With Diwali around the corner and the Wedding Season close on its heels, Shopping is the thing on everyone’s mind. Clothes shopping, being the foremost.
I went shopping too.
As I stood in the queue snaking up to the trail room, a lady exited one of the trail stalls, and I spotted a Kurta on her arm, which was what I had liked on the rack but wasn’t available in my size. I asked her if she would be buying it and she said no. Excited, I asked if I could check if it was my size, and it was! I took it from her and at that very moment my turn came up for the trial room.
Excited at getting what I wanted, the Kurta was the first thing I wanted to try. As I put it over my head a foul smell assuaged my nostrils, and by the time I wore it I realized that the armpit areas of the kurta were damp. The smell was that of the sweat that the lady previously trying out the Kurta had left behind.
I felt nauseated and got out of the Kurta as soon as I could. My mood was ruined and I left the store without trying out the clothes chosen or making a purchase. I headed home, and straight to the shower and only after that did I feel better!
I remembered another incident where I was asked to pay for a Top I tried but didn’t want, as there was a lipstick stain on it. It was only when I pointed out that the stain on it was the color Brown, while I was wearing a light Pink shade of lipstick did they realize that I had not caused it and apologized to me.
Shouldn’t there be some Shopping Etiquette, I wondered? Something we would all benefit by? So I thought I’d write some of my own. Here goes!
1) When you plan to go clothes shopping, ladies avoid wearing make-up and perfume. After all, you are sure to try more than you buy and you want to avoid lipstick/eye liner stains and leaving your scent behind on the clothes you didn’t buy.
2) Don’t dump clothes on the Trail Room floor, please. Someone else would be buying them.
3) Be kind enough to turn the clothes the right side out before you return what you didn’t buy, to the attendant manning the stalls. Yes, I am well aware that it is their duty to do so, but if you could help by not giving them a heap of clothes turned inside out it would be a nice gesture.
4) If you sweat a lot, wait for a few minutes until you cool down enough to try out clothes. If that doesn’t help, carry a napkin to dab at your face, neck and armpits before you try out clothes. Do I hear you go ‘ewwwww’? Yes, I did the same when the smelly damp left behind by someone else touched my armpits!
5) If the queue for the trial room is long please be considerate and ensure that you finish trying the things you want to quickly, so that others can have their turn.
Shopping is an experience that must be enjoyed, not dreaded. Wishing you Happy Shopping and a very prosperous festive season ahead!