My wallet thanks you, SheLikes.com. The British shopping website has created the MWD (Minimum Wage Dress) for all of those whose salaries are scraping the bottom of the barrel. The cut-out mini-shift goes for £3.68, the hourly minimum wage for teens in Britain. For us Americans, that totals about $5.68 – or a splurge at Forever 21. And while we agree with Refinery 29 that this minuscule price for working British teens might mean lower wages for working non-British teens, the company denies any sketchy business in production: “We fully support British manufacturing and are dedicated to working with UK-based suppliers, despite being able to source cheaper production rates overseas.” Still, the MWD is a hit already. Two of the four colors are already out of stock on the website. What else can you expect for a country that regards pricy TopShop as a bargain? [Refinery 29]
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The truth is out: Thanks to a little comparative research by our friends at Brokelyn, we found out what the rates and benefits are for working at some of the most popular retail spots. Anthropologie? Sales associates start at anywhere between $9 and $11 an hour and get 40-percent discounts on apparel, 25 percent on home, and no discount on sale items. American Apparel employees make between $9 and $10 an hour to start as a cashier, and assistant managers only make a dollar more. Employees get 50-percent off everything in the store. The downside? They have to work for Dov Charney. Victoria’s Secret employees make minimum wage (which is dependent upon the state) and get 20-percent discounts to start, while Abercrombie & Fitch employees also toil away for minimum wage but receive 40-percent discounts on merch. Abercrombie & Fitch merch, but still.