Top 7 Retail Shopping Mistakes for Men – What Not to Do at the Mall


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette!
Today’s video is about the seven biggest mistakes men make when shopping retail. I’ve got a fair amount of personal
experience as a customer but today, I’d like to introduce an expert, someone
who’s been in the menswear retail space for over 15 years.
Let’s welcome Kyle Thibodeaux to the Gentleman’s Gazette! Hi, Kyle! Hello, nice
to have you here! Thank you! Yeah so you know you’re new here, new to
the channel, people ask me, why don’t you do all videos? Well, we firmly believe
that style is manifold and that it’s the Gentleman’s Gazette, not the Sven Raphael
Schneider’s Gazette. So even in the realm of classic men’s clothing, there are
different styles, right? Absolutely. How would you say your style is different
from mine? I would say I like my clothes to look a little more modern, a little
bit trimmer. Oh yeah, totally! I like a full cut, he likes a slim fit. I
really like pleated pants, what about you? I don’t like pleated pants. Yeah I
mean obviously, he has a beard and I don’t. This is true. So I hope you’re as excited
to see more of Kyle’s videos as I am because with Kyle and Preston, we’re a
team of three now and we’re hoping to expand. With that being said, Kyle as the
expert, he’s gonna take over. Just one thing to keep in mind here, he’s filming
videos for the first time, it’s hard, I think he’s a lot better than I was when
I started. Thank you! And if you don’t believe me, just watch
my first video. Now with that
being said, let’s get right into our topic for today, the seven big mistakes
men make when shopping in retail. Number one, not shopping with a purpose. It’s
helpful to think about what is the reason for this purchase when you go out
shopping. I find it helpful to keep my wardrobe from bursting at the seams,
think about what this item could end up replacing, what could I remove or end up
donating or selling to make room for this new piece that I am bringing in. Also, how
many outfits could I end up creating by adding this item into my wardrobe? Could
I use this jacket with a different pair of pants? Could I use the shirt or tie
with something else for multiple outfits? How can you make things
stretch? Shop smart! I find it helpful that when I shop, I
like to fantasize about what I would look like in that particular outfit that
I see in a magazine or on a particular mannequin but I also like to think about
how I could break this outfit up, how could I utilize these pieces differently
than how they’re being shown? Once I do that, I then know I can use this outfit
for multiple purposes and it becomes much more useful in my wardrobe. I could
use these shoes or that particular pair of pants in a multitude of different
ways. Number two, people also forget to do their research when they go shopping.
Let’s say, hypothetically, you happen to see a suit online on GQ or through
Pinterest and it happens to be retailing for about $4,500, now you could A. go
directly to that designer’s website and purchase it through them immediately or
you could also wait a little while longer and save some money. How upsetting
would it be for you to find out that if you had just waited a little while longer,
you could have saved nearly 50% on that outfit. Or you could always ask someone at the
department store if there’s an upcoming sale. Maybe if you would wait a little
while longer, you could also save by purchasing it through them, as well. I can
say, with complete honesty, this has happened to me on multiple occasions and
it’s extremely frustrating. Do your research. When you see something that
stands out and it’s calling your name, see where else you might be able to
purchase that same item; check different websites, check different stores, look
around first. These days, most of us carry our smartphones or some kind of smart
device in our pockets nearly all the time, you can always scan the barcode in
nearly every store and try to find out where else that item is being sold or
even check prices. Number three, have you checked the clearance section first? One
of the main things I was taught when I was growing up about shopping was the
importance of not wasting money. I remember my parents always saying “look
for the best for less” or “search for the top of the line for bottom dollar”. Now
this didn’t mean that we could never spend money on nice things but just to
not go spending money frivolously on things that we just did not need. Now,
many of us today want to look amazing at all times, you see people on Instagram,
you see people in person that you would like to emulate but it can be very
expensive to stay on trend with high quality garments all of the time. By
searching the sale or clearance section first, you might find some hidden gems
that you may have otherwise overlooked. It may feel like a very slow and
daunting process searching through rack after rack of things that you don’t want or feel like you don’t need but keep going, you might find some great things
there. Just remember, as we’ve said before, don’t buy something simply because it’s
on sale if it doesn’t work with your wardrobe. We’ve covered this phenomenon
in our video 11 bad men’s style rules to ignore that you can find here. Number
four, not taking advantage of seasonality. Now, we’ve all been to the mall or to
different stores and seen the advertisements for the new items at the
beginning of the season. I don’t know about you but for me, it can certainly be
very tempting to buy all those brand new things right there, right on the spot.
However, there is a way to avoid the trap of overspending. Are you on a tight
budget? If so, try shopping out of season. For example, try shopping for sweaters or
coats in the midst of summer or looking for swimming trunks around the time that
they’re being put on sale when winter things are being sold. By shopping this
way, you will notice both the pro and the con. The pro, by shopping for classic
items, you might notice that they never go out of style. So even though they’re
