I always thought my husband's style was predictable, conservative, and monotone..... but apparently with the right encouragement it isn't any of those things.
His wardrobe used to be so predictable. He liked one brand. He liked three colors. He liked one style. He liked one print. Not much to get excited about. If I was inclined to buy something for him I am confident that I could make a purchase that he would love, but how many things do you need that look alike? He has actually bought the same shirt twice on accident. He really liked it.
Have I ever purchased anything for him, without him? No. He doesn't really have need for clothes - he wears scrubs and a suit.
I take that back. Before our honeymoon, 9 years ago, I bought him a shirt in the same style that he usually wears with a subtle Hawaiian print. He never wore it. It was out of the norm. Eventually he just donated it to Goodwill. That is the last time I bought something without him.
A few years ago while visiting Chicago I managed to convince him to buy something new at J.Crew. I was tired of looking at the same clothes every time we went out. And you know what? He looked great! But now the problem was he only had this one outfit that was out of the mold. We are talking way out of the mold. Different color palette, same shirt style, and a sweater. A sweater!
Fast-forward three (or four) years and all of a sudden he likes to shop, and the brand he used to wear is no longer "him". What is happening?
I think it started with that interview tie from Neiman Marcus. And then the conference in Vegas when he had some extra time to wander (and wonder) around the shopping centers. Now he is walking through his favorite store without even picking up anything to look at. I think I saw him actually snub his nose at them. Now he has been seduced by Tommy Bahama.
But such a departure from his regular wardrobe? He doesn't wear pattern! He doesn't wear pastels! Could this be a mid-life crisis? Maybe this has been him all along and he has just discovered it.
He looks great in the clothes and even has some jeans now that aren't blue:-)
He has essentially doubled the size of his wardrobe in two shopping trips. It wasn't very large to begin with. And he tells me that now he has things he can take me out in. I guess I have some dates in my future. I may be seduced by Tommy Bahama too!