Okay. I mean. Why? You know what I’m talking about. Why do dressing rooms have florescent lights? This makes no sense to me. Who is in charge of this? Is it somebody’s idea of a joke? Not only do you have to go jean shopping today, you get to do it in a small room bright with unflattering light! Oh, those pants feel a little tight? Well, to make you feel even BETTER about yourself, we’ve gone ahead and put special lighting in here to highlight those unfortunate stretch marks your Firstborn inflicted upon you while in-utero, and juuusstt in case you are all like, these are my Warrior Marks, not Stretch Marks, that doesn’t explain how your lower abdomen slightly resembles a burrito when you bend over, so just go ahead and get a better view of that. And OH!! We’ve also gone ahead and installed this dressing room with TWO mirrors...one BEHIND you, so when you’re like, trying on bathing suits, you can get a goooood look at your ass in these florescent lights. I mean, they say almost every woman has cellulite, but in case you thought maybe you didn’t, YOU WERE WRONG. And there it is in all it’s glory. BWHAAAA!!!!
You would think that maybe it’s just the Targets of the world with badly lit dressing rooms. But no. Nope. Bra shopping at Nordstroms? Yep. Go ahead and take your shirt off and let a nice lady feel you up while staring at the bra strap fat in terrible lighting. Or that time I went to JCrew looking for a pair of shorts and instead left crying and more convinced than ever that I should just not wear shorts. Ever. (Side note-Do you think Michelle Obama ever left JCrew crying?) And I realize that maybe this...aversion...I have to Brightly Lit Dressing Rooms says more about my insecurities and body dysmorphia, but, still, would it kill retails stores to put in a nice, dim light? Or just one that doesn’t make me feel like I’m in a line up? Think how much better bathing suit shopping would be if they put in a skinny mirror and a 55 watt lightbulb? Damn, I might even buy two bathing suits then! I might want to try them all on because LOOK HOW GOOD I LOOK IN THIS LIGHT!! And when you think about it that way, really, who can say that I am doing anything except trying to boost retail sales to improve our economy? We don’t need women leaving dressing rooms crying! We need them leaving full of confidence and empty wallets! THIS IS FOR YOU, AMERICA!