Linc Style: fashion fixes

Written by Alexandra Diana Lazar and Rebecca Roe

When you’re always on the go and always with an organiser filled with plans, you may think you’ll never have the time to stop and clean up after a fashion “disaster”. Instead of throwing away that wine-stained top after a night out, you can give it a new lease of life very easily. Here’s a few tips on how to turn some fashion negatives into positives!

Gunnar Grimnes
Spilt wine' Photo: Gunnar Grimnes (via Flickr)

Wine stains

The second you see those red wine drops splash on your favourite white shirt, go to the nearest kitchen and ask for salt. Put as much as you can on the stain and let it absorb the wine. After that, rinse the shirt in cool water and repeat until the stain is gone.

Make up marks

Yet another pesky type of stain, the despair brought by smudging make-up on your carefully planned outfit can be forgotten simply with the use of baby wipes. Gentle on baby’s skin, they’re just as tough on mascara stains. Just rub the spot off with a wipe and wait until it dries. Instant success!


You may have just bought an amazing fluffy sweater, but you now have to stop wearing any piece of clothing that is darker that turquoise.  The shedding that seems to stick to every possible surface can be stopped by putting your newly acquired item into a Ziploc bag and sticking it in the freezer for an hour or so.

Candle Wax

If you have the misfortune of spilling wax on your outfit, it’s understandable to jump to the conclusion that the garment is ruined. However, if you let the offending mark dry, scrape it to remove as much wax as possible then place the damaged area between two pieces of blotting paper and press carefully with a warm iron. Change the paper often as it absorbs the stain and be aware that this stain can easily spread, so use caution. Repeat until the stain is no more.

Scuff marks

It happens all too often – wearing new shoes on a night out, only to assess the damage the next day and see your footwear is now close to ruin. In regards to leather, Vaseline is a great product that can remove scuff marks from leather shoes. Just put a dollop of Vaseline on a paper towel or rag and buff away at the offending blemish. Whilst some recommend acetone-free nail polish remover or hand sanitizer, there is no danger that Vaseline will remove the shoe’s finish.

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