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The easiest way to zip a dress by yourself — without a nervous breakdown

by Anna De Souza / / Source: TODAY

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Nothing feels quite as frustrating as the struggle to zip the back of your own dress. The twist, wiggle and stretch when the zipper pull is just out of reach can feel like cause for an existential crisis. But have no fear! TODAY Style has found the solution to this solo snafu so you can get back to your business. (On a related note, it's time to stop wrestling to clasp a bracelet or struggling to apply sunscreen on your own back, too.)

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All you need is a safety pin and a long piece of ribbon to get the job done.

Step 1:

Cut a long piece of string or ribbon and tie it onto an open safety pin.

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Step 2:

Fasten the safety pin to the opening on the zipper pull.

How to zip a dress by yourself
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Step 3:

With you hands swung behind your lower back, zip up as far as you can go.

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Step 4:

Grab the end of the ribbon with one hand and slide over your shoulder. Use that same hand to pull upward, drawing the zipper toward your head while the opposite hand keeps the bottom of the dress taut.

How to zip a dress by yourself
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Step 5:

With the safety pin now positioned on the back of neck, unfasten it from zipper pull. Ta-da!

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