How To Fix 6 Office Wardrobe Mallfunctions

These wrong steps are so common that you probably already saw them today.

A wardrobe malfunction does not have to be as spectacular as a stuck zipper or a missing button in the wrong place to affect how others view your work. Even loose threads can trigger mistrust in your report - whether we like it or not, our colleagues judge us by our appearance, and a carefree appearance can earn you a reputation that has been unjustly sloppy reputation. The good news? Each of these common mistakes is easy to correct (and even avoid), so you'll always look perfectly polished and pulled-together.

Loose Threads

Buttons and eyelets are notorious. Also snip away stragglers at the hem.

Scuffed Shoes

No time to bust out the shoe polish? Quickly clean the leather with the microfibre cloth you use to remove dust.

Shabby Heels

Bring them to a shoemaker. Meanwhile, disguise nicked areas with a permanent marker of the same color.

Dingy White Shirts

Do not try to get a second wearing out of anything white. "Sweat, lotion or perfume remnants easily discolour the fabric if it stays too long, so wash it immediately after wearing," says Steve Boorstein, founder of To return a yellowed garment to its former shine, wash it in a sink in the hottest water that the fabric will allow using an ounce of oxygen bleach for every gallon of water; soak it for 30 minutes to two hours.

Fuzz Ball Sweaters

Target areas of high abrasion (armpits, wrists, torso sides, and anywhere the strap of your handbag hits) with an electric fabric shaver that works better than manual options. "Place one hand underneath the sweater and depill with the other hand," says Boorstein. "That way, you won’t apply too much pressure and thin out the knit." In case of problems, use a single-blade razor, be careful, please!

Beat-Up Bags

Clean dull or streaked leather with a clear leather conditioner. Also check for frayed stitches on the handles.

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