Why Change Rooms Suck

change rooms suck
 

I would just like to start with saying f&#k stuff you stupid change room in Target for ruining my entire weekend – change rooms suck!

On Saturday I was ultra inspired by a post I shared a month or so ago on my Facebook page. I can’t find it to share here but it was a Mum writing about how she chose not to worry about how she looked in a swimsuit because she wanted her children to have memories of her having fun in the water with them and not sitting on the sideline.

I thought to myself, ‘heck yeah, I’m not going to worry about my Mummy tummy, my cellulite and un-toned bits, I’m going to go and buy a new swim suit’. And so with confidence, I walked into Target and picked two gorgeous swimsuits – a two piece and a one piece.

I confidently walked over to the change room, said to the attendant with a smile ‘5 items please’ and she gave me my little taggy thing.

Off came the clothes and as I stood there in my underwear, viewing myself from all angles I’m surprised I even got as far as putting the swimsuit bottoms on.

Who the hell was I kidding? There was no way in the bloody world anyone was going to see me in a swimsuit this summer.  And I couldn’t blame the damn lighting either, what was it going to look like in real sunlight if that’s what I looked like in fake lighting!

I hurriedly put my dress back on, walked out of the change rooms lumping the whole pile of swimwear on the counter. I couldn’t get out quick enough. The attendant probably wondered what happened in the change room but I suspect she gets it a lot, I just couldn’t make eye contact.

I felt depressed, a feeling I had for the rest of the weekend.

So now I’d just like to say I HATE CHANGE ROOMS, and with a passion. If only I hadn’t have stepped foot in that damn change room, I would have happily worn my old swimsuit anywhere because I was none the wiser.

Have you had any bad changeroom experiences lately? Are you comfortable in your swimsuit?

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. November 10, 2014 / 5:59 am

    Imagine how much cash clothing retailers would make if they invested in better lighting in change-rooms?! I think Sussan do great change-rooms. The lighting is very flattering and always means I spend up when I shop there. Hope you find some bathers soon! It’s a stressful purchase!

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:27 pm

      I reckon! I can’t say I’ve found a change room I like yet…actually yes, it’s at home which is why I buy my other clothes online!

  2. November 10, 2014 / 6:21 am

    They are horrible places and usually I’m only in one under duress! I was in NZ and they had skorts and I got one and I have to say they are quite great for covering areas… tog shopping is always a shit fight!

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:26 pm

      A shit fight alright. I’m still trying to hold onto my old body, I so desperately want it back!

  3. November 10, 2014 / 6:49 am

    Some change rooms have way to many mirrors! But don’t be too hard on yourself. Your son will always see you as “mummy” and he doesn’t care what you look like in a swimsuit 🙂 and you shouldn’t care what others think. Order online…much easier.

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:24 pm

      Yes, I hear you. I have to pick my confidence back up out of the gutter

  4. November 10, 2014 / 7:00 am

    The first time I went tog shopping after Hayley was born was horrendous. I had to get a suit because I wanted to go to rhyme time in the pool with her, but it took a lot of shops and a lot of tears before I finally found one I accepted. It took me a while to come to terms with going from a size 8 bikini to a size 12 “mummy” one piece (actually I don’t think I’ve truly come to terms with it yet).

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:24 pm

      Yep, that’s my problem. My whole life I’d been petite, a size 6-8 and then having Elliott my body changed in shape and size and I’m still trying to come to terms with it. It’s hard, very hard.

  5. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    November 10, 2014 / 7:32 am

    Oh absolutely Eva!! Change rooms are the worst! I swear they’re designed to make us look bad! Pretend it never happened and chuck that swimsuit on! On the other hand, I think kaftans were the best invention ever!!! xx

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:22 pm

      Agreed on the kaftan. I actually had one to try on as well bit didn’t even get to it considering my experience with the swimsuits

  6. November 10, 2014 / 8:32 am

    I’m so sorry you had that experience Eva. I haven’t gone swimsuit shopping in years – my current one seems to be lasting the distance (it helps if you only swim a handful of times each year!). I hope you can go in there again sometime and beat the change room at it’s own game. Don’t let it beat you x

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:21 pm

      My current swimsuit has been going the distance for years but now does not cover my butt! 🙁

  7. November 10, 2014 / 9:15 am

    Oh Eva! It is horrible that you feel this way. I buy my swimsuits online. It is much nicer trying them on at home. I know my size and what patterns and shapes work, so I find it pretty easy. I have yet to send any back, but I would if they didn’t work. xS

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:21 pm

      I think I’m going to do the ‘try it on at home’ thing. It sounds a lot less stressful

  8. November 10, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    I am with you, I loathe trying on clothes in general, it is a pet hate of mine like you would not believe.

    Sorry to hear that you felt uncomfortable in trying on swimmers to wear for summer and who cares what the lady at target thought. x

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:20 pm

      I haven’t given up yet Belinda!

  9. November 10, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    Yep, change rooms suck! Head back, grab your most favourite pair and buy them. Then at home, take your time, try them on and decide if you like them or not. If not, return them and try again. That being said, I am due to buy some new swimmers and not entirely looking forward to the process at all.

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:19 pm

      Yep, I think that’s what I’m going to do. I hope they’re still there!

  10. November 10, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    Oh no! Let’s just say that I am fine with wearing a swimsuit in regards to wobbly bits and cellulite – meh – but that I can’t wear one without a *ahem* personal maintenance appointment first. Unless I wear boardies or boylegs. Which I refuse to do!

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:19 pm

      Ah see I just go with the boardies but I don’t want to do that anymore!

  11. November 10, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    Oh no. I’m sorry you felt this way. I always find that the lighting is bad in change rooms. So much better to take the items home and try on in the comfort of your own home. Don’t let this experience discourage you from enjoying time with your children and creating fun memories with them.

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:17 pm

      I am definitely going to do that next time. In fact I will go back and get the same swimmers and try again. I want to go swimming with Elliott so bad

  12. Bubfriendly Winnie
    November 10, 2014 / 11:02 pm

    Sorry to hear about your and experience Eva! On the contrary I feel that change rooms for me tend to be misleading as their windows often have a slimming effect to ‘trick’ is into buying their clothing when once we reach home, it all looks different! That is my experience anyways.

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:16 pm

      Oh yes,move experienced those suckers too

      • November 11, 2014 / 10:17 pm

        I meant *ive*

  13. November 11, 2014 / 12:14 am

    Oh Eva I hear you 🙁 Why oh why do we buy into society’s notion of beauty? I’ve hit middle age and have put on a lot of weight (for me). I can’t bear the way I look now. I’m trying to work through the bad self image, but it is hard. Having a partner who loves the way I look (big curves and all) really helps. Still it sucks.

    • November 11, 2014 / 10:16 pm

      To be quite honest, I’m over all the health and beauty crap that invades us everywhere. I really do believe our partners see us differently but even so, it’s still hard when we can’t get past what we see ourselves.