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Finish This Sentence: Trying on Clothes in a Dressing Room . . .

Shopping for clothes can be a harrowing experience. Between the low quality of the lighting in many dressing rooms and the almost randomness of the sizing, it is normal for your self esteem to plummet when trying on the trendy white jeans. Fitness recently conducted a survey about the highs and lows of clothes shopping and what happens behind closed dressing room doors. The results are interesting and might feel a little familiar.

Here are some highlights from the 1,0001 women poll:

  • 64 percent said trying on clothes in public lowers their self confidence
  • 10 percent have cried in dressing rooms about the way they look
  • 15 percent have accidentally ripped or gotten stuck in a garment that was too small
  • 40 percent of the women have bought something that was too small, hoping it would look good once they lost weight
  • 14 percent of the women have refused sales help so they wouldn't have to reveal their size
  • 41 percent have started working out after a shopping trip

Body image, health and self esteem are all tied up in one big ball. So tell me you would finish this sentence.


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carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
honestly, it usually makes me feel great. sometimes i go to anthropologie and grab a big stack of dresses, and just try them on for a pick-me-up.
kh61582 kh61582 9 years
Messes up my hair which in turn causes me to not look my best which makes me feel cruddy...I hate trying cloths on
cnlew cnlew 9 years
I don't mean to sound harsh, but it's becasue of "dressing room cryers" that we have the current debaucle of "vanity sizing" and complete size inconsistency. Retailers think that if you see that smaller number, you'll be more likely to buy. So now, what used to be a 10 is an 8, what used to be an 8 is a 4 or on. It's out of control. That's why I hate tryiing on clothes. I'm a 4 in NY&Co, a 6 in Gap, a 6 in Old Navy, and a 8/10 in Lily can that be?
porkypocky porkypocky 9 years
i used to cry in the dressing room... ...not anymore! if i see anything pudgy looking i make a mental note to push myself a little harder when i work out.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
I am so fat right now, I can't look at my self in the mirror.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I always find some weird angle of my body that makes me obsess for weeks afterwards. Because normally, all I see when I put my clothes on is my front. When I try on clothes in the dressing rooms, I notice that the small of my back isn't as toned as I thought it was or that my calves look weird or something. Usually, I don't mind trying on clothes though...I can usually find something that makes me look OK. I just know to avoid capri pants (they make me look stumpy) and certain shirts that emphasize my small boobage, lol. When I was a lot heavier, I did cry a lot when I tried on clothes...mostly when I'd grab a 14 HOPING it'd fit and not being able to get it past my knees...yeah, that's always a great feeling: "Damn, I have to go to the plus sizes to find something that fits".
sudenmorsian sudenmorsian 9 years
I don't even try to find jeans.. in the women's department, that is. I head straight for children's jeans (at least here their size is simply the length of the one wearing them). I'm not thin as a stick but when it comes to my length, the clothes industry thinks I'm still 15 or 16. I have no idea what size I am in the system you all are speaking of. Here numbers 32 and 34 usually correspond to XS as in Extra small, 36 to S, 38 to M and so on (more ofen than not I'm small - or smaller). I recall that the tag in the top of my best dress said something like 6 or 8, though. I've been fat before so now that I'm not, I don't worry too much about my length and most of the time I look quite ok in dressing room mirrors. As long as I don't check for the scars in my back (acne)...
seraphimm seraphimm 9 years
When I was 30 pounds heavier (in high school), I absolutely, DESPISED SHOPPING. I always bought the same things, really baggy clothes that hid my body. But now, 30 pounds lighter, everything I try on seems to be MADE for my body. It's such an amazing feeling to LOOK for tighter clothes (my new favorite is white slim-fit sheer t-shirts that look good with anything!) It's really weird, most of the times when I go shopping I want to buy EVERYTHING because they fit and look good, but other times I just leave everything behind with the fitting room lady. I feel the most fat that moment, when I'm handing her the size smalls that I wish I could fit into! haha The only thing I STILL (and probably always will) dread trying on is JEANS. I still can't find the perfect jeans that support my big ass and thighs. it's so frustrating.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 9 years
I've cried. It stinks when you try on OODLES of clothes and nothing if flattering - and if you're already in despair about your body image, trying to find something that works is extraordinarily frustrating and demoralizing when you already feel like cr@p. Yah, it's nice to think about taking that step back, but it's hard in the moment. It's a terrible feeling watching other people pull out small sizes and look terrific in the same thing you just tried on, only you looked like a beached whale. It is miserable to get stuck in an article of clothing terrified that you won't figure out how to get yourself out, but mortified to ask for assistance. Fortunately, I've lost a lot of weight and have learned to better dress my body. I've still got a ways to go weight wise, but honestly it's a lot easier to dress a size 10 body than a size 16 body - at least I've found it so. Body image plays a huge part in that. I actually have found shopping online and from catalogues easier too, because then I shop based upon my measurements and not sizes. When you understand there is so much vanity sizing going on, when you shop purely on measurements of yourself and the garment, then you can more easily disregard the "size." That's why I've taken to buying European clothing so much as well, their sizing seems much more consistent. I can't wait until this baby is born and I can get back on the weight loss wagon and get down to my goal of a 6/8 (which is realistic and appropriate for my body).
