1. Yes to all of the above, but for me, the thing I can’t stand the most is the smell! It doesn’t happen often but sometimes it makes me wonder what some women have or go through. And though I want to be compassionate, I have to be honest. I’m very olfactory and bad smells just torture me to death! Hooray to clothes in the mail!!!

  2. Oh I worked in retail for 17 years. There are other horrors that can be found in those rooms after the customers leave. (I’ve spent the last 7 retail free years erasing them from my memory)

    This was a super fun post!

  3. Dana

    The trick is, don’t look at your face in the mirror, only the clothes and how they fit. Can you sit down without feeling squeezed? Are there no bulges? Then get back into your street clothes and buy it! 🙂

  4. Laurie, you just perfectly summed up every nightmarish, depressing trip to the dressing room I’ve ever had. I have done more damage to my own body image by simply trying on clothes. You would think retailers would pull out all of the stops to make the lighting and mirrors flattering, but it’s just the opposite. I, too, take refuge in online shopping these days.

  5. I love shopping online, buying at least the minimum for free shipping and then I’ll take whatever doesn’t work back to the brick and mortar store, never having to set foot in a dressing room. Definitely a win! 🙂

  6. Louise Sultana

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I thought it was just me and went through agonies thinking to myself ‘oh my god I look like something the cat dragged in’.

  7. These things apply to men’s fitting rooms too. I particularly hate the mirror. We don’t have any full-length mirrors at home, so I’m hardly ever confronted by my head and my body at the same time. It’s almost more horror than the mind can handle.

    • Laurie Stone

      You are hilarious. Unfortunately, as a woman I see my head and body reflected back in tandem way too often. Dressing rooms just compound the terror.

  8. Omg, YES YES YES! I gave up on fitting room many years ago. They have never been kind to me nor any other woman I know. I prefer to pay for return shipping and have my clothes delivered straight to my door. I love my bathroom lighting and mirrors. They don’t lie to me like the ones in fitting rooms. I totally feel ya girly! Rock on!


  9. Yes – yes – I feel your pain. The older I get, the more I HATE shopping for clothes. But, then I find myself wearing the same old out-of-date pieces that have been in my closet for years. I do like to shop locally rather than order things online. So — I do occasionally FORCE myself to enter the dreaded fitting room.

    • Laurie Stone

      Carol, I must admit, I buy a lot online and once in a while make my way to TJ Maxx. I like them because the racks are easy to get through and the fitting rooms are never crowded. Easy in and out, one of my great rules for shopping!

  10. You are not! Thank goodness for online shopping! I order 2 sizes in everything. And then I have my whole closet available to see what goes with what. Brilliant!

    • Laurie Stone

      Cathy, I love ordering two sizes of everything. Brilliant. You always have the right size and can send the other back!

  11. Horror #7 – the stuck zipper because you are trying a size too small— that’s my particular hell.
    I have drawers filled with bathing suits that don’t fit because I won’t try them on in a fitting room anymore and I’m too lazy to return them.

    Fitting rooms designed by Victoria Secret models to persecute the midlife woman.

    • Laurie Stone

      Beth, Forgot about the stuck zipper or the jeans that will go only halfway up the thighs! That’s another fun moment. I keep thinking I have my 16 year-old body.

  12. Hilarious, but so true. I had to buy a dress for a wedding a few months ago and swore I would never set foot in a dressing room ever again. So far so good.

  13. I can relate to this 100%! I strongly dislike women fitting rooms. That’s one of the reasons I seldom go shopping….and when I do I simply “guestimate” if something will fit or not. THANK GOODNESS for online shopping.

  14. My worst experience is Victoria’s Secret. They have very “helpful” sales people who ask me for very detailed information about the fit. It all does help me select a good bra, but the process is a gauntlet of humiliation.

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