Ladies, tell me if this has ever happened to you: You’re wandering along, having a perfectly nice day, feeling fine about yourself and then you decide to duck into a store to try on a few things. Why not? You try on a summer dress — so cute! — and, “Oh. Uh. OK. This is weird. I didn’t know I had thick forearms. These buttons won’t do up.”
You then move onto a chic pair of pants that you can’t get over your knees and then to pleated shorts that won’t come off. Before you know it, you’re running from the store, newly aware you have a giant freak body impossible to clothe. It’s a process that can really ruin your day.
And according to a recent study reported by Sky News — “Most Women Suffer Changing Room Rage” — 75 per cent of women find trying on clothes a “traumatic experience.”
“Changing Room Rage” (or CRR) can, “Lead to shoppers snapping at retail assistants, storming out of stores and even losing self-confidence.” Interestingly, the study focused less on how the clothes made women feel about themselves and more on the actual physical state of the dressing rooms.
Women complained about curtains that don’t always close properly, there can be a long wait to even get into a dressing room (think of H&M on a Saturday afternoon). Then there’s a lack of space to maneuver in. Of course, the condition of the changing room can make a big difference. If the lighting is amazing and the mirror sufficiently flattering, I feel like a million bucks even in clothes that don’t really fit.
Writes the reporter: “Adult behavior psychologist Susan Quilliam says: “Beautiful clothes will always make a woman feel more beautiful and therefore more positive about her appearance, more confident in herself and more optimistic in general. But if the shopping experience itself is negative, the whole event can be utterly destructive. Instead of boosting our self-esteem, it saps it; instead of making us feel good about ourselves and our lives, it brings up frustration, irritation and anger.”
So what do you think? Do you often have negative experiences trying on clothes?
Author by Sarah Treleaven