COVID-19 has had adverse effects on fashion industry

The fashion industry in 2020 has been drastically altered by the effects of COVID-19.
Over these past few months the fashion industry has taken a fall for the worse. With so many variables playing into COVID-19, there is no certainty for the future, everything can change so fast and drastically. Some of the people who have taken the worst hit from the decline of the fashion industry are the millions of garment makers who sew and manufacture the clothing that we wear everyday. The impact of COVID-19 on the fashion industry has been so drastic that many of them have lost their jobs. Since people are not going shopping as frequently, as they might have before COVID-19 hit the United States, there has been less revenue circling through the stores and manufacturers.
Dressing rooms are a big part of the problem. People want to see how the clothing looks on them before they buy it since everyone is so different.
“I think people are being less risky with what they buy because they can not try it on,” Delaynee Smith, a senior.
As consumers, it is hard to know for certain the process and regulations that manufactures strictly abide by. Different people have different levels of wariness concerning their health and safety.
“I think [that not as many] people want to buy clothes because they are concerned about the manufacturing of the clothes and safety precautions for COVID-19 and whether or not the clothes that are sold are sanitary,” Solei Geist, a junior.
For some, the precaution the stores and manufacturers are taking is enough, but for others, they may feel that it is not and feel unconfident shopping for those products.
“I think stores are taking enough precaution because they are maintaining social distancing, decreasing the number of customers that can go in, and cleaning and sanitizing much more,” Jacqueline Suleiman, a consumer.
Companies are trying their best to modify their stores to make them as COVID friendly as possible. With the thought that if there is more of a directive for shoppers to follow, they will feel more comfortable shopping in store. There is so much more that goes into the cleanliness of stores than meets the eyes of the public. Social distancing markers on the floors, hand sanitizer, and masks by the doors for those that may have forgotten, are not all that goes in. Cleaning the store more frequently and lowering the maximum capacity of the store takes a lot more time and effort than you might think.