style hacks every woman should know

along with style inspiration on the blog, i also love to share practical tips and tricks to keep us at the top of our style game. Style at a Certain Age is dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty. so today, i’m sharing style hacks every woman should know. 

it’s never a good day when you pull on your favorite pair of jeans, and they’re just a little too snug around the waistline. or how do you easily exchange one handbag for another? if you’ve ever asked yourself those questions, i’m sharing several style hacks that will make your life just a little easier. knowledge is power, whether it’s big or small. 

style hacks every woman should know

style hack #1 waist extender

when your pants are a smidge too tight, grab a opens in a new windownon-metal elastic band. slip one end over your button, the other end through the buttonhole. bring the elastic tie back to the button and anchor.

style hack #2 remove odors from your jeans

place your jeans in a Ziploc bag, then toss them in the freezer overnight. this eliminates odor-causing bacteria. it works every time!

style hack #3 shoe embellishment

purchase opens in a new windowclip-on shoe embellishments, then transform your plain jane pumps into something fancy. mix up your style game with opens in a new windowfaux pearl, opens in a new windowrhinestone, or opens in a new windowfaux gemstones.

style hack #4 protect your clothes from makeup

this is a style hack passed down from my mother. when you want to protect your white tee or white blouse from freshly applied makeup, slip a silk scarf over your head. then pull on your tee, sweater, or blouse over the silk scarf. not only will you protect your clothes from unwanted lipstick or foundation stains, but your makeup will be preserved as well.

style hack #5 velvet and wood hangers

opens in a new windowvelvet hangers are the perfect choice when it comes to hanging your blouses, camisoles, or dresses. these hangars not only protect your clothes from creases but will extend your closet storage space. opens in a new windowwood hangers are used for bulky items like coats or blazers.

 

style hack #6 purse organizer

opens in a new windowpurse organizers easily transport your belongings from one handbag to another.

style hack #7 eliminate odors from your clothes

mix 1/4 vodka to 3/4 water. pour into a mister. spray the mixture on your clothes and let it dry. your clothes will smell fresh as a daisy in no time at all.

 

thanks so much for stopping by today. i hope you enjoyed style hacks every woman should know. happy Wednesday, ladies. time to put a smile on someone’s face, including yours.

 

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63 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Kelly wrote:

    As an “aging woman”..I thank you for your style and makeup tips. Some days a woman just needs a little pick me up.

    Posted 3.3.21
    • it takes a village not only to raise a child but to keep women of a certain age at the top of their game!

      Posted 3.3.21
  2. Gina D from Texas wrote:

    On the clothes freshener tip – the items won’t smell like vodka?

    Lots of great ideas. Definitely need to get me a purse organizer! Changing out purses is a chore! 😉

    Posted 3.3.21
    • no, vodka is pretty much odorless as it is a neutral distilled spirit.

      Posted 3.3.21
  3. Awesome tips, Beth! I love the scarf-over-the-head tip.

    Posted 3.3.21
    • hey, girlfriend! thanks for stopping by.

      Posted 3.3.21
  4. Thanks for the tips, Beth.
    Very informative.

    Posted 3.3.21
    • so happy to hear, sherry! thanks for stopping by.

      Posted 3.3.21
  5. Janet wrote:

    Love all of these hacks!! The scarf?? Brilliant!

    Posted 3.3.21
    • my mom always had a trick or two up her sleeve!

      Posted 3.3.21
  6. Joanie wrote:

    Hi Beth
    Thanks for the great and useful ideas. You’re the best!

    Posted 3.3.21
    • i so appreciate you being here!

      Posted 3.3.21
  7. Amanda wrote:

    Fantastic tips, Beth! Vodka is so versatile – can’t wait to try the solution. 😀

    Posted 3.3.21
    • love versatility in any shape or form.

      Posted 3.3.21
  8. Carol wrote:

    Must remember the vodka/water tip! Remember when fitting rooms had those little net hoods for ladies to use when trying clothes on? Well, maybe that was more for their hair dos than not staining garments. I’m not sure.
    Best tip for any woman of any age is “lead with your smile.”

    Posted 3.3.21
    • a smile is our best asset! thanks for sharing.

