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How to Handle a Wardrobe Malfunction like a Pro

by Morgan E. Westling 4 years ago in tips
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Celebrities on the red carpet have issues with their outfits all the time and manage to come back from it like champs. Here are our best tips on how to handle a wardrobe malfunction as gracefully as the pros do.

You don’t have to be a celebrity to suffer from a wardrobe malfunction. In fact, many people suffer from wardrobe malfunctions on the street, in the workplace, on stage, and in everyday life. We’ve learned from stars like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj that it's totally possible to handle a wardrobe malfunction like a pro because these women have dealt with wardrobe malfunctions on the red carpet in front of millions of people and cameras, and survived. If they can handle it, so can we. Here are some of the best tips to handling a wardrobe malfunction with dignity and get on with your day as if nothing has happened.

If you happen to have an unexpected nip slip or skirt mishap in the office or on the street, you have to remember to stay calm. Panicking or throwing a tantrum is no way to handle a wardrobe malfunction because it will only draw more attention to you and to the situation. If you have a wardrobe malfunction, the last thing you want to do is draw more attention to yourself. You’ll want to stay incognito and lay low. So, the second you notice the issue, stay calm.

The next thing you want to do to handle a wardrobe malfunction is, of course, cover up quickly! This is pretty obvious. Now, if your clothes have ripped or fallen off, then you may have a bigger issue at hand, but again, revert back to tip number one. Stay calm no matter what, cover up in any way possible, and do the best you can. Maybe your last resort is to grab the closest thing to you in order to cover up, so if that’s the case, then ok. Do what you gotta do!

Now, if you’re really having the worst luck of your life and you can’t cover up, then you will need to exit the room. Do your best to get out of the public eye. Sometimes, we all have bad days, and maybe this is one of yours, but you’ll have to find a way to handle this wardrobe malfunction like a pro. So just exit the room as quietly as possible and try not to gain too much more attention.

When art meets fashion, a quick exit is not always a possibility. If you cannot exit the room for whatever reason, just smile. Maybe you’re in a very important meeting, and there’s no way for you to exit without putting even more attention on yourself. In this case, put your laptop on your lap or just do your best. Sometimes, there’s really not much advice we can give but to make the most of the situation that you’re in. Every circumstance will be different depending on what exactly your wardrobe malfunction looks like, what you have to work with around you, and how you will be able to handle the wardrobe malfunction in that space. But trust us, you’ve got this! Who needs clothes anyway, right? We’re all the same underneath them. It’s not the end of the world.

Like we just said, think of the bigger picture. No matter how mortifying your wardrobe malfunction experience may have been, the situation will end, and you will survive. Don’t beat yourself up. Things can always be worse. You could be a celebrity on TV who just showed their junk to millions of people in the crowd and sitting at home. You have it easy! If Nicki Minaj can handle a wardrobe malfunction, so can you.

Humor heals all things, so if you’re looking for ways to handle a wardrobe malfunction, try to laugh it off. It never hurts to laugh at yourself a little, because when you look back in a few years, this will probably be a really funny memory to tell your friends. It will always remain mortifying, but also, the most mortifying memories are usually the funniest!

While humor is important to handle a wardrobe malfunction, you also don’t want to drag out the humor and make your slip up uncomfortable for those around you. Laugh it off, but then let it go. You’ll want this experience to be forgotten quickly by your coworkers or whoever was around to observe this, so if you continue to laugh too much about it, they will only continue to remember it.

When you have to handle a wardrobe malfunction, remember to own it. Don’t try to deny the situation, and don’t try to bring it up out of the blue, but just handle the situation with class and with grace. It is likely that once the situation is over, no one else will ever bring it up again and you will be in the clear. But if for some reason it comes up, just own it, apologize for what happened, and go about your day. Everyone makes mistakes, and there is nothing else you can do but continue on.

Remember that wardrobe malfunctions can happen to anyone, you are not alone in this situation, and if you’re ever feeling down about what happened or feeling like you can’t face your friends or coworkers, just go on the Internet and watch videos of celebrities taking on their wardrobe malfunctions like pros. You’ll feel better in no time!

If you ever see anyone else dealing with a wardrobe malfunction, be sure to support them and help them in any way you can. Put yourself in their shoes, especially if you’ve already experienced a wardrobe malfunction of your own. No one wants to be in this situation, so offer them advice on how to handle a wardrobe malfunction because it is never fun! Be a good friend, and hopefully, in return, someone may help you in your time of need.


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Morgan E. Westling

Avid Reader, Freelance Writer/Editor, and Lifestyle Blogger

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