A dressing room (also called a fitting room
, particularly in Britain) in a clothing store
is a small enclosure with mirrors where one can try on clothing privately. The purpose of a dressing room is for patrons to ensure that articles of clothing fit properly, and look good on them before committing to a purchase.
Generally dressing rooms have security measures to prevent patrons from stealing clothes by wearing them out of the store. The most common method is to have each patron register the number of clothes that he or she is trying on with a clerk outside of the dressing room. That clerk will then check to ensure that the number of clothes being taken out matches the number taken in.
Most dressing room clerks also offer to take and queue for restocking any clothing which the patron does not wish to purchase after trying it on.
Outside the dressing room, there are often chairs for spouses to wait. There are typically mirrors outside as well for joint decisions.