12 Wardrobe Malfunctions That Actors Still Regret
There’s nothing worse than heading out on the town for a night out and your pants split. A wardrobe malfunction is one of the worst things that can happen, especially if on a date. But don’t think you’re the only person who has suffered from this embarrassment. There are many wardrobe malfunctions that actors still regret.
From split pants to boob reveals, actors have suffered some of the worst clothing gaffs in celebrity history. The likes of Ryan Seacrest, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Justin Timberlake have been involved in some of the most outlandish wardrobe malfunctions of the past few decades.
Read on below and discover those actors who have found themselves with their pants down, literally.
12 Wardrobe Malfunctions That Actors Still Regret
1. Jayne Mansfield
In the case of Jayne Mansfield, every wardrobe malfunction was a pre-planned event. Her goal of becoming a star involved making her the center of attention of often as possible, especially when the media was present.
One of her most famous moments occurred when she was attending an industry event and her top “mysteriously” fell into the pool, exposing her breasts to a group of journalists who just happened to be right there.
“No one wants to see or read about a dull subject. I don’t consider myself to be a dull subject,” Mansfield is said to have remarked.
2. Ryan Seacrest
The co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan, along with a slew of other huge rating TV shows and radio programs, Ryan Seacrest found himself in an awkward position when he realized his fly was open on live television.
In August of this year, Seacrest sat down with guest cohost Carson Kressley and mentioned that his fly was down. Quick as a whip, Kressley remarked, “I guess you’re just happy to see me!” The two had a laugh as Seacrest mentioned it must have been Kressley’s fashion sense that got him excited.
3. Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton might not be an actor per see (although she did star in the horrid remake of House of Wax), but she too has suffered a clothing mishap during her time in the spotlight. While appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in January of 2022, Hilton had on two different colored shoes.
One shoe was sparkly while the other was tan. But after the ad break, Hilton was wearing the other sparkly shoe. It seems in a rush to get ready she didn’t realize she put on one wrong shoe. Fallon made a joke about the mishap on the official Tonight Show Instagram, showing Hilton wearing the two different shoes accompanied by Capone’s “Oh No.”
4. Rachel Zegler
While attending the Critics’ Choice Awards in March 2022, Rachel Zegler suffered a celebrity wardrobe malfunction when her dress broke on the red carpet. She took to Twitter to explain what happened and how Lady Gaga came to her rescue.
“my dress broke last night and lady gaga, este haim, and alana haim all banded together to temporarily fix it with a hairpin. and i think that’s beautiful.”
5. Amal Clooney
The wife of acting great George Clooney could have been in some strife if not for the quick thinking of her beau. While walking the red carpet at The Tender Bar premiere, Amal’s satin pump got caught up in her 16Arlington sequin dress.
What could have ended in tears, with Amal ripping the dress, or worse, taking a tumble, was averted when Geroge did what movie stars do and saved the day by sorting her dress before disaster struck.
6. Varun Dhawan
Indian actor Varun Dhawan found himself in all sorts of trouble when appearing on Indian Idol 9. Taking to the stage with a contestant to perform the famous Kuthu dance of Chennai, Dhawan realized his pants were too tight. Not one to let that get in his way, Dhawan tried dancing anyway, resulting in his pants splitting.
Rushing off stage to preserve his modesty, Dhawan quickly changed pants and was back on stage as if nothing has happened. A true professional.
7. Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie had an awkward moment at the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony. Looking stunning in an ivory Chanel Haute Couture gown, she got herself into trouble when one of the straps came loose after walking the red carpet. While some actresses would have spit chips, Robbie asked for a sewing kit and fixed the problem herself. Is there anything she can’t do?
8. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson
What a controversy this turned out to be. Performing together at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson had the crowd going wild. Then, during the finale of Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body,” the former NSYNC singer grabbed at Jackson’s chest and ripped away part of her costume, exposing her right breast (it did have star jewelry over it).
Everyone was in shock and it didn’t take long for the moment to go viral. While it seemed like an accident at the time, it turned out to be part of the performance, although not everyone was in on the reveal, particularly the network. Over half a million people complained to the FFC, which shows just how prudish Americans are.
In the aftermath, Jackson copped most of the blame and Timberlake somehow managed to get away almost Scott free. If there’s one good thing that did come out of the incident, it’s the creation of YouTube, which was inspired by the event.
You can read more about everything that happened before, during, and after the incident in this great piece by Insider.
9. Drew Barrymore
When it comes to down-to-earth celebs, they don’t get more relatable than Drew Barrymore. The star of her own talk show took to Instagram to show her followers that she too experiences wardrobe malfunctions, albeit caused by herself.
“You know how normally we do these cute pictures and we’re like, ‘Oh my God, look at this amazing outfit, look.’ Well, let me keep it real with you,” the 45-year-old explained. Turning around to the camera, Barrymore revealed her skirt need an extender put in to fit her. “Yeah, that happened. Guess I’ve been eating my stress lately, and I have to have like a brassiere thing put in there.”
“And, for anyone who has to put an extender on your pants,” Drew continued, “well, just know, I feel ya.” It’s good to know some celebrities like Barrymore are just the same as you and me.
10. Kate Middleton
Another celebrity who isn’t really an actor or actress, Kate Middleton experienced problems with her outfit when attending a charity function. Doing her best to look good in a purple Gucci number, it turned out she was wearing the top backward. The wife of Prince Willian and sister-in-law of Prince Harry didn’t let that impact her though as she chatted with others at the event and appeared oblivious to her wardrobe malfunction.
11. Cameron Diaz
While on the set of the movie The Other Woman, Cameron Diaz suffered a wardrobe malfunction. While filming an up close and person scene with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Game of Thrones actor got more than he bargained for when he accidentally pulled Diaz’s dress to reveal her undergarments. But it wasn’t anything sexy, with Diaz wearing a pair of SPANX.
It wasn’t just Coster-Waldau who copped an eyeful either, with the entire cast and crew on set getting a look at Diaz’s bodysuit. At least she was wearing the bodysuit, otherwise, things could have been a lot worse.
12. Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson had not one, but two wardrobe malfunctions at the famed Met Gala on two separate occasions. The first occurred at the 2005 event when Simpson had to bail to the toilets to sew the zipper back on her dress after it stopped working properly.
The second event was much worse and occurred during 2007’s “Poiret: King of Fashion” exhibit. Simpson was wearing a very revealing silver number that barely kept her pride and joys in check. It appears they may have fallen out while she was walking the red carpet. Creative digital director Sally Singer explained that things got even worse at dinner.
“At dinner, it was suddenly like, whoa, Jessica Simpson’s breasts are across from me at the dinner table and they are on a platter and I’m looking at them,” Singer wrote. “And John Mayer was putting his hands on them at the dinner table. He kind of reached down and I just remember thinking, ‘Oh, celebrities, feel free to play here. That’s what’s going on.'” No surprise Mayer was involved.
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