If I see a stranger with an unzipped rucksack in danger of losing its contents, or a person unknowingly drop their Oyster card or wallet, I instinctively pursue them to let them know of the impending disaster. Wardrobe malfunctions are more difficult. What others perceive to be a wardrobe malfunction may in fact be a fashion statement (e.g. untied shoelaces). Now, I'm fairly certain this man was not making a fashion statement with his right buttock. However, I still don't know whether or not I should have spoken to him. What would you have done in my place?
What is the correct response to spotting such a wardrobe malfunction?
As tactfully as possible, inform the person that their buttocks are in view.
Giggle and avert your eyes.
Today, I have discovered that I am wearing an outfit that is probably inappropriate for interviewing candidates for the new position in the lab. It consists of a short black dress, black leggings and my black Docs. (Hey, I get dressed while mostly asleep in the dark every morning. Everyone's lucky I manage to put clothes on at all.) I also managed to slip and fall dramatically - with arms wheeling around and everything - while trying to get into the lift at Gloucester Road station this morning. The dignified comportment of the Serious Scientist: I don't have it.