Let’s be honest here, most of us have had a troubling moment or two when trying on clothes while shopping. In one quick change of outfit, the fitting room goes from a place with harmless intent to a full on internal battlefield. The mirror reflects each and every flaw you may perceive about yourself, quickly diminishing self-esteem and lowering chances of a successful shopping experience. What if you could face with the fitting room with courage and a positive mindset instead of anxiety and fear?
Try these tips for a successful visit, and see if you don’t feel amazing afterwards!
FEEL YOUR BEST BEFORE LEAVING HOME
Before heading out to shop, make sure you feel confident and look your best. Whether you feel most attractive when you’re fresh faced and casual or when you’re dolled up to the nines; feeling like your best self before stepping in the fitting room can be extremely helpful. Not only will this ensure you’re emotionally well, but it provides a complete view of how each outfit will look once purchased. This is not the time to wear the underwear you’ve had since college — wear undergarments that fit you well and make you feel good about yourself. Wear your hair in an attractive style. Bring a water bottle and snack along if you plan to shop for a long time — a “hangry” woman is not to be messed with!
I promise you, you will NOT love the way you look in a fitting room if you enter it already feeling dowdy, tired and hungry. Ultimately, this tip reinforces the long time saying, “If you look good, you’ll feel good.”
BRING A CONFIDANT
Have someone who is supportive, honest, and encouraging tag along with you. This may be a close friend, family member, partner, etc., but no matter who it is, make sure it’s someone who knows your needs, and they’re able to create a positive shopping environment. Bringing a confidant will also provide another set of eyes and uplifting comments, which will inevitably help maintain fitting room confidence.
STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR FASHION COMFORT ZONE
When shopping, people tend to stick to what they’re most comfortable in or what they know looks best on their figure. Though it’s important to search for items that you believe emphasize your favorite assets, it can be a surprising confidence boost to try on something that’s completely out of your comfort zone. You never know, that bright body-con dress might look fabulous, all you have to do is take the risk and try it on!
BRING A VARIETY OF SIZES
Sometimes it can become frustrating and defeating to find the right fit in clothing. To help alleviate stress and agitation, bring multiple sizing options into the fitting room with you. This will assure you have everything necessary to find the correct fit without having to continue asking the sales representative to grab different sizes. Try not to worry about the size on the actual item that fits. Size is just a number, not something that defines who you are.
Positive self-talk is one of the most influential, life-changing actions a woman can do for herself. In reality, it’s easy to allow the pressures of the world to convince you that what you see in the mirror isn’t good enough. So instead of listening to that external force, remind yourself in the mirror of just how remarkable you truly are. Saying something even as simple as “I am enough” will turn your thoughts from destructive to empowering. If that makes you feel silly, try listening to one of your favorite songs to boost your spirits or recall a memory of a time you felt extra beautiful. Remember, the people around you love you just the way you are.
Facing your dressing room fears can be tough, but it’s important to know this; no matter what happens while shopping, remember that you’re strong, you’re worthy, and you’re so much more than what a mirror may tell you.