Nine reporter's awkward wardrobe fail at glitzy ball

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

It’s the glitziest night on the calendar for Australian politicians and political reporters, but one journalist’s hilarious wardrobe malfunction at the Midwinter Ball has made headlines all over the world.

Fiona Willan, Channel Nine’s federal politics reporter, spent the beginning of the night posing for photos in her stunning Toni Maticevski dress, feeling (and looking) like a million dollars in the designer gown.

Fiona Willan had spent the beginning of the night posing for photos with the sleeve of her dress flapping in front of her. Photo: Instagram/fiwillan

Little did she know however, that the majority of snaps from the night captured an embarrassing fashion faux pas, which saw her forget to put her arm through the long white sleeve on one side of the dress.

Fiona has since described the moment she discovered her mistake, saying it wasn’t until they were all at the dinner table that it dawned on her that she hadn’t put her arm through the sleeve of the dress.

“Once it is seen, it cannot be unseen,” Fiona wrote in a hilarious article for 9Honey.

And to be fair, it’s hard to even spot the fail in the photos until it’s pointed out.

She went on to explain that it had been a frantic day, which all started with a ‘Spanx-related emergency’.

Just hours before attending the ball, she realised the Spanx she had on standby wouldn’t actually work with the dress, so she tried to cut them up herself, which didn’t exactly go to plan.

“I found myself frantically racing to Big W to grab a back-up pair on the way back to parliament (FYI – turns out the Big W equivalent are called "Shaping Shorts". And yes, they are as sexy as they sound),” she wrote.

“By the time I got to Parliament, I was running late. My workmates were looking devastatingly glorious and popping open a bottle of bubbles.”

She posed up a storm for photographers and even ended up on The Australian’s best-dressed list, which she says she found ‘very amusing’.

Fiona has since taken to her Instagram to share photos of what the dress was supposed to look like, clearly not taking herself too seriously.

Good on her, we think she looked fabulous with and without the sleeve.

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