Dressing rooms remind me of Poltergeist
We’ve all had those moments when shopping. We needed a dress for a special event, a new pair of jeans or even a blouse. So we head to the dressing room to give it a try. Thankfully, we don’t actually have to exit the dressing room if the garment is absolutely hideous. Although if you bring a friend they will probably be curious and at least ask, this is probably why I like to shop alone. It really isn’t so bad as long as you know what you are looking for and know your own mind.
We all make mistakes in the dressing room. We get seduced by the size on the tag, we discard an item because of the cleaning instructions, and we’ve all purchased something because it was on sale. We either discount a garment based on some preconceived notion or we purchased based on an equally ill-advised idea. All of these behaviors cause problems, either financially, time or blows to our ego. Who needs that, shopping is hard enough without all the pushing and pulling our internal thoughts put out.
Don't be seduced by a sale
Things to remember, just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good buy. It has to work with your current wardrobe and personality. Example, I look horrible in burnt orange. I love the color but it doesn’t love me. I wouldn’t take it even if it was free. Size matters, it actually has to fit you. It doesn’t matter what the size on the tag says, if it fits like a potato sack you’ll have to bring it back. Also no buying clothes for the body you think you once had or the one you want. Your body needs clothes that fit it today.
Last but not least, don’t forget about a garment simply because it says “dry clean only.” Some garments that are dry clean only can be hand washed and hung or laid flat to dry. I have several blouses that I’ve washed in my machine on the delicate cycle. They come out great. The key is the fabric, synthetic wash a lot better than one would think. Blends work the best for hand washing; just make sure a majority of the fabric is a synthetic. If the sweater is mostly cashmere, have it dry cleaned. Most importantly, take your time in the dressing room, unlike car sales, there’s no pressure to buy.
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