Its one of those very tired tropes that men don’t like shopping, and I’m sure its nothing to do with my gender identity, but I really don’t like shopping. The occasional shoe shopping (I do like a nice pair of shoes) and bi annual trip to outdoor shops to ogle at very expensive mountaineering kit I probably don’t need, I’m not a one for shopping. Crowded shopping centres, getting the right size in a range of different shops and a creeping feeling that the amount of effort and the end result are severely out of kilter mean I tend to go for a combination of what’s on the sale rail and a hefty dose of ‘that’s probably still got a bit of life in it’*.
(*on the third time of patching a hole.)
With that in mind internet shopping should be just my cup of tea, but I never particularly find myself going online to shop due to that aforementioned willingness to wear clothes completely to death. So when the chance to explore the range on Jacamo came up it seemed worth a chance, a couple of weeks before starting my career as a primary school teachers a couple of pairs of trouser without patches all over the crotch would probably send that more professional vibe I had heard people talking about.
So I took a look at their range and manage to find a couple of pairs of trousers that seemed to fit the bill, in a job where I am perennially confronted with chairs and tables which make me feel like a extra in a scene from the hobbit work trousers for me need to be smart but comfortable for a range of kneeling bending crouching and variously trying not to loom over the learners in my class.
so I ordered some stretch chinos as a good blend of practicality and smartness, and was very pleased when they arrived quickly and fitted well. Sadly on their first outing (luckily not in the classroom) the crotch split quite extensively leaving me hurrying back to the car. Having worked in retail I know full well that happens sometimes , it’s a fact of life, and a company should be judged by their reaction to the incident rather than the fact that it happened. This I was concerned must be where the negatives come to balance out the ease and convenience of online sopping: no convenient place to pop back to and ask for a refund or replacement.
The one time I have had to return something online before it was a long winded process of applying for shipping labels and posting back and forward of items and cheques before I got my money back. With Jacamo that simply wasn’t the case. One email and the matter was resolved. The person I emailed was apologetic and very helpful in resolving the matter.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not comfortable in suits and ties and being a grown up. So I decided that I needed to keep some of me alive through the working day and maybe make the kids giggle too!
Based on the experience I had, the range of clothing and in particular in reference to how they responded when assistance was needed. I would recommend Jacamo to anyone whether they share my loathing of real life shopping or not.