There's never a right time for a dreaded fashion emergency! Whether you're heading to an important meeting when your skirt hem falls or you notice the buttons missing from your favorite coat, these mishaps can ruin a perfectly good outfit.
But wardrobe malfunctions happen to the best of us -- even top fashion stylists! BV on Style asked 5 of the best fashion stylists in the business for their favorite fixes to make sure you always have a stylish solution to your fashion emergency!
1.) White Deodorant Stain
We've all been there. You've left the house feeling like a million bucks when you discover white deodorant streaks all over your favorite little black dress. Style expert Daisy Lewellyn, former fashion editor and author of "Never Pay Retail Again: Shop Smart Spend Less Look Your Best Ever," suggests a simple, little-known fashion fix:
"Briskly rub the stained area of fabric against another piece of the garment back and forth. It will feel like fashion magic as the stain disappears!"
2.) Oil Stains
Even the most careful woman has a few accidents every now and then. You may have been enjoying that romantic dinner a little too much to notice the olive oil that fell on your blouse, but have no fear! Stylist Tasha Alexis, who has worked with top models Selita Ebanks and Iman, has a simple solution using items you already have in your house.
"Grab a grease-fighting dish detergent and an old toothbrush. Turn the garment inside out and put a towel in between the layers. Then in slow, gentle circles, work the detergent into the fabric by scrubbing with the toothbrush. If the stain continues to be stubborn, try using a dry-cleaning solvent which is available where most detergent is bought (or specialty stores)."
3.) Lost Buttons
Missing buttons are never chic. But Jayda Audrick, who fabulously styles Black Enterprise's two top rated TV shows - "Black Enterprise Business Report" and "Our World" - has got you covered.
"If you lose a button, be it on your dress, trousers, or coat, depending on the placement, you can temporarily replace it with a cute brooch or decorative pin. You can also use a safety pin for a hidden closure effect. For a more permanent solution, if you don't have a replacement button, use this as an opportunity to purchase a new set of cool buttons or even mismatch buttons to make the garment more personable to you!"
4.) Fallen Hem
When it comes to fashion flubs, fallen hems on pants or skirts are a common culprit that make you look sloppy and unkempt. Celebrity stylist Niki Hall, who has worked with stars like Rihanna, Usher and Ne-Yo, has the perfect insider tip for fixing fallen hems.
"Topstick wig tape is a girl's best friend, I highly recommend stashing a few sheets of the double-sided tape in your wallet because it solves just about any fashion emergency in a matter of seconds. For years, only stylists knew about Topstick, but these days you can find it anywhere from the drugstore to online.
For a fallen hemline, gently unfold the fabric at the point of missing thread and peel off one side of the Topstick. Place the sticky side on the inside of the hemline, where it meets the fabric of your garment and smooth it out evenly. Then, remove the other side of the tape, and carefully place the inside of the fabric on top of the tape and again smooth evenly. When you're done, run a warm (not hot) iron lightly over the hem line, and voila! This will keep the hemline seamlessly in place until you can get it re-sewn."
As a stylist who's worked with networks like NBC, Bravo and ESPN, I've also seen my fair share of fashion mishaps. One typical mistake many people make is accidentally mixing in sweaters with their regular laundry. If you've ever pulled out a teeny tiny version of your favorite sweater from the dryer, don't panic.
First off, don't try and stretch and pull the sweater while its dry-- it will only cause the fibers to break and shred. Add 2-3 tablespoonfuls of regular hair conditioner to a bucket of room temperature water. Put the sweater in the bucket to soak for about 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water and lay the sweater on a clean dry towel. Slowly and gently try to stretch the fibers and reshape the sweater to its original shape before allowing it to dry on the towel.