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Throughout my career as a stylist, I’ve picked up several quick outfit fixes and solutions to common style mistakes. Today I’m sharing a handful of my favourite tips and tricks that I believe every woman should know. Before you stress, don’t worry—each one is incredibly easy to master. And the best part is that you can implement these hacks and completely transform an outfit without spending a penny. From my go-to footwear advice to the reason I save all my ribbon, keep reading for five 15-second styling tricks to master this autumn.
The Zipper Trick
If your zipper is caught, you can use a bar of soap to loosen the area where it’s stuck. This trick has saved me many of times when I’m dressing my clients for last-minute events.
Recycle old ribbon
Whenever I get a package, I always save the ribbon, keep a stash in my styling kit and use it as an unexpected way to cinch your waist (or around your ankles).
Swap Your Flats For Heels
This simple footwear swap will instantly upgrade your look and elevate your outfit from day to evening ready. Never underestimate styling the power of a great pair of heels.
Belt Your Blazer
Similar to the ribbon trick, this styling hack always lends a polished look, and it's an easy way to accentuate your waist. It's also a great way to give your go-to office blazer an update.
Downsize Your Bag
Swap your everyday bag for a smaller, evening-style option to instantly take your look to the next level. Rather than lugging around a big bag, swapping to a daintier option is a certain way to look 10 times chicer.
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