Yesterday, I went shopping for new businesswear for the first time in ages. Holy cow, have I been out of the loop! WTH is going on with clothing stores now?? When did inexpensive clothes become so, well.....CHEAP? I'm all for paying low prices, but really? Did they have to sacrifice quality so much? Yes, it's amazing that this collared, button-down shirt is $8 at regular price, and $4 on clearance. Unfortunately, it feels like an old potato sack and is cut so weirdly that it obviously wasn't designed with a human in mind. I'm notoriously cheap. My favorite shopping place is the clearance rack. Still, I don't mind paying a little more money to have clothes that actually fit properly and don't feel like they're made out of recycled newspaper. Prices are lower than I've seen in a long time, but the quality is correspondingly pathetic. Also, it's as if retailers are going either all super cheap, or all high-end. It's nearly impossible to find decent middle-of-the-road clothing. Blarg. I ended up biting the bullet and going with the higher end clothing. Even the sales rack prices made me want to cry. Still, I decided it was preferable than the alternative. Has anybody else noticed this trend? Or is it just in my area?