Looking for a quick way to boost your style? Want to figure out a way to save time getting ready each day? Try a style hack. From tying your tie the night before to using a marker on a scuffed shoe, these six tips will make your life easier (and help you look your best).
1. Tie your tie the night before work
If you’re not an expert tie-tier, save yourself some morning anguish and tie your four-in-hand knotted ties the evening before work. In the morning, simply throw it around your neck, tighten it, and get on with your life.
2. Use a marker on a scuffed shoe
You’re sitting on the subway when you look down and notice your shoe is scuffed. Rather than running to the nearest store to buy a new pair, try this trick: Use a cotton napkin or towel to buff it out, transferring the wax and polish to the scuff. Or, grab a black marker from your desk and carefully color the scuffed area in. Once you get home, buff it out yourself or take it to your local shoemaker.
3. Get out toothpaste stains with water and detergent
Let this be a lesson to you: Don’t brush your teeth if you’re wearing your suit. Brush your teeth before you put your suit on. Get rid of the toothpaste stain quickly by spot-cleaning it with water and bit of detergent. The titanium dioxide powder in the toothpaste is what causes that white stain on your clothing. The only thing that’s going to get it out is detergent, so spot clean it with some diluted detergent and a cloth for the best results.
4. Use a pencil on a zipper that’s stuck
It happened: You went to the bathroom and now your zipper is stuck. No problem. Sneak back to your desk, grab a pencil, go back to the bathroom and rub the stuck zipper teeth with the graphite pencil tip to fix it. Weirdly enough, the graphite lubricates the zipper.
5. Use a razor on a pilled sweater
Did your favorite sweater start pilling? Quick, grab your razor. Simply remove the pilling by gently going over your sweater with a disposable razor. Pilling occurs naturally on all sweaters, but usually better-quality sweaters (because they are made with longer fibers) tend to pill less. This may take you a while, so turn on your favorite show while you do it. It’s worth it to opt for a better-quality sweater so you’ll have it for years to come.
6. Don’t wash your shirts and pants after only one wear
There’s no need to wash these items after one wear, and here’s why: Most men shower regularly and groom themselves enough that they can get multiple wears out of their clothes before having to wash them, especially your jeans, which GQ recommends washing after five wears. Save some water and lengthen the life of your clothes. Don’t worry — your nose and eyes will tell you when they need to be laundered.