Guess What People Say Is the Most-Stressful Part of Going Out to Eat

No, not picking a restaurant (or maybe even paying for it)...



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Dinner out at a nice restaurant in the company of friends and/or family is supposed to be one of life’s great rewards. What no one really talks about is the stress involved – no, not in deciding where to eat (although who hasn’t wanted to throw up their hands in the middle of one of those complicated negotiations?), but rather in deciding what to wear.

Sixty-five percent of Americans surveyed in a recent poll conducted by One Poll on behalf of the personal styling service Trunk Club said they felt “overwhelmed” when deciding what to wear out to go out for a meal at a restaurant – and one-third of the 2,000 people surveyed said choosing an outfit was more difficult than picking a restaurant.

And don’t think all that stress doesn’t have an effect on behavior: About 36 percent of those surveyed said they tend to choose a restaurant based on its dress code, and one quarter of those polled admitted they had opted to skip going out to eat after all because they couldn’t settle on a suitable outfit.

“It’s clear we’re all struggling to find the perfect outfit when we’re dining out and feeling pressure,” Maggie Mee, Trunk Club’s head of merchandising, said in a news release. “No one should miss an event because they can’t figure out what to wear.”

Noting that 41 percent of those surveyed said they felt especially stressed about looking “stylish” when heading out to a restaurant, Mee said she believed fashion and food should both be “fun and enjoyable.”

You know what’s not enjoyable? Staring in a cold panic at the contents of your closet trying to find something (anything) to wear, trying on half your (woefully unsuitable) wardrobe with the same goal in mind, and placing an (embarrassingly agitated) S.O.S. call to a friend for fashion advice – something 51 percent, 46 percent and 47 percent, respectively, of those surveyed said they had done.

As sad as that is, it is kind of nice to know you’re not the only one, right? Anxiety loves company, after all.

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