not necessarily trendy, you will always be fashionable. The con, by shopping this
way, you will notice a lack of sizes or certain colors that you might be
interested in but keep in mind, this will certainly help you save money. Number 5,
not understanding your body type. Now for many of us, it’s very easy to see someone
that you work with or see someone that you admire, maybe through a magazine or
maybe they’re a famous actor, and you really admire the way that they dress.
We’ve all done this quite often, I certainly know I do it all the time, I
usually do it when I flip through Instagram, sometimes even when I’m
looking at cars, and when we do this, we’re jumping into our imagination or
envisioning ourselves in that particular outfit as that person. Although this is
fun to do, it’s not realistic! Meaning, if the person, for example,
that you’re looking at is more muscular or taller or shorter than you, the outfit
they’re wearing would not translate on you. One thing I find that’s helpful is
when I am browsing through a store or through a magazine, I will cover up the
face, sometimes mentally or even with my hand, the face of the model and give my
brain an easier chance to better interpret what I would look like in that
outfit. Also, take a minute and think, does that color going to compliment me in the
same way? Are clothes that are that tight or that loose going to look that way on
me that it looks on that particular individual? Is this outfit simply a trend
it is something that I could wear both casually and professionally for at least
a year or longer? To learn how to dress for your body type please check out our
video here. Number six, now this is a big one, is this age appropriate? I’ve worked
in retail for over 15 years and not a year has gone by without seeing someone
make this extremely embarrassing mistake. The mistake of wearing something that is
clearly too young for them. When I was younger, I used to work at places like
Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch, now years after I left these companies as I
got older, I would still casually wear the sweater, the t-shirts with the
obnoxiously big logos and after a while, I started to realize that by looking in
the mirror, I looked a bit childish by continuing to wear these brands. Now,
while working in these t-shirt driven stores,
I sometimes noticed a lot of the parents were shopping there for themselves. Now,
we all have the ability to choose what we want to wear each day, however, what we
choose to wear sets the tone for how we expect to be treated. Now if you would
like to be seen and treated as a professional in your workplace, you
probably don’t want to be seen exclusively in brands known
worldwide that are exclusively for high schoolers
or teenagers, in general. Now, I have also seen the opposite of this problem happen when I worked in luxury retailers that are catering to a more mature
client. Typically, while working in these environments, I would find myself working
with women but predominantly, men who are between the ages of about 40 to 60 years
old. Sometimes, when they would shop with me, they would bring their young adult
children along with them. It’s also very interesting to see that the influence of
the parents and also the single choices of the young adult children who are
shopping, they always would choose to wear things that were a little bit more
traditional or full cut. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with doing this
but if it doesn’t fit your body type, it can certainly make you look a little bit
older. Now if you happen to be someone who has a bit of a baby face and you
want to dress older, go ahead, dress older and if you want to appear
younger without looking like a teenager, that’s alright as well. You can find our
videos on dressing older than you are and dressing younger than you are or
dressing your age here. Now number seven, too many opinions. Now shopping can
certainly become a group event. Now regardless of who you are, what your
normal shopping habits might be, we always like to hear, at some point, the
opinion of those we trust around us and what they think of what we’re about to
purchase. Now although opinions are great, you ultimately will have to be the
deciding factor as to what you decide to purchase. To avoid having to deal with
too many opinions at one time, we, at the Gentleman’s Gazette recommend pre-
shopping. Now if you have the time, browse the store beforehand or checkout the
store’s website and see what they offer before you incorporate other opinions.
Once you have found what interests you, we recommend narrowing down your choices
to about three items. Later, bring in your trusted friend or family member to help
you narrow down and finalize your choice based on those three choices. Now you
don’t need to bring your entire family of cat, dog, the fish with you to the
store, just the trusted people you know will give you sound advice. You may also
find it frustrating to shop with many people because it’s always nearly
impossible to please everyone. Ask yourself, are the people that I’m
bringing with to help me shop, are they kind? Are they uplifting people? If not,
you might find that a rude or an impatient person that you’re shopping
with will discourage you from experimenting and finding the correct
things that you might actually need, they might rush you, and this could lead
to overall, bad shopping experience. Find that person, that friend, that relative,
who knows how to best lend their suggestion without smothering you with tips
and questions. Today I’m wearing a double-breasted Navy peak lapel
three-piece suit from Indochino I love wearing this item because it’s extremely
versatile the Navy always works and the Pinstripe demands a lot of attention
and it’s a lot of fun to wear I also have a white linen pocket square from
Fort Belvedere and a pink linen tie also from Fort Belvedere I love wearing this
with the navy suit because it offers a lot of contrast to the overall outfit
I’m also wearing black wing tip boots from Cole Haan. these have a lot of great detail
and worked really well with the dark suit


