By: Amy Gordon
Hollywood’s secret fashion fixes have become mainstream in recent years. You no longer have to worry that your bra will be showing under the armholes of your dress or that you will have lint on your pants when headed into a big meeting. Perhaps you have been searching for years for the perfect backless bra solution that would actually hold your breasts up. Look no further. I have discovered the best fashion fixes on the market and have assembled a list of what they are and where to buy them, which I’m going to share with you right now.
Many of these great solutions and more are available on the “Problem Solvers” page at GoodToBeYou.com. Lee Romano Sequeira, owner of GoodToBeYou.com said, "Good To Be You's problem solver section began with a realization that our "fashion fixes" were becoming the most popular items on our site. Since I was already using many of these products myself, I decided to expand our offerings, looking for more practical problem solvers for women." Lee has done a fantastic job assembling an all-star line-up of fashion fixes.
After going through all of the products, the following are what I believe to be the best of the best fashion fixes:
Problem #1: Waist Gap
If your pants are gapping in the back and you don’t have the time or money to have them professionally altered, here are some ways to manage the problem.
Adjust-A-Button, available at GoodToBeYou.com, is perfect for eliminating a gap in your jeans or to make them up to 1.5” larger. It’s a removable button, with a strong spring back clasp that locks the button in place, yet quickly releases for repeated use. Adjust-A-Button is perfect if your button falls off your jeans. A set of 2 is $18.00.
isABelt is a clear, thin belt that virtually disappears when worn. It prevents pant or skirt slippage, back gap, and is the perfect alternative to having a bulky belt buckle. isABelt is available in original and wide at isABelt.com for $16.95 to $19.95.
Problem #2: Exposed Butt Cracks Or Muffin Tops
Low-rise jeans can be tricky if you have a tush. JAKs, by Miss Oops, are a great solution to not showing your butt crack or preventing muffin top (bulges at the waist from pants being too tight). Made of a stretchy lace, you pull this band up over your pants and it gives the appearance of a camisole, while smoothing out your mid-section. JAK’s are available in black or white at GoodToBeYou.com for $38.00.
Problem #3: Camel Toe
No one wants a so-called “frontal wedgie,” otherwise known as camel toe. Camelflage panties look like your everyday thong or brief, except they have an insert sewn into the crotch to smooth out feminine parts. They are breathable, flexible, and moisture wicking. Camelflage works great under yoga/exercise pants, skinny jeans, leggings, or anything form fitting. Camelflage can be purchased in nude or black at Camelflage.com for $19.99.
Problem #4: Breast Support/Nipple Coverage
Perhaps the greatest combination of products out there are the BareLifts and the Miss Oops Reusable Nipple Concealers.
BareLifts are the perfect solution for women up to a D cup who want to wear backless or halter-type tops or dresses. Having tested many other options, none were as strong as Bare Lifts or able to support larger breasts. BareLifts are virtually invisible breast support. Simply place each one, peel and gently lift to get the shape, support and confidence that every woman desires. BareLifts utilize a pain-free adhesive, so they are comfortable to wear, yet easy and painless to remove. I found this disposable option to be far superior to some very expensive adhesive bras I have tried. Furthermore, since each breast is supported separately, you can wear just about anything with these. At only one dollar per set, you can’t go wrong. Get your set of 10 for $10.00 at BareLifts.com.
Now that your breasts are supported, you certainly don’t want your nipples exposed. Miss Oops Show Stoppers Resuable Nipple Concealers will solve this problem. Show Stoppers are tapered at the edges, making them invisible under garments. Plus, Show Stoppers are reusable up to 15 times. Pair them with BareLifts, and you will be supported and concealed. Show Stoppers are available for $15.50 at GoodToBeYou.com.
If you prefer something a bit slimmer for nipple coverage, check out Nippies Patch of Freedom from Bristols6. These stretch fabric nipple covers are a disposable option and are available in skin tone, black, sequin, or print options. They come in a variety of fun shapes, just in case you want to have a bit of fun. Buy Nippies at Bristols6.com.
