When it comes to fashion tips, it sometimes seems that everyone and their mother (literally!) has tried-and-true style advice they absolutely swear by. Some are useful, while others … well, not so much. With that in mind, we’ve culled 26 style tips from the best: designers, lifestyle experts and, of course, our staff. Trust us: With these gems, you’ll be well on your way to living your most stylish life.
A. Use white wine to remove red wine stains.
B. Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water.
C. The best at-home method to keep diamonds sparkling: liquid dishwasher detergent and an old toothbrush.
D. Wondering about the quality of your cashmere? Gently stretch the body of the garment to see if it snaps back. A lower-quality cashmere won’t.E. Dressy occasions aren’t the time to play with trends, so know your silhouette and stick to it to always look your best.
F. Snap clip-on earrings onto flats for an instant evening shoe, or onto shirt collars for DIY embellishments.
G. 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.
H. Shopping for a wedding dress or another big-event outfit? Head to the store with makeup on, proper undergarments, and your hair semi-done to get a better sense of how it’ll look.I. Blot, don’t rub, when you spill something on your clothes. Wiping or rubbing will actually further ingrain the stain into the weave.
J. Repurpose old or thrift sweaters and blankets by using them to reupholster a throw pillow, a chair seat or cover a stool.
K. To stretch tight shoes, fill two freezer bags with water and place into each shoe. Let it freeze overnight. As the water freezes, it’ll gently expand your shoes.
L. 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.
M. When getting jeans shortened, always ask your tailor to reattach the original hem. It may cost extra, but it’s worth it.
N. Break in stiff or too-snug shoes by slipping them on with socks and blasting your feet with a hot hairdryer.
O. To stop squeaky shoes, remove the insole and apply Vaseline or WD-40 before replacing it.
P. 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.
Q. Always dry-clean coats before storing them, and place on cedar hangers inside cloth garment bags. This preserves the fabric and keeps moths away.
R. If you have a small closet, never keep your shoes in clunky shoeboxes. Instead, always line up them on the floor.
S. Everyday bras should be replaced every three to six months, as that’s when they start to lose elasticity and support.
T. 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.
U. Windex restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without doing any damage.
V. If the garment you’re ironing has delicate buttons or detailing, cover them with the bowl of a metal spoon and press the surrounding fabric.
W. To achieve the perfectly effortless cuffed sleeve, keep the top button (which is called the gauntlet) buttoned while you roll.
X. Spritzed a bit too much perfume on yourself this morning? Use unscented, oil-based makeup remover to remove excess perfume.
Y. Freeze jeans inside a plastic bag for two days to zap odor without running them through the washing machine.
Z. Heat can warp your glasses frames, so always keep them in a hard case and never wear them on your head on a hot day.