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    Updated on Jan 31, 2019. Posted on Aug 22, 2018

    24 Little Ways To Fix Everything That's Wrong With Your Clothes

    Easy tweaks that'll keep the stuff you own looking perfect for longer.

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    1. Hold onto your fave pair of jeans with a loose button thanks to a simple button replacement kit the least handy person you know could probably use.

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    Promising review: "Perfect! Saved the day for me. Lost the button and needed to wear the pants very soon. Ordered the repair buttons, which came within a couple of days, and was able to repair the pants and wear them right away." —Dominic Kutra

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    While you're at it, check out some ways to make your clothes last so much longer.

    2. Swap out saggy or broken underwires with some replacement underwires to give your boobs (and look) a boost without having to buy a new bra.

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    Promising review: "These underwires are terrific!! I (oddly enough) broke at least one underwire in almost every bra I have so I bought these as replacements. The work BETTER THAN the original underwires did. They are slightly shorter so they don't dig in my ribs/side and they slide in so easily that a tiny hole was all that was needed to put them in place. I will DEFINITELY be ordering more in the future." —Aprel C.

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.50.

    And if you're in the market for a new bra, check out our ultimate guide to bras.

    3. Dye your trusty black jeans back to an inky hue with a bottle of black dye and you'll never wanna buy a new pair again!

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    Get an 8 oz. bottle of liquid dye from Walmart for $2.98.

    In case you're in the market for new pants, here are jeans that'll actually last.

    4. Cover up tiny stains and bleach spots on black cotton clothing with a Sharpie because no one will notice. (I've done this a million times.)

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    I'm forever accidentally wiping whitening toothpaste on my LBDs. Eek.

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $4.19.

    5. Hide the actual grease stain from some chili cheese fries on your denim jacket with food-themed enamel pins everyone will admire.

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    Get the six-pin set from Amazon for $8.99. And check out some similar enamel pin sets featuring succulents, space-y things, cats, The Golden Girls, gaming controllers, and a general cool assortment.

    6. Banish unsightly fuzzies with a small fabric shaver that'll pick up all the errant lint bringing down your LEWK.

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    Don't worry, a metal guard prevents this from tearing up your clothes. It's a subtle before and after that'll just make you look *so* much sharper!

    Promising review: "I was surprised how well this worked. It is a small device, smaller than a can of soda. But it did take care of a few of the items that I like to wear and thought they got to the point where I was thinking of donating them. It literally makes the things look new again. Takes care of the smallest threads. Just you need to be patient and go over the area a few times. There is a plastic cover over the blade, so don't forget to take that off before you start using it. I was puzzled for a bit and thought it did not work at all, but then i realized how dumb I was for not checking the blade. Lol. You also need to clean it often to make sure the shaved off material does not block the blade and prevents the new shavings get into the collecting container." —BobSK

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    P.S. In a pinch, dragging a razor across a piece of clothing can help too!

    7. Create a seamless look with high-waisted bottoms thanks to a cheap but chic bodysuit moonlighting as a shirt.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this bodysuit. I have to keep myself from wearing it literally all the time. It's super soft and comfortable and can be worn with just about anything. I got a size small and it fit perfectly. I'm 5'4, 115 lbs." —Evelyn

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in seven colors, sizes XS–XL). And check out a plus-size option for $18.99+ (available in seven colors, sizes XL–4XL).

    8. Erase yellow armpit stains on white shirts with some baking soda and good old fashioned elbow grease. (But not a ton of elbow grease.)

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    Dipping into your supply of dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda will cost you less than new duds (which, BTW, cost $7.68+ for a three-pack on Amazon).

    And check out the full explainer on One Good Thing by Jillee.

    Take a gander at the best stain removers you can get on Amazon.

    9. Look extra tidy with a handheld fabric steamer that'll be easier (and faster!) to use than an iron. Psst, de-wrinkling is one of the easiest ways to look more pulled-together.

