Ever get that feeling he’s really not happy while you peruse the aisles? Wonder what’s going through his mind as he slumps into one of what Mrs Romance calls the ‘glare chairs’.
There’s a reason: we men like to feel involved. We love to have a mission. The idea of vague window shopping fills us with dread faster than the words ‘chick flick’.
All you need to do is tell us what you’re looking for. This doesn’t have to be too specific. In fact, it shouldn’t be. Tell your fella you’re looking for a particular colour or item of clothing, or tell him you’re after something with sequins.
Don’t tell him you’re looking for ‘something fun’. It’ll just confuse him. And don’t expect miracles immediately either. Men don’t understand a woman’s wardrobe – something you should be thankful for really. If your man does understand your clothes, he’s either gay or he’s wearing them when you’re not looking.
Like a dog, he will start by fetching completely the wrong thing. Praise his efforts and don’t shoot him down. He’ll give up. Eventually, he’ll get better and you’ll not only get rid of the misery of dragging him round the shops, you might even acquire a half-decent shopping buddy.
Top tip: try not to spend too long in any one shop – and don’t try to make him shop for too long either. Regular coffee, tea or beer breaks make things go much smoother.
Mrs Romance – anything to add?
“If you want to wander the shops browsing, don’t bring your partner. But if you’re shopping for something in particular, let your partner help. I love shopping with Mr Romance. He has found some of my favourite clothes, and he’s great at carrying bags.
My advice is not to ignore the early warning signs of fatigue. As soon as you start flicking through racks instead of looking you need to stop and take a break.”
What rewards to you give (or receive) for a successful shopping foray?
Images by Mr Romance. Glare Chair model: Mr Romance Snr (a.k.a Jim’s dad).