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I Tried Out 4 Lazy-Girl Shirt-Gapping Solutions, And Got Surprisingly Lucky

If you've got a shirt-gapping problem and no $$$ or DIY skills, THIS IS FOR YOU.

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We live in an amazing time. If you are one of the many women who must deal with your button-down shirts gapping at your boobs, there are lots of fantastic solutions out there. Which is great, if you are a competent adult.

...but, um, what if you're not?

Hi, my name is Kristin, and I suffer from chronic shirt gapping. Unfortunately, I am also a trash monster at DIY stuff and too messy of an eater to be trusted with any expensively tailored shirts.

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

Pictured: A person who dropped a sock in the toilet this morning.

So, for all the ladies out there who are either lazy or strapped for cash, I decided to test out four lo-fi, easy shirt-gapping solutions:

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All of these options were under $15, took 10 minutes or less, and required no sewing. If you can use the internet, which I am pretty sure you can, you can get this stuff for yourself.

Then, I rated them all based on how easy they were to use and how well they were able to keep my shirt together during the course of my day.

First, for the sake of comparison, I tried out the original: regular ol' safety pins.

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Cost: $3.99, or free if you just borrow one from someone who has their life together.

How long it took me: Three minutes, before I decided I was as close as I was going to get.

Here's how the regular safety pin held up:

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed
Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

Did it hold my shirt together? Look, I don't need to tell you that safety pins work. It's the safety school of tailoring options: It will always be there for you.

But I was surprised by how relatively unnoticeable my safety pin was, even though I did a terrible job at pinning it. So, if you're ever worried about whether or not anyone can see your safety pin on your flannel shirt, think back to how you probably had to hunt trying to find mine, and relax.

Did it hold up all day? Yeah, it's a safety pin — it's not going anywhere.

In a pinch, safety pins are a pretty safe bet, and not as noticeable you'd think.

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Next, I tried out special safety pins that are designed so that you can pin your shirt together without the pin being visible. This is probably why each pin is $5.

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Cost: $14.95 for three.

How long it takes: About 10 minutes, because there is a tutorial, so naturally I pinned my shirt to my bra twice while trying this out.

Even after three tries, I couldn't get the Pinx pins to really hold my shirt together.

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed
Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

Did it hold my shirt together? Only when I'm not doing anything with my arms, so not really.

Did it last throughout the day? Yes, it continued to not hold my shirt together for the duration of the day.

I wanted to give Pinx the benefit of the doubt and attempted to pin my shirt for the fourth time, and, uh, this is what happened:

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My shirt looks like a toddler playing hide-and-seek. Like, yes, I cannot technically see you, Pinx pin, but I am pretty sure I know where you are.

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I'm giving this two buttons because there is a chance that if you have really good spatial awareness under pressure, you can make this work for you.

But, uh, I don't, and I suspect a lot of you also don't either, so let's move on to the next solution!

Next, I tried some sticky back Velcro tape for fabric!

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Cost: $5.99 on Velcro.com or $9.30 on Amazon Prime.

How long it took me: Five minutes, because I got super lucky and cut the right amount without measuring.

You're supposed to let it set for 24 hours, so I of course let it set for about 30 seconds. AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed
Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

Did it hold my shirt together? You bet your sweet bananas it did!

Did it last throughout the day? Dude, yes, it was crazy! I was asking people basically all day if a) anything was holding together my shirt and b) if they could see what was holding it together. Literally no one could tell that anything was there, let alone Velcro!

If you really stare, you can tell it's slightly curved, because I stuck the velcro on there while I was wearing the shirt (maybe don't do that) but no one is paying that close attention, and let's take our lazy victories where we can.

GIVE IT UP FOR STICKY BACK VELCRO, Y'ALL.

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Some disclaimers: Obviously, I tried this on flannel, and it may work differently on other fabrics. Also, this is meant to be permanent (and washable, if you follow the instructions), so you can peel it off afterward, but it's not as easy as with regular tape.

Also, PLEASE PLEASE (PLEASE!) TRY A SPOT TEST FIRST if you want to try this on your fave shirt. If you decide you hate the Velcro and want to peel it off, you want to make sure it won't ruin your shirt. My shirt was fine when I peeled it off, but every shirt is different!

Finally, I wanted to try a sticky substance that was a a bit cheaper and less permanent:

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Cost: $5.65 on Amazon, but I've also seen it in basically every drugstore.

How long it took me: Two minutes, because I messed up twice.

Hollywood Fashion Tape worked pretty well at first, even under the strain of stretching my arms out:

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed
Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

Did it hold my shirt together? Yes, for a hot 10 minutes, I was definitely on Team Fashion Tape.

However, the fashion tape didn't hold up very well over time:

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I waved at like, one person, and it came apart. My desk is really far from everyone else's at the office, so this solution is not suited to my waving needs.

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I waved at like, one person, and it came apart. My desk is really far from everyone else's at the office, so this solution is not suited to my waving needs.

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I waved at like, one person, and it came apart. My desk is really far from everyone else's at the office, so this solution is not suited to my waving needs.

So, unless you're feeling brave, fashion tape is not the solution for you:

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Stick to using it for jobs that don't involve do-or-die nipple situations.

The winner: STICKY BACK VELCRO!

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Kristin Chirico/BuzzFeed

Second place goes to safety pins, which deserve credit for their long and tireless years of service. Thank you, safety pins, but I'm afraid it's time for me to move on from you. I'm an adult now. I USE VELCRO.

For more Kristin, like her Facebook page!

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