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    New to steaming? It really is the best. (I don't even own an iron.) Check out some steaming basics from The Laundress and, BTW, my friend who works in fashion says that you should steam clothes from the inside.

    Promising review: "I am beyond thrilled with this little gizmo. It has worked wonders on everything in my closet from delicate chiffon and poly-blends, to heavier cotton and wool-blends. I have even steamed stubborn wrinkles from blazers and purses and linen. The picture I have shared is of a pair of jeans air dried straight from the wash (before) and then (after) one passing with the Pur Steam Fabric Steamer. I considered purchasing a larger steamer, but they tend to be clumsy, heavy and difficult to maneuver. This steamer is perfect. And for frequent refills, I simply keep a pitcher of water nearby. For the price, you can't beat it." —Savvy Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    10. Revive your worse-for-wear coats by "dry cleaning" them with Woolite sheets or — if it's OK with your garment's care instructions — throw it in the wash instead of selling a kidney to pay a dry-cleaning bill.

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    Outerwear, by nature, can get very dirty and gross. So a coat that looks a little meh may actually just be dirty! Dry cleaning is expensive AF where I live in New York City. And it isn't dirt cheap where my parents live in rural North Carolina, either. Once you do the math, you could buy a new piece of outerwear for a big dry cleaning haul for your outwear.

    Turns out that most down/puffy coats can be machine washed. Of course, always read the label first! Remove fur collars, hoods, or any other detachable pieces and, if they can be washed, place them in a mesh laundry bag before throwing them in the wash, too. After you wash your outerwear, (per the tag's instructions), dry according to those instructions, too. Don't freak out when you see your puffer reduced to a wet, crumpled shell of what it once was. It'll be just fine once it dries.

    Get them from Amazon: six-pack of Woolite cloths for $8.88 and six mesh laundry bags for $8.97

    Need more help? Check out ways to make doing laundry so much easier.

    11. And if a thorough cleaning doesn't get rid of makeup stains on your coat collar (I can relate), cover it up with a faux-fur stole that'll help you channel Cruella Deville. But, like, in a cruelty-free way.

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    No sewing required! Just safety pin this bad boy on your coat collar. Don't worry, the ~luxurious~ faux fur will hide your secret attachment tools.

    Promising review: "Very soft, great quality for fake fur at this price! I got the 120 and it's quite long, which is perfect as a shawl or for an extra glamorous look on a coat. If you want a more standard collar for a coat, I would get the 100." —John S

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes, 16 colors).

    12. Perhaps it's just a garment's buttons that look sorry? Replace them with a fresh set with some personality for a designer touch on the cheap.

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    Promising review: "These are awesome. I had platic buttons on a vintage Brooks Brothers Blazer and these make all the difference. Perfect upgrade. I look forward to wearing my jacket now whenever I head out for the evening. Love it." —Johnny Mack

    Get them from Amazon for $12.98.

    And for the uninitiated, here's how to sew three types of buttons. And while you're at it, reinforce any loose buttons!

    13. Polish your leather accessories using a cheap sponge so you can bask in the glow of their sheen once again and fall back in love.

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    I always keep one of these in my arsenal and they make your scuffed-up shoes look so much better in between trips to a pro. (NYC is brutal on footwear.)

    Promising review: "It's a great shoe SHINER. It does not remover scuffs but can make them look better by making your shoes look shiner than ever!" —May

    Get it from Amazon for $4.16.

    14. Renew the look of your fuzzy go-tos with an ~official~ Ugg cleaning kit instead of dropping them off at the dry cleaner's for some serious $$$.

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    Recommended for use only on twin-faced sheepskin boots and slippers within the Classic, Ultra and Ultimate collections. Includes a cleaner and conditioner, water and stain repellent, freshener, brush, and a stone.

    Promising review: "This stuff saved my uggs I was ready to throw them out! Luckily I found this stuff and it saved me a couple of hundred dollars." —Vance

    Get it from Amazon for $16.54.

