Fashion Hacking

Posted April 27, 2016 – 7:55 pm in: Wholesale Closeout News

I’ve always loved the saying “Work smarter, not harder”. There are so many resources at the tips of our fingers that can make life easier, save us money, and channel our creativity. Today we are going to work smarter and show you a few of our favorite fashion hacks that you can do easily from home!

 

Accessories and Jewelry Hacking-
The key to completing a really great outfit is to accessorize! But what if your accessories are in need of a good cleaning and you’re short on time? Not a problem for a fashion hacker! To clean gold at home, simply pour a little light or amber colored beer in a bowl and apply to your jewelry with a gentle scrub from an old toothbrush. Give it a rinse with water and it’ll look like new! For silver, put a dollop of Ketchup on a damp rag and use the rag to polish the silver. After a quick rinse, it’ll shine bright again. For crystal or vintage jewelry, mix 2 parts water and one part vodka in a small bowl. Soak the jewelry for 5 minutes and dry with a soft cloth. This will allow you to extend the life of your jewelry and save you some money, honey.

Hack those Jeans –
A good pair of denim jeans can be worn for ages. Don’t let something like a zipper malfunction or color fading cause you grief when there’s an easy fix for each. If your zipper won’t stay zipped, try looping a key ring around the hole in your zipper. When you zip your pants up, loop the key ring around your button and then button your pants up as you normally would. You can even wash them without having to take the key ring off. What if the zipper is stuck? Try rubbing the zipper with the lead of a pencil or an unlit candle. Each acts as a lubricant for the zipper without creating a mess. Lets say you have dark washed jeans and you want to keep them from fading – wash the jeans with a half cup of distilled vinegar to keep that deep, dark hue.

Shoe Crazy Hacks –
Don’t you just hate when you buy the most gorgeous pair of shoes, but you have to break them in and blister your feet in the process? Not anymore! The next time you want to break in your shoes, let your patience take a hike and throw on the thickest socks you own. Put your shoes on with the thick socks and run a dryer over your feet for several minutes on a medium setting with the heat function on. The heat from the dryer will allow your shoes to expand to the size and shape of your foot, while the thick socks will make sure there’s room for you to be comfortable. Say those shoes are canvas sneakers, which are known for getting dirty very quickly. To extend the life of these sneakers, apply a coat of beeswax to waterproof the shoes and make them resistant to dirt and stains!

Hack your Hair –
It’s 7:30AM. You missed your alarm and you have thirty minutes to get to work – on top of that, you have a long commute and no time to shower. What on Earth do you do with your hair?! Try pouring some baby powder in the palm of your hand and work the powder evenly into your scalp. This will absorb the oil your hair accumulated overnight and give your hair a fresh look and smell. Throw your hair into a stylish bun and no one will know you overslept. For dry or damaged hair, you can make an at-home leave in conditioner from a mixture of raw eggs, mayo, and a touch of your own daily conditioner for a pleasant smell. Mix one raw egg (you might opt for more of each ingredient depending on the length and thickness of your hair), 2 tablespoons of mayo, and one tablespoon of conditioner. Spread the mixture on thick throughout your hair focusing on the ends and areas of damage. Wrap your hair in a plastic bag or plastic wrap for 5-10 minutes. Rinse well and enjoy the beautiful, soft results.

Give a Hack –
Everyone has a few items of clothing they could stand to lose. Clear out some space and be charitable by trying this trick either annually or every six months. Turn all of your hangers in your closet around. Every time you wear something, turn the hanger in the opposite direction so you can see what you’re wearing, and what’s just taking up space. At your six month or year mark, take out all the items you didn’t wear and donate them to people in need. It feels good to purge your old things, but even better to be selfless and help others around you.

 

We hope these simple tricks and hacks can help you keep the things you love longer, and learn to let go of the excess. Do you have any fashion hacks you’d like to share with Madison Avenue? We’d love to hear your feedback and ideas!

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