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Fittingly Mad: Skinny Dressing Room Mirrors

I don't know too many people who enjoy trying on clothes in dressing rooms. Not only is it annoying that sizing varies so much from store to store, but the ginormous mirror and bright lights are utterly unforgiving. You can end up spending more time criticizing your imperfections than checking out the clothes! Store designers must know the emotional pain we endure in those tiny rooms, and that's why they designed skinny mirrors.

You know the ones I'm talking about, where you try on that skintight pair of jeans and your booty never looked so good. You think, "Wow, those squats are really working." Then when you get home and try them on again, they just don't look the same. Somehow your tiny bum has expanded in the 20 minutes it took to drive home.

I'm sure stores think we owe them a huge thank you for making our dressing room experiences more pleasant, but ultimately it's a huge disappointment. I don't need some stupid mirror making me look thinner than I really am. What do you think about them? Are you psyched with what you see, or do you think this deception is just a marketing ploy to get you to spend more money?


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alxxxmx alxxxmx 8 years
H&M stores make me look hot. so they have skinny mirrors, i swear.
telewyo telewyo 8 years
My roommate bought a full length mirror to hang on the wall and left it leaning up against the wall for a few weeks. We called it the skinny mirror because that ever so slight tilt really made you look a bit taller and thinner. We finally got around to hanging it so it of course lost the tilt and the skinny look. The next day she had me help her take it back down and lean it against the wall again...she liked the skinny view better. At least with hers we knew it was lying, I don't think stores should use this tactic.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
Mirrors should do exactly what their name states...create a MIRROR image of yourself...not a 10-pound lighter, 3-inch taller version!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Of course I'm psyched by how I look...until I get home! Then I'm just irritated and want to return the clothes because the change in how they look makes me feel comparatively worse.
dayzfan4life01 dayzfan4life01 8 years
I HATE those mirrors! To be completely honest, I'm only aware of my true size because of photographs. I've seen so many versions of myself in fitting room mirrors, in the different mirrors at home that I've learned not to really trust any of them.
foxie foxie 8 years
I'd like it if dressing rooms would just use more flattering lighting. It's usually directly overhead, which as every woman knows, looks TERRIBLE. I think resorting to 'skinny mirrors' definitely crosses the line.
JustBekky JustBekky 8 years
STUPIDEST IDEA EVER. They are such LIARS! They aren't doing this to be NICE to us, they're doing it to steal our money! How deceptive!!! UGH this is utterly disgraceful. It is SO insulting and if I ever tried clothes on in a dressing room like that I would let the clerk know that I will NEVER shop there again because the company is trying to trick me into buying clothes that might look awful, and I'd have no way of knowing. Yuck.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've never experienced "skinny mirrors", but I think it's a devious way to get people to buy clothes. I actually prefer dressing rooms with garish lights that make me look pasty and weird. That way, when I get my clothes home, I look way better in them than I did at the store.
dd-sugar dd-sugar 8 years
Yes foxie, the Target mirrors make me look sick. I'm really thin (athletic) and buy online otherwise. I mainly focus on how the clothes feel and buy mostly sports clothes at Target anyway. Reminds me of the fun house mirrors though!
foxie foxie 8 years
I always look thinner than I really am in the Target dressing room. =(
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
I guess I'm the only person who doesn't mind "skinny" mirrors. Know why? Because I have one at home. It's slightly tilted because I don't have anything to hang it on, so that tilt makes it a "skinny" mirror. I mean, it doesn't make me look like a stick or anything, but I look a little leaner and taller than in my bathroom mirror. I don't mind, because it makes me confident about myself, and I think people care more about your attitude than if your body is absolutely perfect. Same with those 5X zoom face mirrors. They'll only depress you. You're better off not seeing every imperfection.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
Or, ilanac, you could just return it. You don't have to explain yourself to the clerk. Honestly, it's just a waste of time to me. I always try on the clothes I buy as soon as I get home, and if they don't look as good in normal lighting, with normal mirrors, then I have to take the time to return it, which I DO, because I like my money, but it's SO annoying. I'm already in good shape, so it's not even a matter of my imperfections being brought into light, just whether the clothes are actually flattering or not.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Oh my goodness...skinny mirrors just make me feel *worse* about my body and the clothes they want me to buy. I can see when I look at my body that the clothes don't look or fit right; it's almost insulting for them to try and alter reality to make me think that something looks great when it doesn't. I would at least like some accurate feedback. Skinny mirrors taunt you because they show what you would probably want to look like, but don't. How awful!
berrypeachie berrypeachie 8 years
I dislike skinny mirrors so much. I'm skinny already but with big boobies, ehhhh. So when I buy clothes its like OH i look cute! But when I come home its sort of like, great, now I look like a squat person cause of my boobs. Skinny mirrors are worse than the big mirrors, at least big mirrors let you see everything and bright lights help you out more than those dang skinny mirrors.
aka-Daria aka-Daria 8 years
that's why i always bring a friend when i go shopping, preferably a gay male friend, cause he doesn't bs me. =]
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I don't think they should do that to women. Most women want to see every imperfection so that they can correct the problem as much as possible with a different set of clothing, while inside the store. Who wants to take a trip back to the store.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I don't try stuff on in stores enough to have an opinion and I hate trying stuff on so I'm just usually in a rush to try the clothing and make sure it fits right (which I don't depend that much on the mirror for) then I bolt out of there the second I'm done. I think both are stupid though. Why not just a use a mirror that makes people look as they are?
aprilmayjune4 aprilmayjune4 8 years
I'd rather have fitting room mirrors show me every imperfection. That way, I can be sure that if I look pretty good there, I'll look awesome in real life.
Cwinche Cwinche 8 years
Ugh I hate that too. Those mirrors and the lighting make me want to bolt from the store, not spend money. But I don't like the skinny mirrors either....... *sigh*
chatoyante chatoyante 8 years
Yep, they're real, mirrors that are a little curved or tilted (google it for news stories). Sometimes it's really obvious, too. Annoying! Why can't they just design clothes that look that much better rather than trying to fool us till we get home?? :D
sierra16 sierra16 8 years
I've never experienced this but then again I don't think a mirror can make u look like Gisele if you in fact look like Beth Ditto.
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