Why you need flash tape, and how to use it

March 2, 2011 in Fashion, Style, Style Tools by alliemcc

Here's the next part of my monthly series on style tools everyone should have– if you wear clothes, you should think about investing in all or most of the tools I’m going to tell you about.  Taking care of your clothes is a boost for the environment and your budget.  If you have questions or requests, please send them my way! Allie @ AnalogueChic . com


Flash Tape

Photo via Amazon.

What is it?

It's basically tape with adhesive on both sides, engineered not to rip off your skin or ruin your clothes. It can come on a dispenser, or in pre-cut strips with a paper backing.

Why you need it:

2 examples–

Photo via Glamour.com


Image removed – I'M SORRY MS. JACKSON.


Two words: wardrobe malfunction.

How it works:

Simply: one side sticks to the item of clothing you want to stay in place, the other side sticks to the area of skin, or other piece of clothing, you want it to stick to.

How to use it:

If you're into scrapbooking, or other paper crafts, you've probably used double-stick tape. It's the same idea here.

The package will give you directions as to which side should go on your skin, and which side should stick to your garment. Peel off the paper backing on the fabric side of the tape and stick it to the area on the garment you want to stay put. Then peel off the backing on the skin side, and place the fabric where you want it to stay.

At the end of the day, gently peel the garment off your skin, and use your fingernail to peel the tape off your clothing (this can be tricky).

When to use it:

Halftime shows, red carpet photo ops…

In real life, it's excellent for low cut tops, drapey necklines, and other wardrobe issues, particularly around the bust.

My colleague, fashion blogger and wardrobe consultant Sally of Already Pretty, just wrote up her handy guide to other uses for flash tape.

Eco note: This stuff is not so great for the environment. When at all possible, avoid using it except for really beautiful tops and dresses that just need a little help staying in place. Date night, clubbing, special events…

Where to get it:

I have a couple of selections for you in my Amazon Shop (if you buy it here, I get a commission).

I also see it regularly at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Jo-Ann Fabrics. Dress shops and tailors may also carry it.


If you missed my previous guide on the pill shaver, it's right here.


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