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Is it just me that agonises over the 'outside' mirror in fitting rooms?

Never afraid to ask the hard questions.

FITTING ROOMS ARE – for me at least – a nightmare to navigate.

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Upon my approach, I’m usually sent into a Sophie’s Choice-type frenzy as I deliberate over the items I’m willing to leave with the assistant because I have – not for the first time – lumbered over with more garments than I’m entitled to try on at any one time.

After navigating that seismic obstacle, I’m then faced with a row of curtained cubicles which I know will play host to an excessive amount of sweating and swearing as I deliberate and discard clothing with wild abandon.

And then there’s the internal vs. external mirror situation.

Until recently I assumed that this was an issue everyone faced, but recent discussion told me that I might be alone in the amount of consideration I give the matter.

So listen, if the situation allows, I will always opt for a fitting room cubicle which faces an empty cubicle so I can make use of the mirror opposite (in addition to my own mirror) without having to actually leave my own cubicle.

If this isn’t possible, I generally have to think long and hard about whether I want to to avail of the communal mirror which generally features somewhere in the shared space.

Despite the fact it gives a much more accurate reflection of the clothes, I have spent a worrying amount of time agonising behind a frayed curtain over whether I should ‘reveal’ myself to fellow shoppers, so to speak.

And I’ll be honest, I will generally only venture out if I think the outfit is a potential go’er, and there wouldn’t be a chance in hell I’d assess a non-go’er in front of other people at the shared mirror – an idiosyncrasy I’ve held since childhood.

Upon sharing this with other people, it became apparent I was in the minority, with many saying they wouldn’t think twice about venturing out no matter how unflattering they assumed the new garments to look.

All in all, it seemed I was alone in my strategic approach to fitting rooms, but I genuinely find this hard to believe, so we’re putting it to you on this occasion.

Do you only venture out and use the shared mirror if you think you look semi-decent?


Poll Results:

Yes. I ONLY venture out if I think I look well. (736)
WTF? It's there to be used and I don't care what I look like. (258)
I'll use it regardless, but I definitely wouldn't linger too long. (255)



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Niamh McClelland

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