How do you zip up your dress when you can't reach the zipper
When you're by yourself getting ready for an important meeting, job interview or important date, how do you zip up your dress from behind? We normally rely on a partner, friend or whoever lives with us to zip us up, but if you're single or in a hotel room on business by yourself there needs to be a better way. This is a question many of you petite ladies have asked us because all our dresses have a zipper on the back to create a sleek fitted silhouette. But obviously we are aware that this can make dressing for work or an event a frustrating endeavor, in particular if you are time poor and need a quick solution. If you haven't got long arms or the flexiblility to reach behind you and pull up the zipper, don't feel you need to give up and put on a different outfit. With the help of common household items, here is a creative way to zip that zipper by yourself.
Cut a piece of string or thin ribbon approximately 3 feet long.
Slide one end of the string through the hole on the end of a safety pin. Tie a double knot in the string.
Open the safety pin, then push the pointed end of the pin through the small hole on the zipper and close the safety pin. Put the dress on.
Reach around to your back to grasp the string and pull it over your shoulder. Gently pull up on the string. As you do this, the zipper will pull up as well.
Detach the safety pin from the zipper carefully. To unzip when you want to remove the dress, just follow these 5 steps backwards. Always have that strong safety pin and attached string handy wherever you go on business. It can fit into any purse or bag so you don't need to rely on a man to unzip you!
If you don't have a safety pin available, a paper clip will work instead.
Another option is to unbend a metal coat hanger and slide one end of the hanger through the zipper hole. Put the dress on, then grab the other end of the hanger and use it to pull up the zipper. But this can be a hazard and get caught in your hair.
If your dress fits fairly loosely, put the dress on backwards so the zipper is in front of you, pull up the zipper, then turn the dress back around.
Things You'll Need
Scissors, String/ribbon, Large safety pin
Author: Melissa King and Tanya Mint (contributor)