Friday, September 21, 2012

This Is What Happens When You Get Dressed Too Fast


This is me wearing
a dress correctly.
By Jeannie Watt

Have you ever had one of those days when you look down and realize that your dress is on backwards?

I have—as in this past Tuesday. I was happily teaching class—three periods into the day, mind you—when I sat down at my computer to enter grades and noticed something odd. There was a kick pleat in the front of the dress. Funny, because I’d worn this shift several times and never noticed a kick pleat before..then I realized that was because the other times I’d worn it, the kick pleat had been in a place where I couldn't see it. Instant horror. I’d thought the neckline had felt kind of funny earlier, but had dismissed it. Morale of the story, don’t dismiss funny feeling necklines. Investigate.

After making my startling discovery, I excused myself, raced to the ladies room and turned my dress around. How, I ask you, had I managed to wear a dress for that long in front of eighth graders—a species not known for their tact—without getting a heads up? I have no idea, but I was, in a word, grateful. It’s the beginning of the year and I have a rep as a serious educator to maintain. Hard to do wearing a backwards dress.

Here’s the truly sad part of this story—this isn’t the first time this has happened to me. Once I was car shopping—seriously shopping and wanting to be taken seriously—when I realized that the odd mesh pockets on the exterior of my nylon hiking shorts were supposed to be on the inside. That discover also entailed a mad dash to the ladies room to make everything right again. I don’t know if the salesman noticed, but I did buy the car I’d been looking at.

My question—have you ever had something like this happen to you? One randomly drawn responder will receive a $10 gift card to Amazon. Looking forward to hearing from you.

16 comments:

marybelle said...

My Father was wandering the house one day saying I CAN'T FIND MY POCKETS. Now this is a man who takes funny to a higher plane, so we kind of dismissed it. After this had gone on for a while my Mother went to investigate - yes he had his shorts on backwards.

I'm afraid that this may be hereditary.

Snookie said...

LOL, yes!!! I wear t=shirts and shorts a lot and I've both had shorts on backwards and t-shirts backwards and sometimes inside out! Once I was told my t-shirt was inside out. Other times I noticed the choking neck feeling :) and quickly pulled my arms out of the sleeves turned the shirt and put my arms back in the sleeves. My shorts I noticed because of the pockets. Couldn't figure out why i could put my change into my pocket and finally figured out I had them on backwards.

Pamela Hearon said...

Yes! I can so relate to this post! I taught eighth-graders for 15 years, and the little twerps notice everything! Twice I went to school with my top on wrong-side-out. The first time, the kids went into hysterics when I started to write on the board:-) The second time, I was on morning duty before school in the gynasium with the entire school there. Another teacher saw the tag and warned me, so I hustled to the restroom and the kids were never the wiser.
But the one that got me was the afternoon I was sitting at a ballgame and looked down to see I had on two different shoes! the pairs were alike, but one was black and one was navy blue. I guess it wasn't too noticeable until I got in the sun because I had worn them for nine hours!

Kristina Mathews said...

I'm sure this has happened to me, but I can't think of a specific example right now. But I have been known to have visible panty lines.

Oh, and for my job as a yard duty I carry a walkie talkie which I clip to the waistband of my shorts. One day a second grade girl pointed out part of my belly was showing and I should pull down my shirt.

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

Very funny story - I have worn a dress to work inside out. My co-worker noticed it right away and off I went to the ladies room. I have also worn two different colored shoes to work. I am not a moring person and I am not alert in the morning. This stuff happens to me all the time.

Anonymous said...

I put underwear on inside out once. Wore it that way all day too.

MarcieR

Anonymous said...

Oh to add to my previous post - no one knew about my underwear but me!

MarcieR

Kaelee said...

My granny had a saying that if you wore something inside out by accident you would get a new whatever you were wearing wrong. We used to try to get her to buy us clothes by wearing them inside out on purpose but she was a canny one and didn't let us get away with it.
I too have worn t shirts and sweats both inside out and backward. I've also worn shoes of different colors. The most embarrassing thing is if my zipper on my pants pops when I bend over.

Anonymous said...

Such a fun post! I still laugh at a dear friend (now deceased) who caused all us girls to crack up at a girls meeting when she got up for refreshments and a pair of pantyhose was dragging behind her! Seems they had stuck to inside of her knit slacks when she placed them in dryer...guess she forgot to use a "STATIC" SHEET!.LOL
She was a good sport about it!
Jackie S.

jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

PatriciaW said...

I once went to work in my office of the headquarters of a Fortune 100 multinational company with two different shoes in two different colors. Dressing too fast and in partial darkness. How embarrassing!

chey said...

I have worn my shirt backwards or inside out and mismatched socks or shoes. Luckily those mistakes didn't all happen on the same day.

Jane said...

Luckily that hasn't happened to me in public. I have worn my shirt backwards, but I was at home.

Jeannie Watt said...

You guys are cracking me up! I'm on a tight deadline, but have been popping in between scenes to see what's shaking. Thanks everyone for posting. Like I said, I love you stories. I had no idea so many people had this issue. It makes me feel much better. Also, the dragging pantyhose is still making me giggle.

I'll announce the winner of the Amazon card tomorrow. Good luck!

Jo's Daughter said...

I once put my sweater on backwards after trying out new clothes at a store. Was happily shopping, glanced at my watch. Was late for my appointment and dressed quickly.... Resulting in a problem. Noticed it when I took of my jacket and rushed to the ladiesroom to change it :)

Eli Yanti said...

it happen to me and so shame :(

JV said...

Oh, yes, I've definitely come to find out that I had on something inside out or backwards. (Never a dress, but a tee shirt several times)

On a lesser note, I couldn't tell you how many times, when I was working full-time, my secretary had to tuck the tag back into my dress or blouse. That happened more often than not. Perhaps I needed a valet.

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