Women't Aren't Buying Clothes This Holiday Season
The Times published an article today saying that the sale of women's clothing is down 6% over this time last year. They blamed it on housing prices, the economy, and the "sameness" in the stores. That's not the half of it.
I went shopping at Ann Taylor a couple weeks ago for slacks and tops, aka "dress pants." My new gig doesn't allow jeans and I'm not slogging through the snow in my nice skirts. Most of the tops I saw were Christmas red, white or black. There were very few blues and there were a few hideous hounds tooth checks that would make Elle Macpherson look like an ugly sofa.
But Ann Taylor should be truly ashamed of the pants. For starters, the buttons are sewn on badly. Even though they fit me fairly loosely in the waist, the buttons are already coming off, less than a month later. There is way too much fabric in the legs, both length and width-wise. I did find a 'petite' pair that doesn't wrap around my feet when not cuffed, but I'm not quite short enough for the petite cut. And at 5'6" I am too short for the normal ones. I wonder what Amazons (besides my sister who is made entirely out of legs) would fit into the "L" size.
But worst of all, these freaking pants have no pockets. Or rather they have very tiny little back pockets that are too small for much more than a credit card. And there are no front pockets.
This brought on the giantest WTF the first time I needed to run around my building. I'm supposed to have this Treo with me wherever I go, and there's nowhere to put it. Plus I need my ID to get back into my office and these diminutive pockets just aren't cutting it. These pants are SO sexist. Men's dress pants have plenty of room for a wallet, and a phone, but I'm supposed to carry a f*cking purse downstairs to get a cup of coffee.
Needless to say I was not running back to Ann Taylor to buy some leg-fatmaking, tiny pocketed pants. So, to all your women's retailers out there, I give you the big "Duh!" Of course your sales are down. Your clothes are ugly, boring and impractical.