Founder’s Closet — 9 Tips to Survive Fitting Rooms

Welcome to the Founder’s Closet where we take you inside the Redenim world for tips, tidbits, and peeks into what we’re up to!

This week, I’m addressing something that’s very near and dear to my heart: how to survive fitting rooms.

We’ve all been there… trapped in those tiny, claustrophobic closets. We know the warped mirrors, the dim lighting, and barely-there doors. And we’ve all had those awkward conversations with fitting room attendants that nothing fits, nothing looks good, and we want to just disappear. 

But there are a few things you can do to make the process easier if you must brave the malls for a chance to try things. Check out my 9 quick tips for surviving fitting rooms and making the most out of your journey to the mall. More after the jump…

Believe it or not, surviving the fitting room actually starts before you even head to the mall. I have 3 quick tips to help you get off to a good start before you leave your house.

#9 Go in with a plan

It’s not the 90s anymore. We don’t go to the mall to just hang out! Think about what it is you’re actually shopping for and go in with a plan. Decide what you need and stick to it so you don’t end up with a million random things in your fitting room. This will help you determine what stores you’re going to go to and ultimately what you’ll be trying on.

#8 Dress to get undressed

Think about it… If your intent is to go and try a bunch of things on, you want it to be relatively easy to get dressed and undressed. I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted in fitting rooms just getting in and out of intricate (but cute…) clothes and shoes. Wear something that’s quick and easy to take off and put back on and save your sanity.

#7 Style yourself

You don’t have to get fully done up, but when you’re trying things on, it helps to see them in the context of how you will generally be styled. I like to be put together enough that I don’t get distracted by my own zombie-like reflection in terrible fitting room mirrors. Additionally, wear undergarments and shoes that are appropriate for what you’re shopping for. If you followed tip #9 and go in with a plan, you’ll generally know what sort of undies and shoes are going to work for what you’re trying on.

Alright, now that we are all prepared, let’s talk about what you can do when you actually get to the stores where you will be trying stuff on.

#6 Be discerning

Most fitting rooms have a limit on how many items you can bring in. But nothing is more overwhelming than having a ton of random options to try on. Be really discerning as to what items get your time when it comes to trying. If you’re not crazy about something, if it’s not in your plan, or you know it’s out of your price range, it’s best to just leave it. One less thing to worry about.

#5 Think of the full outfit

When you’re trying on separates, sometimes it’s hard to really see how they will look unless you put them into full outfits. You may need to see tops with certain bottoms and vice versa. Either wear clothes to the store that you know you’ll be pairing items with or pull things off the rack in outfits. Seeing something in a full outfit can make or break what you ultimately think of it.

#4 Get out of the fitting room

I used to call this the walk of shame, but now I almost always take the time to step out of the fitting room. If it’s not too busy, go out of your actual fitting room to move around in your outfit and check it out in different lighting or in another mirror. Feeling clothes as you move around in them and seeing them in different light can be really helpful when it comes to your decision.

#3 Ask for help

Believe it or not, fitting room attendants are actually there to help you. Sometimes when you’re overwhelmed, need a second opinion, or just need a different size, step out of your comfort zone and ask for help. This can save you time, energy, and the emotional strain of doing everything yourself.

#2 Buy, return, repeat

If you’re really looking to minimize the amount of time you spend trying things on and know yourself well enough, you can just buy things that are interesting to you and try them on at home. This allows you to check things out in the context of your full wardrobe with mirrors that you know and in lighting that’s comfortable. A few caveats though, you do actually have to spend the money and worse, the time, going to the mall to buy and return things.

#1 Skip the fitting room altogether!

And this brings me to my #1 tip for surviving fitting rooms, avoid them altogether! Face it, none of us have the time or energy to go to the mall and play fitting room roulette let alone sort through hundreds of potential styles across dozens of stores.

That’s why at Redenim we’ve made it our mission to bring the fitting room to you. We let you try on jeans before you buy them — at home, in the context of your full wardrobe, and with mirrors and lighting that you’re comfortable with.

Our stylists get to know you. We choose 3 pairs of premium jeans suited for your size, style, and taste and we send them right to your door for you to try on at home. Keep what you love, send back the rest and never have to go through that awful fitting room experience again!

So if you find yourself struggling in a fitting room again, we hope these tips can help you out. Or you can skip it drama altogether with Redenim. What are you waiting for? Get styled today!

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