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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Wardrobe Malfunction | Clinging Fabrics | Blue Floral Dress

Fake  Fabulous |Wardrobe malfunction, clinging fabrics | Blue, yellow and orange floral dress & silver sandals

Late summer, in Scotland, is a mad mix of different weather conditions.
One day the thermals are on, the next, the legs are out.
Rain is practically a given, and can strike at any time!

This was one of the "Get your legs out, quick!" days.
So, a dress was in order.

A friend (at work) recently gave me this tunic dress.
She told me that she didn't like the fabric.
Well, it seemed okay to me.
A heavyweight, silk-style polyester.
I was sure it would make a nice summer outfit.
So, I styled this tunic as a dress.

I love the colour combination of blue, yellow and orange and I like the high neckline.
The ditsy floral pattern is not really me, but it is good to try new things, right?

So, I popped on a full slip in order to make it feel less like a long top, and more like a real dress.
Luckily, my blue jacket went perfectly with it, and provided a subtle layer of warmth...as well as smartening me up a little!

Fake  Fabulous |Wardrobe malfunction, clinging fabrics | Blue, yellow and orange floral dress & silver sandals

Adding a cluster of fun brooches (again) kept things from getting too serious!

Fake  Fabulous |Wardrobe malfunction, clinging fabrics | Blue, yellow and orange floral dress & silver sandals

A simple pair of flat metallic sandals cancelled out the short hemline, and kept the outfit in "cute" territory.
{See a closeup of these silver shoes, here}

Fake  Fabulous |Wardrobe malfunction, clinging fabrics | Blue, yellow and orange floral dress & silver sandals
A silver bangle, ring and my trusty grab bag finished things off perfectly....
Simple.

Hmmm....
Not so fast, there was trouble ahead.

Fake  Fabulous |Wardrobe malfunction, clinging fabrics | Blue, yellow and orange floral dress & silver sandals

I went out for the day, comfortable, colourful and pretty happy with my look.
Totally oblivious to the malfunction about to occur.

At first I thought I had created a little bit of static from moving around (walking) and sitting on a bus.
It seemed strange because my shoes were leather soled, and any static should be earthed easily, so I began to gently un-peel the dress from my body.
Big mistake!

The more I teased and pulled, the more the fabric wrinkled and clung.
The clinging got more fierce and unsightly the more I tried to stop it.
The dress rode up, and started to show a little too much of my body.
I looked like I had been wrapped in cling film.
Truly hideous!

The fabric is polyester, and unlined, but this amount of cling was something I had never experienced before!

My slip had turned out to be a BIG mistake.
(Even with the spritz of hairspray and plenty of body lotion.)

I had to make an emergency detour into the public loo and wriggle out of my slip.
How embarrassing!

Once I had freed myself (very slightly) from the cling (and my slip) I felt a little exposed.
Strange how a layer under my dress gave me a feeling of security.
The cling had subsided (a little) but I felt like I was out in my undies!

Luckily I did not have to be out for long, so I could pop home and change into something more suitable.
(I actually put this dress on, with my slip...much better!)

Thank goodness I was not at work, that would have been mortifying!

Needless to say this little tunic/dress is going into storage for a while.
Maybe it will be better with tights, boots and a poloneck in the winter months?
Although, I suspect not.
Maybe I will produce sparks with more layers!

{This is not the first time I have suffered a wardrobe malfunction.
Read about another funny one here.}

After searching the Internet, I found these hints and tips to help reduce static:


  1. Move to a humid country! Humidity reduces static. (I found this one funny)
  2. Don't over-dry your items in the tumble dryer, air-dry outside if possible. 
  3. If you have to tumble, use tumble dryer sheets or balls of aluminium foil in the drum.
  4. Avoid rubber soled shoes. 
  5. Make sure your body is well moisturised.
  6. Use baby powder on your body.
  7. Spray your dress with hairspray.
  8. Lightly spray your dress with water.
  9. Touch something "grounded" to discharge the static.
  10. Wear an anti-static slip.


I had followed tips 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10.
Short of jumping on a plane, I am not sure what else to do!


Please share any wardrobe mishaps you have experienced, in the comments.
Or, share your tips for avoiding static.
I love hearing from you and need all the help I can get!

DRESS: Monsoon (This one is pretty, and won't cling!)
BLAZER: Monsoon (This one is nice for autumn)
SHOES: American Apparel (These are very cool)
BAG: Hidesign (very old)...this one is nice.
Bangles, Earrings and Rings: Various gifts and Charity shop finds
BROOCHES: H&M

SHOP THE (static-free) LOOK


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17 comments

  1. The product Static Guard works well for me when I have this issue.

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    1. Thank you for the tip...I will have a look for it! XXX

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  2. Good gracious. Been there, done that! LOL

    Luckily you were able to make it home and change. Such a shame because it is a wonderful colourful piece that has a great vintage vibe. Polyester is a nightmare for static.

    I often wind up carrying around Static Guard, but then I have to spray it every 30 minutes. Not very practical.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Nightmare! Luckily, I can laugh about it now...but it is a shame as this dress had potential to look pretty cool (in a retro kind of way).
      As for the static guard...I need to look into that product. Does it smell okay? Weird question, I know but it is important :oD XXX

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  3. Balls! Sometimes, something metal attached to the item works to get rid of the static. For instance, a metal brooch or pin (or button + safety pin) pinned to the care label can work. Not sure if it would work on a big own (i.e. dress v blouse), but could be worth a try... Around the house maybe?

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    1. Really? Wow, what a great tip...and so simple.
      Thank you.
      I will definitely give this a go. Although, I will not leave the house in this dress again! :oP XXX

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  4. Oh awfull! I hate that! I had it once with tights. So I don t think that will be an solution. Perhaps on a skinny jeans.

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  5. Oh awfull! I hate that! I had it once with tights. So I don t think that will be an solution. Perhaps on a skinny jeans.

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    1. You are probably right Nancy! I agree with you that my trusty skinny jeans might be the answer. Thank you! XXX

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  6. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

    irenethayer.com

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  7. Like how you style the dress which looks great on you, and thank you for the tips to take the static away. What I also do that works so far is to run a metal hanger quickly over the fabric.
    EmCi @ Prêt-a-Vivre (found your post through Not dressed as a lamb)

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    1. Thank you so much EmCi! I will try the hanger tip too (great idea)... I am so glad you popped over from Catherine's blog for a nosey! I really appreciate you leaving me a comment. XXX

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  8. Every time you wear this vibrant blue color you look just wondrous! No wonder it and you want to cling to each other!.
    Fabric softener sheets rubbed on whatever is under the skirt or dress has worked for me. This includes your legs.

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  9. Every time you wear this vibrant blue color you look just wondrous! No wonder it and you want to cling to each other!.
    Fabric softener sheets rubbed on whatever is under the skirt or dress has worked for me. This includes your legs.

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  10. I had the same problem with some silky trousers, but once I'd smoothed on some more body lotion at work the static disappeared. The safety pin trick worked with a tunic dress of mine too. Maybe you're a hoarder of static?
    Anna x
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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  11. Im hearing more ladies talking about friends giving them clothes. How nice. Love the shoes, and the brooches. Im a big fan of the shift dress.
    thanks for linking up!
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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