With level 4 lockdown restrictions in place, clothing stores have been up and running. However, shopaholics need to consider their safety.
It is now viewed as ‘a thing of the past’ where ladies could freely move in and out of fashion boutiques, trying out different luxurious and eye catchy designs before reaching to the ones that satisfies their hearts. Now all that has to be considered before doing all that, is one’s safety. Before you try out an outfit, you need to think of the person who tried it before you, whether he or she was free from the most feared COVID-19.
Besides having to wear a mask at all times, and maintain a distance from other persons, It is also more crucial to keep your hands sanitized to ensure your safety. Although we may be seeing everyone walking around wearing a mask, we are very unsure of the percentage of people who follow the precaution of keeping their hands sanitized and that makes shopping a bit of a challenge.
All the three factors combined make looking through clothing rails trying to find something you like very difficult. Everyone is used to collecting an armful of clothes to the fitting room, just to come out with that one outfit you are satisfied to take with you. That really isn’t something anyone would consider right now.
The question is: How does one walk out of a store with an item that’s most likely to fit without having tried it on?
Shopping without trying on a garment is more or less the same as just shopping online, difference being that this time you are able to touch it.
Following is a tip on how to walk out of a store with an item that’s most likely to fit without putting your safety at risk:
Take measurements of your legs, arms, shoulders, bust, waist and hips. Check sizing charts to determine your size e.g. Large or 34 etc. our measurements change (especially during lockdown) so don’t depend on what size you used to be or think you are.
Sizes differ from one store to another, this means that a size small at one store can in fact be more than an extra small in another. If you always shop in one store then you should be understanding how their sizes vary, but if you shop at different stores then your measurements will be very much helpful.
Before leaving a store make sure to inquire about their return policy as they may vary from store to store. According to journalist Wendy Knowler: Woolworths, Pick’n’Pay and Pep have lifted their returns ban.
Most importantly, for your safety, wash every item you bring into your home before wearing it.
Everyone loves to stay on trend but now really isn’t the time. Just buy the items that you believe are necessary and leave all the other stuff for when everything has cooled down.