Lest you imagine that a woman whose business card reads “Wardrobe Consultant” is immune to style bloopers, guess again.  The other day I had an in-office morning (read “in my jammies”) before attending lunch-time training event.  I was deeply involved in email when my computer popped up an alert:  15 minutes until that event – yikes!

Fortunately the location was nearby, so I slipped on a favorite Spring print dress — easy, just one piece, no mix/match savvy required.  You can see why it’s a fave — the diagonal stripe element in the print visually maximizes shoulders and minimizes waistline.  So far, so good.

My usual quick makeup job, slip on nude sandals, toss my mini-bag and a notebook into a coordinating tote, add a statement earring and I’m out the door feeling both chic and a bit smug.

I dash into the workshop room, sit down with some friends and … as we wait for the presentation to begin I glance down and notice a care tag visible near the hem of my dress.  What is that doing there?

On closer inspection I realize it is extending from a tidy but clearly visible seam.  OMG – I have the whole dress on INSIDE-OUT!  You can imagine the ribbing I took from my girlfriends when I explained why I needed to make a quick trip to the ladies’ room.

If you have a comparably amusing appearance anecdote to share I suspect we’d all love to hear it in the comments section below.  Come on ladies … please let me know I’m not the only one.

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.

39 Comments

  1. Marlette Louisin on April 28, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Oh my that’s hilarious! Even if you weren’t a style consultant!! Thanks for sharing that you are vulnerable just like the rest of us!

  2. Cheryl Paul on April 28, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    No, Nancy, you aren’t the only one to do that. I went to church one Sunday, sang in the choir which is at the front with the whole congregation looking forward, came home took of my coat and boots, never noticed anything wrong until I went to change into something more comfortable. I was so embarrassed to see that I’d been in my dress – which was inside out – for over 2 hours. No one said a thing, if they noticed – not even my husband.

  3. Katrina on April 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Oh, where do I start? I know everyone has dealt with the navy and black shoes that look the same when you get dressed in the morning, but not so much when you get to work. That never happened to me, but once I did mix up my black and navy knee high stockings (remember those?) and then had to hide my ankles all day.

    Speaking of stockings, I used to wear thigh-highs because I couldn’t bear panty hose. Normally they stayed put, but on one occasion, a stocking fell down while I was walking. Just plop, down onto my foot. There is no graceful way to deal with that.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 29, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      So what on earth DID you do?

      • Katrina on April 29, 2017 at 10:01 pm

        I walk/hobbled my way to the ladies room as fast as I could and removed both of the darn things, and replaced them later in the day. I still wish I could have come up with some witticism, because I was with my boss and a client (both male) and they seemed to be just as embarrassed by the whole thing as I was!

        • Nancy Nix Rice on April 30, 2017 at 7:01 am

          Well at least you lived to tell the tale, right? You get points for that.

  4. Anna on April 28, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Hilarious 🙂 Once I quickly jumped into my jeans that I had worn day before and went out for a walk with my the sister -in – law -to-be ( there was no mother in law, so she was the one that I needed to impress). We were walking around when she suddenly asked: ” oh what is that hanging out of your trousers..”. They were my previous day’s underpants. White. How embarrassing. I still got married to her brother.

    Love your dress!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 29, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      As my offspring would say – “AWK-WARD”. It there were a prize for the best (worst) example in this discussoin, you’d cetainly be a strong contender.

  5. PAMELA NEWMAN on April 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Nancy, you are definitely not the only one. I wore two different shoes to work one day. They were the same style, but one was black and one was navy. One day I went to work and had forgotten to zip up my skirt in the back. Luckily, I went in the back way, and only one person (a visitor and a MAN) saw it. He was kind enough to tell me. Thank God I was wearing a slip.

    When I first saw your dress, I was wondering what could possibly be wrong – it definitely looked like your style and colors. But inside-out, not as pretty.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Yep, I’ve done the shoe thing a time or two myself.

  6. Pati Palmer on April 28, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    That is too funny. I’ve only gone to the gym with my tee inside out and that was bad enough! As your publisher, I know you are normal like the rest of us!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      I’m not sure “normal” is the right word …

  7. Molly on April 28, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story! Hilarious, and brave of you to risk further embarrassment by sharing it with all of us. Good to know that you have an occasional wardrobe malfunction!
    And yes, I once wore two DIFFERENT boots to work as I spaced out after trying both on to see which I preferred. Apparently, I preferred both!
    Molly, from Seattle

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Good that you liked that “pair” since I’ll bet you had another pair just like it at home, right?

  8. Sandra on April 28, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I once went out of town for the weekend with only the shoes I was wearing. No back up. My friend looked at my feet at one point during the weekend and said, “I can’t tell. Are your shoes black or brown?” I had on one of each and had to go the whole weekend like that.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Sounds to me like a missed opportunity to shoe shop, girlfriend!

