Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tales from the Fitting Room

This past Memorial Day weekend I went on a shopping spree and there is nothing that is more inspiring of tears, anger, and meltdowns than the fitting room.  It has bad lighting and it's unforgiving.  It's just you and your issues staring face-to-face under the florescent lights.  I have some thoughts.

1.  Eat before you shop.  Hungry equates cranky.  Even though it might sound counterintuitive so eat when you want to look thin it's better not to skip a meal.  Sure those jeans may fit when you haven't eaten in 6 hours, but how often do you live your life like that.  Maybe eating a steak bowl from Chipotle like I did isn't the best idea, but maybe have some chicken salad.

2.  Beware your underwear.  When going shopping wear a good fitting bra and seamless panties.  Also be careful of the cut of the shirts as well.  If you buy ten dresses in a racerback cut and you only have one racerback bra there's going to be a wardrobe disconnect.

3.  Hit up the vanity sizing store first.  If you're really a 10, but you can buy a pair of pants in an 8 you'll feel thin even though your ass is the same size.  Express and Old Navy are some of the biggest vanity sizers around.

4.  Shop for your body type.  I love spaghetti straps and strapless dresses in the summer, but my boobs don't allow for that.  So I forgo it for thicker straps that allow me to wear a bra and feel more comfortable.  I also don't like anything slinky, too fitted, or see through.  Once I realized that I had to shop for things that flattered my shape, it made life a bunch easier.

5.  Don't buy high maintenance pieces.  If it's dry clean only and that's a problem, don't buy it.  Keep in mind if you need a cami under it or if you'll need spanx.

6.  Get clothes that fit.  Nothing looks worse than clothes that are too tight and you're spilling out of or clothes that are too big and you're constantly pulling on.

And an unfortunate observation:  if you're thin clothes look better on you.  I noticed it as I was people watching at the mall.  Girls who were thin looked great, where as the rest of us schlubs need to work on it.  Le sigh.
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23 comments:

Resourceful Red said...

vanity sizing is lovely ;)

Rachel said...

Three way mirrors make me cry, they should be illegal! Banned I say! I enjoyed this post. I have never had Chipolte we don't have them here but everyone talks about them they sound divine!

Laura said...

It is always difficult for women to shop because so many designers and so many stores have such various ideas on what a size is. I think it is best to forget sizing and just buy the pieces that fit correctly, lay the right way on your body and make you feel good! When clothes look good on a person then the person will exude more confidence in how they look!

Alex said...

I hate the fitting for those same reasons..

And I love Old Navy.. for that same reason..

and another thing.. I think its the lighting in the fitting room not me..

DENIAL much?

Mommy092209 said...

totally agree with the vanity sizing. I haven't found it at Express though. I'd say LOFT is really great for my ego.

I HATE trying stuff on, those mirrors are the WORST!

projectedprogenitor said...

Ha! The grass is greener, but just as hard to mow. Somewhere out there, I was staring in a mirror wondering how come I never grew boobs and thinking they'd go a long way toward making me look pretty in...you know, shirts and stuff. :-)

Hey, thanks for stopping by the blog! Stoked to be here, too. Super enjoying. I'll be back!

Karen Greenberg said...

Great tips! I love your idea about eating first. It is true that we don't live our lives having not eaten too often, so we want the clothes to fit us how they would in "real life." And, yes, clothes just look much better on thin girls. I'll get there someday... I hope!

I'm stopping by from Thirsty for Comments Thursday. I hope you have a great weekend. We're almost there!

shopannies said...

I think they must do something to those mirrors they are so frustrating it is the only place that all looks great LOL come visit me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

SocialStudiesSoubrette said...

Oh so true about the schlubs comment. If only my butt were half the size it is now perhaps shopping would once again be a joy. Instead I leave disappointed and angry. These are good tips though. If I loose thirty pounds and have the courage to go clothes shopping again I will take it ;D

Owen's Mom said...

I don't know, I think working with body shape, flattering colors, etc. anyone can find clothes that look great at any size.

I love Old Navy for the prices also. :)

SweetMarie83 said...

These are great tips, and so true. I didn't realize Old Navy had vanity sizes, I'm going to have to head there - I've just lost a bunch of weight and I hate how almost every store I go to I'm a different size - it varies from a large to like a 3x which is so wrong, and makes me feel like crap after busting my ass to lose 40 pounds. I definitely know a few people who should read this - especially about buying the right size (I've seen more back fat already this summer than I ever needed to see because girls wear bras and shirts that are too small, not to mention butt-cheeks from too-small shorts), and about buying clothes that work for you and flatter your shape. Great post!

Karen Greenberg said...

SweetMarie: I know just what you mean about the clothes being a different size in different stores. It's a huge blow to the self esteem to suddenly be "bigger" than you really are!

misssrobin said...

I hate shopping more than just about anything. This list might make my next trip bearable. Thanks for the hints.

abookformydaughter.com said...

Love your advice. Some I already live by, most I have had to deal with AFTER spending money. I will keep them in mind the next time I go shopping. Congrats on getting featured on SITs. I'm glad to have stopped by!

Morgan said...

The dressing room is my nemesis ... so glad I don't have to cart around that room of mirrors with me wherever I go!

Enjoy your SITS Day! :)

Robin said...

Those truly are some great shopping tips.

Niques said...

I completely dread the dressing rooms and just did a post on my blog about how some of them aren't as private as we would think!

Love the shopping tips! Especially about having a bite to eat first!

Jenna said...

Happy SITS day! I agree with all your tips. Also, add Gap to the list of vanity sizers!

April said...

Good advice! I can't tell you how many times I've gone to try something on and remember I have a Sports bra on. Doesn't work.

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

Oh my gosh! you are too cute! I am so glad I found you fro SITS...enjoy your day! I am a new follower and would love it if you would stop by and say"Hi!" and follow mine if you want to!

Have a super day!
Kirsten
www.mushkiloves.blogspot.com

Beth in NC said...

Ah, I hate dressing room lights and mirrors. Surely it is the stores fault that I don't like what I see!

Ali's Answers said...

Hi! I am a new follower from SITS. I love these tips. I secretly curse at all those skinny girls, especially the single ones. :)

The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

I so could've used these tips at the start of the holiday party season. Glad to have them now. Especially the eating one. I don't eat and then I am all crabby and it is no fun to shop. Found you through Kristin at She Said & SITS!

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