Every fashionista’s address book contains the name of a great tailor and a reliable cobbler. After all, some alterations and repairs are best left to the pros. But there are loads of inexpensive, easy-to-use and invaluable tools that can be kept on hand for minor wardrobe emergencies, touch-ups and maintenance.
On the go
Keeping wardrobe maintenance tools at home is only helpful if you’ve got the time and foresight to examine your outfit before heading out the door. Most wardrobe malfunctions happen while you’re on the go, and they are guaranteed day-ruiners. Having the tools on hand to deal with common style-related problems can make a world of difference, so consider assembling an emergency kit to keep in your purse. Fill a small zippered bag with blister block, double-sided fashion tape, safety pins, a stain removal stick, a mini bottle of clear nail polish, bobby pins and nail clippers. If you can squeeze them in, add ponytail holders, blotting papers and tweezers, but remember that the ideal emergency kit can be tucked into a handbag. Don’t let it get too bulky.