Shopping is fun: browsing physical or online stores, keeping up on the trends, figuring out what looks good on you, coordinating outfits, and finally walking away with a purchase… it’s a recipe for pure joy. The only ingredient I don’t enjoy is spending money. So how can one do all of this without dropping a dime? Yeah, right… it’s the title of this blog post. You get it (or if you don’t, read this).
No, I don’t do this professionally, but I do it nonetheless. So far I only do personal shopping for boys and my current client list is: Mike (boyfriend), Ross (roommate), and Eric (brother). Next on the list: Gordon Webster (musician: gordonwebster.com). The shopping trip with Gordon was supposed to happen recently while he had a gig in Rochester, but we were both too busy to fit it in. Sad face.
I haven’t been doing this whole shopping for other people thing for very long, but I do have some method to my madness. My top three tips:
1. Find a style that fits them. You know, as opposed to one that fits you. If I went only by what I think looks good on guys in general, all of the boys I dress would look the same. While I include some of this knowledge, I also try to consider the individual and their personality, lifestyle, and body type.
2. This one’s for the guys: Trust me. If I say it looks good on you, it does. Expect to step outside of your free t-shirt comfort zone and into the world of cashmere sweaters and socks that match your pants (unless you’re wearing jeans, in which case they should match your shoes). It will make both of our lives easier if I say, “You look hot in that,” and you respond, “Fuck yeah I do,” instead of trying to argue with me. This rule also applies to life in general.
3. Men’s fashion is different than women’s fashion. Keeping up on the current trends for ladies is awesome; I highly recommend it. However, this does not necessarily help when dressing men. But don’t fret! Men’s fashion is interesting, gorgeous, and I know it’s hard to look at male models, but you can do it. Subscribe to men’s fashion blogs, read articles and browse the web for pictures. I even save extra fashion-savvy photos to my computer. Here are a few I have on my lappy right now:
I’m surrounded by well-dressed fellows. Also, I get to make other people more fashionable, more confident, and maybe it could even help them find their soul mate. I know many who swoon over a guy in well-fitting jeans and argyle sweater.
All dudes learn how to dress. Then it sucks?
Have you ever tried personal shopping? What are your experiences and tips?