      Posted 3.3.21
  9. Penny wrote:

    I love my Purse organizer, too. Timesaver, for sure and when traveling a space saver for all those “little things” that you will need but your suitcase is already full.
    Love your “reminder” series, for the clothes, closet and “hacks”. Where did you find those terrific velvet hangers, I need some!
    Thanks always Beth, what a treat to see your email in my inbox, and your reminder to check out your next video.

    Posted 3.3.21
    • there is a link to the hangers in the post. just click and it will take you to the retailer.

      Posted 3.3.21
  10. Susan M Evans wrote:

    Hi Beth,

    Thanks so much for these style hacks. While I knew some of them, I had never heard of the purse organizers. It’s now on my list of must haves. Love your style and personality!

    Take care,
    Susan

    Posted 3.3.21
    • the purse organizer is in direct response to reader questions.

      Posted 3.3.21
  11. Annmarie wrote:

    Hi Beth. Would you please send me your chicken soup recipe? I lost the first one. It’s so delicious!
    Thanks
    Annmarie

    Posted 3.3.21
  12. Catherine wrote:

    Loved your outfit. Especially the earrings. The info was great too!!

    Posted 3.3.21
    • thanks so much for stopping by!

      Posted 3.3.21
  13. Nancy wrote:

    Great tips Beth….Thank you!

    Posted 3.3.21
  14. Cathy Eischeid wrote:

    Re: vodka
    I keep several misters of 91% alcohol around the house and in my purse. Because it is antibacterial (vodka, not quite) I can kill the source of odors in clothes and in shoes, too. Saturate the interior of your shoe and let dry overnight. It’s a huge help! It works equally well on clothes. I use it to sanitize my shopping cart handle and my hands as well. I spray it on my feet after I sand and buff them to make sure I don’t get an infection. It also kills ants on kitchen counters without leaving a toxic residue. Actually, it kills all kinds of critters without leaving a poisonous residue. 91% alcohol is my best friend! I have better and more fun uses for Tito’s, 😉

    Posted 3.3.21
    • yeah, but you gotta agree Tito’s is quite versatile.

      Posted 3.3.21
      • Kate wrote:

        Beth,
        Love your posts. I am wondering how do you pronounce your last name?
        Kate

        Posted 3.3.21
        • the d is silent. it’s ja-la-li kind of like tamale. my husband was Persian but grew up
          in Vienna where the d was attached. in German, the j is silent without the d.

          Posted 3.3.21
  15. Anne wrote:

    Beth, I have to tell you that you look fabulous in your green dress with red shoes! I think it’s my favorite picture of you. Thanks for all the great style advice! Anne

    Posted 3.3.21
    • i so appreciate you being here!

      Posted 3.3.21
  16. sharon Select... olsen wrote:

    I love the purse organizer! Ordered already, Thank you!!!!

    Posted 3.3.21
    • i think you will be happy with it!

      Posted 3.3.21
  17. Lindsey A wrote:

    Added those pretty shoe clips to my wish list!

    In my purse, I use a series of cute and fun little canvas or coated fabric zip up clutch type bags, one for collapsible hairbrush/lip-balm type stuff, one for keys, one for post-its/pen, etc etc.

    And thanks for the vodka/water tip – I run hot (esp with hot flashes!) and can get sweaty in CA, so that odor removing tip is a great one!

    Posted 3.3.21
    • so happy you found a useful tip! always love to share.

      Posted 3.3.21
  18. KC Post wrote:

    What the heck is a “hack” did this replace the word tip? Did your Mom actually say hack? Maybe it’s regional?

    Posted 3.3.21
    • hack is a real word that’s been around for ages. probably since computer hacks came into existence since they modified or simplified the way we use computers. now we use hacks for style, interior design, whatever. not sure what region you refer to as i grew up in the midwest then lived all over the world until i moved to Athens five years ago.

      Posted 3.3.21
  19. Andrea wrote:

    Love these hacks, Beth.

    I changed all my hangers to velvet and wood. I love the velvet for space, ur also for slippery fabrics – no more finding your precious silks on the floor.

