There’s a price we pay for looking so damn good in lady fashion.
If you’re a human female, you know the price is paid in complete discomfort. Thankfully, many of your apparel woes are easily solved with a little creativity and gumption. Here we present seven of the most common apparel problems and their surprisingly simple solutions.
1. The ill-fitting lining
The problem: Your work slacks and dresses appear to hang perfectly on the outside, but there’s something that feels wrong with the lining. You think that the seamstress made the lining in a size too small or otherwise assembled it while she was doing shots.
The fix: You can always take your clothing to a seamstress for an alteration. Alternatively, you can remove the lining with a seam ripper. If you need more coverage, wear a slip or a pair of Spanx underneath the lining-free item.
2. The thigh chafe
The problem: You know the thigh gap trend is dumb, but sometimes you wonder if it wouldn’t solve your chafing problems in a summer dress or shorts.
3. The strapless slide
The problem: You’re bumping and grinding on the dance floor like it’s prom 2004 and your teensy strapless bra takes a nosedive towards your belly button. There’s nothing like spending the whole evening tugging your bra back up to where it’s supposed to be.
The fix: Affix fashion tape to the inside of the bra before putting it on for a night on the town. The sticky tape will hold the bra where it belongs. (Incidentally, this also works to close the gap if you suffer from a button-down shirt that allows people to see your breasts.)
4. The blistered heel
The problem: Your adorable new pair of shoes has left your heels looking like something out of The Walking Dead.
The fix: Don’t give the shoes to a frenemy just yet. If your flesh is already mangled, protect the blister by applying blister pads, which adhere like bandages.
5. The underwire stab
The problem: You paid at least $7 at Ross Dress for Less for this lacy underwire and now it’s holding you hostage. The underwire has broken free and is stabbing you in retribution for a mistake you made in a past life.
The fix: If you’re in a pinch, cut a strip of moleskin to cover the hole through which the wire is poking you. It’s a temporary fix, but it can work to contain the wire for a few days. In the event you need a more permanent solution, do a DIY fix with Fix A Bra, which boasts stronger adhesive than moleskin.
6. The itchy tag
The problem: You’re certain that you’ve fallen into a specific kind of hell, and the poky stitching on your tag is entirely to blame.
The fix: Cover the itchy tag with tape. Seriously. Undercover Tape is a hypoallergenic, self-adhesive tape that was designed by two moms who wanted to permanently wave goodbye to annoying tags and hems.
7. The flats that crush your will to live
The problem: Just when you thought your arches would get a break from strappy stilettos, you discovered the torture that is ballet flats.
The fix: Maybe I’m just approaching 30, but I’m starting to believe that all of life’s problems can be solved with a pair of insoles. Look for slimmer insoles that are made specifically for flats.
Tell us: What’s your most annoying apparel problem?
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