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The Nasty Logistics of Returning Your Too-Small Pants

Posted On: Jan 17, 2022   |   Posted By: The Atlantic

The Nasty Logistics of Returning Your Too-Small Pants

Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin
Consider the dressing room. The concept began its mass-market life as an amenity in Gilded Age department stores, a commercial sanctuary of pedestals and upholstered furniture on which to swoon over the splendid future of your wardrobe. Now, unless you're rich enough to sip gratis champagne in the apartment-size private shopping suites of European luxury brands, the dressing room you know bears little resemblance to its luxe progenitors. Over the course of several decades and just as many rounds of corporate budget cuts, dressing rooms have filled with wonky mirrors and fluorescent lights and piles of discarded clothes. At one point in your life or another, as you wriggled your clammy body into a new bathing suit-underpants still on, for sanitary purposes-you have probably experienced the split-second terror of some space cadet trying to yank the door open. Maybe you have heard your own panicked voice croak, “Someone's in here!” Through...

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