You all know the moment -- the moment you tug at the dress, examine yourself from the side, check the price tag for the hundredth time and squint to block out the dressing room glare. "You know what," you say to yourself, "it might just work."
But it probably won't. Ladies, it's time to stop feeding ourselves on lies in those poorly lit, claustrophobic boxes of anxiety. If you hear yourself saying any of these sentences, you should just drop the clothes and get out of the dressing room.
Herewith, 13 things women need to stop saying in the fitting room.
"Well, it's on sale..." Buying something just because it seems relatively cheap doesn't guarantee that you'll actually like having it in your closet.
"It will shrink." You don't know that. Don't gamble with your dryer.
"It will stretch." But if it doesn't? You're left with clothes that don't fit and make you feel bad about yourself.
"If I buy two more pairs, I'll get the five-for-$25 deal." Buying extra things just to get a deal is not a good deal. Buy exactly as many items as you actually want and no more.
"If I just pull a little here and adjust it here..." If you are already tugging at the hem or adjusting the straps in the dressing room, imagine how annoying it will be when you're actually wearing it in the real world.
"If I just wear a different bra..." Sure, certain bras make your boobs fit under certain garments better. But realistically, you've got one bra you wear all the time. If your clothes don't work with Old Faithful, you won't end up wearing them.
"I'm not sure what I'd wear it with." Can't think of at least three different outfits you could pair the item with? Don't buy it.
"It will totally work if I just get those pants... and that jacket... and that statement necklace..." If the clothing item in question will require you to purchase additional items for it to look good, it's no good.
"It just needs to be tailored." Which costs extra money... and time... and effort you may just be too lazy to exert.
"Where am I ever going to wear this?" This is code for: I am never going to wear this.
"I can totally afford it if I, like, just have ramen for a week." If you need to rationalize how you'll pay for it, that's a bad sign. No dress is worth ramen.
"It will totally fit if I lose five pounds." This is just a recipe for disaster.
"The tag says it's dry-clean only." Call us lazy, but we will go to great lengths to avoid garments that are dry-clean only. It's just common sense.
Luckily, you can never go wrong with these 12 items:
A white button-down shirt always looks fresh, clean and polished.
The most figure-flattering dress ever (thanks, DVF) looks good on all body types and does wonders to show off the female shape.
The trench coat is a staple in every woman's wardrobe because it works year-round. It's versatility and great fit make it the perfect option.
Few things are sexier than a woman in heels. Black pumps work well because they lengthen the leg, and the sleek color amps up the affect.
Provided you find the right shape for your face (be it square, rounded or aviator style), sunglasses can completely finish off just about any casual ensemble.
The shape of this dress works on almost all shapes. The relaxed fit along with the body-skimming silhouette highlight and hide all the right spots.
A single color palette always looks great as it elongates the body and is so sophisticated.
Whether you choose to wear a statement necklace with a fancy dress, a blouse or just a casual T-shirt, it can take your outfit to another level.
Although a trip to your colorist can brighten up your face in the winter or make your eyes pop, every girl looks good in what her mama gave her.
The right shade can do wonders to accentuate (or create) any woman's cheekbones.
If you find the right shade for your skin tone, red lips can turn any sweetheart into a heartbreaker -- instantly.
Fake eyelashes make your eyes pop and add a little something extra for an evening out.