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
As for me, I enjoy trying on clothes in the dressing room. I'm content with my body. I enjoy picking clothes that flatter my body (and my coloring). It's important to be aware of your body TYPE, not just your size. It also saddens me to hear about those who cry in the dressing room.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
the last time I went, I was trying on the highest size I'd ever been and things were still tight. plus, I got an extra special view of the backs of my arms. finally I am back working out and I refuse to even allow myself to look at new clothes until I fit back into my old size. that was seriously disturbing.
SomethingWicked SomethingWicked 9 years
its the bathing suits that suck the most...they all look..well...not right on me that I get frustrated.
dmartinxoxo dmartinxoxo 9 years
I got stuck in a dress once...prior to losing 65lbs...that was a low point, and then you have that nagging sales lady breathing down your neck about how everything is fitting, and you have to plan some sort of james bond stealth exit to avoid the confrontation with the overly blonde and overly made up middle aged woman. Doesn't everyone have that issue? No... I guess that was just me. Hahaha.
samantha999 samantha999 9 years
Lighting, 3 way mirrors - I can not help but give myself a serious look over. Don't even get me started on sizing. I have lost over 20 pounds and dropped 4 sizes and still vary depend on designer from a 4-8. They should all have to work on one set of measurements. A friend who worked for DKNY told me she cuts everything on the small side.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
Size 8 would make me overweight/obese... so it is for my small frame, yes. Not for your average 5ft 5" woman of course!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I am so sad that people actually cry when trying on clothes. I understand frustration with how things are fitting, but I feel bad that people are actually crying over their bodies. This is not directed toward anyone in here, but I think those people might need to take a step back because for a lot of them I think that much frustration over the way they look in clothing is symptomatic of a larger problem. And I agree with whomever said that 8 is not a "fat size." Maybe the fact that people think it is is why people are crying in dressing rooms. Also, the reason that so many people are having trouble with sizing these days is because so many stores use vanity sizing. If you have to get a size bigger it's most likely not because that store has an odd cut but because other stores use sizing that makes people feel good rather than using sizing that is actually correct.
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 9 years
I hate trying on clothes. I think I look pretty good but the lighting in there is always horrible and I have to take three different sizes in there to even have a chance of finding one that fits. If I do find something that fits, I buy as many as I can afford, because it's a small miracle!
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 9 years
...makes me wish I had more money to buy more clothes (for me and my daughter)! I love shopping.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I hate trying on things. Not only because of the different sizing (I usually take 3 sizes of everything in the dressing room), but also because of the light and the mirrors and the fact that clothes are simply not done for pear shaped girls.
brista brista 9 years
I've cried many times in the dressing room. The first time I remember crying in the dressing room due to clothing was the summer between 6th and 7th grade. I had to get non-uniform school clothes for the first time. It was a disaster. I was too tall, too fat, and too poor to buy the few things that did fit okay. That was the first of many cries in a dressing room. It hasn't happened lately, mostly because now I know what styles (and stores!) to avoid altogether. Now I just sigh and scrutinize every single and wish things I liked would fit and look cute.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
For me I get excited. This is because I am now a 10/12, down from a 24/26! I never used to be able to walk into any store I want and pull something off the rack and have it fit. Now I'm psyched! These days I can say no to an article of clothing or an outfit based on just not liking it once I get it on, not because it doesn't fit. It encourages me to keep going with my goals. Of course, at 285 lbs I never tried on anything, bought what I HOPED would fit at The Fat Lady Stores and that was that. I hated myself and my image. I cried every day, not just in the changing rooms.
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
omg fluffy, I don't think that having a pair of size 8 jeans in your closet is CLOSE to shameful!!! I've gotten stuck in something before (SO embarassing, btw) but just because it wouldn't go past my huge boobs lol. I almost cried in a dressing room the other day because I tried on this dress that fit perfectly except for my boobs, which were super squashed and looked terrible, and it was SO pretty and perfect and the last one and on sale but it just didn't work. Sad day lol.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
I have definitely cried in dressing rooms before. that's part of the reason I ordered my wedding dress online from J Crew -- the whole wedding dress shopping thing could have been less than fun for a short, kinda pear-shaped woman
jessie jessie 9 years
oh gawd....lets not even go there.....nothing but mirrors....:oy:...its a mistake from the start
liza0183 liza0183 9 years
I had a break down this morning even though it was in my room and not a dressing room :( I agree its like I feel I am a different size every time I go shpping it varies from a 8 to 12 now yikes. Pants are hell to try on especially when they are not made for you curves which is what I have and had to finally settle on getting 12s because nothing else fits them. Soo fustrating because I watche what I eat and work out moderately so I dont' get what gives???
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