Have you ever picked up a perfect white shirt you want to wear for your meeting coming week at a luxe fashion store but then spotted a little grey stain at the back sleeve? Imagine you might be doing the same without realising it! Many times when you see a salesgirl giving you a dirty look its probably because you’re doing something unethical and not because she rather be texting than helping you. Team BlabberCat spoke to various boutiques, designers and lifestyle stores to list 10 shopping etiquettes we all must follow.
1. When you’re done trying on the clothes please bring them out of the trial room and hand it over to someone who can carefully straighten it out and hang it back where it belongs. It’s always confusing of see previous clothes hanging and quite disturbing to see them thrown at the floor.
2. Purse your lips and shut your eyes tight while trying on a garment as they are most likely to leave lipstick and mascara stains. “Its very common to find unwanted lipstick marks and these kind of stains are rigid. The fabrics good designers use are fine and should be handled delicately,” said Shobhit Kasera, co-founder at Prisho.
3. Jewellery can be unexpected weapons for destroying clothes sometimes. “If the garment gets stuck in your earring, bracelet or pendant, don't pull on it. The embroidery takes a lot of time to get crafted and one tug can open up the stitch,” said designer Maulshree Ruia.
4. Shopping right after lunch is probably the best time since you’re energised and happy but if you leave greasy finger prints on the garments its unacceptable. Nibbling on finger food in the car or holding a glass of leaking beverage while shopping can result in finger marks all over the garment. Suggested by pop-up and event organiser Manisha Sood.
5. It’s a sales person’s job to assist you but don't blame them if they don’t remember the black dress you tried three weeks back. They are trying their best but they attend many more customers walking in every day. If you’re a regular, introduce yourself and request them to keep a lookout on something particular for you.
6. Don’t take pictures of the garments without permission. It’s completely okay if you want a third opinion and a quick mirror selfie in your bffs group will help you take the decision. But make sure the designer/store is alright with it. You rather do it openly than being caught and made to delete it. “There are so many young designers these days with lack of originality. We caught someone taking pictures of the accessory shelf behind the clothes section, that too in our cctv camera and instantly confronted. While she left her name and number on our registry book, we found out she was an aspiring jewellery designer herself,” said an anonymous owner of a multi-designer store in Kolkata.
7. If shopping in a boutique or on appointment basis; take as much time as you please. Feel free to order coffee/tea if offered. But if you’re shopping at a busy mall or lifestyle store, its unfair to occupy the trial room for too long. You don’t want to come out and see angry faces waiting outside. Or worse, people start banging on the door asking you to hurry up.
8. If nothing is fitting, hit the gym instead of concluding the clothes are flawed. They probably could be but if you were in shape you could have fit in anyway. It’s very hurtful for the designer to hear customers brutally discussing the dress in front of them and not being able to defend their creation.
9. This point might be unfitting for this heading in particular but a lot of customers avoid going to places where they know the store owner or the designer really well. They feel if they don’t buy something it will be embarrassing. No, once and for all, if you don’t buy its completely okay because its 100% your choice and if you know the person behind the counter too well then just say goodbye with a smile and add to it ‘not my day it seems’ or ‘maybe I’ll wait for something that excites me more’. Because honestly, everyone wants customers to walk in whether they buy or not.
10. Shopping should be a pleasant experience and not leave you exhausted after an ego war. If you’re unsure of something and someone else wants to look at it, let them. If you’ve left it back on the rack you don’t have any right over it. It’s only yours once you hold it and keep it on the payment counter. No-one likes to witness a scene, actually everyone does. You’ll just be giving bored sales people something interesting for the day. Don’t expect them to intervene.
11. Relevant to the previous point, customers always want to be attended first. Everyone is in a hurry and its not fair to leave someone else and come running to you. Either wait your turn or assist yourself. "Respecting clothes is one thing, respecting other shoppers is also much needed. Why will we not want to help you, but we can't diffrenciate between any customer," said Anupriya Agarwal of Azariya.