11 Fashion Emergencies We Can Totally Blame on Mercury Being in Retrograde

The unofficial reason for anything that’s gone awry recently? Mercury’s in retrograde (and will stay there until July 1, according to the ever-so-trusty IsMercuryInRetrograde.com). While I can’t claim to be any sort of astrologer, I do know a thing or two about fashion emergencies. So whether it’s because of the planets or just because, here are some things I think we can all get away with blaming on the cosmos (for now at least).


    1. Spilling anything and everything on your outfit.

  • Packing a work outfit to change into after a morning gym run and forgetting an essential piece. Like a bra. Or office-appropriate shoes.

  • Thinking it’s a casual Friday at the office and wearing jeans and a simple top only to remember that, wait, there’s actually a massively important meeting with the boss or clients on your calendar.

  • Being in white on the biggest non-forecasted thunderstorm of the summer.

  • Messing up your outfit 15 seconds before you’re due to be out the front door (whether with coffee, toothpaste, or makeup).

  • Breaking a heel, strap, or buckle on your shoes, making walking impossible, never mind chic.

  • Making a bad shoe choice that just ruins your outfit. It’s the worst feeling ever, right?

  • Realizing the top you’re wearing is, in fact, dirty and somehow missed the laundry hamper.

  • Switching to a new purse in the name of good accessory game only to realize you’ve left something vital in the old one, like your wallet, keys, or the pass you have to have to get into your office building, no excuses allowed.

  • Buttons undone and zippers unzipped. Enough said.

  • Anything you’re wearing ripping while it’s still on your body (and there are hours left in the day).

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