Five non-clothing items that will make your clothes look better

5 things that will make your clothes look better

They say the clothes maketh the man – or the woman, as the case may be – but sometimes those clothes need a bit of a helping hand. Even the most beautifully made designer duds can start to look like crimes of fashion if you don’t look after them properly: here are five items which aren’t clothes themselves, but which will make your clothes look better…

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  • October 30, 2013

    Claudia

    This is sooo true – and I would probably add a lint shaver to the list, and a shoe shine kit.

    Then again, there are now clothes so ceaply made that there is no way to keep them tidy. T-shirts that turn into a corkscrew after the first wash. Pleather shoes that scratch and scuff in ways that shoe polish won’t hide it. Bras that seem to grow one cup size after each wash. Jeans that look like seersucker after some wear. My daughter refuses anything that is not by H&M (I never understood why), and when I happen to handle her washing the stuff looks like cleaning rags, honestly!

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    • October 31, 2013

      Lighty_Lo

      About eight years ago my sister bought a sweater in Oxford Street’s H&M. We live in México, so it was a big dissapointment when the sweater wouldn’t get past our heads, of course, a refund was imposible once we were on the other side of the planet. It eventually ended going to charity (still new) hoping to find an owner with her head shrunken by an ancestral tribe.

      I have nothing bad to say about the design, but the quality… that’s something.

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      • October 31, 2013

        Claudia

        If you were in my shoes you would have been asked to “do something about it”. I have glued soles of cheap shoes back on, hand-sewn tiny darts into bra cups and croched (crocheted?) closures into sweaters that had none. I like sewing and crafts a lot, but!! All for my daughter, the cheapskate fashionista, with her clothing budget forever spent at the cinema and by eating out.

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  • October 30, 2013

    Jane

    Literally the worst thing about living in residence at university is that I don’t have an iron or a full length mirror.

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  • November 1, 2013

    EllieB

    I didn’t buy my first iron until I was 45. You can get away with hanging clothes immediately after taking them out of the machine and pressing them flat with your hands whilst they dry or pay a very nice man to press them for you at the local cleaners.
    All of that changed when I started my degree in Complementary Medicine and had to attend clinic in uniform. The lecturer was ex-army and an absolute stickler. I soon learned to iron my tunic after being hauled up in front of my colleagues for creases on the right arm. The key is to steam or spray with cold water and then press, on the wrong side of the material.
    I would add a small repair kit to the list – pack of needles, couple of cottons, black and grey wools for darning and that invisible hemming stuff.

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