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Changing room etiquette

india Updated: Oct 22, 2011 02:37 IST
Sathya Saran
Sathya Saran
Hindustan Times
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Ok, so it is the age of ready-to-wear and we have mostly decided to dispense with the darzi and his inch tapes, and fit ourselves out in new clothes for any occasion at the nearest mall. Which means we are part of the changing room brigade.

You may not realise it but the changing room can tell others things about you that you might not quite want to be told. Here are some tips to ensure that you leave no tell tale story behind!

1 Stand in line. If you are in a rush, ask the person at the counter to keep aside the clothes you want to try out, and come back later. Most shops oblige. Never crash a queue. However important you think you are.

Shopping2 Carry your selection with some care. Heaping the clothes one on to the other means crushing or creasing them. When you try them on, they won’t perhaps look the way they should.

3 Don’t talk loudly to your aunt/friend/mom waiting outside, especially with details of problems you are encountering. The world at large does not need to know that the size 14 pants you picked does not zip up around your hips!

4 If you need another size or colour, ask the attendant politely. She is like you, a human being, earning her living by helping you. Smiling at her won’t cost you much!

5 Ensure you use a good deo if you plan to try on clothes, especially in summer, else you could leave your BO behind, or wet sweat stains on clothes you tried.

6 Courtesy demands that you either carry the clothes back and hand them to the attendant or leave them in the immediate area outside the changing room. Many stores expect you to put them back on the hangers before handing them over. If so, do oblige.

7 Do not carry in lingerie to try on, if the rules forbid you. You would not want to go home with a set of underwear you thought new but had been next to someone else’s skin, would you!

8 Don’t block the changing room by keeping your clothes in it, while you go scouting around for new stuff to try. It’s rude. And of course you could lose your clothes.

9 Don’t force yourself into clothes that don’t seem to fit right, even if the size mentioned is yours. Sizes can differ from store to store, brand to brand. If you do tear something, own up!

10 Try not to wear lipstick and makeup if you are out shopping for clothes. You can easily stain ensembles you may not end up buying.

11 If you need an alteration, ensure that you know exactly what you want, should the store offer you one. Also some stores alter for free, others charge. Be sure you know the rules.

12 Sales times are hard on store staff. Try to be courteous and patient, especially with changing room personnel.

13 If you like a garment, take in what you think is your size and a size larger and smaller. That way you save trips in and out. Return the ones that don’t fit right, if you plan to buy the one that does.

14 Don’t dump tried clothes on the floor. Use the hooks and hangers. They are there for that purpose. Have fun shopping!