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Peaceflower Mon 15-Aug-11 10:52:36

Tried on a top in the changing room at Debenhams recently, and when I looked in the mirror I saw a sleek and slim looking woman shock grin (I am size 12/14 and therefore neither). I asked the sales assistant if they used vanity mirrors and she swore they didn't!

It got me thinking and as I walked through the clothing sections I looked at all the mirrors, and if you look at them from a certain angle, some distortion is clear.

Is it only Debenhams or have you noticed something similar in other stores?

MrsPlugThePlumber Mon 15-Aug-11 11:19:04

H&M I think. The lighting is very good in there too.

Gingefringe Mon 15-Aug-11 12:12:54

John Lewis definitely arent! I look like a fat frump in whatever I try on there!

catinboots Mon 15-Aug-11 12:18:51

Mango - I look like a supermodel

suzikettles Mon 15-Aug-11 12:22:04

I bought a dress in French Connection a few years ago because the cut was so flattering. hmm

It went straight back after I'd tried it on again at home and come to my senses.

lynniep Mon 15-Aug-11 12:27:34

Flipping Tesco! Everytime I look in the mirrors there, this size 10 person looks back at me. I'm a size 14 and theres just no way that I look like that. It REALLY annoys me. How am I supposed to know if I actually suit something if the mirrors are lying to me?!

BodyUnknown Mon 15-Aug-11 12:28:35

Hobbs mirrors are always tilted ever so slightly forward at the top. It is hardly noticeable so you don't feel patronised, the slimming effect is brilliant, and I am not ashamed to say I recreate this at home - if I think I look decent, I will go out feeling confident.

I think most stores do the tilting thing, some more obviously than others, but I haven't noticed many mirrors which are actually distorting.

OP, at a size 12-14 you have nothing to worry about body wise even if you are not 'sleek and slim' in your natural habitat smile

MrsTittleMouse Mon 15-Aug-11 12:34:57

GAP does it. I tried on a skirt there and thought it was lovely - checked with DH who tactfully told me that it wasn't very flattering - found a regular mirror and I looked about 3ft tall and 6ft wide. Drives me nuts.

They use the technique where all the mirrors are flush to the wall at the bottom, and 2cm proud at the top.

superv1xen Mon 15-Aug-11 12:35:22

shock i didn't know about this! thats scandalous, cant believe they do that.

although don't think they do it where i shop as i usually look better in the mirrors at home grin

wildfig Mon 15-Aug-11 12:36:40

My local Phase Eight either has very unflattering clothes or very honest mirrors. I don't know which I'd prefer to be the case.

notyummy Mon 15-Aug-11 12:37:22

Quite a few places do it. I always run my hand down the side of the mirror when I try any clothes on to see if it is flush to the wall for the same distance from top to bottom - or whether they are trying to fool me. I can then take it into account when I decide to buy or not.

Peaceflower Mon 15-Aug-11 12:43:06

shock so how long has this been going on? Not content with vanity sizing (yes, I've noticed that too), we are now being conned when trying on clothes in store.

I wonder if the returns rate has increased, hmmmmmmmm.

chimchar Mon 15-Aug-11 12:59:51

Omg. I had no idea this happens.

How do you all know these things???

VictorGollancz Mon 15-Aug-11 16:05:42

If anyone passes the Peacocks in Liverpool One, and needs a kick up the arse with regards to going to the gym, go and look at yourself in the mirror in the shoe section (there's only about two mirrors in the whole place ayway). I honestly think it took two dress sizes off me. It's not tilted, so I don't know how they've managed it, but it is ridiculous.

Peaceflower Mon 15-Aug-11 16:15:10

Just googled and found this old article in the Daily Mail. It seems that most stores don't want to admit to this trickery grin.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1372909/Women-turn-magic-mirrors-used-high-street-stores.html

FoofFighters Mon 15-Aug-11 16:52:24

I had no ideal this happens! shock

I can safely say my local next don't do it. I look in their mirrors and a haggard skull stares back at me!

MoreSenseThanMoney Mon 15-Aug-11 17:25:00

H&M is definitely terrible for this - their mirrors even make me look lightly tanned and glowing (in reality I'm so pale I'm almost blue). I think the mirrors in Zara are also very flattering.

On the other hand, I agree that John Lewis actually make you look worse than you really do. I always look hideous in there.

Technoprisoners Mon 15-Aug-11 19:21:11

LK Bennett definitely.

Peaceflower Mon 15-Aug-11 19:44:02

So, thus far, the rollcall, we think, is.....

Debenhams, H&M, Gap, Mango, French Connection,Tesco, Zara, , Hobbs, Peacocks, and LK Bennett grin

Soups Mon 15-Aug-11 19:55:22

Oh shit. I always look crap in changing room mirrors, and they're meant to be making me look good blush

Peaceflower Mon 15-Aug-11 20:03:20

Soups M&S and New Look mirrors are very good for my budget!

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