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The Top Fashion Hacks You Need To Know

On those days where I choose to leave the house looking like a presentable human being, I take a minute to give myself one good “eyeball” before leaving. Loose threads, deo stains, open flies – they all seem to be synonymous with “Dominique Baker“. So, I’ve learned over the years to put good use to these top, tried and true fashion hacks.

Read on for my list of the best “change your life” fashion hacks out there, many of which I’ve learned from my Mom.

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Biker Jacket – Bagatelle NYC c/o Trendsavvy | Loulou Bowling Bag – YSL | Black Longsleeve Tee – Aritzia (similar) | Plaid Pants – Zara (similar)| Sneaks – Burberry

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Top Fashion Hacks

Use a dry sponge, lint remover or sheet of fabric softener to remove deodorant skidmarks stains from your clothing.

Use a hair straightener/flat iron to get mini-wrinkles out of your clothes (works wonders on wrinkled shirt collars).

Clear nail polish will stop a run in your tights in its tracks. Just dab on the top and bottom of the run.

Too tight shoes? Fill two ziploc bags with water, stuff one into each shoe, and stick the shoes in the freezer for a day. Voilà – comfy shoes.

Angora sweaters are so lush, cozy and ANNOYING with their shed factor of 1000. Stop shedding by putting the sweater into a ziploc bag and freezing for 48 hours. It will never shed again.

Spill some red wine? Pour some white wine over the stain. They cancel each other out. This worked when my inebriated friend spilled a bottle of red wine all over our couch during a spirited game of Guitar Hero.

Oil stains are notoriously hard to get out of clothing. Put some good ol’ dish soap on the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, then throw in the washer.

Dominique Baker Walking Down Sussex Street Ottawa Canada

No need to take your cashmere sweater to the dry cleaners. Simply handwash with baby shampoo and squeeze the excess water out – no wringing!! Reshape and lay flat to dry.

Scratched up your beloved leather handbag? I got you. Take your favourite handcream, dab some on the scratch with a cotton ball or qtip, and rub gently until the scratch is gone.

Use a simple disposable razor to shave off unsightly pills from your sweaters.

Unstick an annoying zipper by rubbing candle wax or vaseline on it. This will help it glide smoothly.

Water stains on leather will disappear if you mix a little vinegar with water and apply to the stain. WARNING: THIS WILL NOT WORK ON LOUIS VUITTON VACHETTA LEATHER!

If you want to keep your dark denim dark, add half a cup of water to your wash cycle.

Want to make a t-shirt feel “vintage-quality soft”? Soak in in a mixture of four cups of water and half a cup of salt for three days.

*Photography: @saltnstreets

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. Cheryl Roberts
    February 14, 2020 / 9:15 am

    Hi Dominique!

    OMG it has been so long since I’ve had a chance to connect with you but I have not stopped reading your blogs! One year ago next month, I had said I will start my own but of course things got in the away at work and I lost track of time. I’m currently trying to find a way to just get started, so the next week or two I will launch my YouTube channel and blog and I will be sure to connect with you. Thank you for all these lovely tips! Some of them I’ve never heard before.

    Oddly enough I went back to your blog from a year ago on how you first got started amd that was the first thing I read this morning when I woke up, and it was the confirmation that I needed. You continue to be inspiration for all women!

    Thank you so much Dom!

  2. Dorcas
    February 14, 2020 / 4:20 pm

    Wow!!!very clever tips. Thanks for the warning on LV leather 🤣🤣

    • Dominique
      February 24, 2020 / 7:08 pm

      You’re welcome! LV leather is super finicky…

    • Dominique
      February 24, 2020 / 7:07 pm

      You’re welcome, Jess! xo

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