I received a very funny email from Talbots, the clothing company earlier this week. I don’t buy new clothes very often. I need to look somewhat professional (this is western ND, after all, so nothing too fancy) but I need to be comfortable. Working with small children makes heels and power suits impractical. I have settled on sweaters and corduroy pants. I also really don’t like clothes shopping, and the nearest fairly nice stores are 300 miles away in Fargo, This means I catalogue shop.
Talbots has always been a favorite of mine, and their clothes fit me. They also last, so I only have to get new clothes every couple of years. I bought a few things from Talbots this fall, and the email this week asked if I would be on an advisory board to help them stay current with the needs of their customers. I declined. I don’t think I am the most suitable person for this, since I have no interest in fashion, and I don’t have time, but I was enormously amused.
I imagine there are very few people in my State west of the Missouri River who buy clothes from Talbots. I can imagine a marketing person desperate to increase sales looking at the data and saying “What’s up with her? Let’s see why she buys our product line. Maybe we have a new market to focus on.”
When have you been unsuitable for a task or out of your league? What is your sense of fashion?