22 Time-Saving Fashion Hacks Everyone Should Know About

Whether it’s your new vintage dress with an unfortunate odor or a stain on your favourite suede shoes, sooner or later we’re all bound to encounter #FashionGirlProblems. They're seemingly insignificant things, but they can be a real pain to deal with, especially when you have a million and one things to do and no time to do them in. So, to make our lives a little bit easier (and hopefully yours too!), we’ve compiled a list covering everything from how to stop a sweater from shedding to a truly inspired way to clean out your closet. Click through to check out our reference guide of stylish solutions that will simplify your life, guaranteed. You can thank us later. 

Use Beeswax to Waterproof Canvas Shoes

Waterproof your canvas shoes naturally by rubbing them with beeswax and then setting it with a blow-dryer.

Iron a Button-Up Shirt Inside Out

When ironing a button-up shirt, flip it inside out to easily iron over the button side.

Find Tiny Items By Placing a Stocking Over a Vacuum Hose

Put a stocking or nylon over a vacuum cleaner hose to find tiny items like earring backs.

Use a Hair Straightener To Iron Your Collar

Quick, easy and so much less faff than lugging out the ironing board.

Fix a Stuck Zip With a Pencil

Fix a stuck zipper by rubbing the teeth with a graphite pencil tip.

Remove Deodorant Stains With Jeans

To quickly get rid of deodorant stains, rub them with a pair of jeans. Test a small patch first to avoid any colour transfer.

Remove White Wine Stain With Red Wine

Remove a red wine stain by gently blotting with a cloth soaked in white wine.

Clean Rings With Fantastik 

Use Fantastik to shine gold and diamonds. Your jewellery will never look better.

Remove Sweat Stains With Lemon Juice

To remove yellow sweat stains from white shirts, spray the affected areas with lemon juice before you put them in the wash.

Prevent Ladders With Hairspray

A quick spritz of hairspray will help your tights last for longer. 

Clean Suede With Stale Bread

To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow it to become stale. Gently rub the stain with the edge of the stale bread, and it will disappear.

Use Hangers to Discover Old Faves

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Emma Spedding

To see which clothes you never wear, turn all your hangers in one direction, and as you take out clothes to wear, hang them back up with the hanger facing the opposite direction. After one year, get rid of the clothes that are still hanging in the original direction.

Soften Your T-Shirt With Salt

Make your t-shirts vintage-soft by leaving them in salt water (1 quart water and ½ cup of salt) for about three days, then wash normally.

Dry Hand-Wash Clothes in a Salad Spinner

If you want to dry delicate pieces, a salad spinner is the best way to do it, as it'll do the job without putting strain on the fabric. 

Add Shine to Patent Shoes With Windex

Windex can be used to safely restore the sheen to patent shoes.

Remove Odors With Vodka and Water

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PHILL TAYLOR

Remove smells from vintage or charity shop clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka and two parts water.

Baby Powder Will Remove Stains

Get an oil stain out of a bag by coating the mark with baby powder and letting it sit overnight. By morning, the stain should be gone.

Freeze Your Jumper to Avoid Shedding

Stop angora or mohair from shedding by placing the garment in a sealed plastic bag and freezing it for a minimum of three hours.

Avoid Denim Fade With Vinegar

Maintain the wash of your favourite pair of dark jeans by adding a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle while doing laundry.

Break-In Shoes With a Hairdryer

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

De-Fuzz Your Sweater With a Pumice Stone.

Get rid of any unsightly bobbles with a pumice stone—just don't rub too hard!

Fit Trousers By Measuring Against Your Neck

You can tell if a pair of pants will fit without trying them on by wrapping the waist around your neck. If the pants are your size, the jeans will wrap just once around your neck without overlap.