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Dolly Parton is known for her sequin-flavored fashion taste, but the country singer never takes her style too seriously. After all, the witty star once famously said: "You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!"
Even with her laid-back attitude, though, Parton's not immune to fashion regrets. Recently, the icon sat down with People and spilled all about her most memorable wardrobe malfunctions.
"My last fashion disaster — that happens all the time, because I'm always wearing clothes too tight," Parton revealed. "I buy them small, and then I have them taken in, usually." But when forced to to choose a single biggest disaster, Parton honed in on a dress she wore to the 1978 Country Music Association Awards.
"My whole dress popped right up through the middle, just about the time I was going up for an award," she shared. "I had to borrow a coat, or somebody's shawl, to hold over me. Remember that, back years ago?"
Dolly has spoken about the 1978 incident before, telling People last year: “I remember thinking this is such a beautiful dress, but the fabric is so delicate! I thought, ‘Man, as tight as I wear my clothes…’ — and I was a little hefty then anyway! – I thought ‘I hope this all holds together! When they called my name, I felt something creeping up my stomach and I thought, ‘Oh My God — my dress is coming apart!’ And I thought ‘What am I gonna do?'" Luckily, Kenny Rogers' ex-wife Marianne Rogers came to the rescue, lending Dolly her fur stole.
The country icon 'fessed up to the incident when she took the mic that evening, telling the crowd: "I had this dress made in case I won and about five minutes ago, I was hoping I wouldn’t win because I busted the front out of it!” she said at the time, adding to raucous laughter from the crowd, “But my daddy says that’s what I got for putting 50 pounds of mud in a five pound bag!'”
For the record, we can't recall any incidents in which Dolly was less than total perfection. And at the moment, her appearance at the 2017 Emmy Awards with 9 to 5 castmates Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin is pretty much our favorite thing. But Dolly, listen: if you ever need to borrow a coat again, call us.
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