Working retail sucks. There's no way to disguise the truth that the majority of people slinging you clothes despise their place of work on a regular basis. There are places who offer you cool discounts that make the habitual T-shirt folding a little better. But if you work for a company like Abercrombie & Fitch, things are even worse.
Every retail worker aspires to: 1. Get the hell out, or 2. Work their way up to corporate and escape the mindless fuckery that is a mall store. But it looks like Abercrombie & Fitch has brought its cologne-bombing distastefulness to those who work in the brand's offices. A&F not only makes its more-than-likely teenage employees dress ridiculous, but extends the strict dress code to the higher-up professionals, too. The brand refuses to make women's clothing above a size 10 and forces its corporate employees to either squeeze into the brand's largest women's size, or be forced to wear men's clothing to work. Kjerstin Guys, a former A&F outerwear merchant now writing for Salon, recalls:
"I squeezed myself into the second-largest A&F women’s size available — an 8 — and dieted to stay that size...It terrified me to know that if I gained weight and sized out of their women’s clothes, I’d have to wear ill-fitting men’s T-shirts and sweatshirts to work every day, as I’d seen other 'large' women do.”
Sweet, so you hire qualified, bachelor-degreed employees, and demean them like it's high school all over again. We guess that the illusion of becoming an adult and getting to make grown-up decisions (like dressing yourself in the morning), is all a fleeting pipe dream. That is, if you work for Abercrombie & Fitch.
[via The Cut]