Bell sleeve Dress, Scotch™ Essentials Wardrobe Tape Strips

How to Avoid a Summer Wardrobe Malfunction

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Today at STYLEanthropy, let’s talk about avoiding a summer wardrobe malfunction. With summer outfits, you will always find pieces that are maybe a little too revealing for your taste. Because it’s too hot this time of the year, summer clothing features a lot of cut-outs, low necklines, backless tops and dresses, sheer fabric, loose and airy styles, short hems, and more. But with a few tricks up my sleeve, I’m sharing with you how to avoid an embarrassing situation.


But first, let me share with you a story based on true events. It’s actually my embarrassing story!

A few weeks ago, I wore this wrap dress to a full day of appointments in and around Dallas. Little did I know that the stitch holding the two overlapping flaps together was not properly sewn. Maybe it was my fault that I didn’t use the zipper to get in the dress. I just slipped it on top of my head. So whether it was the quality of the stitch, or if I stretched it out too much, I’ll never know.

All I know is that in my first appointment that day, which happens to be at a nail salon, the nail technician doing my pedi pointed out that my neckline just popped wide open. I looked down to see an embarrassing view of my bra showing out front and center! I wanted to hide.

Luckily, she was so helpful. She looked all around the salon to find a sewing kit for me. After a couple minutes of hunting, she found one! But can you imagine how horrible it would be if I was out to my next meeting? Or what if I was going around town not knowing that my bra was also doing some sight-seeing? What if she didn’t find a sewing kit? I cringe!

So I made it my business to find a solution for those fashion emergencies. It happens, people! And it’s not just with wrap dresses or tops. Other times, it’s a loose button down shirt that has wide gaps in between buttons. It can be a low neckline that’s making you uncomfortable. It’s a backless top that’s too loose in the waist. The list is endless.


How to Avoid a Summer Wardrobe Malfunction

I was recently introduced to the Scotch™ Essentials line that featured hem tape and bonding strips that don’t require sewing or ironing. Perfect! The last thing we need when a hem rips or a button down shirt keeps popping open before a meeting (or worse, an interview), is to grab a needle and start sewing. Here’s what to do instead.

How to Repair Rips without Sewing


1. Keep Scotch™ Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strips Handy

The Scotch™ Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strips would be the perfect solution for those times a stitch ripped, a hem came apart, or just basically anything that would need fixing or sewing, but a sewing kit is nowhere to be found. In fact, I prefer this now because of the convenience and ease of use as compared to doing a sewing repair. Plus, these strips can easily fit your wallet. So you can take it wherever you’re going!


Grab them at Target while there’s a printable coupon for a dollar off up to 9/2/16. Plus, there’s also a 5% off Cartwheel offer you can use up to 7/30. You can find these products in the closet section near the laundry and sewing kit area.


2. Cut the Permanent Hem Bonding Strip

So now that you have a pack of bonding strips handy, it’s time to cut the bonding strip you’re using. You can just peel a strip and stick it to the fabric you want to stick together. But you can also cut the strip according to the size that you want. I ended up cutting this single strip into half.


3. Stick the Strip

Now that you have the correct size for the fabric you’re working on, stick one side of the strip to your dress.


Once it’s secured in place, peel off the other side of the strip and then press on to the other side of the fabric you want to bond it to.


4. Finish the Look with a Lint Roller

After repairing a rip or closing up a loose opening in your clothing, finish it off with the Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller. Use one especially on dark colored items just like this black bell sleeve dress I’m wearing. You don’t want any fuzz, hair or lint showing!


How to Avoid Slips and Gaps

While I was able to fix my dress above, I still find the neckline a bit low. So when I move around, or bend, it’s revealing more than I wish to reveal. How to conceal in seconds? It’s easy.


1. Grab a Scotch™ Essentials Wardrobe Tape Strip

Scotch™ Essentials Wardrobe Tape Strips conceal necklines, blouse gaps and more securely. The strips are skin and fabric friendly too. Just grab a strip, cut to desired length.


2. Peel Strip

Peel the protective paper from the tape stripe and then stick one side to your clothes. Remove the paper on the other side and stick that side to your skin.


Now you don’t have to worry about slips and wardrobe malfunctions!


How to Adjust Hemlines Temporarily

Another common fashion emergency for me happens a lot during fashion week. I’m usually wearing high heels to fashion shows. But then, after a show, I just want to change into flats. The problem is when the pants I’m wearing is too long for flats!


1. Grab a Scotch™ Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape

Now you can adjust your hemlines without the commitment. These adjustable hem tape strips can be used for a temporary change in hemlines. Now you can easily switch from high heels to flats without sewing or even stapling your pants (eeeeek, guilty)!


2. Stick Strip to Bottom Hem

Peel protective paper/film from the tape. Then stick the hem tapes to the bottom of your pants and fold the bottom hem inwards. Voila! It’s that easy.


Got any easy wardrobe solutions you’d like to share? Do let me know in the comments below. And if you want to see more wardrobe tips, check out Scotch™ Wardrobe Tips page here.

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  • Reply allie July 25, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Great post! I need some of those strips!


  • Reply Piper Ellice July 25, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Great post! I haven’t seen some of these products before, and will definitely be picking up the permanent hemming strips. I always forget to get things hemmed in time! xoxo

  • Reply Debbie August 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I fussed with my top all day long with the shoulders slipping down exposing my bra straps. After seeing this post, I am going to try it by putting a strip on my bra strap and place my shirt, blouse or dress in the proper place and press down on the bra strap. Let’s see if it slips then. Thank you.

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