No more tears at H&M
March 20, 2012 6:21 PM Subscribe
Help me avoid a fitting room meltdown.
posted by serialcomma to clothing, beauty, & fashion (45 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Recent shopping forays have left me literally crying in the dressing room, but I simply cannot put off buying clothes any longer. I made it through winter with three wool skirts for work and two pairs of Old Navy jeans, but I'm starting a new job soon and need a whole bunch of springtime business casual and weekend clothes.
This should be exciting, right? It's not, though. Two long stretches of unemployment have left me hesitant to spend money on non-essential things, and in general, I do not enjoy looking at my body in the mirror. Especially under fluorescent lights.
In short, I have no idea how to manage--logistically and emotionally--buying a lot of clothes in the next few weeks. I do have a tentative budget in mind, and I'd like avoid buying online. As much as I hate it, I need to try things on!
So, please help with Shopping 101:
1. What are your best logistical strategies for doing a lot of shopping? For instance, should I hit a bunch of stores in a day, or one store a day for a week? I assume a list would be a good thing?
2. What should I do in the actual store? I generally do a lap around the entire store, then go back to items I like (and that I consider affordable) to take them into the dressing room. The downside to this method: I usually talk myself out of trying things due to their expense, practicality, or similarity to something I already own. What's a better approach? Should I try on everything I like, even if I think it won’t look good on me? How many sizes of an item should I take in to try?
2. What are your suggestions for avoiding a defeatist, "I hate my body" attitude when trying on clothes? I know that’s a big question, but basically, I'm looking for ideas on staying upbeat and optimistic when it feels like I will never again find a dress that fits properly. Crying in H&M was kind of a low point, you know?
Your advice and suggestions are much appreciated. In case anyone has location-specific tips, I'm in NYC.