Dressing Room Etiquette: 5 Tips to Consider When Trying on Clothes

May 07, 2018  |     |   0 Comment

Have you ever considered that your behaviour when shopping and trying on clothing in a dressing room can have a positive or negative impact on others, such as a Sales Associate or another customer? Here are 5 do’s and don’ts to consider the next time you go shopping and are trying on clothing to ensure your dressing room etiquette is up to par.


1. Treat the Dressing Room with Respect.  Treat a store’s dressing room as you would you own personal space, such as your bedroom.  Keep it clean. Don’t leave behind any garbage, eat in the room, or leave hangers or clothing on the floor.  Consider that any mess you make, a Sales Associate will have to clean up after you.

2. Be Kind to the Clothes.  When trying on clothing, treat them as if you already own them.  Be careful when trying on a garment not to stretch it, tear any seams, break any zippers, or get any makeup on it.  If you decide not to purchase what you have tried on, place the item back on the hangar, right-side out. Return it to the Sales Associate the way it was given to you. Consider that if you do damage any clothing, another customer may end up trying that garment on, unless you advise a Sales Associate who can then fix or launder any damaged item to make it ready for purchase.

3. Be Timely and Considerate.  While it is important to take the right amount of time to properly try clothing on to ensure it is the right fit and style for you, spending too much time in the dressing room can be inconsiderate of other customers waiting for a change room or for a member of the Sales team waiting on you.  Consider that the more time you take in the dressing room, the longer another customer may have to wait in line to try things on.

4. Keep Personal Hygiene a Priority.  Make sure that when you go shopping and plan to try clothing on, that you make your hygiene a priority! Don’t go shopping right after you have been at the gym – unless you have a shower first.  Wear clear deodorant so that you do not stain any of the clothing you try on. Also, wear the appropriate undergarment such as underwear when shopping and trying on clothing. Good personal hygiene might sound obvious, but there are many shopping offenders in this category! Consider that if you are sweaty, smelly or underwear-less when trying on clothing, if you do not purchase the item, the next customer who tries on that garment will be in for an unpleasant surprise.

5. Be Polite.  If you are being assisted by a Sales Associate at a store when you are trying on clothing, remember to say “thank you” for the help and assistance you are given.  If the Sales Associate comes to check on you while you are trying on clothing and asks how things are going or if you need any other sizes, always respond.  Consider that the Sales Associate helping you is being of service, so demonstrating your gratitude for their help is mannerly and considerate.

Implementing these 5 tips when shopping and trying on clothing will ensure that your dressing room etiquette is up to par, and that you and those around you such as other customers or a Sales Associate, will have a positive and pleasant experience!

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