Wardrobe Malfunctions

By Kristen Castillo

April 12, 2018 5 min read

Fashion flubs happen all the time. Clothing issues like deodorant streaks, loose buttons and stuck zippers always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times.

Luckily there are fixes for these wardrobe malfunctions. Read on for quick solutions to common apparel problems.

*Pilled Sweaters

Those little fuzz balls on your favorite sweater aren't cute; they're annoying. The best way to get rid of them is to use a sharp plastic razor and gently "shave" the fuzz away.

To prevent sweater pilling, follow these tips from the Good Housekeeping Institute: wash clothes inside out, since friction with other clothes during washing and drying is what causes the pills. Handwash the item or wash it on delicate and hang it to dry.

*Zipper Tip

Stuck zipper? There are a few fixes for this problem. The Krazy Coupon Lady suggests soaking the fabric around the zipper in Windex and then slowing trying to unzip it, while maintaining tension on the zipper.

She also recommends rubbing a nonmechanical graphite pencil over the stuck zipper or applying crayon wax to both the front and the back of the zipper. Just make sure the crayon is the same color as the zipper and fabric.

*Deodorant Marks

Hate those white deodorant stains on your clothes? You're not alone. Those irritating streaks can ruin a look, but there's help.

"The quick solution is a dry towel or inside-out sock to rub over the area, and it's gone," says Jessica Louw Douthit, who runs the Beyond the Clock blog.

Other fixes include blotting the stain with a damp cloth or trying one of the new deodorant removing sponges, sold online and at department stores.

*Tight Pants Button Hack

Need an extra inch in your waistband? Blogger Beth Hunter of HomeStoriesAtoZ.com has the solution.

First grab an elastic band (that you'd usually use for your hair) that matches the color of your pants. Next, loop the elastic around the button and thread the elastic through the buttonhole. Loop the elastic over the button and voila, you have an extra inch in your waistband!

Be sure to wear a longer top, sweater or jacket to cover your button hack.

*Stains

Get rid of pesky stains with these tips from Lifehacker:

--Sprinkle baby powder on any grease stain and let it sit overnight. The powder should absorb the grease.

--Remove coffee, tea, or mustard spots by applying vinegar to the stain, and then washing by hand or in the machine.

--Wash away makeup on clothing with shaving cream, followed by machine washing.

*Hem Help

Do you have a fallen hem or simply want to tack up your hem? The old-school way would involve measuring, cutting, sewing and ironing. Nowadays, there's a low-fuss do-it-yourself solution: Simply fold the fabric and use double-stick tape to keep it in place. Or try a hem tape, such as the adjustable hem tape from Scotch Essentials. No need to cut, sew or iron!

*Shoulder Bumps

Who hasn't been frustrated by hanger bumps in the shoulders of shirts and sweaters? The weight of the fabric wears down on the hanger, and the shoulders bear the protruding peaks.

Luckily, there are a few remedies. You can mist the shoulders with water to loosen the bumped fabric. Or you can steam the shoulders in the bathroom. Another option is to turn the top inside out, mist the shoulder bump and iron it smooth from the inside.

*Loose Buttons

If you have a loose button but don't have access to a needle and thread to repair it, dap a little glue or clear nail polish to the existing loose thread to keep the button in place. This isn't a permanent solution but it should hold up temporarily.

Then sew on a new button as soon as possible. Luckily, learning how to replace a button is easy. There are many online tutorials.

Sewing a button is a good skill to have but if you're too busy, take your clothes to a tailor or dry cleaner. Replacing buttons and zippers, along with other minor clothing issues, can be relatively cheap and definitely more affordable than buying a new shirt, pants or jacket.

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