One worthwhile project to tackle during these days of
isolating due to the coronavirus is a review of one’s wardrobe. It’s difficult
to know when it will be time to break out the fancy duds again, but the most frequently
used items in the wardrobe certainly merit time and attention.
Now’s the time to check on the condition of shoes and
handbags, to polish them and give them a good cleaning, and to assess what
needs more significant attention and what needs to be culled from the wardrobe.
SHOES: While shoes
can be polished at home, repairs and upgrading of worn heels and the like
require the attention of a shoe repair professional. Most shoe-related maintenance
projects may need to wait until the economy reopens.
Now is a good time to look over your shoe wardrobe and to
determine if any shoes will need to be replaced, such as much-used athletic
shoes or go-to styles of shoes for work. Putting together a wish list can be
helpful. Online shopping may provide an option, albeit limited, for filling the
gaps in the wardrobe, since there is no substitute for trying on a pair of
shoes to determine how comfortable they are. Liberal return policies are of
Also useful is being able to obtain exactly the same style
of shoes that have worked perfectly for you. Sadly, few shoe lines produce
identical designs over the years. Be very cautious if a shoe line introduces a
shoe that looks to be identical to one you purchased before if the shoe
suddenly has a new style name – chances are the specifications for the shoes are
not the same, and the fit of the shoes may be very different.
HANDBAGS: With regard
to purses, along with basic cleaning and polishing, there may be an additional
repair or upgrade project possible to bring new life to a favorite bag. If a
handbag includes a strap to allow for hands-free use, the strap almost always
can easily be replaced.
Finding an exact replacement for your purse strap may be
possible on eBay at a remarkably low price. Search by the name of the designer
or manufacturer of your purse to find the identical or similar styles of bags.
Measure the strap you wish to replace to ensure you are finding a match, and
you may be all set. If the strap is sewn on, of course, you’re back to waiting
for that shoe repair shoe to open to make the switch, but if the strap clips
on, you’re good to go.
Don’t forget that an annoying short strap can be replaced with
a longer one; a new color strap may add pizzazz. There are literally thousands
of purse straps available on eBay. Have fun discovering a whole world of style
possibilities available from the comfort of your own home.