Today I want to talk about a few simple style hacks that can help you remain looking stylish, polished and well put together. It seems like every few weeks I run across an article or a video with cool kitchen hacks or cleaning hacks and general household hacks that are supposed to help make your life easier. And some of them are actually pretty good. So I thought it might be a good idea to make a video for you guys about style hacks and some of the things I do to help keep my clothing looking decent. So let’s jump right in.
First on the list is using shirt stays or shirt garters. If you’re not familiar with what these are, they help keep your shirt tucked in so you avoid the muffin top, and there’s a few different types. There’s the long kind where one end connects to your sock and the other end connects to your shirt. And then there’s the shorter kind that incorporates an elastic band that secures just above your knee and the other end clips to your shirt. Both do work as advertised, but it’s up to you to decide which one you like better.
Wash with cold water.
Next is to wash your clothes in cold water. Always check your label, but washing your clothes with cold water can help reduce shrinkage and color fading. Cold water can also help reduce wrinkles in some fabrics and can help remove stains because hot water is known to actually cause stains to get set in.
Next is hang dry. Especially if you want to avoid shrinkage. For my regular cottons, I always machine dry on low heat. For sweaters and certain dress shirts, I’ll either hang dry or lay flat to dry. If you’re on top of it, once your shirts are ‘almost’ dry, you can toss them in the dryer on low heat for a few minutes to finish the drying process and help to de-wrinkle.
Avoid hanger bumps.
Next is avoid shoulder bumps by using thicker and longer wood hangers. I’ve talked about wood hangers before and how much I like ‘em and how they can eliminate shoulder bumps in your shirts. The reason is, they extend past the shoulder yoke where other hangers stop. Since the sleeve hangs down past this point, and since the hanger itself is wider, no shoulder bumps. Besides that, in my opinion, I think they also look a lot nicer in your closet.
Button it up.
Staying on the subject of hangers, and hanging your shirts, button the top button when you hang up your shirts. For me, I feel this helps retain the shape of the shirt and collar a little bit better and helps avoid placket wrinkles and weird deformities in the front of the shirt.
Avoid saggy collars.
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Use Trouser hangers.
Next, to avoid that weird crease mark across your trousers from your hanger, use trouser hangers. I’ve talked about these before and because the lower part of the hanger has a thick rubber padding, it helps prevent the crease mark caused by thinner hangers. It also helps to keep your trousers from slipping off the hanger leaving ‘em in a wrinkled wad on the floor that you don’t notice for a few days.
Water mist when ironing.
Next, let’s talk about ironing. Iron your shirt plackets from the inside to get a smoother pass and to avoid damaging your buttons. Since we’re on the topic of ironing, get yourself a water mister like this one from Amazon. So let’s face it, the water nozzles on most irons kinda suck. This thing uses pressurized air to lay down a super fine mist as you’re ironing. Another thing, if you’re short on time and don’t want to iron, mist a little water over your shirt or trousers and pop it in the dryer to help de-wrinkle. Speaking of using the dryer to help de-wrinkle something, if you don’t want to iron, get a small hand towel or wash cloth, get it a little wet, and toss it in the dryer with whatever you want de-wrinkled. The moisture and the heat will help loosen up the fabric and help to de-wrinkle it. It’s not a perfect solution like ironing, but it can work.
Use a dryer sheet to remove anti-antiperspirant marks.
Next, use an old dryer sheet to remove anti-antiperspirant marks from your shirt. We’ve all done it. We put on anti-antiperspirant and then we try to negotiate a pull over shirt. As much as we try to avoid it, leaving marks still happens. Grab an old, used dryer sheet and simply erase the white marks.
Next, use fabric tape or glue dots. We all seem to have those moments or those specific garments that give us a little trouble. For example, the shirt button gap at the belt line, or the button placement you wish was a little different. Like this is too buttoned up, but this is not enough. Try using a little two-sided fabric tape to help close the gap a little bit. Just remember to remove it before it goes in the laundry.
Use shoe trees.
This next one I learned the hard way, but use shoe trees to keep your shoes looking their best. Leather dress shoes can and definitely will crease in the toe and vamp area and it’ll get worse over time and start looking really bad if you don’t use shoe trees. If you don’t have actual cedar shoe trees, at least stuff some newspaper in there to help retain the form of the shoe.
Use Dry Wash spray.
If you don’t want your jeans to wear out prematurely, don’t wash them after every wear. Try going 3-5 or more wears before you wash them. If they start getting a little funky, use a fabric refresh spray on it and then toss it in the dryer for a few minutes. If you’re a purist and never wash your denim, try putting your jeans in a big Ziploc bag over night in the freezer. This will kill all the bacteria that causes odors. Got stinky shoes, the freezer trick works on those too.
Wash inside out.
Speaking of jeans, if you do wash them but don’t want the color to fade too quickly, wash them inside out, and use cold water. And guys, really quick, before the last one, if you’re not already subscribed to my channel, please consider doing that right now because the entire premise of this channel is to prove that it’s never too late and you’re never too old to start something new.
Use your forearm to measure pants.
Last, but not least, if you’re out and you see a nice pair of pants, but maybe you’re short on time and can’t try them on, use the elbow to fist method. Secure the button and place your forearm inside the waistband and gauge the size from your elbow to your fist. This dimension of your arm is very close to your waist size, so if fits here, it’ll fit your waist. Guys, I hope you enjoyed this one and be sure you go check out Slick Collar for that great offer. I’ll see you guys in just a few days for a brand new video, but until then gentlemen, live well and I’ll see you soon.