Static Cling Solutions

ImageStatic cling is not cute.  I always keep Static Guard in my wardrobe kit to keep the cling under control.

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If I am on an out of town production, the FAA does not allow you to pack aerosol products.  For short productions or personal travel, I will pack dryer sheets for a quick static cling fix.  Simply rub a dryer sheet over clothes (on figure) to remove static cling. If possible, rub the insides of the clothes too. Dryer sheets will also neutralize the electric charge in your hair.  

Traditional dryer sheets are packed full of chemicals and are considered toxic.  Seventh Generation offers a non-toxic, compostable, product (pictured below.)  Their dryer sheets are also free of dyes and fragrances; perfect for your most sensitive talent.

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Another trick for static cling, you can also use a metal clothes hanger to discharge the electricity.  Simply glide the long side of a wire or metal hanger over your clothes to remove static electricity.  Kinda clever! 

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Warby Parker Eyewear

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Warby Parker eyewear is high quality, on-trend, and affordable. Prescription, polarized Optical eyewear cost $95 Non-Prescription, polarized Sunwear cost  $95 Prescription, polarized Sunwear costs $150 The company’s flagship store is in NYC and they have 9 showrooms throughout the US.   Unfortunately, there are currently … Continue reading

Falling Models, Tumbling Talent, and Slippery Shoe Solutions

Bless their Hearts,

…these runway models are not alone in experiencing slides, slips, and falls.  Underestimating the power of a polished floor, we have all found ourselves flat on the floor, humiliated, and looking for the closest piece of furniture to crawl underneath.

I use one or both of these methods to prep slick, new shoes that will be worn by on-camera talent.  These very simple stylist tricks can prevent both talent tumble as well as personal embarrassment:

  • Sandpaper: Lightly scuff the bottoms of new shoes with sandpaper. Be careful not to scuff the sides of the shoes or any area that will be visible to camera. I keep both 80 grit and 120 grit sandpaper in my kit.
  • Hairspray: Spritz the bottoms of the shoes with strong hold hairspray and let the spray dry for about a minute until it’s sticky to the touch.  Spray as needed.  I keep Nexxtacy by Nexxus in my kit because it is super sticky and alcohol free.

★ Make sure the hairspray will not damage the flooring surface. If you are uncertain, ask the art department, location manager, or props.

Cordarounds: Horizontal Corduroy Pants

ImageCordarounds are horizontal corduroy pants by crowd favorite, Betabrand.  These pants are cut from corduroy fabric running horizontally instead of the traditional vertical run.

Cordarounds’ horizontal whales create a cooler, more comfortable corduroy pant. Marketing literature cites scientific data comparing fabric C.H.I. levels and Cordarounds have proven an impressive 22% reduction in C.H.I.  Curious what C.H.I. is exactly? That would be Crotch Heat Index of course!

Cordarounds hilarious product literature below:

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WonderWorks: Aerospace Costuming, Scale Models, Props, and Consultants

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I have been asked to research space suits for several productions.  For a quality replica, the weekly rental costs are around $1500 for all of the accessories and badges; $1900 after shipping.  I have found several great resources but was … Continue reading

Spanx for Men: Does My Mirdle Make Me Look Fat?

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Always looking for new wardrobe solutions and products to help me do my job as a stylist, I had the perfect opportunity to test Spanx for Men, Manx. On a recent print production, I had to dress three male talent … Continue reading

Screen Printing | Danger Press

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I use Danger Press for all of my screen printing.  They handle time sensitive printing, custom design, short runs, and they understand my peculiar printing requests for different productions.  I may need 17 different designs to printed on 17 different custom-made aprons in an extremely short amount of time.  UhhHrumm (clearing my throat) I expect to pay rush fees because my production schedule is not the ONLY production schedule.  You know what you do NOT get at Danger?  Schmutz!  Danger’s shop is spotless and so is the final product.  As a stylist, this is priceless.

Jhaysin Gilman ,  aka‘The Font Whisperer’,   handles all design at Danger.
Pictured below: Front pocket + full back screen printed white lab coats and coveralls.