These days, as many of us shelter in place, our wardrobe needs have become limited. Without the opportunity to socialize and to dine out, let alone to work in offices and to get together for celebrations or religious services, there is not much need for an extensive selection of clothes.
Many of us find a uniform of sorts, in which comfort is key. The top or tee shirt and pants or shorts that fit perfectly and feel comfy cannot be beat. The number of pieces in regular rotation between wearing and laundry dwindles.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the cumulative effect of decreasing consumer clothing needs is one factor bringing about a change in what retailers will have in store: “Thanks to a global pandemic on top of a trade war, American shoppers are finding their once-endless array of apparel choices are quickly disappearing. There’s disruption everywhere – from manufacturing and shipping delays to store closings and plummeting consumer demand – and merchants are desperate to avoid accumulating piles of hard-to-sell items.”
We’ll find less merchandise in stores with a shrinking assortment of sizes and styles. And the list of retailers filing bankruptcy seems to grow weekly.
If you are financially able to do so, please support your favorite retailers with your continuing purchases. This is especially critical for the survival of small businesses like specialty boutiques.
If you can no longer find a particular style in your favorite store, or if your favorite store is no more, remember that there are additional small businesses on web sites like eBay that may be able to provide exactly what you are seeking.
Above all, please stay well.