Clothes shoppers may utilize fitting rooms again after more than a year, thanks to the reopening of non-essential stores on April 12. The government issued new fitting room guidelines after encouraging retailers during the initial lockdown to keep changing rooms locked "whenever feasible" unless absolutely necessary. Now that change rooms can be reopened, retailers should follow all safety measures to protect staff and customers.
In the United Kingdom, there are over 1,500 clothing shops with about 10% of them operating under different names. In April 2019, only three out of four high street chains were still trading due to declining sales caused by people staying at home during the pandemic. However, from early May 2020, some branches began to reopen with restrictions. As of July 28, 120,000 jobs will have been lost due to coronavirus with estimates putting the figure much higher.
Clothing stores rely on traffic coming into their locations to stay profitable. During the pandemic, people have stayed at home, leading to lower demand for clothing and other goods. To make matters worse, many large chain stores closed their doors for a time because they couldn't afford to pay their employees while others decided to remain closed until they could find a way to survive this crisis.
There has also been criticism towards the government's decision to reopen shopping centers. Some people argue that if stores cannot rely on traffic then they should have remained shut until further notice.
Target and Walmart in our region have locked their dressing rooms as of right now. Belk locations are likewise closing fitting rooms for the time being. Whether you try it on at the shop or at home, you may still be trying on items and returning them—or returning them to the rack for someone else to try on.
Tryon clothes at Belk is an option if you live in or around Greensboro, North Carolina. It offers sizes 0 through 24 and brands including Delsey, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Fruit of the Loom, Henredon, Jockey, Lacoste, Levis, Mavi, Nike, Original Penguin, Puma, Reebok, Rockport, Sun Bum, The Children's Place, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, Victoria's Secret, and Wolford.
You can also take pictures of yourself wearing items from the store. The staff will use those images to help them find things that fit properly. They'll also see how your body shape changes over time if you're buying longer-wearing clothing.
Belk opened its first store in North Carolina in 1970. Since then it has grown to include more than 150 retail outlets across the South. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all of these locations have closed their doors indefinitely.
Nothing beats the in-person experience of putting on a garment in the changing room when it comes to clothing shopping. Nordstrom, which has reopened roughly 35 shops in the South so far, says it is keeping certain changing rooms locked to maintain social distance and is cleaning fitting rooms after each use.
However, you can still shop at Nordstrom for online purchases. They offer free shipping with orders over $50 and have a return policy of 30 days.
In addition, they hold lotteries for people who win tickets through shopping or dining experiences. These prizes usually include gift cards that can be used towards future purchases. Lottery winners must submit a photo ID and proof of address to be eligible for the prize. Visit their website for more information.
Clothing sizes vary between manufacturers and retailers, so it's best to try on several styles with similar cuts and materials before making a purchase. Also, keep in mind that some items may need to be altered or tailored to fit your body type. Finally, if you have any color sensitivity, be sure to ask about products that contain colors or fabrics you might not be able to wear.
Overall, dressing in-store is the most comfortable and personal way to find clothes that fit you well. However, online shopping is an acceptable alternative for those without time to visit physical stores. Be sure to read product descriptions carefully and look up customer reviews from other shoppers before making a purchase.
Kohl's has explored reopening fitting rooms at about 100 shops on June 29 based on consumer input. All clients will have access to a single unisex fitting room space, allowing personnel to clean each fitting room in between uses.
The company said it is also working with local cleaning companies as they monitor facilities across the country during this unprecedented time.
Clothing sizes can change over time due to your body changing shape so using fitting rooms is helpful for getting accurate measurements taken of all clothing items you want to buy. You should bring your own cloths to wear while trying on clothes if possible.
If you don't have time to go shopping but still want to find out how your favorite brands size up on you, there are several websites that will measure an item of clothing for you. We recommend Styled by Aname and Try On Clothes.
You should never have to pay to try on clothes. If a store wants to charge for this service, we recommend finding a different store where prices are more inline with your values.