Tuesday, October 13, 2009

True Story Tuesday

The night before we flew to Louisiana for Papa's funeral I went to the mall with Lobster to find an appropriate dress for the visitation and funeral. I didn't want solid black, but I wanted something conservative and appropriate for 90 degree weather in October. My first stop, of course, was Banana Republic. I pulled some sale dresses and headed to the dressing room where I was greeted by an employee who couldn't decide whether he wanted to be Miss Jay or Andre Leon Talley.

Despite explaining to him that I was looking for a dress for a funeral, he continued to bring me party dresses. Because, as he put it, "A funeral is just a different reason to have a celebration party." I was only mildly irritated that this stop was taking longer than necessary, and I continued to try things on. I wasn't finding the right thing in the appropriate shape for me. The "fashionisto" came and checked on me and entered my dressing room to survey whate I had tried on, dismissed and liked. One dress was beautiful and perfect, but the cut was too slim for my figure - sheaths are very difficult for me to wear (thank you, thunder thighs). When the Divo came in, and I explained to him the issue and that I was going to go ahead and keep looking, he immediately look stricken. "Honey, what size have you been trying on?" he asked. I replied that I was trying on 6's and 8's. "Oh, baby," he said forlornly. "Honey, you are in denial. You keep trying to stuff those plus sized curves into single digits sizes, and it is just not working for you."

.......?!?!?!?! Did you REALLY just say that to me?! REALLY?!

My previously minimal annoyance had officially reached my maximum offended threshold levels. I thanked him for his time and immediately left. Next stop? White House Black Market, where I somehow managed to stuff those plus-sized curves into a size 4 that fit like a glove. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, you Jay Alexander-wannabe.

18 comments:

Ashley Lauren said...

WOW!! He deserves to be fired- that definitely warrants a letter to corporate in my opinion. Ugh.

Catherine Anne said...

Oh my, Some people are too rude. I hate dress shopping. Good for you being in a size 4. I have not seen a size for in 9 years. You see my son is 9. LOL! Some things just dont ever go back to the way they used to be.

Erin said...

Umm..inappropriate. What did "he" think that was going to accomplish?? Definitely not a sell. Bye bye commission! Jerk.

Samma said...

Uh no. And party dresses are not appropriate. And you work at BR, not a personal shopper at Barney's.

THE Stephanie said...

Oh.My.Goodness. I'm totally not believing that. You're so polite... I have no idea what I would've done. LOL

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

Seriously, I cannot believe this. I would have had to say something to the manager (and I never do that). I always go out of my way to be polite to the sales associates (as I've done that job), but I've had a few episodes with these guys that BR hires as well. Do they just want snarky men to work there? He needs to be taken down a peg.

Rachel H. said...

OMG!! I can't believe that he said that to you?! What was he thinking?! WOW!

Kim said...

ewwww. that is all i have to say!!

Colin's Mom said...

He needs to quit watching Miss Jay and catch up on Miss Manors. Seriously, who says that?! You showed him though, didn't you? He was just jealous that you were 100% girl and he's still trying to decide!

Blair said...

I can't believe he said that to you!! As if you weren't stressed out enough trying to find a dress for a funeral.
So glad you went somewhere else and fit into a 4...bam! I would have taken it back and showed him what size it was!

d.a.r. said...

Wow. Um, that is insane. I would probably have to complain to corporate about that...

Nutritious is Delicious said...

What an inconsiderate jerk! I am the same exact way...it depends on the store...I can fit in anything from a 4 to an 8! However, I could care less about the size...exactly for that reason. The size depends on the store, so I focus more on the fit and try to overlook the size.

QueenBeeSwain said...

I hope that you either went and told the manager or that you do- they need to know that he overstepped his boundaries.

kHm

Red Lipstick Style said...

Oh Yes, a letter to the corporate office is in order. I'm drafting one in my head as I write!

DSS said...

What in the world?!?!?! I dare say you were much kinder to him than I would have been :) Seriously! I would love to be a fly on the wall when he says such things to someone who isn't as charming and lovely as you. Ha!

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The Pink Chick said...

You should have kicked him-really hard or maybe thrown something at him! How rude!

Abbie said...

Wow. That's amazing.