The Random Writings of Rachel: Getting Dressed is Hard to Do

Getting Dressed is Hard to Do



This seemingly innocent dress has a notoriously sticky zipper.

Come on, I'm sure someone out there shares my dilemma--getting dressed all by yourself is really hard! Be honest. Oh sure, jeans and a t-shirt, that's not too difficult. But a dress with a sticky zipper on the back? Those are tricky!


When I was growing up, I always shared a room with my sister, and therefore always had a dressing companion when needed. Then, I lived with my grandparents for a short time, and that was when I had to tackle the problem of getting dressed on my own. Once, I was going to wear a sari to a special event. It had a tightly fitting silk sari blouse that had hook and eye closures in the back. There was absolutely no way I was going to be able to get it on. So I gave up and wore a black t-shirt under my sari instead of the matching blouse. Now that I'm married, Angel's in charge of fulfilling all, "Will you please zip this up?" requests.

It's not just about the physical impossibility of putting certain articles of clothing on, either. We also need an extra pair of eyes to check our outfits. "Hey, your bow is crooked." "The pattern on the left leg of your tights is all twisted." "Umm, you left the size sticker on those jeans.""Your shirt is on inside out." That kind of stuff. Angel often works weekends, so I get dressed and go to church all by myself. A few weeks ago, I found, to my horror, during the time of worship, that I'd neglected to zip the side zipper of my dress. I tried to zip up my dress as subtly as it is possible to zip up one's dress in the middle of a crowded church during worship. That was bad. Pretty bad.

I left church that Sunday feeling extra grateful for my husband. Even if he's not always around to make sure I'm decently dressed, he does a good job of it when he's there!

Do you have any stories of embarrassing situations that getting dressed alone has led you into?

27 comments:

  1. Oooh that is an awkward thing to try fix! I once had a child I was teaching inform me that my shirt was inside out, and I remember in my first year of high school it wasn't yet a habit to put a bra on, so I went to school without one... which is against school rules so I had to wear a jersey all day.

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  2. Haha that is awkward. Good thing you have him to help you (usually)!

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  4. Luckily I've got weirdly long and flexible arms so I can get most of my own stuff. But having an extra set of eyes is always really helpful for me.

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  5. I don't have too many wardrobe malfunctions these days, thanks in part to a fairly boring wardrobe without a ton of zippers and such...but I *always* make Isaiah check my hair. I have this weird cowlick in the back that sometimes makes it look like I have a bald spot so I'm constantly making him look at the back of my head to make sure my hair isn't separating weird. ;)

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  6. Yep, totally agree! I live with five other girls right now - cannot imagine not having them here for outfit woes!

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    Marlena

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  8. okay this outfit is adorable!!! ahahha i know what you mean, people are always "adjusting" my clothes for me, so i don't look like a fool

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  9. I once worked the whole morning with my shirt inside out and only after my lunch break one of my co-workers bothered to tell me about it! I had served many costumers that morning and I was SO embarrassed. The thing with our uniform is that it has no really visible seems and our logo is only on the back so that's how I didn't notice it myself. They changed our uniforms just last week, so now I can finally work in full peace. xo

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  10. Aw Rachel again you made me laugh sorry sweetie ;-) that must have been pretty bad.
    hugs
    Lenya

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  11. i can totally relate, putting in jewelry by yourself is the worst! I am hosting a link up, I'd love for you to join!

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    Tori
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  12. I like the idea of wearing a blouse under a summer dress to make it approp for fall. Very cute.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Daphne.

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  13. This outfit looks so cute on you! I once was getting ready for a big work event, and asked my 2yo if she liked mummy's dress - she replied, "mummy, that's not a dress, it looks like a nightie. You better change or you'll be late for work!" Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog, have a lovely week.
    Mama-andmore.com

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  14. Lovely outfit! Haha, you're right--getting dressed can be hard sometimes!
    Ahhh, I did that too! Except I didn't even notice until after I got home from church. I have NO idea how many people might have noticed my side zip was down.

    ~Vicki
    decked out in ruffles

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  15. First off, I have those tights.

    But I totally get it. The other day I went to Walmart, to the bank, etc. When I got home the first thing my husband said was "Your shirt is on inside out." Lovely! I totally feel ya!

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  16. Cute outfit. Not sure I have any stories.. I don't really have any clothes with stuff that's hard to reach. I'm boring lol.

    http://fizleglitz.com

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  17. I completely agree, jewellery is the toughest one for me!

    Kate | Diaries of a Essex Girl

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  18. You are so funny! I can imagine you trying to nonchalantly zip up your dress. :) I am sure I have embarrassing wardrobe stories, I'll have to think on it!

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  19. Oh that would be awkward, lol! Love this cute little number you're wearing today! Thanks for sharing your look with Three-fer Thursday!

    xo Bethany
    www.perfectlycoutured.com

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  20. Such a cute outfit! :) I have never been able to successfully pair a dress with a collar shirt. :( And yes, it it such a hassle to zip up a dress on your own, I am sure I spend solid 10 mins doing so, turning in various different angles to reach the zipper. :p Haha your church story cracked me up. Visiting from Three-fer Thursday Link Up.

    - Sukhi
    http://happinesswinner.blogspot.com

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  21. Usually, if I have to put on a dress by myself, I put it on backwards. Then I zip it up in the front. Crossing my fingers that the dress will not get stuck on my boobs, I turn the dress to the way it is supposed to be and slip into the sleeves.

    Also, I have totally worn a black shoe and a brown shoe to work. The only reason I noticed then was that one shoe squeaked.

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  22. Lovely pics!!! That dress is fab and I adore the way you've styled it! xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  23. hahaha aww no, that stinks you forgot to zip it up!! and you're lucky angel notices these small details. marc takes all my photos and i usually always have something skewed or off and he's always all "i couldnt even notice that if i tried" haha!

    xo marlen

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  24. Haha this is true, but I have totally had to figure out how to do it all by myself since Will is gone a lot of the time.

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  25. Cuuute dress! One time, years ago, the lining layer of a sheer skirt got got in my panties and I didn't know it because the sheer layer kept the breeze off my butt, although my butt was visible to the world! Now I obsessively check the backs of sheer skirts when I wear them...
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  26. What a cute dress and yes I have those kind of situations all the time!

    Thanks so much for linking up to That's Fresh Friday!

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