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to be annoyed at the unflattering overhead lights in 'some' changing rooms!

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TrivialBlah Sat 11-Jun-16 16:33:59

I've just stood and looked at myself in utter dismay as my lumpy thighs and the tops of my arms (which I didn't realise were lumpy but I guess I do now) and my stomach ALL looked incredibly awful in the cubicle with those dreadful overhead lights!

I tried on three dresses but couldn't bring myself to even think they looked ok as the lighting was so awful.

I might just need to go home and drink some wine!

booklooker Sat 11-Jun-16 16:36:06

may I suggest gin and mirrorless rooms for the remainder of the weekend

Vagabond Sat 11-Jun-16 16:36:11

YANBU - retailers are missing a big trick by installing unflattering lighting in changing rooms. I remember trying on a bikini 40 years ago and thinking I was fat when I looked at myself in the changing room mirror. I was 8 stone. God, if only I was 'that fat' now!

Queenbean Sat 11-Jun-16 16:37:04

It's well known how hideous changing room mirrors are. No idea why they don't make them more flattering to encourage people to buy more

Internet shopping is your friend

MoaningTwat Sat 11-Jun-16 16:42:06


Most changing rooms where I live have ridiculous 'flattering' dim, yellowish lighting. So it is impossible to judge what the clothing really looks like on, and once I get it home and see it in proper daylight the colours are fucking hideous and I have to take it back to the shop angry

Elllicam Sat 11-Jun-16 16:44:14

Was it debenhams? I remember changing in there and I've never felt so unattractive. My mother in law has said the same.

Foslady Sat 11-Jun-16 16:44:25

YANBU - Matalan, you've lost many a sale from me as I hate trying on in there

WiggleYourWoo Sat 11-Jun-16 16:52:39

YANBU - had a similar experience in John Lewis the other day, but decided to lose some weight Instead of drinking wine. On second thought wine sounds much better option

specialsubject Sat 11-Jun-16 17:02:21

the lighting doesn't change anything, and I expect you don't look any different from anyone else.

you are buying clothes, not body parts!

TheNaze73 Sat 11-Jun-16 17:20:21

YABU. The mirrors are there so you can see the clothes properly, not character assassinate yourself. Would you prefer it to be like Hollister?

TrivialBlah Sat 11-Jun-16 17:42:21

It was a mixture of shops within one big building, similar to Debenhams set up, shops including Oasis, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins etc so I'm unsure who is to blame.

I suppose I was harsh on myself but the lighting today was unforgiving. Made me feel like shite!

Special I'm not sure what Hollister is sorry, I don't get out much.

TrivialBlah Sat 11-Jun-16 17:43:30

Sorry that was to TheNaze re Hollister.

TroysMammy Sat 11-Jun-16 17:51:23

Hollister is a company that provides continence products. Leg bags for people with catheters eg. grin

Mari50 Sat 11-Jun-16 17:59:18

Marks and spencer have hideous changing rooms, the lighting is so unflattering. I remember shopping in a branch of Gap years ago and I'm sure they had 'trick' mirrors cause I recall looking like a statuesque goddess in a pair of jeans and trying them on at home and looking like the dumpy short arse I actually am- took them back.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Sat 11-Jun-16 17:59:45

You are being unreasonable. I would far rather have bright but potentially unflattering light and get a genuine idea of exactly what the clothes look like than dim but falsely flattering.

TrivialBlah Sat 11-Jun-16 18:09:17

TroysMammy oh grin

Lass but most of the time I'm not standing under such harsh light. Very unflattering when you're trying to decide whether to buy something or not.

TroysMammy Sat 11-Jun-16 18:17:36

When you are trying on clothes you want to look good in them and not look like a washed out old hag bag. It is for this reason I tried on 10 items of clothing in George the other day and only bought one top. I was determined not to come out empty handed.

BoJolly Sat 11-Jun-16 18:24:15

YANBU It is perfectly possible to have a well lit room without having unflattering down-lighters. They just need to angle the lights correctly.

I don't use changing rooms for the same reason. I would never buy anything.

Whilst we're on the subject, my hair salon is no better. Harsh down-lighter on the top of my head and an unflattering black gown. My hair might look nice when I leave but that's no consolation once I've decided I need to wear a bag on my head to cover the eye bags & wrinkles. smile

John4703 Sat 11-Jun-16 18:29:49

I've had that problem, well my wife has. Twice in the last few months I've said to her to walk out of the shop so I could see the clothes in daylight. Far better than the artificial lighting in many shops. (I've never been brave enough to take a mirror from the shop out so she could see herself, she had to trust me)

whirlygirly Sat 11-Jun-16 19:09:41

God, m&s last week was the most depressing experience. I'd lost a stone and was trying a dress on but the whole thing was laughably hideous.

Every lump and bump was magnified in mirrors showing it from every unflattering angle possible. sad

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