Growing pains. It happens to us all numerous times throughout our lifetime.
Whether it is physically, emotionally, or some other form, it is nearly impossible to escape the pains and aches that naturally occur when you grow.
With that said, take a look at the retail industry. It is no secret ladies and gentlemen that retail as an entirety has experienced some serious change and growth in the last decade or two. The entire shopping experience of what your grandparents knew, to what your parents knew, to what you know, to what your children know are so vastly different they are practically worlds apart. Even though in reality, these shopping eras are separated by mere years.
Do any Seattle natives remember Frederick & Nelson? As a teen, my friends and I would go and sip tea as we watched the newest fashions strut right before our eyes. My children don't and won't know Frederick & Nelson like I did because retail, when I was 16 and retail when youngest was 16, have grown worlds apart.
Retail has changed, and retail has grown. While I firmly believe that all change in some way or another is good. Sometimes in the moments when your first letting go of what was and settling into a new reality can cause frustration. Especially when it feels like the trip in-between point A to point B takes copious amounts of time.
Here are a few moments that stood out to me as a consumer where I felt
retail left me high and dry during its years of growth and change.
Don't forget to share yours with us @ThavinMarcob
Fast Fashion Conquers
Fast fashion has hooked its claws in and has slowly crept its way into the retail game, virtually taking over and making quality goods harder to find. Leaving us always hunting for that latest, fabulous fashion must-haves. More times then not, we are settling on something that isn't really what we are looking for, and while we love it. Let's be real; it leaves us wanting something different before it even makes its way into our closets.
Five Personalities Five wardrobes
Having five children with five uniquely different personalities made shopping days dreadful. They all have their own fashion sense and want to express themselves in various ways, whether it be through green hair, hats, baggy pants, or silly graphic tees. As a young mom, it was extremely difficult to find the needs of each individual child in any one retail location. As they have grown older, the challenges of shopping for them has only increased over time. While I no longer help to maintain their everyday wardrobe. I do still like to buy them clothes or similar goods as gifts. However, they are all still so vastly different that typically in order for me to find a gift that their personalities will value above all means that I have to make a trip to more than just one or two stores.
For reference, some of my kids love eco-friendly goods, some of them love made in the USA products, some of them love handcrafted goods, and some don't always really care. Since my children seek out goods that are tremendously different from one another, I typically do have to visit more than one retail establishment.
Walking Out feeling less than fashionable
As retail has continued its shift, I have found myself time and time again walking into a store looking for a boast-worthy fashion find only to search through racks and shelves of options that didn't fit within my personality. So time and time again, I left stores feeling less than fashionable and more uncertain if it was the store, if it was the stock, or it was me who was at fault. The explanations are endless, and I am never sure if the quality I long for always seems to be lacking, or the stitching is off, or it's just the styles that are in that season.
Retail has been going through some change. As a result, I have experienced some growing pains as a consumer. While the retail space will never be what it used to be, and while I do miss it. I am optimistic that retail as an entirety will eventually settle into an atmosphere that every fashionista will love. Until then, ill reminisce over what was and recount the moments where I started to feel the change in the retail game.
Share the moments where you felt retails shift and were left
feeling like it had turned on you with us @ThavinMarcob.
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