Problem #5: Lint
You are about to walk into an important meeting or a hot date and you see lint or pet hair on your clothes. Don’t worry; Lint-On-The-Go-Sheets are the answer to your prayers. These ingenious little lint removal sheets are individual (4 1/2" x 3") and fit in the palm of your hand. Lint-On-The-Go-Sheets are convenient to keep in your purse or pocket, desk or car. Each packet of Lint-on-the-Go includes 20 individual sheets. I plan to keep a packet everywhere, but it’s simple enough to just put one sheet in your pocket as well. Get yours at GoodToBeYou.com for $12.00.
Problem #6: Deodorant Stains
Deodorant stains are a fashion no-no. Unfortunately, they were difficult to avoid until now. Tuckinz by Safira are fabric inserts that prevent deodorant streaks on your clothes. Simply take one flap of the Tuckinz, and tuck it over your sleeveless clothes, right under your arm. Adjust the outer and inner flaps so they lay flat, apply your deodorant, and go. A pack of two pairs of Tuckinz is $10.50 at GoodToBeYou.com. This unique design is mildew proof, washable, and reusable.
Problem #7: Sore Feet
After a long night or day, your feet are tired and you are crabby. All you want to do is get home and take off your high heels. Thanks to AfterSoles Rollable Ballet Flats, you no longer need to suffer. These stylish, compact, rollable ballet flats have been carefully designed to roll up neatly and securely, fitting in the smallest of purses or pockets. When your aching arches have had enough, simply unroll your AfterSoles and pop your heels into the cute shoe bag that comes with every pair.? Keep or carry a pair in your travel bag, carry on, handbag or evening bag, desk or glove compartment. At only $18.00 a pair, they are certainly affordable. I promise you'll never regret having these little babies with you! Choose from Gold, Silver, or Black at GoodToBeYou.com.
Problem #8: Keeping Clothes In Place
Whether your strapless bra is peeking out of your dress, your drapey top is falling forward, you have a gap between buttons on your shirt, or you are trying to keep a wrap dress closed, double-sided fashion tape is an absolute must-have. There are literally hundreds of uses for it. I am in love with “stylin’ tape” by Bristols6. The tape comes in a faux snake skin purse pack and includes 32 pieces of tape cut in three different sizes. Simply peel and stick. You can use the tape from fabric to fabric or fabric to skin. Made of the finest skin-safe medical adhesive, it’s completely clear and will not damage skin or garments. Get yours at Bristols6.com for $10.00.
Problem #9: Washing Delicate Undergarments on The Go
If you are attempting to travel lightly, one of the best ways to do so is to wash your undergarments as you go. However, you don’t want to travel with bulky containers of liquids that can spill. Welcome “A Fresh Pair,” pear infused undergarment leaf soap. The soap leaves dissolve quickly in water, rinse easily, and come in a tiny envelope with 20 leaves. The light soap is so great that you may even want to use it at home. Purchase them for $7.50 at GoodToBeYou.com.
Problem #10: You Don’t Know Yet
We all know that one day we are going to have an emergency, so why not be prepared in advance. Prevent fatal fashion and beauty disasters with the SheMergency Survival Kit. This portable, silver mesh case comes packed with 24 compact solutions for life's little emergencies, including: Folding Hair Brush with Mirror, Hair Spray, Clear Elastics, Earring Backs, Hand Lotion, Nail Clipper, Emery Board, Clear Nail Polish, Nail Polish Remover, Mending Kit, Safety Pin, Double-Sided Tape, Lint Remover, Shoe Shine Wipes, Stain Remover, Static Remover, Breath Freshener, Lip Balm, Dental Floss, Pain Reliever, Deodorant Wipes, Tampon, Adhesive Bandages, and Facial Tissues. All of these items in the case measure 6” W x 5” H x 2” D. The entire kit is only $20.00 at GoodToBeYou.com.
An invaluable resource for finding, evaluating and acquiring the perfect look, Amy Gordon is a trusted Style Expert that can take the stress out of shopping! She has been featured in a number of print, television, online and radio outlets, offering consumers unique and inspiring fashion advice, and the tools they need to find their own artful style. Amy is the founder of Artfulwears.com, an online fashion boutique for those who appreciate cutting-edge fashions and who believe that style means more than just following the leader. For more about Amy and her services, visit StyledByAmy.com.