Wardrobe Emergency Kit: 10 Essentials Every Girl Should Have

We've all been there. You're getting ready for a big event, or even just brunch with the girls, and some sort of wardrobe malfunction happens. Unfortunately, we don't all have personal Rachel Zoes to help us get ready for every day life!  From shoes that don't fit or don't match to getting deodorant all over your brand new little black dress, here are some tips and tricks I've picked up through the years. I find it handy to keep all of these items together in my house (I store most of these in a hole in my shoe rack), and if you really want to be prepared, keep duplicates in your car or purse (a lot of these things have mini versions, too!) 

1. A full length mirror in a well-lit area. Obviously, a full length mirror will help you find out if something fits well, and a well lit area will ensure that your dress/top/pants are not see through or that you need to change undergarments. 
2. A lint roller. Duh, I know. But, if you're like me, somehow, the sweater you put away clean last week always seems to wind up with little lint balls all over it! A quick swipe with a lint roller will do the trick. (Another helpful hint: if you're wearing dark colored bottoms in a nicer restaurant with linen napkins, ask your hostess for a black napkin. They usually keep a bunch in stock, and it will ensure that you won't spend the rest of your day or evening trying to pick lint balls off your legs!)
3. Fashion tape. I'm no Jennifer Lopez (remember that dress?) but I still keep fashion tape (I've even used double stick scotch tape in a pinch!) around. What do I use it for, you ask? Well, if I'm wearing a button up, I always put some between those two buttons that always manage to gap open! Works like a charm. I've even used it to hold up a hem in a pinch. 
4. Blister block. This stuff has saved my feet from painful blisters more times than I can count, and I've gotten my sister and all of my friends hooked on it. Swipe a little on on the "rubby" areas of your feet, and toss the little tube in your bag for touch ups later. 
5. In keeping with the feet theme, shoe pads. These little lifesavers come in all kinds of shapes, brands, prices and sizes. You can pick up a pack at anywhere from Walgreens to Nordstrom. Personally, I'm a big fan of the heel pads because I have narrow heels that seem to always slip out of pumps (they kind of "fill in" the heel area, and add some cushioning, to boot!), but if the balls of your feet always ache, I'd try the cushions that are made to fit there! 
6. Nude pumps. Ok, so this is more of a wardrobe item than a wardrobe "help" item, but if you've ever felt like no shoes matched your outfit, you definitely need to invest in a pair of these babies. They seriously go with anything from a LBD to a floral mini, and they make your legs look miles long as an added bonus. 
7. A sewing kit. This may be the most obvious item on the list, but it's probably also the most helpful. Keep some extra buttons, as a precaution! 
8. Dryer sheets. These aren't just for throwing in the dryer! If you smear deodorant on your clothes, use a dry dryer sheet to rub it off (trust me, it works). 
9. A tide to go pen or shout wipes. I know I'm not the only clumsy one that's ever spilled lunch. These will get a stain out before it has time to set in and ruin your favorite top!
10. Well fitting undergarments. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times. Go get fitted for a bra by a professional. It'll change the way you look in your clothes. Make sure you own a well fitting strapless bra, and a great skin tone colored regular bra, too. A skin tone colored bra can be worn under anything, and you won't see it! Also, make sure you have some skin tone colored underwear, for when you wear light colored dresses. I also like to make sure I have a black slip, and a nude slip, and some Spanx for when I'm wearing something tight. Yes, I just admitted I wear Spanx sometimes. I think I'll end the list there! 

What's in your wardrobe emergency kit? 


  1. excellent post! i think I need to make a stop at the store for a few things... all of what you said is useful and practical for sure!

  2. does this work for guys too? Who do I need to see in order to get my underwear fitted properly?

  3. great tips!!! Congrats for making it to IFB Links again!!:-)

  4. great list! I am glad I found you through IFB!

  5. Great great list! And now I know what that "thingy for removing bits from sweaters" is called... :))) x

  6. Well, well, well. Looks like I am doing alright eing as thought I have everything on your list except for blister block. Good one!

    I enjoyed reading your blog. So ,uch so that I decided to follow ya via bloglovin'. Stop by my blog sometime.

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  7. never knew about the dryer sheet and deodorant trick. Loved all these tips!

  8. Great list...loved the dryer sheet trick! I've never heard that one before.

  9. i never thought of nude pumps! great tip!

  10. These are just brilliant! I have, and use, all of the above except for a pair of nude pumps. Need 'em.

    I never knew I could ask for a black napkin. I'm definitely going to ask for one next time I'm wearing a dark outfit.

    Congrats on making IFB's LALM!
    :) f
    The House in the Clouds

  11. great advice! and we all wear spanx! I just blogged about them the other day lol... LOVE my spanx...just got skinny britches for summer!


  12. great 10 lists!

    your newest follower here :)

  13. excellent list! I don't have a full length mirror and it is sooo annoying!
    I agree with the sewing kit...I have one in my office and I actually used it many times! I don't know what dryer sheets are but I'll look it up...I hate what deodorant does to my clothes!!!


  14. Thanks for the helpful post!! It's a shame tide pens are so hard to find down here. :(

  15. I'm so glad you all liked my post! Thanks for stopping by and reading it!

  16. I think every girl needs a great black cashmere sweater - whether it's a cardi or a pullover it can be thrown over anything. Despite all my other options, I wear mine at least twice a week!

    Also - an iron! Certain garments don't look right unless properly pressed! :)



  17. Great list!! i've had a few wardrobe malfunctions as well =x not. cute. lol


  18. THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING NUDE PUMPS! : ) That's a wardrobe staple for sure! ...I added you to my favorite places too, btw.