Oh, the complexities of being a woman! When we're not trying on all our clothes, or thinking about buying clothes, or wishing we could fit into our old clothes, we're probably crying. Crying because someone got engaged, or because we lost two pounds, or because the boyfriend forgot to put the dishes away and we were on our period — or maybe we were crying about our clothes. Yes, this is women: clothes, tears, hormones, more tears, more clothes. Why, we've all heard of retail therapy. Maybe you've even indulged in this pastime one day — a day you were crying — and been disappointed, and spent what should have been therapeutic Me Time crying in the changing room because the retail therapy didn't actually work. If Glamour and the Frisky are representative of women as a whole, we all cry in changing rooms! Usually because we feel fat, or are fat, or just balls to the wall insane, as the world knows women are.
The Frisky once cried when she was 12 and was shopping at the Gap for her first pair of jeans:
I poked my head out to ask for help, convinced that I was doing it wrong—after all, I’d never worn jeans before. The woman looked at me in shock. “Hmmm your waist is much bigger than I thought.”
Glamour had a "quarter-life crisis" in Forever 21 when she needed a dress for a television appearance:
But when I slipped a long sleeve floral minidress over my head in the Forever 21 dressing room yesterday, I discovered that it not only barely covered "my Britney," as my friends like to say, but that the cutesy pink and black print made me look like a 28-year-old desperately clinging to some semblance of my youth. Which was especially disheartening because, um, that's pretty much what I was.
Crying in a dressing room is okay if you're buying a wedding dress — but that's why wedding-dress shopping requires making appointments, so that you have time to cry. Especially in New York — when changing rooms are already nightmarishly crowded at every Zara, for example — are ladies holding things up so they can cry about their diets and man problems and periods? Really?
Tell us, please, because we can't remember ever crying in a fitting room, though we would not deny society and culture are seemingly designed to make women feel pretty bad when they are in there.