The Ultimate List of Fashion Hacks Every College Girl Should Know

Check out CF’s go-to list on fashion hacks that will save you money and fix some of your most annoying clothing problems!

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28 fashion hacks every college girl should know

As a constantly broke college student, you learn two things: how to be creative and how to google solutions to your problems.

Every time I encountered a hole in a blouse, a broken necklace, or stain, instead of throwing those items out, I learned how to fix them instead! Along the way, I found out which internet fashion hacks, tips, and tricks work and don’t work while even creating a few on my own.

Here are 28 fashion hacks every college girl should know:

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As an environmental-friendly option to dryer sheets, try wool dryer balls with essential oil. Use dish to combat grease stains and use net bags to keep protect dedicates and keep socks all in one place.

Stains & Laundry

Fashion hack: Use dish soap instead of fancy stain removers

Dish soap has all the same grease-fighting abilities as fancy stain removers when applied to an oil stain on your shirt. Save your money and use it to pre-treat stains before washing.

Fashion hack: Remove blood stains with cold water

Have bloodstains on your clothing or bed sheets? Try soaking fresh stains in cold water overnight! Then wash in the morning.

Fashion hack: Use an ice cube to remove gum

Use an ice cube to freeze and easily peel stuck-on gum off of clothing, surfaces, and hair. This makes the gum super simple to remove – no harsh scraping required.

Fashion hack: Mesh laundry bags prevent bras from snagging

Protect delicates by washing them in net laundry bags. This keeps your bras from getting intertwined and torn from the harsh washing machine process. It will also prevent the clasps from snagging other fabrics.

Fashion hack: Keep socks together with mesh laundry bags

Mesh laundry bags can also be used to keep all your socks together. Never lose a sock again while doing laundry! This is especially important for when you’re washing in public laundromats and places where you’re unlikely to get your lost socks back.

Fashion hack: Remove deodorant stains with lemon juice

Remove deodorant stains with a diluted mixture (1:1 ratio) of lemon juice and water. Let soak and then wash as usual.

Fashion hack: Wash denim inside out to prevent fading

Wash jeans and pants inside out to prevent fading. This is a classic fashion hack that really works! On the flip side, if you want your jeans to fade, wash them right side out a few times.

Fashion hack: Remove foundation from clothes with shaving cream

Remove foundation stains from your clothing with shaving cream. Work the shaving cream into the stain and then rinse. Repeat if necessary.

Fashion hack: Make your own DIY fabric softener balls with essential oil and wool dryer balls

To get the same effect as laundry sheets but in a reusable form, try adding a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to wool dryer balls. Your clothes will feel as soft and smell as good as if you used laundry sheets, but the wool dryer balls can be used over and over again!

Use a key ring to keep your fly up and learn how to mend holes in your favorite pair of jeans!

Denim Trouble

Fashion hack: Use old key rings to keep the fly up on pants when the zipper has failed

Save old key rings to use on the zippers of jeans where the fly won’t stay up. Just loop the key ring through the hole in the zipper pull, then loop the entire ring over the button of your pants.

Fashion hack: Learn how to mend holes in the inner thighs of your jeans with a simple trick

Don’t throw your jeans away just because they developed a hole in the crotch! Learn how to easily mend your favorite jeans after they start to develop crotch holes by watching Wendy’s instructional video!

Purses & Accessories

Fashion hack: Remove scratches from leather with moisturizer

Get scratches out of leather bags by rubbing a tiny bit of moisturizer into the scratch with a Q-tip until the scratch is gone.

Fashion hack: Clean patent leather items with glass cleaner

Clean patent leather with a spritz of Windex or any window cleaner and a towel or microfiber cloth.

Get creative by using old containers such as film canisters and old pill bottles to store jewelry for travel. Also, display your studs in a cork-board picture frame on your nightstand.


Fashion hack: Get creative and store jewelry in film canisters or pill bottles

Reuse old containers like film canisters, pill bottles, and glasses cases to store your jewelry while traveling.

Fashion hack: Fix your own jewelry by investing in jewelry pliers

Broken jewelry? You don’t have to take it to a jeweler! You can fix and resize your necklaces and bracelets at home with jewelry pliers.

Fashion hack: Put tape around the clasp of a necklace to prevent it from snagging your hair

Keep long hair from knotting around your necklace clasp with a little tape. Just apply a small piece of tape around the clasp and you’re good to go.

Fashion hack: Make your own DIY jewelry display with an old picture frame and some cork board

Recycle an old picture frame into a DIY earring organizer by replacing the glass with a corkboard and cardboard back. This is such a pretty way to store and display your earring studs on your nightstand.

Fashion hack: Prevent necklaces from tangling by storing them inside plastic straws

Store delicate necklaces inside plastic straws to keep them from getting tangled.

Fashion hack: Restore shine to jewelry with vodka

Restore the shine to your jewelry by cleaning it with vodka.

Clothing Fixes

Fashion hack: Attach a safety pin to the end of a drawstring to easily feed it back through the opening

Attach a safety pin to the end of a hoodie’s or waistband’s drawstring to help feed it back through its opening. This makes it a thousand times easier than doing it the old fashioned way.

Fashion hack: Fix delicate fabrics with iron-on mending tape

Use iron-on mending tape to fix small holes in delicate fabrics.

Fashion hack: Use an eyebrow razor to remove pilling

Use an old eyebrow razor to gently remove pilling on the surface of your clothing. Sure, you can buy a fabric shaver, but this cheap little hack works just as well!

Fashion hack: No time to visit a tailor? Hem your pants with iron-on hemming tape

No time to go to the tailor? Use iron-on hemming tape as a quick no-sew method for hemming your pants.

Fashion hack: Stop a run in your tights by applying clear nail polish

I bet you’ve heard this classic fashion hack before — it’s a classic for a reason! Prevent a run in your tights from getting worse by painting the edges with clear nail polish.

Fashion hack: Keep button threads in place with clear nail polish

Also, use a dab of clear nail polish on button threads to keep them in their place.

Use green tea bags to get rid of the gym smell of your tennis shoes!


Fashion hack: Whiten shoes with hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and baking soda

Get your shoes back to a bright white by scrubbing them with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and baking soda and an old toothbrush.

Fashion hack: Freshen smelly shoes with green tea bags

Reuse your old green tea bags (after they’ve dried, of course) by throwing them into your smelly tennis shoes. This is a natural way to deodorize and freshen them.

Fashion hack: Make your own shoe sachets with baking soda, old fabric, and ribbon

If you don’t drink green tea, you can make your own shoe sachets. Just create pouches by gathering up fabric scraps, fill them with baking soda, and tie off with ribbon.

What do you think of these fashion hacks?

Are these tips and tricks helpful? Do you have any advice on maintaining your wardrobe? Leave a comment below!

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