The Changing Room Survival GuideBy Style Counsel / May 2, 2018 / Blog,Style / 0 Comments
Survival in a changing room is paramount when it comes to shopping, one mistake and your day could be ruined! No, we don’t mean surviving when the lock gets stuck or in a real-life nightmare when the shop closes with you still in it, we mean trying something on without triggering a breakdown. We have all had those days where nothing we try on looks right, the clothes sizes are strange, so you don’t seem to fit into anything. The moments where you feel like you are going to pass out from panic when you almost rip an item you can’t afford to buy. Well, we are here to help you combat this, here is our changing room survival guide 101.
Take in multiple sizes of an item & try on biggest to smallest.
It is well-known fact that clothing sizes differ between stores so it can be hard to judge which size you need to try on. Take your usual size, one size smaller and one size larger into the changing rooms so that you don’t need to pop out again to grab an extra size. Try on the larger size first, as trying on your usual to find out that it doesn’t even fit over your knee can be devastating (remember, it isn’t you, it’s the sizing in that specific store), doing so means you could be in for a nice surprise when you need to down size.
When you step into the changing room, make sure you keep your own belongings neat and tidy in a corner, away from items you are considering buying. Then hang up your items into categories of things you need and items you are unsure of, keeping one hanger free for clothes you are definitely buying after you have tried them on. Having a sense of organizations will prevent the risk of getting flustered and uncomfortable. Continue this organisation whilst trying things on, after you take it off hang it up again neatly so that once you are sick and tired of being in the confined box of hell you can grab your bits and leave without having to sift through what goes on which hanger.
Wear appropriate clothing
The last thing you want once you have finished trying on a tonne of clothes (and half of them either not fitting or looking awful) is to be tying up laces and squeezing feet through jeans. Try to wear items that are easy to remove and to slip back on, such as trousers and a tee or a dress in addition to a pair of slip on shoes to prevent losing your socks on a dirty changing room floor. Also, why do shops seem to be 10 degrees hotter than the temperature outside?! Wear a lightweight jacket that can be folded up into your bag once you are in the shops, so you can easily maintain a comfortable body temperature.
Upload a picture of any items you are unsure of to the Style Counsel app
If you are shopping alone and are in need of a second opinion when it comes to an item, then consult the counsel! Upload a picture to the Style Counsel app, hide the item behind an ugly pair of trousers that are lurking in the corner of the shop and then grab a coffee. Take some time to mull over the feedback you have received on the app from Stylists, think about whether the item would go with clothes you already own and then head back to get it! For more tips on how to decide whether to buy an item, see our blog post containing 3 questions to ask yourself!