  9. Sherry on April 28, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks for the belly laugh !
    I once had a closet that was a bit dark, and after I got home from church one day, I saw that the skirt background I had on was navy blue, but I had on black nylons. That’s not too bad, but when I looked down at my shoes, one was a pump, and one was a sling back and that was noticed !! Arrrrrrghhh, talk about my cheeks being red !

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Gives new meaning to the expression “being in the dark” doesn’t it?

  10. Maripat Monterubio on April 28, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Too funny and so human! My story: I had to be at an early morning function at my sons grade school. I am not a morning person so I laid out my outfit, shoes, bag and put out two choices of earrings the night before. I arrived looking great , huh?! I can’t tell you how man women spoke to me before my one true friend, Mary let me know that I was wearing two different earrings! Don’t ask! Embarrassed, yes!!

  11. Mary Ann on April 29, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Nancy,
    You might want to check out page 45 of the latest Threads magazine(#191). It is an award winning deconstructed dress that was made to be worn with all the seams out! You were just trying out a trendy, avant-garde look! [ this should read, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!] Thanks for pushing the envelope! Mary Ann

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 29, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks for the great alabi. I’m fairly certain the Threads versions didn’t have the care tag or the size tag on the side they meant to be worn on the outside. But nice try!

  12. Karen on April 29, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Just another reason why I love your newsletters! We have all done something like that! And thanks for showing us the dress. I’m about to cut out a tunic with a strong vertical line (that really should be cut crosswise but NOOOOO) so I think the fabric and I will visit the mirror to see how a diagonal line might work. And time to re-read your book….

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Diagonals are MAGIC, aren’t they? I’m sure that’s in the book somewhere, but if not, you have it here.

  13. Sue P. on April 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    You just need to re-frame this. Your dress was so good, you could look great in it inside out 🙂

  14. Kathleen on April 29, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I’m sorry for your embarrassment, but I sure love that dress. What a great placement for the print.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 29, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      I agree it’s fabulous. I didn’t make the dress but will file that placement awa;y to copy when this one dies of natural causes.

  15. LC on April 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you – I love your story and all the comments, Nancy. I am giggling!
    I teach college, and almost 20 years ago I was in teaching in front of a podium on a table and felt something funny. My half-slip was in a puddle around my ankles. I was mortified! I quickly directed my students to ‘look very closely at the exhibit on page such-and-such’ so I could step out of it and toss it in my bag. Never knew if someone saw it, but no one said anything!

  16. Gigi on April 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I had to rush to a family event one time and had the same thing happen. Best to laugh and head somewhere to get yourself together!

  17. Kathryn on April 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I wasn’t feeling well as I got dressed for work in a skirt suit. Ultimately I went to the emergency room instead of work but when I packed up to go home from the hospital after gall bladder surgery and discovered my skirt was black and the jacket was navy. (Can you guess I had the same suit in several different colors?)

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 30, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      At least you had a good excuse for your distraction. And I’m guessing the ER folks were too busy to notice. Glad you’re OK!

  18. Bobbie Calgaro on May 9, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I once got dressed in the dark and ended up with two different shoes at work, the worst thing was they were both left shoes. Had to wear them all day. I guess that tells you how old they were. But what I really want to know is what is the point of connection of the bag and shoes you wore that day since your hair is dark.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on May 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Two left shoes – ouch! About the shoes – your insightful question lets me know I haven’t been very clear about hair-color shoes. They aren’t the only choice by any means. When you aren’t going to relate the shoe choice to the garment color, then I recommend people default to a color related to their hair rather than just going for black. But relating the shoe/bag color to the garment is also fine. And presumably the garment has connection points or its own to the wearer. In this case the blues in the print are about as cool and as intense as my personal coloring and the contrast level in the print approximately equaly my own contrast. That shoe related to the creamy background of the print, and for me it also functions as a “nude shoe” – meaning it blends into my skin tone and thereby makes my legs appear longer. (I can use all the help I can get in that department for sure!)

      • Bobbie Calgaro on May 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm

        Thanks, looking forward to June when I can talk to you in person. I want to wrap my head around all this. I’m hoping that with the Craftsy class which was so helpful and the style school it will all tie together in a way that I can get it. For crying out loud I have a minor in art. You’d think it would all just fall together. LOL my problem is I love all color. I want them all except maybe black and white, I never did like them and even my wedding dress was crime.

        • Nancy Nix Rice on May 9, 2017 at 8:18 pm

          #1 – Be patient with yourself – there is a ton of nuance to all of this. I learn new bits of color savvy all the time myself.
          #2 – I pretty much love all colors too (with a few exceptions in the chartreuse/mustard range – uck!) but not all of them love me back. So I save those for home decor, landscaping and other not-on-my-body applications. Maybe that philosophy would work for you too?

  19. Diana Cormier-Andrews on May 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    My story: I had bought a dress I couldn’t wait to wear. The next day I wore it to church. All during the service, I felt like something was catching whenever I would move. It wasn’t until I returned home that I discovered that I not removed the store’s price tag.

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