Fixing Fashion Emergencies On the Go

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There’s nothing worse than showing up to a big event–be it a job interview, a big meeting, or a swanky event–and having a wardrobe malfunction. This recently happened to me when I was going to a friend’s wedding.  The strap on my wedges broke as I was walking into the event location! Luckily, I had an extra pair of shoes in my car, but that doesn’t always happen.  So I’ve put together a Fashion Emergencies Kit that can be left in my car to fix fashion emergencies on the go.


  • Scotch™ Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape*
  • Scotch™ Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strips*
  • Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller
  • Scotch™ Essentials Wardrobe Tape Strips*
  • Scissors
  • Baby wipes
  • 1 ziplock bagger, quart size or smaller
  • Black permanent marker
  • Pouch or storage bag

  •      *You can SAVE $1.00 on any Scotch Essentials product with this coupon.

    Place all of the items into the pouch and TADA–your Fashion Emergencies Kit is ready to go! I love the Scotch Essentials for this bag because they’re easy, no-sew solutions.
    So, now that you’ve put together a fashion emergencies kit (the fashionista’s equivalent of a doctor’s bag), what can you do with it?
    Scotch Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape and Scotch Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strips
    These products are your best friends if you break or snap something on the go.  The Scotch Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape is more of a quick, temporary fix that can be used if you have a hem come undone or you snap a strap that you’ll want to go back and sew on later.  It can also be used if your pants are just a little bit too long on a rainy day.  The Scotch Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strip is a stronger, more permanent fix.  You should use it when something breaks and you need a strong bond to put it back together.  I used it on my shoes below.  It can also be used as a permanent hemming solution.

    Scotch-Brite Lint Roller and Scotch Essentials Wardrobe Tape Strips

    These products are great quick fixes for when something isn’t looking right with your outfit. The Scotch-Brite Lint Roller is a must if you like to wear black clothes.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve gotten out of the car to head into a meeting or event and noticed that my black outfit was looking dingy from lint and/or cat hair. And the Scotch Essentials Wardrobe Tape Strips work wonders when something isn’t hanging right–think if your bra strap keeps peeking out from your sleeve or your v-neck shirt hangs open too much when you bend over. They will keep you from tugging at your clothes all day long.

    Baby Wipes, Scissors, and a Permanent Marker

    Baby wipes are not just for babies! Baby wipes are awesome for removing deodorant marks and other stains from your clothes.  Plus, they don’t leave as much residue behind as a paper towel.  For really hard stains, wet them a little bit more and add just a tiny, tiny drop of soap.  The scissors can clip any hanging threads without unraveling them, and can help trim the Scotch Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape, Scotch Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strips, and Scotch Essentials Wardrobe Tape Strips to whatever size you need.  Finally, the black permanent marker will fill in any scuffs on black dress shoes or any bleach stains you may notice on black clothes once you leave the house.

    As I mentioned above, I was at a wedding when a strap broke on my wedges–definite fashion emergency. If this happens to you, you can use the Scotch Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strips to fix your fashion emergency right then and there. You put a lot of pressure on your shoes, so even though this may be a short-term fix, use the more permanent option to get more hold.

    First, while the bonding strip is still on the card, cut it to fit your shoe strap.  Second, wet your fingers so that the bonding strip won’t stick to you and pull it off of the card.  Next, figure out exactly where you need to place the strip–I needed to roll the strap over and see where it would be placed on the shoe.  Then, put the bonding strip on the strap and pull the tan backing off. Finally, hold the strap in place for 1 minute to make sure it sticks good. Now you’re ready to go!
    Ready to make your own Fashion Emergencies Kit?  Just swing by your local Target, where the Scotch Essentials products can be found in the closet section by sewing machines and kits. You can get more awesome wardrobe tips on the Scotch Wardrobes Tips page.

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    Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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