Mens Fashion, Shopping for clothing
Men Buy, Women Shop…
It’s no secret that most men don’t like shopping and most women love to shop.
We’ve been working with local Menswear retailer Michael Bower Menswear and thought we’d share some interesting (maybe amusing) insights with you. We’re talking about Mens Fashion shopping here really, but pretty sure the same applies to all shopping for men.
A survey of 2,000 British people conducted in 2013 found that men become bored after only 26 minutes of shopping, while it took women a full two hours. The survey found that 80 percent of men didn’t like shopping with their partners, and that 45 percent avoided doing so at all costs. Almost half of all spousal shopping trips ended in arguments, with men becoming frustrated because they bought what they needed straight away, while their partners were still looking and taking too long to make decisions – does this sound familiar?
My observation is that men (myself included) tend to view shopping as a mission. A mission to accomplish as quickly as possible so we can get on and do something important or something we want to do.
So if we need new trousers, we go to the shops likely to sell the kind of trousers we have in mind. We enter the shop and go directly to the section for trousers, we have a quick scan for the correct colour or style, maybe drag a few out to see if we like them. If not, then we exit the shop and proceed to the next shop likely to sell what we want. We repeat this process until we find exactly what we had in mind, very rarely taking much notice of what else the shop has to offer or spending more than a few minutes in each shop. It is a mission after all!
It’s very rare for most men at least, that we’d go out hunting for trousers and come back with shoes, a belt and no trousers… (if your man comes home with no trousers you should probably be worried).
Most men I know don’t like the thought of heading in to Leeds to browse round the shops, even a mission to Leeds for some new trousers or shoes is pretty daunting.
I found the shopping experience at Michael Bower Menswear to be quite refreshing and far from the arduous task of traipsing the High Street or City Centre.
They are a little out of the way and not somewhere you would randomly visit. And although they have been there since the 50’s their Menswear range really is more up to date than most people suspect.
I’ve got to say, i’d passed them by a million times without ever popping in, I did think they were a stuffy old mans shop. How wrong could I be…
No more missions into Leeds for me… They have a Car Park so I can get there easily, they have a pretty extensive range with some great brands. You can buy everything from Shoes & Accessories, Jeans & T-Shirts, to some rather dapper Suits, Shirts & Coats.
What’s more is that they hand select their collections for each season and they stock sizes for real men…
So, from now on my missions will be pretty easy, I can be in and out with exactly what I want and have more time to do the things I really want to do.
What is strange is that, I’ve actually found myself browsing and enjoying the experience. It could be because the pressure is off to fight my way through crowds and flit from shop to shop trying to find what I need.
Dare I write about How Women shop? or When Couples Shop Together… Watch this space!