5 Useful Style Solutions for Accessories


J.Brand cropped jeans 24, BP sweater (old; very similar), Gucci soho bag, Joie heels (old), Banana Republic hat (old; similar)

Whether it’s a hat that’s too loose, a scarf that won’t stay in place, or a purse strap that’s too long…there are always those small fashion challenges in need of a quick fix. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a list of style hacks to help alleviate some of these fashion frustrations, and wanted to share the ones I find the most useful!

1. How to make a hat smaller

Fashion Frustration: When your hat is too loose and at risk of blowing away.
The Fix: Hat size reducer strips. Adjust the fit of your hat by sticking on these lightweight foam pieces. These are available in different thicknesses based on how loose your hat is, and you can stick on either more or less for the perfect fit. I own both options below and don’t have a major preference!

how to make a hat fit smaller tighter

2. How to secure a scarf or shawl

Fashion Frustration: When you want to keep a scarf secured stylishly in place without having to tie it.
The Fix: Scarf magnet. These are strong magnetic buttons that keep your scarf, shawl, or wrap in place on a windy day and won’t damage the fabric like a brooch might.

  • MagneButton – Was introduced to this brand a while back by my mother in law! I have the low dome pearl version which I’ve found to be very versatile, but it also comes in a variety of other designs and sizes. 

how to tie a scarf pearl magnet button

3. How to Temporarily shorten a chain strap

Fashion Frustration: When the chain strap on your purse is too long for your frame, or, if you want to wear your chain strap purse multiple ways (for example, I like to carry my Chanel flap bag with the straps extra short – see style # 2 in this blog post).

The Fix: Metal buckle hooks. See two ways that I’ve used this on my Chanel handbag: 1) hook both sides together underneath the flap to significantly shorten the shoulder strap; or 2) hook just one side to slightly shorten the overall strap. Note the buckle I have is a little too thick to hook through my older wallet on chain strap.

how to shorten a chanel bag chain strap

how to shorten a chanel classic flap bag strap

4. How to temporarily make a necklace longer

Fashion Frustration: When your necklace isn’t quite the right length for the neckline on your OOTD. 

The Fix: Necklace Extender. I love how this makes my necklaces more versatile, especially for layering jewelry of different lengths.

  • Kendra Scott Option – comes in several metal finishes including, gold, silver and rose gold to closely match necklaces. 
5. How to secure a long belt without loops

Fashion Frustration: When your belt or bag strap tail hangs too long and either sticks out or flaps around.

The Fix: Tiny elastics in clear, black, or brown to match your strap or Belt Loopy strips. Refer to my previous blog post on this topic for more info and before & after photos!

how to resize a belt leather hole puncher

These small tools have made a big difference with a few of my fashion frustrations over the years. Hope you guys find them helpful, and please share any style solutions or hacks of your own! 

style hacks for your hat scarf purse strap

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30 Comments

  1. Please disregard my prior question, I found your post on belt fixes and see a bunch of belts linked there. Learning so many tips from these great posts, thanks again!

    Posted 11.13.19 Reply
  2. Thank you so much for these helpful tips! Never heard of the magnebutton but sounds like exactly what I need for my scarves when running after my kids.

    On another note, do you have a post on recommendations for petite belts?

    Posted 11.13.19 Reply
  3. zoe wrote:

    nice stuff. I like this hat!!

    Posted 11.12.19 Reply
  4. Fran wrote:

    I just ordered a Magnebutton! Thank you once again for offering a fix to a problem that I didn’t realize had an easy solution!

    Posted 11.10.19 Reply
  5. Ruth Josey wrote:

    I love these tips! Simple fixes that sometimes we just struggle with and don’t bother to find a solution. I shared on Pinned, Posted and Tweeted!

    Ruth

    Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  6. JA wrote:

    Thanks for all your tips. Any quick fix idea to lengthen pants from the top?
    I am sick of wearing my low waist pants (culprit for muffin top) , but they fit perfectly otherwise. Do you have any suggestions?

    Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  7. Irene wrote:

    Hi Jean, I have a pair of the same strap up Soludos sandals that you have, and I always have trouble keeping the straps up. Any tips on how to stop the straps falling down?

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  8. Your fashion hacks are always the best! <3 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing so many great tips!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  9. Nicci wrote:

    These are such great tips! Thanks, Jean! 🙂

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  10. CW wrote:

    Thank you – now I just need a tip for keeping thigh high boots from falling down!

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  11. LOVE these hacks!

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  12. Nicole wrote:

    You are the best! I love your advice. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  13. Fabulous tips! I am always frustrated by long straps!

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  14. Annaliese wrote:

    These are so simple yet so helpful!! I can’t wait to try the scarf one.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  15. Lisa wrote:

    Great tips. I can see the hat tip also being helpful to keep makeup off the inside brim or hat marks off your forehead.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • ral wrote:

      Good point re: makeup!

      Posted 11.12.19 Reply
  16. Mary wrote:

    Thanks Jean! Awesome and super useful tips.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    This is so great! Thank you for the tips !!

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  18. Mireia wrote:

    These are really useful tips!

    Mireia from TGL

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  19. Janine wrote:

    What an amazing post!! These tips are actually so helpful, I have never ever heard of scarf magnets but oh boy do these sound like a life saver!
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Xx Janine

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  20. Thu wrote:

    So helpful, thank you!!! The others were interesting to learn, but the one that most intrigued me was the magnebutton!! It’ll help with scarves I’ve given up on because wrangling a toddler made me resort to only infinity scarves. Also didn’t know these buttons can help with cardigans too – so versatile!!! Looki bt forward for getting that and referring my friends to this!

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Yes, it’s great! Just make sure you take it off with both hands on each half otherwise you might go chasing after a rogue piece rolling around on the floor. I didn’t find magnet buttons to work as well on blouses or light cardigans (I ordered some options on Amazon to try) because they were more visible and sometimes too heavy for the fabric, but others might have better luck!

      Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  21. miki wrote:

    I adored this tip so much, especially the one about the hat!
    Miki x

    Posted 11.7.19 Reply
  22. Nicha wrote:

    So fab!! Very useful and practical tips, Jean. Thank you so very much.

    I normally use simple safety pins to shorten my chain straps, as necklace extenders (they are hidden under my hair, anyway), or even for a belt loop.

    Well, just share my tips in case someone needs a quick fix. 🙂

    Posted 11.7.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Safety pins work wonders! I will admit I’ve used them for all of those purposes as well before as a quick fix ; )

      Posted 11.8.19 Reply
  23. Sylvie wrote:

    Thank for these helpful tips! One thing I always struggle with is my skirt bunching up between my legs when I wear tights. How do you keep your skirts nice and flowy with it without tights?

    Posted 11.7.19 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      hi! honest question: you don’t use slips or half-slips? that’s literally 90% of what they’re for… if you’ve never used them before: give it a shot! it works!

      Posted 11.8.19 Reply
      • Linda wrote:

        Hi Jean!
        Can you show us how to style the scarf with the magnet you show in this posting?
        Would love another way to showcase the scarf.
        Thanks!

        Posted 3.9.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Agreed – slips are great for that purpose! Sharing an older post of mine where I included the half slip that I gave in both nude and black: https://www.extrapetite.com/2016/08/undergarment-guide-my-must-have-bras.html

      Posted 11.8.19 Reply
      • One of my favorite posts of all time! I like this one a lot, too. The scarf magnet is a great gift!

        Posted 11.9.19 Reply

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