Confessions of a Former Victoria’s Secret Employee

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Confessions of a former Victoria’s Secret employee:

PINK is not life…
It’s black – black is life. Black is our favorite color and 50 shades of black make our wardrobe. I still find it hard to break away from wearing all back after years of doing so. Black clothes, shoes, socks, accessories and more.

Don’t let the models keep you out of the store…
The marketing shows a completely different story from the reason we come to work everyday. Don’t let the models in the store front keep you out of the store! It’s likely we have your size and since my bra slinging days, the sizes have extended even. If we do not carry your size, we’ll happily do our best to point you in the right direction of a company that does carry it.

Commission is new… 
Up until about a year ago, commission wasn’t something that we received as employees at Victoria’s Secret. A lot of people figured we were trying to hard to help or get a sale to add more money to our paychecks, when in reality, we were just trying to survive and afford Black Box wine over Franzia or Kraft Mac n Cheese over Ramen.

We love what we do…
There’s this thing like a “perfect bra size euphoria” that surrounds an employee when they find a customer’s perfect fit and size. It’s rare to hear an employee say they come to work everyday just to get another paycheck. We truly do love and care for the customers that allow us to assist them in feeling comfortable and confident in the intimate apparel they wear.

We’re likely sizing you up as you speak…
It doesn’t matter who you are or how long we’ve been away from the job – the second bras or size are brought up in conversation, we’re sizing you up and probably know your size better than you do.

Floor sets are interesting…
No one really wants to work after hours til 2, 3, 4am… but floor sets at Victoria’s Secret are our chance to ditch the dress clothes and show up to work with no make up and PJs. Don’t forget the junk food, latest gossip, ear buds and a good playlist. 

We don’t know Victoria’s Secret…
If I had a dollar for how many times I’ve been asked this, I wouldn’t be working at Victoria’s Secret (sigh).

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show…
This is basically just another December holiday for us. And whether you believe it or not, we feel as if we’re on a first name basis with the Angels and will always remember the day Heidi retired.

We all have our period at the same time…
It’s bound to happen with that many girls in one vicinity. This makes the break room filled with tears and Kleenex, Cheetos, donuts and Caribou at all times.

Don’t be scared, we’ve seen it all…
So many customers come in nervous and holding their arms so tight to their sides or trying to cover their chest. Please, relax… we’ve seen it all. I’ve worked with so many customers in vulnerable situations, all ages, shapes and sizes too! Confidence is beautiful and we’re here to help you! Next time you’re in a fitting room trying on bras with an associate let her in to offer her expertise, bend over, jump around, pick up your kids, do what you gotta do to make sure you have the right fit!

Rapture fragrance…
The answer is just no. And please do not let your children touch these bottles. A broken bottle of rapture is a broken beauty room employee’s heart.

Shop the drawers… 
There’s a guide of how the top is supposed to look and whoever has to straighten the panties at the end of the night will likely be talking about you while they pour another drink with their coworkers at the bar down the road.

We speak in code…
SAS: Semi-Annual Sale… 
BWC: Bra Wardrobing Center (fitting rooms)… ROYGBV: The rainbow, color-coding items on the walls. Just to name a few.

We’re assigned rooms…
When you ask for more people to come ring or for help on the other side of the store, we can’t pull everyone off the floor or into another room because we’re assigned to be in a certain room. Because… well, people steal and that’s never fun.

Our spouses aren’t “lucky”…
We’re just like everyone else when it comes to all the amazing matching bra/panty sets and lingerie. Although we may have enough to clothe a small army, it is expensive, awkward and we see it everyday. We walk in the door and immediately take off the bra, black pants and throw on PINK boyfriend sweats.

Tell your husband your size…
If you don’t inform your husband your size, they will not think to look in your drawer… Instead, they’ll walk into the store, hands in their pocket… looking us up and down saying, “Ehhhh… she’s about your size.” Wrong and here’s your gift 
receipt.

Semi-Annual Sale…
Hint: There are boxes full of stuff under the tables, in the drawers and in the back. Don’t throw down hundreds of dollars all at once, come back often – new stuff is brought out each night.

Wearing Victoria’s Secret VS Everyone Else…
I’ll never leave you, break up with you or betray you ❤️

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