A few days ago I came across an online article about ”wardrobing”. A very awkward word to say but apparently this is an issue in the world of high fashion.
People buy items of clothing, according to this article usually high-end articles of clothes such as prom dresses and men’s suits, wear them to the event and return them the next day. They get away with it by keeping the tags on the items, hiding them but not removing.
Though I have never done this I know someone who routinely does this and it drives me nuts. It’s just wrong! She makes good money and could afford to just buy the item but explains she does’t have the space to store all the items she wants. In her eyes she’s ”paying to borrow the dress and then someone else can enjoy it”. Yeah.
I’m cheap. I hate buying things that I won’t get my money’s worth out of. I would consider a fancy dress just this. But I would never ”wardrobe” a dress. This summer we had two wedding (along with multiple wedding events) to go to within the same group of friends. I literally had nothing to wear so I had to acquire something to wear. Here was my logic behind getting myself wedding appropriate attire and not wardrobe:
Option 1) Borrow from friends. I have girl friends I could borrow from. Thanks to my post-pregnancy body though I couldn’t fit into anything wedding appropriate so I moved on with my plan.
Option 2) Thrift stores. I searched the racks but came up empty handed Worth a shot.
Option 3) Buy a cheap black dress that I can change with accessories and wear to multiple events. ”Big bang for buck” since I would likely wear dress again but I couldn’t find ANYTHING for a reasonable price. I wanted to spend less than $50 for a simple black dress but they were all either super slutty or super matronly, nothing just ”me” and simple.
Option 4) Buy multiple (unique) dresses spending money on items I may not wear again (UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!).
Notice in my options I had no ”buy dresses and return next day”.
I ended up buying one ‘unique’ dress and wore it to the first wedding. A friend of mine ended up having a dress that was ”good enough” for second wedding so I went with it. Though I will likely not wear the dress again I still have options in place of wardrobing:
Option 1) Sell dress. Sure I’ll take some losses but it’s a little money back in my pocket. It’s a cute dress that won’t fit because I’m losing weight, quality not good enough to justify having tailored.
Option 2) Donate dress at prom season to local charity for kids who can’t afford dresses.
Option 3) Keep in in case I stay fat and may need to wear it to other event within next few years. Kidding, I’m sticking with the running program!
A lot of us have gone through slim financial times and may have been tempted to do something like wardrobe but I have to be honest, it’s just wrong! If you can’t afford to keep it, or at the very least wear and re-sell on your own accord then you need to come up with another plan.
What Stores Are Doing
Stores are taking action against wardrobing by placing large tags in places that they can’t be hidden and refusing returns or exchanges if said tag has been removed. I totally understand this logic. Stores are in the business to make money and are losing money to cheap-ass people. I don’t know if this is illegal or just immoral, either way it’s wrong!
Have you ever wardrobed? I’ll admit to being tempted (an interview suit comes to mind…) but I didn’t do it!