She’ll shop till you drop – part 2


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.

Shopping unhappy man

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.

This is part two of a series to help both the shop-eur and shop-euse out of a potential store-based hissy fit. Want to read part 1? Here it is! Why not check out part 3 right here?

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).


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  • Reply February 9, 2013


    Jim, you crack me up! Thanks for the tips, I’m sure Pat will appreciate them!

    • Reply February 10, 2013

      Mr Romance

      Hey Sara-May! Glad you like it so far. There’s more to come, so keep Pat logged on!

  • […] This is part three of a series to help both the shop-eur and shop-euse out of a potential store-based hissy fit. Want to read part 1? Here it is! And here is part 2. […]

  • Reply December 12, 2015


    Absolutely, 100% agree with lot’s of coffee / drink / snack breaks for both you and your partner.

    • Reply December 12, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Absolutely essential I reckon, Kate!

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