I went to a private shopping session at J.Crew and trying on clothes inside an actual dressing room is the closest I’ve felt to normal during the pandemic

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J.Crew recently began offering 30-minute private shopping sessions at its stores during off-hours amid the pandemic to assist shoppers looking for extra styling help and allow them to use the normally closed fitting rooms.
Though private shopping sessions are not something I usually do, I tried one out for the sake of journalism — and ultimately felt the closest to a state of pre-pandemic normalcy since the outbreak started.
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While most apparel retailers around the country may be reopened for business, you likely won’t be able to try on clothing in a dressing room anytime soon — that is, unless you schedule a private shopping session at J.Crew.

The company recently began opening up its stores before and after business hours to shoppers looking for one-on-one styling assistance, with the ability to try things on in an actual dressing room rather than your apartment. The program allows J.Crew fans to schedule an appointment online at their nearest store and indulge in a 30-minute shopping experience that for just a moment might make you feel like it’s 2019 again.

Though New York City reopened non-essential retail stores at the end of June, I’ve mostly refrained from visiting stores unless I absolutely have to. However, after visiting Saks Fifth Avenue’s eerie and unsettling reopening last month for a story, I decided it was time to give brick-and-mortar shopping another try. I’m also not a huge fan of summer, and I was in dire need of some warm weather clothing to beat the stifling heat.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I had. The store felt very safe and clean, and the stylist I worked with was lovely and incredibly helpful. I even left with a pair of shorts — which considering how much normally I hate shorts, was huge.

Here’s a closer look at what it was like attending a private shopping session at J.Crew.

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I started by visiting the J.Crew website to schedule my personal shopping session.

The site lists the company’s currently safety protocols for shopping during the coronavirus outbreak, and explains that it is operating under limited hours and offering curbside pickup.

First, it asked me to find my closest store. Lucky for me, there’s one not far from me in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.

Though J.Crew filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May and announced it plans to close eight stores, the company assured shoppers at the time that business was expected to operate as usual as it undergoes a financial restructuring process.

Once I selected a store location, I was asked to select a time slot either before 11 a.m. when it opens or after 6 p.m. when it closes. I also provided a brief description of what I was in the market for: summer clothing.

I received a confirmation email within one day that my appointment was on the books, followed by …read more

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