As a fashion editor who creates content online, wrinkled clothes are honestly the bane of my professional existence. I have nightmares about having to redo photoshoots because an item looks creased and unflattering. Of course, this isn’t the hardest thing to solve for, but it took me some time to find a satisfying solution.
Up until last fall, I swore by a steam iron to prepare my outfits before appearing on-camera (or going anywhere really). Ironing clothes is a time-consuming process that takes serious arm strength. Smoothing every inch of a fabric requires setting up a board, and pressing against it to flatten the clothes, using heat and water. I didn’t mind the challenge at first, but I learned the hard way that irons don’t work well on delicate materials. And as someone who’s always on the lookout for useful products that make life easier, I wondered if there was something better out there.
I looked for a while, then came across this Hilife Steamer ($26) on Amazon. It’s now my go-to for straightening everything from silk dresses to linen shirts, as it does the job without taking much time. Once you fill the steamer, it will pump water through the vent holes, which you then press over the pieces to remove wrinkles.
The steamer works wonders on most materials, and clothes you’d have a hard time ironing like sequin dresses or pearl-encrusted tops. I also like that it’s lightweight, making it easy to hold and pack in your duffel bag or carry-on. You’ll occasionally have to deal with leaks as the water boils, but the ease and speed of use make up for it in my book. Check it out yourself. For only $27, this steamer is a steal.