9 Clothing Tips You Wish You Had Known Before

Saturday, January 23, 2016

They blame it on Adam and Eve but no one really knows when exactly we started wearing clothes, but since that day clothing has included everything from a simple cloth tied around the waist to corsets and multiple petticoats covered by an intricate gown. And along the way, we have all developed a few little tricks that make wearing those clothes a little easier and often make you wonder why that never occurred to you before in all these years!

 

The Bootleg Into Skinny Leg Conversion 

Every cowgirl worth her salt knows this trick, and seeing as I’m a cowgirl at heart it didn’t take me long to figure out how to tuck my flare bottom jeans into my boots without getting that stupid bubble that can ruin even the most gorgeous outfit. All you do is fold up the bottoms, then pull the bottom tight against your leg and fold over the extra flap then pull a sock over it and voila – skinny leg jeans! And if at some point you decide that you actually need a new pair of pants, try visiting Target for a wide selection of quality items in a number of styles that will suit you for sure.

 

The Simple Hidden Bra Strap

Boys, this tip doesn’t apply to you, but every girl has had that day when their whole outfit goes out the window because they need to wear a bra, but don’t want the straps to show. This is especially the case with wide neck shirts and dresses. But all you need is a few very thin strips of material and a few sew on press studs and you’ll never have to worry about your underwear showing for all the world to see.

 

Undo Dryer Shrunk Clothes

There is nothing worse than losing one of your favorite items of clothing to the evil dryer pixies. But with a little time, effort and baby shampoo you can now mount a rescue mission and claim it back! All you need to do is fill a sink or some kind of tub with lukewarm water. Now add the baby shampoo to the water and add the shrunken item. Make sure every fiber gets coated by gently moving the item around. Now remove it from the water and use a towel to get it as dry as possible. Now gently stretch the material back to the original size and leave it laid out on a towel to air dry.

 

All The Layers, None Of The Bulk

Layering clothes is a wonderful technique, and an adorable fitted sweater layered over a button down and a pair of comfy denims (jeans, shorts or even a denim skirt) is one of the best ways to show off your new boots. But sometimes you just can’t get the button down to look good under the sweater no matter how much you tuck, tug or squirm. But that was before some genius invented the tank top! Simply slip a form fitting tank over the button down, slip into the sweater and admire your non frumpy midsection in the mirror!

 Make Those Jeans Fit

When you get attached to a certain pair of jeans it is very hard to let go of them and even when we’ve out grown them they spend years in the closet, waiting for the day when we’ll fit into them again. But with a little warm water and a half hour of energetic stretching while wearing the still damp jeans you can take them from a tight fit to a comfortable one. I suggest putting the jeans on and climbing into a tub of warm water rather than trying to force yourself into a wet, slightly too small pair. 

 

Get That Worn In Softness In Minutes

We all have that one T-shirt that we have owned for years, the one that has been washed so many times it is super soft and super comfy. But now you don’t have to wear one shirt for years or wash it a hundred times just to get that baby softness you love. Simply soak your brand new cotton tee in salt water for 3 days, then wash it along with your other clothes. The salt will soften the fibers and that uncomfortable like new stiffness will be gone.

 

Double Your Wardrobe Space In Minutes

If you have a rule that says you’re never allowed to own more clothes than you have space in your wardrobe for then you’re going to LOVE this tip. And all you need is those little pull tabs from the top of soda cans to do it! Just slide the one hole of the ring tab over the top of a hangar, and then slide a second hangar through the other hole. Now you can plan your matching outfits in advance, or simply double up on your closet space. Plus you get to enjoy a whole lot of soda while you’re doing it!

 

Get That Leather A Little Wet

This won’t work on patent leather but if you’re finding that brand new pair of leather shoes, or that beautiful real leather jacket a little too stiff then simply get yourself a little wet to break it in while you’re wearing it. Water is the best way to soften leather and also allow it to stretch and form natural creases that accommodate how your arms or toes bend whether you’re moving around or relaxing. Don’t use any heat while you’re drying it though because this will make the leather almost as hard as plastic!

 Ironing Doesn’t Have To Be Such A Chore

Now doing laundry is not really one of those things that are on your list of fun things to do in a day. And ironing ranks somewhere near if not lower than scrubbing the toilet with a toothbrush! There is no way to avoid doing laundry but you can cut down on how much ironing you have to do if you hang your wet washing with hangers rather than pegs. This is also a great way to save space if your washing line is small. Shake as many of the wrinkles as possible out of the items and hang them so they can go straight from the line to the closet.

