You walk into a store like Macy’s, Anne Taylor, Old Navy, Anthropologie or pretty much any large chain clothing store. With some struggle you stride past a gorgeous blue dress. You’re there for one thing and one thing only: A new bathing suit. They can be some of the most stressful apparel to shop for because they reveal so much more skin than usual and show the details of your womanly physique.
But you’re ready to do the swimsuit shopping, so you make your way to the women’s swimwear section. There are three, maybe four metal racks with rows of one-pieces, bikinis, halter tops, bandeaus, two piece swimsuits, swimdresses and what seems like every other kind of lady’s swimwear imaginable.
You spot a gorgeous black and pink one-piece bathing suit on a hanger. Of course… they don’t have your size. You put it back on the rack disappointed but still determined. You pull down 5 or 6 bathing suits in what you’re pretty sure is your size each with different patterns and prints. With high hopes you make your way to the fitting room.
You model each swimsuit for yourself in the mirror probably finding one or two pieces that look better than the others and you’ll think “Wow I love these bathing suits. I look better in them than I thought I could, I better hurry up and buy these two.” So you put your street clothes back on, and head to the register to pay. You take your suits home, try them on again but those same swimsuits that looked so good on you in the store just an hour or two ago suddenly don’t give you the same feeling of confidence you had in the dressing room.
You just became yet another victim of the Fitting Room Trap. Continue reading