so i went to Neon
today to do some spring clothes shopping. Neon is kind of like Hot Topic or Urban Outfitters but is independently owned, so the service is kind of bipolar - either it is extreme & in-your-face (like a flock of them are hanging around you) or else everyone is hiding on the floor somewhere being super-hungover.
i was looking around the store and everything is just kind of scattered everywhere. lately i've had my eye on hip cowboy shirts and this one shirt caught my eye. so i grabbed an S and an M off the rack and went to try it on. one of the six people working the floor (who were all huddled around the cash) led me to the change room. the damned things didn't fit. they were too loose and too tight in all the wrong places. weird. a different person working the floor asked me if i need a hand. "yeah, can i try a large?" guy comes back 10 seconds later with a large. still doesn't fit. i'm a little annoyed but whatever. as he's putting the shirts back on the rack i notice a dress hanging beside the shirts.
"were those girls' shirts i was trying on?" i asked.
"yeah, totally." he replied.
i just kind of stood there stupidly.
"and none of the 6 of you bothered to tell me 'hey man, you know that's a girl's shirt right?' it would've been nice to know" i was trying to make a joke of it but i was a little pissed, truthfully.
"well we thought you knew, it's no big deal. guys come in here all the time and try on and buy girl's clothing. it's no big thing. also, some people get really offended when you point out that they are trying on girl's clothing and there all like 'yeah, i know
... " some short brunette with a monroe peircing said.
in my mind's eye i imagined 6 hipsters gathered around a cash snickering while some poor sap was trying on women's clothing in the change room. in my defense, it didn't look very feminine.
to my saving grace, this guy i kinda know named Joe came to my rescue assuring me that it was no big deal and pointed out some men's long sleeved cowboys' shirts on a different rack. (none of them fit). the monroe peircing brunette made some crack about her friend crystal owning that shirt but by this point i didn't really acknowledge her.
bottom line: Joe is awesome.
bottomer line: hey retailers, if i am trying on chick's clothing let me know, fuck. yeah, i might be a little embarrassed at first, but if you are cool about it and make no big deal about it, then i will value your frankness and honesty and shop more again in the future. if you were hooking up with a chick but unbeknownst to you she had a penis the whole time, i'd find some discreet way to warn you. women's bodies and men's bodies are shaped differently, so the clothing tends to be curvier in some places. also, if you are a dude who wears women's jeans then more power to you, i am not hating on you. this is more of a rant about bad customer service rather than cross-dressing.