5 Favourite Fashion Hacks

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I love a good hack!  And I’m always on the lookout for ones that’ll help me make the most out of whatever’s hanging in my wardrobe.  So here are five fashion hacks I’m always pulling out of my sleeve. 🙂

1. The Two-Way Blouse

You know how much I love my weird and wacky patterned shirts, and now I love them even more thanks to this genius little hack I picked up whilst video hopping on Youtube (damn you ‘Suggested’ sidebar!).  There are plenty of different ways to wear a shirt, but this trick is a new favourite of mine because it’s easy peasy and practically turns the shirt into a whole new top.  All you have to do is tuck in the collar, work out where you want the neckline to sit and button inwards (just like you would with your duvet – or am I the only one who does that?).  Tuck it into some Mom jeans and voila!

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2. The Perfect Imperfect Tuck

First World Problem Number 99, amiright?  How to tuck your blouse/t-shirt/cami into your bottom half so it looks neat… but not too neat.  Here’s what I do.  Put on your jeans but leave them unbuttoned, then put on whatever top you’re looking to tuck.  Grab the middle part of the top’s hem and twist it once.  Now position it downwards against your abdomen whilst you do up your jeans.  Once everything’s secured you can gently tug on the fabric to loosen things up a bit.  Tada!  The perfect imperfect tuck without spending an hour fussing in front of the mirror. 🙂

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3. From Dress to Skirt

This is one of my favourite things to do when I’m travelling.  It only works on dresses with an open neckline that’ll fit over your thighs, though, so it’s not exactly a foolproof hack.  Saying that, I’ve got a couple of dresses that I know work well with this trick and like to pack them to save on space in my suitcase.  All you need to do is step into the neckline, pinch the waistline and then pull it up.  You can tidy up the waistline with a belt or a tied shirt.

4. Paperclips and Safety Pins

I keep a stash of these babies in my jewellery box because I use them all the time to tweak and perfect my outfits.  Safety pins can be used to fasten low necklines and wrap dresses, and can even be used to stop necklace chains from twisting round.  Just loop a pin through the clasp and then secure it to the label in the back of your top (providing it’s high enough of course 😉 ).  Paper clips can be used to hide bra straps – especially when you’re wearing a racer back.

5. Banging Ballet Pumps

I love flats – especially open ones – but I can’t stand having to grip them with my toes to stop them from falling off.  I bought these stripy ones from Primark for a couple of quid last year and they were a bit too loose, so I stitched in a couple of ribbons and gave them a bit of a prima ballerina makeover.  The ribbons secure the slippy shoes to my feet, and also make them look a bit more expensive than they were.  Just make sure you use a strong needle and either burn or paint the ends of the ribbons with clear nail varnish to stop them fraying.

What are your favourite fashion hacks?  Let me know in the comments! 🙂

DIY Strappy Flats


I love strappy flats. I’m never 100% confident bashing around in heels every day and I’m annoyingly somewhere between a size 7 and 8 (clown feet alert!) so most shoes are annoyingly either too tight, or they slip off. I picked up these pink suedette flats from H&M for £8.99 (in a size 7 and a half – score!) and decided to jazz ’em up with some ankle strappage. I was originally going to use some pink ribbon but then I stumbled across this Pom Pom strip instead and thought, why not? I used a tough shoe needle to stitch the middle of each strip to the inner heel, and then stitched a tiny bit of ribbon onto either end of the strip to make the straps easy to tie. Easy! 🙂

I definitely noticed a few foot glances when I wore them the other day, including a few from my dog. He already thinks my ankles are a tasty chew toy and these probably aren’t going to help. Oh well!

DIY Embroidered Tee

I love lazy-gal fashion.  If I could get away with wearing skinny jeans and a t-shirt everywhere, every day, then I probably would.  I really like the whole grungy, embroidered t shirts that seem to be everywhere at the moment, but when I saw one in Top Shop last week and turned over the price tag I had a mini heart attack (I can’t be alone in thinking Top Shop has completely lost the plot on pricing in recent years…).  I’m sorry Toppers, but since when is it realistic to charge £22 for a plain white T Shirt with one embroidered word on it?  Nuh uh.  Forget it.  I’ll DIY it, I decided – and it turns out, it’s not that difficult to do at all.

All you’ll need is a plain white T Shirt (pick one up in good old Primani for a couple of quid), a sharp pencil, some scissors, a needle, some embroidery thread and an embroidery hoop (you could probably cope without one, but it does help to keep the fabric taut and enable you to stitch in a straight line!).
Put the T Shirt on and work out exactly where you want the embroidery to be, then apply the hoop.  Once you know what word you’re going for lightly pencil it onto the fabric.
Stitching in the letters is the trickiest part (but not that hard if you’re a dab hand with a needle and thread), use back stitch and keep the stitches on the small side so you’ve got a bit more control.  It doesn’t have to be 100% perfect or neat, just as long as it’s legible!