Taste test

"try it, you'll like it" absolutely positively never ever ever worked on me as a child. instead of succeeding to convince me to open myself up to new experiences, the imperative had the opposite effect. determined not to trust thoroughly untrustworthy adults, if anything, it bolstered my resistance. nope, uh-uh, not buying it. or tasting it, as the case was usually over food.

now on the other end of the i-know-better-than-you dichotomy, i personally happen to favor the indifferent shrug combined with the observation "you won't know if you like it until you try it" (works every time).

can you really accurately decide whether or not you care for a particular food without trying it first?

with clothes, how close do you have to get to conclude whether or not you like it?

13 comments:

a. said...

with both food and clothes, i know that i can't truly know whether i won't like something unless i try it. (boy that's confusing.) in fact i'd say this is more true with clothing than with food... there have been many clothing items that i'd decided long ago didn't suit me, that in the past few years i've discovered suit me just fine - well, even - after trying them on.

Alexandreena said...

Not very close. I decide whether I dislike clothing very quickly. trying it on only does something for pieces I thought I liked but then didn't upon trying it on. If I don't like something right off the bat, trying it on won't change my mind

indigo16 said...

With food it is all about the smell for me, if it smells good then in theory it should taste good too.
Clothes are far more visual, I like to feel, can you imagine going into a clothes shop and not being allowed to touch?

Sal said...

I only need to see a photo to decide if I LIKE it, but need to try it on to decide if I like it ON ME.

Iheartfashion said...

Once in a while I find something totally repellent on sight alone, with both food (hot dogs) and clothes (velour tracksuits), but usually I have to try something to know.

Gretta said...

I have to be IN it. Some things look kind of odd on the hanger, but once you put them on it's like magic cupcakes!

erica said...

With clothing, I tend to look at color/pattern and fabric first. Both have to suit my taste to a certain degree. Then I look at the cut; does it work for my body? If I feel confident that I can eyeball it, I'll decide without trying it on. If it looks like it needs a try-on I'll go for it. So, in short I can assess most iffy items by looking.

As for food...much trickier! I am still a very picky eater, though my tastes have broadened. If it has (among other things) shrimp/seafood, cilantro, tomatoes prepared a certain way, seeds, or looks too stew-y or mysterious, I back away!

-h of candid cool said...

i was actually in a boutique today. and the owner, so sweet, was showing me a lot. i felt bad saying "no" a lot, its just i know what i want to wear + what i can not wear. there were things i loved that she brought me, like the sexiest dress ever, but its not for me to wear at this pt in my life.

but there was some things that she brought me, that i said no to initially but after trying them, realized they were pretty nice.

i guess it just depends. there are things i'll see that are definite NOs & then there are things that i'll try...

-h of candid cool said...

2 rules with food:

1. if it doesnt smell good, it doesnt taste good

2. if you're really that hungry, you'll eat what they put in front of you

Times of Glory said...

I like most of the food, so I have to really try first and then say if I really not like anything. However, it is very rare...

It is opposite to me for clothes, I can browse through and know whether I will like it, but it doesn't mean it will look good on me. Therefore, trying is a must for the clothes I have an eye on xxxxxx

enc said...

To answer your first question, No. Unless it's meat, then I won't eat it. Sometimes smells entice or repel me, and that's enough stimulus to make a decision to try or not try, but not enough information to decide whether I like it or not.

To answer your second question: I'm attracted by color first. If it's not a color I like, I probably won't try it. If it is a color I like, I'll investigate fabric, shape, cut, quality, price. Mostly, I have to try things on.

I'll try anything if someone asks me to. Left to my own devices, I'll stick with what's familiar, unfortunately. I like to think of myself as adventurous, but I'm probably not.

fashionaddict said...

It's hard to tell with food - a bland-looking bowl of noodles can taste wonderful. Smell and sight has a lot to do with it, but generally I would get a lot closer to food than I would with clothes, in spite of early misgivings.

landis smithers said...

i have to be wearing it, and looking in a mirror.

witness ric owens.

NOTHING he makes looks right until you are wearing it.

then you want to wet yourself with glee.