I would love to say that I’m an amazingly handy person, but that’s just not true (yet!). I once reupholstered our dining room chairs, and I know how to check my oil or change a flat tire, and… that’s about where it ends. Since Home Depot isn’t quite in my comfort zone, I thought I’d share with you something a bit more my speed– fashion tools!
This is a list of what I consider my “must haves” for fashion DIY– they’re inexpensive, easy to use, and life saving.
1. Leather hole punch. This is perfect for when you have put together a complete outfit (summer dress, jean jacket, wedges) only to realize that the belt you chose only fits around your hips, and you need it a little tighter so it cinches around your waist. Just add a couple of new holes, my friends! Problem solved. We’re talking about custom-tailoring your belts in two seconds flat.
2. Hair scissors. I bought a pair in my freshmen year of college to maintain my bangs (because really, who has time to get them trimmed every other week?) and I am surprised at how often they come out of my drawer. I now use them to fix up my boyfriend’s hair on occasion, and to give full-fledged haircuts to my best friend. They’re much sharper and more precise than craft scissors, so if you’re guilty of taking hair into your own hands, they’re worth the investment.
3. Needle-nose jewelry pliers. I know, I know– we’re toeing the line on fashion tools here. This is almost more in the carpentry genre. But hear me out– this tool is a must. 95% of the time that your jewelry breaks (exact statistic, obviously), this tool can fix it! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve snagged a bracelet and torn apart two of the links, only to piece it back together in no time at all. This isn’t difficult, but I’m planning a post later this week to walk you through it, just in case. :)
4. Steamer. I started using a steamer when I worked at Nordstrom, and I completely fell in love. It’s easier than ironing, and often, it’s more effective. It’s also less of a production. I keep mine easily accessible in my closet, and the whole process takes less than a minute.
5. Seam ripper. Instead of cutting out your tags (and leaving that obnoxious little white line, which is itchy), use a seam ripper. It’s practically fool proof, super quick, and will make for cleaner lines on pillows or blankets where the tag may have shown.