Have you ever done a walk of shame? You know how it goes – you go out of a night, go home with someone you hadn’t planned and have to return home in your clothes from the night before, often with hair all out of sorts and eye makeup looking a little more Kiss than kissable.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn I’ve never really done a walk of shame. Closest I ever came was when Husband & I had gone out to the movies, before we were actually together, and we went back to his place that evening. Before you know it I’m falling asleep so I stayed the night and had to be driven home by Husband the next morning, back to my parent’s place, to get changed and ready for church! How’s that for awkward! Luckily Husband played it totally cool and spent the time while I was getting ready having coffee with my parents. I actually think that calm first morning was the foundation for their entire relationship.
But my stories aside, I’ve always been acutely aware of the walk of shame. You can’t show up at a cafe at 8am every Sunday morning and not catch sight of a few. It’s the stilettos and mini skirts that give it away. So from my keen observations I’ve put together my own tips for surviving the walk of shame in style.
The first part of this is preparation. Packing your essentials before you head out. And I know there’s only so much room in your tiny handbag so I’ll keep it brief.
- Bobby pins and a hair tie
- Baby wipes (there are really tiny packs of these)
- Lip balm
- A long necklace
- T-shirt (if you can fit it – roll it up)
So the next morning, here’s what you do:
1. Fix your hair!
Use the bobby pins and hair tie to pull your hair up. If you curled it the night before use the mess & volume to pull it into either a twisted pony or the style I like to call “roses” (I wrote instructions on Fox In Flats here) or if your hair was straight pull it into a ponytail – sorted!
2. Clear your skin!
Nothing gives away a big night like raccoon eyes or a bright red smear of lippy. Use your baby wipes (remember the tiny handbag sized packet?) to remove all traces of last night’s makeup. Use the lip balm to get your lippy off – it’ll be much easier.
3. Cover up!
If you managed to fit in a t-shirt (well done you!) throw this over your outfit from the night before to dress it down.
Throw on a long necklace and those sunglasses to instantly pull together your look and appear just like you’d planned than sequin mini skirt all along.
5. Hide your shoes!
Nothing screams WALK OF SHAME like stilettos in your hand. What house doesn’t have a shopping bag floating around you can nick? Yoink and hide your shoes in rather than carrying them home in your hand. There are great fold up flats available these days or pack a pair of thongs. Also very helpful for 2am when your feet HURT.
6. Freshen up!
Shower if you can. If not, use those baby wipes to freshen yourself up and have a mint to banish morning after breath.
And the biggest tip:
7. Hold your head high!
Nothing says shame like staring at the pavement. Hold that head high and OWN IT. You just got laid. Well done you!
And, don’t forget, stay safe! If it’s not on, it’s not on, people!
Have you survived the walk of shame? What are your tips?
Tamsin Howse has written 180 posts.
Tamsin is a wife, stepmother and blogger with a passion for people and relationships, fashion and beauty, and an inability to successfully complete household tasks. Co-founder and Editor-in-chief of KiKi & Tea.
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