Apparently, many women dread dressing rooms in retail stores. A recent posting here about these dreary cramped spaces prompted several comments from readers. I thought you might enjoy:
From Georgia: “You truly hit the nail on the head with your two blogs on dressing rooms. They are so depressing. The lighting . . . shows me cellulite I never knew I had! Ghostly anemic hues with the lighting for my face. A barfy-colored beige paint usually chipped in places and spotted with nasty fingerprint smudges. Never enough hooks to categorize items: blouses/sweaters to be tried on…blouses/sweaters tried on and not wanted…blouses/sweaters to be tried on again for reconsideration…blouses/sweaters wanted for purchase. That’s four hooks just for tops alone. I need four more for jeans/pants. And what about blazers/jackets…etc.? And YES, the dressing room policewoman! Will my count come out right or am I off to jail?!”
One more from Georgia: “I have been complaining about dressing rooms for my adult life. Stores spend so much on marketing, yet they never look at that part of the business any more. Maybe they know something we don’t, but that’s hard to believe.”
A third from Georgia that was posted as a comment, but maybe you missed it: “So this fact is a constant in retail, with very few exceptions. How may we change the mind-set of the operators who could care less and then bemoan the lack or drop in sales?”
And from California: “Lighting. HORRIBLE. Terrifying. Don’t they want me to think I look good in that shirt? I’ve never understood this. And hooks. Yes. Please. Industrial strength hooks.
“And for God’s sake put signs up in several languages including Armenian explaining that these rooms are not some kind of mysterious American carpeted no-hole toilets. The stench in Macy’s in Glendale is astounding. Apparently people close the door, take off their pants and just go.
“I do know places where there are helpful employees who’ll fetch other sizes, etc., mostly in pricier establishments, but also in my favorite local second-hand store, which is where most of my clothes come from. And return to.”
Is anybody listening?