Some Americans find little comfort when they return to the office – retailers report an increase in sales of smart clothing, including pants with buttons and zippers.
As New York and other cities begin sending employees back to work in declining COVID-19 cases, sales of comfy knock-around duds that people have worn from home to work are kicking in, according to the Wall Street Journal the background of more professional equipment Sunday.
“The fact that sales in front of the offices were coming back so strong so quickly [fully] The reopening speaks to the need for people to get dressed when they get out there and socialize, ”said Michael Stitt, CEO of Haggar Clothing Co., of the outlet.
Haggar employees are currently working overtime to provide enough blazers and pants to retailers.
L. L. Bean, Inc., told The Journal that sales of zippered and buttoned pants recently began selling elastic waisted pants.
And Saks Fifth Avenue reported that more formal women’s clothes – including dresses, sandals, and blouses – were sold than before the pandemic last year.
However, this does not mean that many people do not wear more comfortable clothing at times, which continues the trend of the pandemic and in anticipation of potentially fewer personal office shifts.
“I do not foresee any business circumstances in which I would have to wear a suit,” Michael Stiver, a 24-year-old online businessman from Washington, DC, told the newspaper, adding that he has already thrown his shirts overboard.
Retailers said that many shoppers also seem to want to wear crossover clothing that can serve various purposes.
For example, Macy said that more and more people are searching for slippers using the keywords “inside / outside”.
“People are figuring out how to get their casual clothes out of the house,” Nata Dvir, chief merchandising officer for the department store chain, told the WSJ.
Levi Strauss & Co. noticed that it sells more casual “mom jeans” – or pants that have more slack around the hips and thighs. “The loose fits are our fastest growing styles,” President Jennifer Sey told the outlet.
The easing of pandemic restrictions has also paved the way for people to shop in person again, retailers said – as they reported an increase in pedestrian traffic.
Resume advisor Michelle Diamond, 46, of Beverly Hills, Calif., Said she recently bought a pair of white beach shorts on her first shopping spree in a clothing store in more than a year.
“I’m starting to buy real clothes again,” Diamond told WSJ.
“I feel alive.”