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5 Style Hacks from Your Office Supply Closet

You may take pride in your polished look, but even the most fastidious gent is prone to occasional slip-ups. Luckily, when a menswear emergency strikes, a resourceful office worker is never empty-handed. Here are 5 style hacks and last-minute fixes you can find around your work desk.

Use Paper Clips as a Collar Stays (Above)

Call it bad luck or carelessness, but a good set of collar stays is never around when you need it. If your collar is looking rumpled, whip it into shape with a simple pair of paper clips. Your dress shirt will stay resplendent, and you won’t beat yourself up when you inevitably lose them.

Use Binder Clips as Cuff Links

binder clips

If the last clean shirt in your closet has a pair of French cuffs—and you’re short a set of cufflinks—you don’t have to settle for staples. Instead, use binder clips to fashion some last-minute replacements. Just slide the arms of one clip through the hole in your cuff, and secure them on the other side with the jaws of a second clip. We're not suggesting this for any fancy dinners, but it'll hold the cuffs together in a pinch.

Fix a Stuck Zipper with a Pencil


Getting trapped in your coat by a zipper is one of life’s most irksome experiences. That said, there’s a much easier solution than tugging ad infinitum. The graphite in a pencil is a reliable, non-messy lubricant—just rub either side of the zipper with the tip of a sharpened pencil, and try again.

Hide Your Necktie Tail with a Paper Clip

paper clip

If your necktie is missing a loop (or the tail of your tie doesn’t reach), you can keep the fabric in place with a single mini paper clip. Just loop it around the nearest button, and fasten the tip of the tail. The front of your tie will keep the paper clip hidden—at least through the end of the workday.

Wear a Pen Cap as a Makeshift Tie Bar

Pen Cap Tie Bar

Be warned, menswear adventurers: This hack is not for the faint of heart. But if your necktie simply won’t stay in place, the right pen cap can make a truly convincing tie bar. Just find a pen with a metal clasp that runs all the way to the cap, and clip it on with confidence.

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