My husband and I recently went to a swanky cocktail party honoring a generous philanthropist. It was held at a gorgeous home with phenomenal, expansive views of the Coachella Valley. Some guests had drivers and their black cars hovered outside the front door, awaiting their passengers. Everything about the event was lovely – the setting, the food, the guests and the guest of honor.
We arrived and I bopped around, visiting with various guests. After a while, I found my husband to say hi. We chatted with a friend and then Joe suggested we walk to the edge of the property to look at the view before the sunset. As we walked to the edge of the party, he discreetly whispered in my year, “I think your dress is on backwards.”
I looked down. My husband doesn’t care about clothing very much, so I thought he might be mistaken. But no. He was right! Underneath my chin, the white tag of my navy blue dress was staring up at me.
Oh my goodness! I scurried off to find a restroom so I could turn my dress around. Inside the powder room, a gentleman was nervously reviewing his notes for his upcoming speech. I didn’t want to disturb him. I then found the catering manager and asked if he could help me find another restroom. I told him about the situation. We laughed and he helped me find a place where I could fix my wardrobe malfunction. A minute later, my problem was solved and I could rejoin the cocktail party with my dress’s tag in its rightful place.
If this had happened to me in high school, I would have been embarrassed beyond belief. But in middle age? It was hilarious. I had a great conversation starter the rest of the evening.
Going to a fancy party with my dress on backwards was a perfect reminder that even at the fanciest events, we’re all just people that put our pants on, one leg at a time. And if we get ready in a hurry, we may end up with our clothes on backwards.
I don’t try to make mistakes. In fact, I go to great lengths to avoid them. But when they happen, we get to show each other that we are human, even at an elegant event.
So, go on. Make a mistake! It may give you a good laugh. And it may make someone else feel better about their own imperfections too.