Iron That Pesky Collar
If you can never iron your collar just right, try a hair flat iron. It’ll apply heat directly to the collar area, making it lie flatter than ever.
Stop Runs Before They Start
Few things are more annoying than getting runs in your tights. Avoid them by spraying your tights with hairspray before you slip them on.
The best way to clean your suede pieces? Grab a clean toothbrush and get scrubbing.
You really don’t have to throw away a coat once the zipper gets stuck. Another way to free up that zipper is to just rub Vaseline or crayon wax on the zipper’s teeth and it will work again in no time.
Image: ASOS Collection Textured Biker Jacket With Zip Detail, ASOS
Remove Static Cling
If a dryer sheet isn't working, get rid of static cling by gliding the long side of a metal hanger down your clothes.
Tutorial: Style Me Pretty
You can hand-wash silk at home. Just launder it very quickly in a tub of lukewarm water with a tablespoon of baby shampoo, so you won’t damage the delicate material.
Prevent Sweater Shedding
Does your angora sweater shed everywhere you go? Put it in a sealed bag and throw it in the freezer overnight. This will help lock in the fibers, so shedding stops for good.
Image: Nicole Miller Artelier Angora Sweater, Nicole Miller
Wipe Makeup Off Clothes
Makeup remover wipes can even get makeup off your clothes. The trick is to use it right away and wipe the soiled area very gently.
Image: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Drugstore.com
Clean Gold Jewelry
Surprise: Beer doubles as a jewelry cleaner. Use a cloth soaked in light beer to clean your favorite gold jewels.
Image: Vita Fede Mini Titan Crystal Bracelet, Shopbop
Polish Silver Jewelry
Ketchup is good for more than adding flavor to fries. It can polish your silver jewelry. Just pour ketchup into a dish and submerge your silver pieces in the paste for 5 to 10 minutes. Gently scrub the ketchup off with a clean toothbrush, rinse the jewelry in warm water and voilà — your silver looks brand new.
Image: Moschino Charm Bracelet, Shopbop
Clean Crystal Jewelry
Believe it or not, vodka makes a pretty good crystal jewelry cleaner. Pour some into a dish, take your crystal diamond ring and just swish it back and forth. Be careful: Alcohol will damage any gemstone that isn’t a crystal.
Image: DANNIJO Duchess Necklace, Shopbop
Remove Red Wine Stains
The key to getting rid of red wine stains? White wine. White counteracts red and makes removal a breeze. Soak a cloth with white wine and gently dab the stain to remove it. Don’t rub because it makes the stain worse.
Make Oil Spots Disappear
Getting oil spots off your clothes is easier than you think. Dish detergent is formulated to remove oil from plates, pots and pans, but it works for fabrics, too. Add dish detergent to a cloth and you can remove the oil stain from your clothing in no time.
Get Rid of Grease From Your Shoes
If you got grease on your favorite pair of leather shoes, cover the stain in baby powder to absorb the oil. It will come right off.
Make Your Canvas Shoes Water Resistant
You can make your go-to canvas shoes water resistant. Apply solid beeswax all over the soles (don’t use beeswax on the top of the shoes because it’ll reduce breathability). After rubbing beeswax on the soles, run a blowdryer back and forth. Reapply every few months to ensure your sneakers can withstand wet conditions.
Get Rid of Vintage Aromas
Spray your garment with white distilled vinegar or cheap vodka. When the liquid evaporates, so will the odor. For stubborn musty smells, let your garment sit in a bag of baking soda for a day or two.
Tone Down Perfume
If you accidentally sprayed too much perfume, dab a cotton ball with makeup remover and apply to your skin. Leave it on for at least three minutes.
Tutorial: Bois de Jasmin
Keep Zippers From Falling
Take a key ring about the size of a penny. Loop it through your zipper, and zip up your pants. Then attach the key ring to your top button.
Remove Sweat Stains
Don't give up on your white shirts just yet. Soak the sweat stains for two to three hours in a mixture that includes a half cup warm water and two crushed aspirins.
Tutorial: Reader's Digest
Remove Sweat Stains
Want more proof that you don’t have to throw away white shirts with yellow sweat stains? Simply squirt lemon juice on the affected area and throw them in the laundry machine. They’ll be gone before you know it.
Another product that's good in a pinch if you run out of shoe polish? Vaseline. Apply a small amount and scrub vigorously to shine your favorite leather shoes.
We may not know the answers to all of life’s mysterious questions, but we do know one thing. When life gives you lemons, you must hack it and hack it good. From polishing dull shoes with household staples (hello, bananas!) to removing that musty thrift store odor ASAP, we’re here to provide you with super simple fixes for those sticky style problems. Because, let’s face it, we’ve all been there. For 30 fashion hacks that will change your life overnight, click on the slideshow above.