I went to a wedding of one of my favorite couples this past weekend and while I was so excited for this getaway, the packing was more daunting than I thought. Not only was I packing for the weekend away, I forgot that I usually treat my evening clutch like a mini styling kit to tackle any styling emergency that may come my way—other my friends’ ways. I’ve saved many a wedding styling emergency with some of these essentials on my cheat sheet and now you can too, whether you’re a guest, a bridesmaid or a bride…
1. Topstick – Okay, so you may think I’m nuts for telling you that toupee tape is the #1 must in every woman’s evening bag, but how do you think celebs get through an evening without wardrobe malfunctions? This strong double stick tape keep those ladies in your dress. Take note Janet Jackson.
2. Wrinkle Wiz – Don’t you hate when you have your dress perfectly pressed and then you get those horrible lines after you’ve been sitting in a car? Problem solved.
3. Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin padding – Keep pieces of this in your purse to stick onto your shoes for those places that feel like they may cause blisters. Dance the night away. Repeat.
4. Tide To Go Pens – I love how these fit in even the tiniest of clutches and can save you from the drunk girl who spilled on your new dress. Just make sure to dab with water after, so it doesn’t leave a ring around the stain. You’ll thank me later.
5. Travel Size Big Sexy Hair Spray Hairspray – Double duty! This can save your hair do when it’s falling flat AND a run in your stocking.
Rebecca Minkoff clutch – Not essential, but it’s adorbs.
I couldn’t resist sharing some more of my favorite items in my styling kit that you may want to use in your own wardrobe…
- Goof Off or Goo Gone – Both of these are great at getting the sticky stuff off of everything and I use them a ton on shoots when nothing else will work. You can use this to get off price stickers, gum, marker and anything else that is too stubborn to come off.
- Static Guard – Most women nowadays don’t wear a slip with their dress or skirt—unless it’s Spanx, or you actually like them like I do—so when it starts clinging to your legs, this is always good to have on-hand. I keep a travel size in my kit too for those quick fixes.
- shoe pads (heel liners and ball of feet cushions) – I keep an assortment of shoe padding like these in my kit, and sometimes for those killer (literally) shoes that I own. I’ve relieved many-a-foot with these and suggest you do too.
- leather belt punch – This is one of the best wardrobe inventions ever. With one tool—which is a lot safer than an old fashioned awl and hammer that I’ve nearly taken out a finger with—you can add another hole to your belts.
- Dr. Scholl’s molefoam padding/moleskin – This is another foot saver that I love to have in my kit so when a model complains about a blister, I can have her keep on strutting her stuff. So can you.
I carry at least a suitcase of stuff in my kit for every job I’m on—sometimes even more. Some items are essential for every photoshoot, but there are some that I believe every woman should have in their own wardrobe ammo…Shhhh…
- Shoo Goo – This is one of my favorite secrets that not many people know about. This not only has fixed a broken heel on a shoot for me, but it’s saved so many pairs of my own soles when they’ve separated from the bottom of the shoe. This glue is so strong that your shoes will be like new again!
- Jiffy ESTEAM steamer – It amazes me that so many women (even some bloggers!) don’t steam their clothing. It’s so easy and quicker than ironing—plus, it will make you look more polished than in a wrinkled shirt. Do yourself a favor and invest in one for your wardrobe. I love this little guy that is almost as strong as my industrial strength steamer I use on photoshoots, but I can throw this one in my suitcase when I travel for my own clothing. ********BONUS: Get the pink version of this and proceeds go to breast cancer awareness!********
- Evercare lint roller – Okay, so this may not be news to you, but this is definitely an essential styling item. This brand is the stickiest, which helps de-linting in just one sheet.
- Stick It! – Topstick was originally used for men to keep toupees on their heads, but you may better know it as what keeps celebs staying in their dresses all night (a la J.Lo). I use this not only on models for photoshoots, but I confess, I’ve used it to keep me in a dress while dancing the night away!
- Gonzo – I keep about 5 different stain removers in my kit…probably because people often request Shout Wipes, a Tide Pen, a Clorox, Bleach Pen…but this is the only one that I personally find works every time. It’s even gotten red wine out of my hubby’s vintage YSL tie that I would have been so mad if it stained. This is one item I sometimes even keep in my evening clutch!