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Local Stores Crack Down On ‘Wardrobing’

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By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some stores are cracking down on folks who return once-worn dresses and other clothing by securing tags in awkward locations on an item.

The practice of returning once-used clothing is so common, in fact, that there’s a name for it. It’s called “wardrobing.”

“I’ve seen zippers being broken from them stretching and getting into the outfit,” one woman said.

“Well, that explains the white marks around the armpits when you go to buy a dress,” another said.

And many people admit they’ve done this, or that they know someone who has.

One woman says she has done it: “Yes, unfortunately, I, in my younger days, was one of those people. I used to go to Saks 5th Avenue, get a one-of-a-kind [item], wear it to the party, stick the tag in and then take it back.”

Of course, there are also many people who frown upon wardrobing.

“Um, I think that’s kind of tacky and in poor taste,” one woman said.

But the same young woman admits that with everyone posting photos on Facebook and Instagram these days, there is a lot of pressure to expand your wardrobe:

“You don’t want to be seen on social media wearing the same thing twice. It looks like you don’t have a lot of clothes.”

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