    I have always used a neutral Lysol spray for upholstery due to scent allergies that Fabreeze etc. send into migraine territory.
    I would love to try the vodka for portability, but am wondering about water marks and residue. What has your experience been on delicate fabrics and blouses?

    Posted 3.3.21
    • i have never seen any residual watermarks with vodka and water mixture. but i mist from at least a foot or two.

      Posted 3.3.21
  20. pam iaquinta wrote:

    I LOVE today’s post! Saving it to my .reading list for when I need these tips.
    AM going to try the vodka spray and then have a martini. LOL

    Posted 3.3.21
    • don’t you just love a versatile item?! thanks for stopping by.

      Posted 3.3.21
  21. Susie N wrote:

    Best post on the best blog ever! Some hacks were new to me, some I had heard but forgotten so it’s great these all in one place! I’ve forwarded this to lots of girlfriends 😁

    Posted 3.3.21
    • so happy to hear this was a beneficial post! always love to share.

      Posted 3.3.21
  22. Victoria Ashley wrote:

    Where is the olive green shirt dress from?I love it.

    Posted 3.3.21
    • that is Eileen Fisher about six or seven years old.

      Posted 3.3.21
  23. Cynthia wrote:

    Thanks for the helpful hints, especially about using a rubber band to help you fit into too tight pants.
    My method to prevent makeup spilling on my clothes is to first get dressed, wrap a hand towel around my neck, fasten with a long hair pin, and then apply my make up🙂.

    Posted 3.3.21
    • thanks for sharing your tip!

      Posted 3.3.21
  24. Lisa wrote:

    Such great fashion hacks. I always love your hair, but that little extra poof in the photo with your green dress and jean jacket is so nice. You know the old adage,
    “the bigger the hair the closer to God”!

    I had some super big hair in the eighties. I commonly state they were my “poodle years”! One bad perm after the other.

    Love your posts and videos. Your blog is solid!

    Posted 3.3.21
    • gotta love some big hair from the 80s! but we thought we looked gooooddddd.

      Posted 3.3.21
  25. Carol Owens wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    I never leave comments on the blogs I read but I just had to tell you how much I enjoyed this and felt like I truly got useful information from it. I hope you will do this more often. Thank you.

    Posted 3.3.21
    • thanks so much for the feedback!

      Posted 3.3.21
  26. Kathleen McDermott wrote:

    An inexpensive shower cap (like the kind you get at a hotel) is ideal for trying on clothes when shopping or putting on any pullover top at home. Just put it on backwards, I.e. over your face, and don your pullover. Works like a charm.

    Posted 3.3.21
  27. Lisa wrote:

    Thanx for the style hacks. They are all so useful!

    Posted 3.4.21
  28. Katherine Ann Allan wrote:

    Beth,
    Thank you so much for sharing your “hacks” such basic but clever ideas.
    Your mother was a smart lady, it runs in the family.

    Posted 3.4.21
  29. Nancy A Reed wrote:

    great deas for style hacks. I am going to try several of them.

    Posted 3.4.21
  30. Jan wrote:

    I inherited an old wooden armoire from my great-grandfather that stood in a shed for a longer time. It smelled a little strange in the beginning, but I used vodka to wipe the inside of it and the smell disappeared.

    Posted 3.5.21
  31. Lorel Blameuser wrote:

    Do you have a style hack for dry cleaning wool berets. All the local cleaners are not accepting wool accessories to clean.

    Love your hacks, fashions, beauty, etc.

    Posted 3.6.21
  32. Emily Cullen wrote:

    Hi Beth,

    Where do you buy your jeans?

    I am 5’4 short torso and legs and have a hard time finding jeans that fit.

    Thanks, Emily

    Posted 3.6.21
  33. Cyndi wrote:

    Love these – especially the silk scarf…I used the waistband extender way back in the 70s when I was pregnant- works great.

    Posted 3.7.21
  34. Magdalene wrote:

    I am glad that I stumbled on your site on google. Your style hacks are what i need right now.

    I always stain my outfit with my makeup. It is worse when my top is a turtle neck. So, I will definitely be using this hack.

    Thanks, you look amazing

    Posted 3.23.21
    • i so appreciate you being here!

      Posted 3.23.21

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