wardrobe malfunction

wardrobe malfunction
n.
A problem with a part of one's clothing; an error in fashion judgment.
Example Citations:
So, in keeping with another New York truism, some people actually complained, somehow finding fault with the pleasant turn in the weather. Cabbies expressed frustration that so many people chose to walk in the sun rather than ride, even as slush and rushing water replaced ice as a pedestrian hazard. And for some the day presented, in the vernacular of the moment, the challenge of wardrobe malfunction.
"It's definitely not a polar bear day," said Louis Scarcella, who, as president of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, would know. "I just took my jacket off. I'm sweating like a pig.
— William Yardley, "New Yorkers, Shaking Off Parkas, Get 43-Degree Weather and Survive," The New York Times, February 5, 2004
Before taking the January News Quiz, please make sure you aren't experiencing a wardrobe malfunction. (In other words, check your zipper.)
— "Of Mars, Tassels and Canad Inns' hotel," Grand Forks Herald, February 3, 2004
Earliest Citation:
JULIE CHEN, co-host:
Well, Dave Price is back from Houston. The world is safe.
Hi, Dave. How's the weather looking?
DAVE PRICE reporting:
That's all right. I just had a wardrobe malfunction, but I'm fixing that up.
— "Weather Report," The Early Show, February 2, 2004
First Use:
I am sorry if anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance at the Super Bowl. It was not intentional and is regrettable.
— Justin Timberlake, "Statement From Justin Timberlake," PR Newswire, February 1, 2004
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