Fashion Advice: Getting Rid of Scratchy Tags

Dear Budget Fashionista-
I have a HUGE problem..I’m an extreme budget shopper and purchase most of my clothing from thrift stores and bulk discount stores like Big Lots. While I find great deals at these places, I almost always have to deal with itchy, scratchy labels and tags. Is there any way to control these tags without removing the tag?
Answer: I hate scratchy tags, too. There’s nothing more annoying to me than a tag that digs into your neck/side/back. There’s an alternative to cutting the tags out. The Hollywood Tape folks, also invented a product called “Hollywood Tag Tamers”, which are pieces of clear smooth fabric that you can place over your tags to prevent itching. You can purchase a box, retail price $8.95, online at On the cheaper side, you can also try using clear packing tape to lay the label down, but be careful…. the adhesive from the tape might leave some residue on the fabric.

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    Catherine Brock

    As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

    Blog Comments

    Yes, and surgical tape is perfect for that too.

    OMG… that’s AWESOME!  I have some shirts where I’ve cut out the tag, but I still can’t get rid of a few jagged bits that still poke at me.  I gotta get some of this stuff.

    To remove tags, I use either a seam ripper, working very carefully, or nail scissors with the curved side toward the tag.  Work under a good light and go slowly so you don’t cut any threads or fabric of the garment itself.

    this is available at stein mart at a fraction of the cost

    I just cut the threads off very carefully and the label just comes off – all that’s left are the sewing holes where the threads used to be.

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