There are hundreds of other tips that are just as useful so if you're aware of one that we just have to know about then don't hesitate to share it!

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Lizzy Fresh said...

Ahhh I'm going to try that layering trick soon! I've tried wearing a button down under a sweater many times but never managed to leave the house before changing again because I always look frumpy and boxy with so many shirts on. Also need to try the Jean stretching technique for some of my work pants... half of them I can barely breathe in at this point lol!

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Emmylou MW said...

Awesome tips, Kim, esp that one about the shrunken clothes and making your shirt softer by soaking it in salt water. Never knew these! Thanks:)

rae lovefromberlin said...

This is such an awesome list! Actually most of these were new to me, esp. the boots jeans trick and the de-shrinking a shrunken item trick! Thanks for an awesome post!


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Iwarra said...

Lovely tips, learned so much! Thank you kindly for sharing the wisdom :)
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Samantha Mariko said...

the doubling wardrobe space tip is the one i needed most! thanks Kim!
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Sara Meireles said...

Thanks for your tips , I LOVE THEM and I agree with all your words
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Nicky A said...

Great post, thanks for the tips!!

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Pamela RG said...

These are all helpful tips Kim. I never knew about putting socks over those boot cut Jeans to tuck them inside boots. I hate ironing too but I do it because I hate wearing wrinkled clothes. Thanks for these tips.

Keisha Ramsay said...

Awesome tips Kim! The amount of items that I have shrunken clothes in the dryer is vast lol! I will def try the baby shampoo tip out, wish I had know about it before as I could have saved so many of my favourite pieces.

Enjoy your weekend Kim!

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Jackie Harrison said...

So many I did not know especially the shrunk dryer one great post.

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Dora Toubanaki said...

Cannot, will not iron! Loved the tips!
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Ivana Split said...

awesome tips! I have a lot of bell jeans, so that first one is pure gold to me. I find them all to be very useful, I skiped reading one of them (the one about a dryer) because here we don't really have dryers ( I don't know why but I only saw them in hotels, regular people don't use them in their homes).

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Ela BellaWorld said...

Even though I hang the clothes wet, I just can't wear some of them without ironing them! Doubling the wardrobe space with tops of soda cans is a great idea, I will definitely give it a try!

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Ashley Sue said...

I love all these tips Kim! I really need to try the undoing the shrinking one! So many shirts off bought and only worn once because they shrunk in the washer!

JOURNAL OF STYLE said...

OMG, so helpful, Kim! I remember how much stuff I threw or gave away simply because it didn't work out for me anymore. My fave tips is that one with the layers, flared jeans and how to get leather wet! All in all a heaven sent post! ;)

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Adalias C said...

I never knew about the undoing shrinking clothes trick, that's going to be a lifesaver! xx

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Shirley Tay said...

Gorgeous round-up of tips especially the one with jeans, dear! xoxo

LBG said...

Cool! I didn't know some of these! The way you hang clothes does help with the ironing!

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Nazlıgül Çınaroğlu said...

Great post with great tips! I've never heard few before! Thanks for sharing!
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Pilar said...

Very helpful and informative tips, especailly the tip about the bra strap showing. Great post!

aki! said...

Some really solid tips here! I'll have to put the one about stretching out clothes into play.

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Nerline Germain said...

These are some great tips. I love the ones about the hangers and the bootlegs. Lol! Thanks for sharing, Kim!!

Ellese Launer said...

Oh my gosh these tips are ingenious! I am pinning this to save for later! Thanks for sharing hun. Xo, Ellese

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Rebeca Muñoz López said...

Thanks for share your tips Kim! Very useful for me, especially to recover the shrunken clothes and wear jeans and boots.

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Lauren Carter said...

I love the little DIY on how to double your wardrobe. I didn't know that one! These are great tips!

little luxury list said...

What interesting tips. i should save soda tabs!

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Lorena said...

Oh you have given me a great idea Kim, I have a pair of jeans that I might be able to wear if I try your technique.

Linda Libra Loca said...

I remember the jeans in the bath tub thing from the 80ies, but never thought of using this tip again.

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