How to Zip up a Dress by Yourself

zipping up a dress

This simple tip uses items you’ll have around and means you no longer need to strain your shoulders trying to zip up the back of your top or dress yourself (or rely on grabbing a passing stranger when there’s no one else no one else around to help you!).

Tools required: Large safety pin, length of ribbon/string approx 1m long
Difficulty rating: 2
Can be done by one person
Timescale: 2 minutes

Step 1: Tie one end of ribbon/string through the circular end of the safety pin, tying a knot to secure it in place

Step 2: Secure the safety pin through the hole in your zipper

Step 3: Put the dress on

Step 4: Hold onto the string and slowly pull it upwards – your zipper will zip itself completely up

Step 5: Reach behind the nape of your neck and undo the safety pin carefully and remove it from your dress

Kia Harley Cannons

Kia Harley Cannons

Kia Harley Cannons is a freelance fashion writer and editor of; your 'go to' fashion source for the latest in current trends. Encapsulated in a user friendly guide, The Trend Edit provides the masses with daily fashion insights, tricks and tips on how to put the latest looks together, and details the hottest, newest items hitting the shops. With The Trend Edit you are always one step ahead. website

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  1. emma says

    Oooooor, once you have the dress on turn it so that the zipper is in the front. Then zip it up and turn the dress so that the zipper is in the back like usual. It’s a bit simpler…