I have a problem. I go to Jewish stores to buy clothes and I find that so much of what is being offered is simply not for a bas Yisroel. And if someone wants to find something that is not slinky or not so trendy, it is like finding a needle in a haystack. And to compound it all, the salesladies are not representing the highest levels of tznius, so they purposely or unwittingly encourage women and especially girls to purchase clothes which they should not be wearing.
In addition to this, a lot of these stores have cramped dressing room areas, pushy sales-help, exorbitant prices and very few amenities. As a result, I would much rather a very relaxing trip to the mall or shop online. Some department stores have nice coffee lounges, nice décor, and appealing service. And the prices are still better than the outrageous prices in the frum stores, and shockingly, like in the Gap and Old Navy, I’ll often find clothes that are more appropriate than what I am being offered in a Jewish-owned store. True, overall, the atmosphere and the ads and photos in these department stores reflect the radically immodest world we live in, but again, I can purchase what suits me in a pleasant atmosphere.
Why can’t we have good frum stores whose clothing won’t embarrass me and whose prices won’t make me go broke? Why can’t we have fashionable, tasteful, tzniusdike outfits for today’s frum women, sold by nice, modest saleswoman who understanding what we should and should not be wearing? Why do I have to be embarrassed by the people running these stores?
A Bas Yisroel