A Gentleman’s Guide to Shopping Like a Pro

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Men are notorious for hating to shop. Ask any woman who has a boyfriend or husband, and they’re sure to comment on how much they hate to shop and how they like to avoid being in places where there are a lot of people trying on clothes — most men like to grab and go. This is the reason for the ill-fitting clothing in your closet, and why you’re still wearing the same pair of jeans you bought 10 years ago. Lucky for you if they still fit.

Shopping for clothes is, unfortunately (or fortunately), one of the true signs of adulthood that you have to embrace, like doing your own laundry, food shopping, and paying for cable. As an adult, these are just things you need to know how to do. Not that shopping for clothing is essential to living, but you should to some extent want to look good. Gentlemen, there is an easier way to accomplish your shopping needs in the least painful way possible, and the Cheat Sheet is here to help. Here is your quick and easy guide to minimize your clothing and shopping time and do it like a pro.

1. Go for the lists

One of the easiest ways to see what’s in is to check magazines or fashion sites, a general Google search should suffice, for key pieces to have for each season. There is no second guessing involved about what’s “in,” because you’re getting it straight from the fashion professional’s mouths, and can easily figure how to fit them into your personal style. It’s great to have these lists (or list) on hand when going to shop, whether in store or online.

2. Set aside time to shop

Confine your shopping time to a day or two a month. It’s best to schedule shopping time, the way you would schedule gym time — sometimes it’s a pain in the ass, but you have to get it done.

3. Make sure you try on your clothes

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When going into a store, make sure you don’t just grab and go. Each store’s sizes and fits are different and to avoid having to go back and return items, which is yet another huge pain in the butt, take a few minutes to go into the fitting room and try the garments on.

4. Get a second opinion

When shopping, try to enlist some help. I would recommend not going alone, as it’s always a great idea to get a second opinion on looks and fit. If you can take a fashionable woman or man along with you (we all know one), then your shopping adventure will be made much easier.

5. Shop online

If you absolutely have no extra time whatsoever to dedicate to going shopping, try shopping online. It can be done at your own pace, and from anywhere. Online shopping is the new frontier. There are usually fantastic sales online for physical stores that you wouldn’t be able to take advantage of if you walked in there yourself. Sites such as Ebates offer fantastic deals and allow you to shop and save at the same time. Another great thing about online shopping is that the presentation of the clothes and accessories allow you to see how the clothes would fit in real life. Try and go for stores that offer free shipping and free returns in case you have to order multiple sizes. Having to pay for shipping costs eats up more money than you think.

6. Always look for online coupons

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In that same vein, before hitting “complete order,” always look for online coupons to your favorite online stores. They’re usually available.

7. Try men’s fashion and style apps

You’re an on-the-go kinda guy who’s attached to his phone — why not try a men’s fashion and style app to help you stay informed and ahead of the game?

8. Try a consignment store

Consignment stores sell second-hand clothing, but many of them sell used but new designer pieces at fabulous prices. If you’re into hunting for buried treasure and like scouting the racks, you can find amazing pieces at your local consignment store. It’s a very trendy thing to do.

9. Shop on a certain day of the week

Lifehacker.com recommends shopping on a Tuesday for your best bet at snagging men’s apparel at a 42% average discount online. Who doesn’t love a good discount?

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