So you are on your way to a big meeting, and you realize that something is wrong. Whether it be a tear in the side of your shirt, or a makeup stain on your collar, there are quick fixes for everything. Here is a few suggestions to help you out.
Scenario 1: You realize you have a tear in the seam of your shirt.
Quick fix: Stapler. Its at every desk. Just grab a stapler, go to the restroom, take off your shirt (in a stall) and turn the shirt inside out. Hold the hem together, and staple along the hem. Its a quick fix till you can get home and sew the seam together. If its a nice shirt and the material may be sensitive to the staples, try using double sided tape if you have some readily available. Or if you have enough time, run to the store and pick some up. Its not as harsh to the material of the shirt.
This fix can be used on any seam tear. Also if your pants are a little too long, you can use the stapler to hem the pants to the proper length.
Scenario 2: You have just minutes before your big presentation, and while your checking yourself over in the mirror, you realize that you have makeup on your collar.
Quick fix: Baby wipes! Yes, they really work to help remove makeup stains on your clothing. Its a quick fix. Although baby wipes may not be readily available, you can strategically place a name tag, brooch, or even a hands free phone head set if your job calls for one. It will hide the stain, and will not look suspicious.
Scenario 3: The horrible run in stocking.
Quick fix: Its a tale as old as time, clear nail polish. When applied to the ends of the run, it will stop the run from expanding. Another fix that works just as well, hairspray. I have found hairspray works just as well to hold a run in pantyhose as clear nail polish does. Note: To better prevent this, buy higher quality stocking / pantyhose and replace often. Don’t over use the stocking, as the materials cannot withstand so much use-especially if you use stockings every day. If you must buy the cheaper brands, buy more at a time and more often, wash by hand, hang dry. I know, it sounds like something your grandmother would tell you, but it really works!
Scenario 4: You just felt a “pop”, and now your bra feels loose. You realize, your bra strap just broke.
Quick fix: Paper clips. Simply tie the bra strap around the paper clip, and hook the other end onto the hook. Its as simple as that. Once you get home, fix it, or toss it and buy a new one. Depending on how long ago you bought the bra, you may be able to take it back to the retailer and exchange it. Check the retailer first to see what the return policy is on the bra and when you bought it.
Scenario 5: Your hair went frizzy, and now you look like an un-groomed poodle.
Quick fix: Use paper clips as bobby pins to hold your hair back. Use them to pin bangs or sides back, or to pin up loose ends and strays from your updo.
Another great way to prevent embarrassing moments from being noticed, keep a “tool kit” handy at your desk or in your purse. This took kit can include items such as a small sewing kit with a variety of buttons, in case you pop a button; Double sided tape will help for those pesky seems and tears; hair spray, not only for quick touch ups to your hair, but for runs in your pantyhose; Bobby pins for the days your hair gets unruly; White out or white nail polish when you chip your French Mani/Pedi; and feminine products, because stress always wreck havoc on our body and our menstrual cycle. So to have feminine products handy will definitely prevent any embarrassing mishaps; Baby wipes for makeup stains on your clothing; Baby Powder in case you realize your hair looks greasy, even though you just washed it. Baby powder will soak up the excess grease and will make your hair look shiny and clean again.
You can never be too careful. Anything can happen at any time. Keep a small tool kit of sorts to help handle emergency situations. It doesn’t have to include everything, just what you think would be most likely to happen to you. Good luck at your next big meeting or presentation. I think with these tips, you are well on your way.