Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Dressing Rooms Need Locks



There I was in my favourite consignment store trying on new jeans today.

Although I'm not particularly enamoured with clothes shopping, it needed to be done. I often wear jeans to work and I really need a few more nicer-looking pairs. The seams on some of my jeans are, alas, unseemly.

I was in one of those little stalls with a mirror, a few hooks on the wall, and a curtain that is meant to stay closed when one is deciding how appealing an outfit is on one's body.

Yes, closed. That's how it should be.

So I was a wee bit alarmed when an older blond chick with frizzy hair SWEEPS open the curtain to my private sanctum and poses in some grey corduroys.

"What do you think? Too faded? Be honest... do they suit me?" She peers at my startled self questioningly.

For a moment, I presume she has just mistaken what stall her friend is in and will any moment give an embarrassed gasp and an apology.

Instead she gives a little pirouette for my inspection.

This is the moment when I might have snarled 'HEY LADY! NEED SOME PRIVACY HERE!'

"Er", I say instead, "They look okay. I'd prefer brown ones myself, but the grey looks nice too, I think."

Yes, I chose to pretend I wasn't standing there in my half-attired glory, while a total stranger preened.

I sometimes think I'm too polite.

I got some great jeans today though-- my favourite Brodys for only eight dollars and three cents.

17 comments:

ashabell said...

I must say that I have been checking out your blog from time to time, as you posted to mine some time ago. I find the lack of dressing room etiquette you experienced hilarious.
I also have to tell you that I love that you add pictures to your blog. I rarely remember to post to mine, and so mine is a lot of catching up...maybe one day I will be caught up enough to think of pictures too!

angel, jr. said...

I don't like the curtain dressing rooms because of moments like you just experienced.

Grant said...

I remember years ago when I worked for Kmart as a store detective, some guy walked out of the dressing room, strolled through the men's department, and selected a pair of pants to try on, all in his underwear. One of the other security guys thought I should have said something to him, but I firmly believed my job was catching thieves, not acting as hall monitor and regulating behaviour.

SkyeBlue2U said...

I would have been in shock and proably done the same as you, soo you now have to model for us! LOL!!

Ms.L said...

ACK! What a nut...
Awesome deal on the jeans!

Heidi said...

Thanx for stopping by.. my "kindred kitchen soul" :)

I'm guilty asking for opinions as well..But atleast the person is dressed and out of the dressing room..lol

Nice Blog..Just going to finish catching up on past entries.

Mel said...

I would have been so embarrassed! As you can tell I dont even change in front of other women (well men either) in locker rooms!

Strangeness....

Rachel said...

How rude! I recall those curtain dressing rooms. Thankfully I don't know of anymore around these parts!

Spider Walk said...

How rude. Forget being polite. I would have bitch slapped her...
And swanged her out of my curtained doorway with my mean ass thonged double decker ass cheek whammie.

scrappy rose said...

Oh my gosh... I would have been mortified...

erikku said...

I probably would have done exactly what you did. I'm just too nice to sock someone in the teeth.

nicki said...

hahaha thats crazy man! some PEOPLE!! sheeeeesh.

mysterious in blue said...

i always hate going into those kind of dressing rooms. a curtain separating you from complete strangers isn't enough, for that exact reason :). i can't believe she wasn't embarrassed and didn't apologize to you. you handled it really well though.

SkyeBlue2U said...

Ha ha, I just thought of this, a day later, you should have told her that when she's not wearing them they could double as a chair protector. Same way with obseen phone calls, the next day I think of something great to say, but then they never call back.

Shelley said...

Saw your comment on Jayleigh's Grand Adventure and thought I'd stop by to say hello.

Jayleigh said...

The seams on some of my jeans are, alas, unseemly.

That was hilarious.

And as for the frizzy chick, I'd have given her the look of death and said loudly, "DO YOU MIND!?" while "slamming" shut the curtain.

Bless your heart for NOT lambasting her!

Happy New Year, and thank you for your encouraging comment yesterday on my blog.

You're absolutely right that feigning confidence is the secret of so-called confident people!

Nabeel said...

most of the dressin room doors do have a lock .. and well the ones with curtains .. i hardly see them but they have a strap of some sort that you can hook