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I have recently bought a pair of beige patent leather shoes and love them, and I love the fact that they were on special even more!  It was to my dismay, that when I last went to wear them, I found a brown scuff mark on the side of one of them.  The problem is that the scuff mark is quite noticeable.  So how to remove the mark?  I have done some research and found the following tips for cleaning patent leather shoes.

Soap and water.  Use a soft cloth to remove the mark Nail polish remover – the non-acetone kind.  Use a cotton bud to dip into the nail polish and gently rub the mark off.  I would recommend testing in an inconspicuous spot first to ensure it does not mark your shoes Mineral oil or petroleum jelly.  Apply with a soft cloth and rub the area until clean.  I even saw a reference to vegetable oil on place of mineral oil

I tried all three and found the nail polish remover the best for removing smaller black spots on the shoes.  None however were successful in removing the scuff mark.  I think the mark was a result of the shoes rubbing against another pair and the brown shoe polish transferring to the patent leather shoes.  If anyone has any great ideas on how to remove scuff marks on patent leather shoes, I would love to hear about them.

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Hats come in all forms and there is a hat style for everyone, you just need to know what you are looking for and what suits you.  Like all clothes and accessories, it has to work with the rest of your outfit to look good.  Before you buy a hat consider:

What you are going to wear it with.  Will the colour and style go with the clothes in your wardrobe?  Can you wear it with more than one outfit? Where are you going to wear it?  If it is for everyday wear, keep it simple.  This way it is easy to wear with different tops, pants and dresses.  If it is for a special occasion then have an outfit in mind or at least the colours that will match.  Whether you buy the hat to match the outfit or the outfit to match the hat, check the colours and styles complement each other. Is it appropriate for the occasion you plan to wear it?  Does it suit your lifestyle and dress personality?

If you are going to invest in a hat you want to get wear out of it.  Look at the colours in your wardrobe and chose a hat in one of the colours you wear most often.  Like all clothes and accessories, if you don’t love it, don’t buy it.

Think about the image you want to project when wearing the hat.  Dress personality will pay a large part in your decision process; just make sure you feel comfortable when wearing the hat.  The right hat will make you feel a million dollars when wearing it.

Try on more than one hat.  Often you need to try on different styles to find the best one for you.  Experiment with a few styles and try them on at different angles.  You may be surprised at what looks good on you.

Make sure the hat fits.  If it is too small or big you won’t wear it.

Keep your hat in proportion to you.  For those who are not blessed with much height, look for close fitting hats with shallow crowns and small brims that draw attention upward to your face.  Avoid deep or high crowns and stay away from big, full brimmed hats as they tend to overwhelm you.  For those who are more full figured, look for hats with irregular brims that draw the eye up and give you balance.

A hat expresses you.  It is your message to the world and reflects your mood and image.  Look for hats that enhance who you are, not what you aren’t.

See our Photo Gallery for ideas on how to wear hats.

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