5 Dress Emergencies and How to Deal with Them

Whether you’re already used to slipping into evening dresses or you only get to do it a couple of times in a year, attending a gala is exciting for the simple reason that you have a good reason to look and feel glamorous. After spending a considerable amount of time perfecting your look, the last thing you want to happen is a dress emergency, no matter how minor. Avoid potential disasters from happening to your dress (and your evening!) by knowing how to prepare for these five fashion faux pas.

1. Gooey Gum

If gum isn’t the worst thing that can happen to your dress, then I don’t know what is. Apart from being gross, a gum stuck on fabric is also a nasty fashion fiasco that can seriously damage your gown. As they say, there is a solution to every problem, and in the case of gum on a dress, there definitely is.

An easy way to get rid of the gum stuck on your dress is by rubbing an ice cube on it until it hardens. The gum should stay in place so it will be easy for you to remove once it’s completely solid. Use only a blunt object, such as butter knife, when scraping off the gum to avoid cutting the dress, especially when it’s made of silk.

2. Wine Stains

It’s a party you’re going to; of course, there will be wine. The thing is, there are times when people can be a little too excited with just about anything. The next thing you know, you or the person you’re sitting next to has somehow decided that your dress looks better with red wine on it. Kidding aside, wine spills can be quite common in formal parties. Whether it’s just an accident or you’ve had one glass too many, you need to know how to deal with such a situation.

In case of a red wine spill, rescue your dress right away by dabbing on the stain with a moistened napkin or tissue. Remember not to rub the stain at all costs, as doing so will cause for the blotch to spread. You can also put some salt on top of the stain to help it dry quickly. Wine stains can also set in pretty fast, so make sure that you send your dress to a trusted dry cleaner after you use it.

3. Makeup Mess

A simple touch up gone wrong can do damage not just on your face but also on your dress. The difference is that a ruined face is easier to fix than a dress stained with makeup. But should this glitch makes itself known to your evening gown, you can still do something to remedy the blemish.

Just like with red wine stains, the key to preventing makeup smudges from spreading is by dabbing on it. Moisten a napkin with vodka and gently pat the stain with it until the colors become less visible. If you can go to the kitchen, you can also put a little amount of dishwashing detergent on the stain and rub it on circular motion with the back of a spoon. Just remember to put a paper towel underneath the affected area to prevent the rest of the dress from getting wet.

4. Snapping Straps

If you’re looking forward to a night where you have to move all the time while remaining poised in a splendid evening dress, you should know that you’re risking the safety of your dress. Your formal garb may feel secure during the first few hours, but if you are constantly moving, one of the worst things that can happen to your dress is breaking straps. Your best remedy to this is by putting it back together using safety pins. But if you’re prepared with a sewing kit, simply excuse yourself and mend those ends.

5. Run on Your Stockings


This is not exactly a dent on your outfit, but if it’s going to compromise the rest of your ensemble, you have all the reasons to learn how to deal with it. It’s just that sometimes, the inevitable happens and something jagged comes across with your stockings and cause for it to run. If the tear is insignificant, you can prevent it from ripping all the more by dabbing some clear nail polish on the hole. But if the damage is severe, consider ditching the stockings altogether and just show off your legs.

The sooner you are aware of these fashion emergencies, the more prepared you can get. If your purse will allow it, you can pack a couple of safety pins; just tuck them neatly in the lining of your little pouch. Should the worst happen, do your best not to panic while looking for a remedy. Freaking out will only upset you more and might aggravate the damage you’re dealing with. Just keep it cool, smile through the mending process, and don’t let a minor blunder ruin your night.