I have been thinking a lot lately about the art of shopping. Where as the average guy hates shopping, those of us that like dress love shopping. I find that I even plan my shopping trips. I go away a lot on business and I usually have places scouted out via the Internet as well as a list of what I am looking for. So here are a few tips that I have learned over the years.
First of all I am not a big fan of Internet shopping, not that I have not done it or won’t in the future I just prefer the bricks and morter stores. My reasoning is this, when you are at your computer and you find the perfect outfit, you can order it. Great. But you’re excited in the moment and then what? You have to wait a few days or even weeks, the thoughts you had of the feel of that silky negligée caressing your body will just have to wait. I don’t like to wait. I like instant gratification which outweighs any sense of embarassment I might have in buying women’s clothes.
As I said earlier I go away a lot on business which makes it easier to buy clothing with little risk of being seen. Personally I prefer to shop at stores where I am not waited on. I live in canada so some these stores might not be in your area but I think you will get the point. One store I like is called Winners. This is a clothing only department stores that carries men’s, women’s and kids clothing. It is marketed as designer discount store. What I like about it besides the fact that nobody will wait on you is that there is a wide range of styles and sizes. I have found beautiful bras for less than 5 dollars because of their odd sizes. Not a lot of women want a bright pink bra in a 40 F. They also have a wide range of lingerie that you wont find at a department store.
Another way to go is any of the big box stores, selection isn’t great but with the trend towards self serve checkouts there is less chance of embarrassment.
I also like Jacobs lingerie, La Senza, Garage clothing, La vie en rose to name a few. These stores I just mentioned do have sales people that want to help you. So you can either decline their help, make up a story about shopping for wife, girlfriend etc. or come clean and tell them it is for you. Personally I usually go for the first two but I hope to someday have the nerve to just tell them the truth.
Lastly one if my absolute favorite placed is used clothing stores. Obviously the selection is hit or miss but I have found some really great stuff from European lingerie to designer skirts all for a very low price. Nobody will bother you and I have seen a few like minded inividuals browsing the woman’s sections.
Now I know what you might be thinking. What about the sales people when you bought that massive pink bra? No matter how much you might feel it, nobody is watching you, nobody cares what you are looking at and the checkout girl is more concerned about her next break then the 5 pairs of lace thongs you are buying. She probably thinks they are for your wife or girlfriend and even if she suspects they are for you who cares. It is not illegal for you to buy women’s clothing. I have bought a lot of very feminine items and the most I have gotten is an odd look and the comment, “you know you can’t return underwear, right?”. Remember you are the customer which means you are in control. Sometimes in the midst of buying something I have thought to myself not only am I allowed to buy this, it is my right. So when you are out shopping hold your head high, look the people around you in the eye and smile content with the knowledge that you will get a lot more enjoyment out of the baby doll in your hand then they ever could.