How to Try on Clothing Properly Before You Buy
We’ve all bought stuff that looked great on the hanger but wasn’t flattering when we actually wore it. I know sometimes I can’t be bothered to try on items, especially when I’m in a cold country and I don’t want to take off layers of clothing and then put them on again. Most of the time, I can tell what will work by looking but I’ve made a few mistakes.
The other scenario is when we try on a piece, do a quick twirl in the mirror and rush to the cash register. Whether it’s because you’re short on time or you trust your ten-second inspection, the end result is often not what you would expect.
There are a right way and a wrong to try on clothing. Some fitted dresses and skirts look great when you’re standing but as soon as you walk, they ride up to your head! (Don’t ask me how I know.) There’s also clothing that’s fine when you’re standing but when you sit, it’s uncomfortable. You can’t rule out every possible problem in the store but there are things you should definitely check for.
1. Assess How The Garment Looks When You Sit
If there’s somewhere in the store to sit, have a seat. If not, at least attempt a simulation in the mirror. Are the pants gaping at the back, too tight across the crotch or tugging at your thighs? Do you see other things you don’t like?
2. Raise Your Hands Above Your Head
Go on and have a stretch! This serves two purposes: You can assess whether the sleeves fit properly AND you can make sure you’re satisfied with the length of the top or dress. Some people won’t mind showing more skin when they reach up but not everyone is down for that.
3. Bend Over, Dance, Move Around
Clothing is meant to be lived in. You may look cute in the mirror but in the real world, you’re going to move! You may find that the piece is too revealing, unflattering or simply uncomfortable. If you’re going to be moving around a lot, you need to make sure you won’t have a wardrobe malfunction.
4. Wear the Shoes You Plan to Wear with the Outfit
This tip is more for when you’re shopping for a special occasion. If you’re going to be wearing heels and you want your hem to hit a particular length, avoid trying on the outfit in sneakers or sandals. You won’t always be able to do this but it’ll definitely help when you can. I
5. Give Yourself Enough Time
There are times when you walk into a store and find exactly what you want. Rare, rare times! Usually, you have to go from store to store finding pieces you like, looking for prices you can afford, and then trying multiple options. If you’re rushing, you won’t be able to properly try the clothing.
So there you have it, five tip to help you make the most of the dressing room experience the next time you go shopping. Do you already do any of these things? Do you have another secret? Let me know in the comments.