10 Ways to Make Your Clothes Look Better and Last Longer

After spending time thinking about how to maximize our wardrobes and analyzing what our clothes say about us, we've got our eyes on making our closets as cute and long-lasting as possible.

Because there are little tricks to make your clothes fit better, look better and last longer. And not taking the best care of the items you already own means you're not getting the most bang for your clothing buck.

We put together our list of the top ten most valuable items worth spending a little money on. From the $9 do-it-all tool that takes care of fallen hems, gaping holes and visible bra straps to a successful way to bypass dry cleaning bills, these little fashion fixers won't disappoint.

Plus, they're all under $30 ... so you can still afford that sundress you've been eyeing on Pinterest.

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  • DO NOT USE DRYELL! I tried it and it ruined my most favorite pair of $118 shorts. Better safe and take it to the dry cleaner than sorry with ruined clothes. ALWAYS let the professionals handle dry cleaning.

    • Mund8nser

      Wow $118 for a pair of shorts? I’d professionaly dry clean them too!

  • Kandeharden

    A regular pair of nylon pantyhose will remove deodorant from your clothes. Just rub until it disappears. No water necessary!

  • Susan Buchanan

    Hammering might be ok for shoes you don’t plan to keep long, or for people who live in places where they seldom walk, but as a New Yorker, I would never nail anything into my shoe. I once had a horrible cobbler do it and the next one complained so much about the first guy’s shoddy work! A cobbler will use glue to put the heel taps on, and then after you wear them down and come back, he can take them off and apply new ones. Cobblers can also make sure the heel tap fits perfectly, whereas a person at home probably won’t be able to. Plus, as you wear the heel tap down, those nails are going to scrape the floor!

  • Val

    Great ideas. Thanks!

  • My husband used to work at a dry cleaner, and he can tell countless sob stories of people who brought in items they tried to “home dry clean” using products like Dryel.  Once you use a product like that, if something goes wrong, there’s not much a dry cleaner can do.  Use with caution. 

    • Sheila

      I used to use that Dryel, but I never felt like it did much.  It was kind of like using Febreeze to clean your clothes.  Plus I started to notice after awhile that my clothes were showing more wear with it.

  • Laura

    I use a microfiber cleaning cloth to get deodorant or toothpaste off my shirt or jeans–works like magic!

  • Sheila

    Anyone use those Tide To Go pens?  Just wondering if they really work.

    • Starz1173

       i love em!!!  i got juice from cherrys out of a light blue shirt of  my aunts with em once with it!  it simply is fantastic

    • Alexzandria85

      Yes, they absolutely work. I once got barbecue sauce stains out of a white sundress with a tide-to-go pen. I buy them four at a time, 1 for the purse, car, diaper bag and briefcase!

  • thepixinator

    I use Dryel between professional dry-cleanings as an “extender” to make dry-cleaning last longer.  Dryel doesn’t seem to get clothes as clean as dry-cleaning.  Also, when using Dryel, make sure the heat settings on your dryer are not too high, and don’t put too many items in the bag, especially if they are different colors.

  • Andrea

    You can get rid of deodorant stains by rubbing a piece of the same garment onto the part of the fabric with the stain