Yesterday I went shopping with a male friend. He doesn’t have a lot of money, nor was he blessed with a natural sense of fashion. He wants to apply for a better job than the one he has, so he needed a wardrobe more professional than all black slacks and black T-shirts with logos, and combat boots.
Not that I would ever criticize anyone for wearing what they want, but in this case he honestly did need help achieving an image which would better communicate his value in a professional setting.
We had a budget of less than $50. We went to Value Village.
I have to give the man props. Shopping was never his favorite activity, and this ended up being a three-hour marathon, which he completed even though his trick knee was swelling and giving him pain. He said he’d rather get it over with all at once than to have to go through this again any time soon!
We walked out of that store with two slacks, a sport coat, a nice undershirt with no logo, and four new button-down shirts. Everything is totally mix-and-match. He could reach into his closet BLINDFOLDED and find an outfit that worked.
In one shopping trip, and for only about $45, he now has 32 different outfits he could put together, depending on whether he grabbed which shirt, wore the T under it or not, wore which pants, and wore the jacket or not.
I feel bad I didn’t buy him a couple of more Tees, and didn’t even think of picking out a tie. Well, I guess ties are a bit much right now, for his current job. I’ll be sure to get him one before his next interview, though!
It feels so good to help a friend! 3 years ago