If your partner is anything like I used to be, then odds are they hate clothes shopping. They probably don't go clothes shopping enough to hate it.
As a guy though, it does make sense; clothes shopping sucks for us. The reason? Nobody ever really taught us how to shop for clothes. We don't know what to buy, and we all make the same mistakes.
I made these mistakes for years, so whether it is your husband, brother, father, partner, or friend, odds are we all have a man in our life who makes at least one of these mistakes.
They don't shop for their lifestyle
This is the big one. So many times I see a mate’s wardrobe full of awesome new shirts perfect for the Melbourne Cup, the only problem is there is only one spring racing carnival every year and he never even goes to that one. In fact, he hasn’t worn a suit in years. When we go out to dinner, he complains that he never has anything to wear.
Of course, you don’t; you never buy anything that you need!
Shopping for the lifestyle men wish they had (or possibly think they do have), is a sure fire way to grow to hate shopping.
They think all items are created equal
In clothing, there are flair items that give someone that little bit extra. For example, a bow tie or something with colour to add to an outfit. These are the items you need to be adding in and not assume spending $80 on a tee shirt that you can’t afford will make you stand out.
Choose colours and fits that suit your body shape
Like clothes (as mentioned above), men aren’t created equal either. Between height, weight, dimensions, skin tone, hair colour, and everything else in between, there are a lot of variables to take into account. As you know, dressing for your body can be difficult, and getting the right fit for guys can seemingly be impossible. For example, I have broad shoulders and a chest that is a lot larger than my waist, for me to find a shirt that fits well off the rack is similar to seeing a unicorn.
The fit is probably the most significant factor that discourages men from clothes shopping. They hate what they buy and complain that nothing ever fits, which is visible, because they’ve never learned how to look into what to buy.
It doesn’t have to be like this
Fashion is often portrayed as an art, and to a degree it is. However, in our day to day life, style is a science. Mastering the science of clothes is a learnable skill and one that will have any man loving their wardrobe. While clothes are made to cover the bits that nobody wants to see in public, fashion is developed to give you that confidence to be your favourite self and tackle the day. Buying clothes that don’t match your personality take that feeling of confidence away instantly.
There are three steps that every man needs to know before the next time they go clothes shopping:
Understand what fits you. Get yourself appropriately measured, the five minutes it will take will save you hours in the store.
Organise your clothes into groups of work, casual, active wear, ‘at-home’ clothes, smart casual, and formal. For two weeks keep track of what you wear (and more importantly, don't wear). After the two weeks, you can start to see if your wardrobe fits your lifestyle. If you still have five 'clubbing' shirts but haven't been out in years, then your wardrobe doesn't match your lifestyle.
What multi-purpose items does the man own? For example, does he have a pair of navy chinos that he wears to work but also in his spare time? Articles like these should become your staples that hold outfits together.
These items are critical to a variable and stylish wardrobe. Know the staple-pieces and add the flair on top.
Hi, I’m Vince, the owner of label, Why Knot Ties where I specialise in funky bow ties. It is my goal to give everybody that feeling of looking good! And I want them to have it every day. I am also soon launching a free challenge to get men to learn to love their wardrobe in fourteen days, check it here.