Recently my brother is going through major life changes (no it's not puberty although he does act like a child) and I have been given the responsibility to make him "fashionable."
So let me start of by describing my brother....the kid is still stuck in the 90's. Although that is not a bad thing as the 90s have made a comeback but he still needs a major up-haul.
We have been going suit shopping, tie shopping and accessory shopping and it has been challenging! Sometimes I wish I had a fashionable man in my life that could coach my bro but that's just wishful thinking. So some tips on getting a man (any man) on board with shopping? i'm not sure if the tips below are foolproof but it worked for my bro.
- Guys are lazy - If you remember this golden rule then you will be able to handle any situation. If you want something done, you will have to do all the heavy lifting. I told my bro that I needed time from him but I was going to make it easy because I will do my research beforehand. I knew exactly what stores to go to for his suit, tie and everything else. I went shopping myself and narrowed down some choices before taking him. If you have everything planned then you can be more efficient shopping and focusing on exactly what you want.
- Guys have a small attention span. I knew I couldn't show my bro with many choices so I narrowed everything down for him so he could make the final decision.
- A guy's wallet is everything - Understand their budget and try to maneuver it a little but respect their budget. My brother is the cheapest person out there but after negotiating a little, I got him to where I wanted but I always respected his budget.
- Remember their boundaries and that guys will not change! If he was never adventurous and didn't try bold prints or colours then he's not going to be open now. So take baby steps. My brother is not adventurous at all and not into prints but I wanted him to be open to wearing a "fun" tie. So I suggested a paisley self-print where the design and the colour of the tie was the same; it wasn't jarring or too experimental but it did give him a fun look.
It's tough being a personal stylist for my brother especially when he's so resistant to change...just like any other man. Now i'm off to the barber with him to give him some personal support on his haircut (deep sigh!)...wish me luck!