drops of vinegar to cool water, then scrub the stains using a brush with soft bristles. Then, check the weather report the next time you want to don your leather kicks!

Get Rid of Oil Stains on Your Bags

Since you bring your designer handbag everywhere you go, it’s bound to get dirty and stained once in a while. If you ate an especially delicious lunch, you may notice some oil stains on your favorite purse. To get rid of the offending stain, coat it with baby powder and let it set overnight. In the morning, brush the powder off and enjoy your newly cleaned bag!

Know Your Cashmere

Shopping for cashmere for the first time? It’s hard to spot quality if you’ve never looked for it before. To figure out if the cashmere item is worth investing in, gently stretch it. If it snaps back, it’s a good purchase. When you need to wash and dry your cashmere, don’t toss it in a regular dryer. Instead, use a salad spinner to dry it.

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