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Style is distress. Mayday is a distress signal you can send out in an emergency situation. I had to send out a fashion mayday this holiday season. There was a little added pressure to be fabulous since I was meeting my boyfriend’s colleagues for the first time. I ordered my holiday party dress from Rent the Runway. It was a great dress. Rent the Runway usually will let you rent a dress and then get a backup size for free. Well, they were all out of the backup sizes, so I had to hope and pray that the dress fit. I tried on the dress the day before the party and I couldn’t zip it up. It was a definite mayday situation. The only way I could get another dress was if I didn’t go to work the next day and went shopping instead.

I can be stubborn, so I insisted that this dress was going to fit. The zipper was so close… if only it could get past this one point. I had to call in some help. I had a friend try to zip me up… nothing. The dress still didn’t fit.

I started brainstorming about all the things I could do to wear the dress. Because of the zipper placement on the dress, I could wear a black camisole underneath the dress. It would help disguise the fact that the dress was not zipped up all the way. The only way someone could tell is if I were to lift my right arm up. I also had a few cropped jackets I could wear so I would be the only one at the party who knew that my dress was not zipped up all the way. So I had a plan B strategy: camouflage.

I decided to give it another go. It was soooo close. I got out the toolbox, grabbed a pair of pliers, some clamps, and the dress zipped up. It wasn’t too tight once it was zipped; it was just hard to get up because of a seam placed in an awkward area. I knew that once the dress was zipped up, I would be fine. Now I had to repeat these theatrics in less than 12 hours on the day of the event, but it didn’t matter; I had my toolbox and my plan B.

We are all going to have fashion mayday situations. Luckily for me, I have a wardrobe that has a good foundation to help cover up these situations so things never get too stressful. I can always pull a backup plan out of my bum if needed.

Are you set for the fashion maydays that may arise in your life? Can you handle:

  • A late night call from a friend saying she met the perfect guy for you and you have to come down to meet him?
  • A last minute invite to a networking event that could skyrocket your career?
  • An eleventh hour business trip across the country that could make or break your career?

My upcoming webinar can help alleviate these fashion distress signals. Even though I was in distress over my holiday party, I had a backup plan. You need to have all the right ingredients so you can always have a backup plan as well. Sign up for the May 15th on-demand webinar From Frumpy to Fabulous in 5 Days: The Style Rescue Plan for Smart Busy Women

This May, let’s take the distress out of a fashion mayday.


P.S. Style Recipe Cards are also a great to decrease your fashion stress levels. Visit to learn more.

P.P.S. The blue purse featured is the ‘The Soft’ Doctors Bag by Victoria Beckham. Check out other doctor bag purse styles and look good through any emergency.


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