15 Fashion Tips and Tricks

1. Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water.

2. “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.” — Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Founder, Clos-ette and Clos-ette Too.

3. Spray tights with sticky (read: cheap) hairspray to avoid holes and runs.

4. Break in stiff or too-snug shoes by slipping them on with socks and blasting your feet with a hot hairdryer.

5. To determine if pearls are real, lightly rub them over your teeth. Fake pearls will be perfectly smooth, and real ones will feel slightly gritty or textured.

6. Everyday bras should be replaced every three to six months, as that’s when they start to lose elasticity and support.

7. Pants a bit too tight? Let them air dry and stretch the waistband by hand (or with a hairdryer) while they’re still damp.

8. Still look chic while showing some skin, if you’re wearing a miniskirt or shorts, cover up on top. If your top is skimpy, go for full-coverage bottoms.

9. The power of a silk pillowcase isn’t a myth: Not only do they prevent “sleep crease,” they’re much, much gentler on your skin and hair.

10. V-neck sweaters and tees give the illusion of a longer torso.

11. 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.

12. If you can’t fit two fingers underneath your bra band comfortably, it’s probably too tight.

13. 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.

14. Pile on good accessories—scarves, sunglasses, hats, statement jewelry—to instantly transform even the most basic outfit.

15. Windex restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without doing any damage.

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