They say the clothes maketh the man – or the woman, as the case may be – but sometimes those clothes need a bit of a helping hand. Even the most beautifully made designer duds can start to look like crimes of fashion if you don’t look after them properly: here are five items which aren’t clothes themselves, but which will make your clothes look better…
1. A PETTICOAT OR SLIP
If you like to wear full skirts, buy a tulle petticoat to put underneath them. Trust me, you will not regret it. A petticoat will make your skirt look fuller, smoother and much more dramatic, as well as helping to create the illusion of an hourglass figure, or emphasise the one you already have. I’m not suggesting you wear one every day, of course – that could be a little TOO much, even for me– but for special occasions, you can’t go wrong. If your skirts are pencil-shaped, meanwhile, stock up on a selection of silk or silk-like slips. They’ll keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, and they’ll also make your skirts and dresses stay crease free, smoothing out any lumps and bumps underneath them, and stopping them from riding up when they come into contact with your tights.
2. A LINT ROLLER
Wear a lot of dark colours? A lint roller will be your new best friend, ridding your dark clothes of all of those annoying bits of fluff and other detrius that are attracted to them. These aren’t expensive, and can be found just about anywhere: stores like H&M and Primark often have bins full of them right next to the cash registers.
3. GOOD QUALITY CLOTHES HANGERS
You could spend a small fortune on your clothes, but if you cram them into your closet any old way, or hang them on cheap wire hangers, they won’t look good for long. A well-organised wardrobe is the best way to keep your clothes looking their best, but if you don’t have the space for that giant walk-in you’ve always dreamt of, some good quality hangers, which won’t damage delicate fabrics, or pull garments out of shape, is a good start.
4. A STEAMER OR IRON
I almost didn’t include this one, because it seems too obvious to need to be said, but taking just a couple of minutes to take the worst of the creases out of your clothes will make a ton of difference to how they look, seriously.
5. A FULL-LENGTH MIRROR
It sounds like a no-brainer, but hands up how many of you are getting ready every morning without the benefit of a full-length mirror to check out your reflection in? I’m going to bet more than a few of you have your hands up right now. It’s impossible to know what your clothes REALLY look like if you have to look at your reflection in instalments, so find yourself a full-length mirror (if you’re lacking in space, try attaching one to the inside of a closet door) and don’t forget to check how your outfit looks from the back as well as the front.[Image]