5 15-Second Styling Tricks Every Woman Should Know

When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger also divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional’s perspective.

Throughout my career as a stylist, I’ve picked up several quick outfit fixes and solutions to common style mistakes. Today I’m sharing a handful of my favorite tips and tricks that I believe every woman should know. Before you stress, don’t worry—each one is incredibly easy to master. And the best part is that you can implement these hacks and completely transform an outfit without spending a dime. From my go-to footwear advice to the reason I save all my ribbon, keep reading for five 15-second styling tricks to master this fall.


The Zipper Trick

If your zipper is caught, you can use a bar of soap to loosen the area where it's stuck. This trick has saved me many of times when I'm dressing my clients for last-minute events. 

Recycle old ribbon

Whenever I get a package, I always save the ribbon, keep a stash in my styling kit, and use it as an unexpected way to cinch your waist. 

Swap Your Flats For Heels

This simple footwear swap will instantly upgrade your look and elevate your outfit from day to evening ready. Never underestimate styling the power of a great pair of heels. 

Belt Your Blazer 

Similar to the ribbon trick, this styling hack always lends a polished look, and it's an easy way to accentuate your waist. It's also a great way to give your go-to office blazer an updated look.

Downsize Your Bag

Swap your everyday bag for a smaller, evening-style option to instantly take your look to the next level. Rather than lugging around a big bag, swapping to a daintier option is a certain way to look 10 times chicer. 

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