    15. Keep a tube of all-purpose super glue on hand for shoe emergencies, like when my metal toe cap fell off a pair of flats during a lunch break stroll.

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    Find you a bottle that will work on everything. Then buy one for home and another for work. This formulation (in new packaging) bonds leather, cork, paper, cardboard, wood, chipboard, fabric, metal, ceramic, rubber, and hard plastics like Plexiglas, polycarbonate, polystyrene and PVC.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.19.

    While you're at it, check out shoe hacks you'll wish you'd known sooner.

    16. Teach yourself how to make basic alterations with a beginner's sewing guide and simple sewing kit so that pile of clothes in your laundry room you need to take to the tailor disappears.

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    Promising review (for the book): "It is an invaluable book to have in your library. Rather than having your sewing alterations and fixes done at your dry cleaner, you can simply do it yourself and save time and money. This is a great guide for beginners of all ages." —Karl Minner

    Get them from Amazon: book for $13.87 and sewing kit for $7.95

    17. Or forget sewing altogether and repair clothing tears along seams and hems with permanent fabric glue.

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    Promising review: "Know how to sew? I sure don't. A brand-new shirt sprung a hole after only one wash, and obviously it couldn't be returned at that point. This stuff was the answer. It's a little tricky to work with the adhesive as it gets wispy, almost spiderweb-like as you dab it around, but other than that it dried quickly enough and did not stain. I wore the shirt several hours later with no issues. Thank god for this stuff, because I will likely never pick up a needle and don't really plan to." —Eve ill

    Get it from Amazon for $9.32.

    18. Spray on some anti-blister spray to make your killer (in look and feel) shoes substantially comfier.

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    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review.

    Promising Review: "This is a lifesaver! I had to stand in high heels for extended periods of time and typically after several hours I would have a blister(s). With this though, I have no blisters. I should have put lotion on my toenails to prevent the coating on the polish, but it worked great." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    And while you're at it, check out more products that'll make wearing heels bearable.

    19. Fix fallen hems or customize items to the perfect length with some adjustable hem tape on the go or some iron-on adhesive for a permanent solution.

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    Promising review (for adjustable tape): "I began using Scotch Essentials Adjustable Tape after long-term use of the Hollywood Temporary Hem Tape which over time seemed to become less effective for hemming my jeans. So, out of desperation, I thought I would try the new kid on the block. I am so glad that I did. This holds much better, and is less expensive than the Hollywood Hem Tape. Unlike the Hollywood Tape, which only adhered to certain fabrics, I have found the Scotch Essentials Tape holds the hems of my jeans regardless of the fabric until I decide to remove it. I am very pleased with it, and will never be without it.." —Princess Girl

    Promising review (for iron-on adhesive): "Works for me, I hemmed a few dresses using heat and bond. So glad I found out about this. I used to pay $20 per dress at an alterations shop. This product saved me a lot of $$$." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon: adjustable hem tape for $4.99 or iron-one adhesive for $2.77

    20. Avoid a wardrobe malfunction with double-stick tape you can measure out at *just* the right amount.

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    Promising review: "When I think about the 10 things I can't live without I put fashion tape on the list — I use it all the time. So many tops are too low or too loose. I like to keep my clothes in place so I tape the shirt to my bra and it's perfect." —Doctorlisa

    Get it from Amazon for $8+ (available in several roll lengths).

    Check out more products that'll make everything stay in its proper place.

    21. Or just layer a plain T-shirt underneath a summer dress for an office-approp look that will prevent a horde of wardrobe problems (like the wrong bra, skimpy necklines, frigid offices, etc.)!

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    Read a BuzzFeeder's review of these tees.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16 (available in 17 color combos, sizes XS–2XL).

    22. Disguise a cleavage-y top at the office with an infinity scarf when it's laundry day and your business casual go-tos are dirty.

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    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 26 color combos). And check out some fringed options.

    23. It's best to avoid clothes you have to tailor. But if you hit the jackpot at the thrift store, it's good to know how to tailor stuff.

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