the practice of purchasing attire or accessories to wear once or briefly and then return for a refund
Retailers try to combat the problem of wardrobing.
late 14c., "room where wearing apparel is kept," earlier "a private chamber" (c.1300), from Old North French warderobe, variant of Old French garderobe "place where garments are kept," from warder "to keep, guard" (see ward (v.)) + robe "garment" (see robe). Meaning "a person's stock of clothes for wearing" is recorded from c.1400. Sense of "movable closed cupboard for wearing apparel" is recorded from 1794. Meaning "room in which theatrical costumes are kept" is attested from 1711. Wardrobe malfunction is from 2004.
A low-ranking associate or flunky of a political boss; a menial crony
[1890+; fr heeler, ''a loafer, one on the lookout for shady work''; in the 1870s the ward heeler was known simply as heeler or as ward-bummer]