Wardrobe malfunctions: How to fix a fashion mishap

Avoid a fashion faux pas (and a little embarrassment!) with these tips.

Nov 03, 2009
Sarah Kelsey

malfunctions.jpgTorn up
The problem:
Bottega Veneta, Zac Posen, Hermes: they all featured flowing evening gowns on their fall 2009 runways. But what happens if you find the perfect dress and suddenly, when you get to your destination, you catch the skirt’s hem with your heel, tearing it?

The solution: There’s no use in tearing up over something you’ve torn. “If it’s at the back of the dress, it won’t show in photos,” says McInnes. Her prescription? “Get yourself a cocktail and think about it tomorrow.” And if the tear’s really noticeable, track down a bobby pin, grab a girlfriend and head to the washroom for “Operation Fix-My-Dress” suggests Brugel.

Strategically spilled
The problem:
You’re energetically talking to a friend about the latest BROSE collection when your overly animated hand knocks over a glass of red wine or a plate of food (sending each’s contents all over your very-fall crème brûlée-coloured gown).

The solution:
Everyone will have a food/drink mishap at some point or another. The only reason you never see celebs with a stain is because they leave the moment it happens. But why be like a celeb when you can just use some handy at-a-party basics to remedy the disaster? If you spill red wine, both McInnes and Brugel suggest drenching the stain in salt. Another clever trick? Soak the stain in white wine (it will help the salt soak into the material). Grease can be trickier. “Run to the bathroom and try and soak up as much as you can with a damp paper towel,” says McInnes. And never rub a grease stain, says Brugel. It will only make it worse. If all else fails, give the dress to an expert cleaner (McInnes and Brugel trust Creeds in Toronto).

The multi-talented Amanda Brugel and Gail McInnes recently co-founded The Style Box, a trendsetting organization that promotes Canadian Style Culture and puts Canadian fashions into the hands of high-profile personalities in entertainment, politics and business. Their services are available across the country. For more information, please visit: thestylebox.ca.

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