  1. Today's video features a new addition to our team! Join with us in welcoming Kyle Thibodeaux to the Gentleman's Gazette.
    We're happy to have him on-board, and excited to see what new perspectives he'll add to our channel!
    – Preston

  2. I like Kyle It can be seen clearly that Kyle knows his stuff due to his experience in retail. His calm, measured and non-judgemental style is welcoming and warm, and the fact that he doesn’t have to go crazy with hand gestures, facial expressions or forced variations in voice intonation in order to keep an audience engaged is a testament to his knowledge and expertise.

  3. When this man becomes completely comfortable with recording videos, it's going to be heaven with that soothing voice and slow and calm speech.

  4. do not go to indochino, they have a 1 remake policy and can't get fits right, the manager was also wrong about many things and told me they couldn't make a shirt to fit me properly

  5. I do like the advice of looking online before going into the store, but I also found it a bit of a double sided blade. I find all these items online and they are never in the store itself, so require me to have it ordered in before I can test it. I have the long gorilla like arms, so have an awful time finding garments with the correct arm length so a fitting is almost a requirement before I buy a shirt or jacket. Not sure how you can solve that issue.

    That said, love that suit Kyle is wearing and a solid first video.

  6. Nice vid man. Congrats. I’d be keen to know your views on Boss Suits. Slim cut. Are Boss suits really any better than other brands. A boss suit will cost me around $1700. I’m 63 🤫

  7. Thinking back to the recent video of comments on Preston's videos, my comment for Kyle's first video is, "Great job! Informative and interesting, perhaps a little stiff, but overall a great initial foray into YouTube videos for Gentleman's Gazette." And for the record, I very much think that Preston in no way resembles an alien. He does a fine job too.

  8. Kyle has way better personality than robot Preston, however he needs more gesturing and INFLECTION in his voice and tone a little too quiet needs to be louder otherwise great and he brings some color literally and figuratively to the channel.

  9. The employment of Kyle to the gentleman’s gazette is just what it was needed to make it more than perfect, congratulations (sorry for may bad english, I’m from México). Pd: you should talk more about watches and reasonable price high quality items shopping.

  10. Can this channel get any better? I mean, the quality just keep increasing, the content is rich and the editing is amazing, good job guys! Cheers from Brazil.

  11. So, we have Daddy Raphael, Grandpa Preston and now cool Uncle Kyle. I like the team… I am a huge fan of Indochino although my last suit was not the best, they are working with me to replace it. I would like to see Kyle do more lifestyle stuff. How about Tumi bags, and some sub $4,000 watches since the other guys don't like wrist watches…. Some high end Every Day Carry Stuff would be cool.

  12. THIS is why we Love Gentlemen's Gazette!
    High-quality Informative Content. Excellent
    Presenters. And Simply Great Videos.
    Kudos, Sven!
    Congratulations, Kyle!

  13. I really like the three different styles that the three of you bring and the presentation of each, definitely a great addition to the channel.

  14. Perfect addition to the channel. Although really most of the videos are already great, having a bit of another style input I think is very beneficial, especially for younger guys like myself. Could you also one day do a style analysis of Raymond Reddington from "The Blacklist"? I really like his style and think it's very functional and timeless though I'd like to hear your take on that…

  15. Great advice, but please dont help out Indochino. I could go on for hours about how badly made there suits are,how rude there customer service is or a multitude of other reason why the are the antithesis of evil. Please GG you should know better, you have been giving such good advice for years I hope you dont go down the road of peddling garbage from a garbage company.

  16. Good to see a very different character on the show, I love Kyle. He seems to advocate a more modern approach than Raphael and Preston.

  17. Folks, I scarcely critique, but you sincerely messed up at 7:34. Naming Günther Krabbenhöft as a negative example of style could only be done by a blind person. His style is very refined, playful and always of taste. And more importantly, you guys specifically shouldn't be lamenting about age appropriateness. You do know where all the 'Grandpa'-comments regarding Preston come from. What you should be adressing is lifestyle appropriateness . Do Preston's outfits occasionally look like present iterations of unmodern 1920s cuts? Certainly—but he loves that era, right? And he's working at the Gentleman's Gazette. That's why it's appropriate. Günther Krabbenhöft is touring Berlin's hottest clubs every weekend, dancing with a crowd of young folks while always looking dapper. That's appropriate as well. This was an unfortunate choice, really.
    Still—welcome, Kyle. Aside from that, this was pleasant to watch.

  18. ever since I've started following this channel, I've grown into a more happy, confident and a positive person! guess making subtle changes to your wardrobe, everyday behavior and outlook do affect you positively!

  19. I appreciate his take and advice on shopping retail. Budgeting is a real thing people do these days. He's very realistic, and down to earth. Looking forward to watching more of Kyle's videos. Hopefully, he doesn't call people peasants like Sven does. 🙄

  20. Welcome Kyle – great job! I have a request: Could you please make a video on how to measure for a man's shirt and waistcoat (retail, off the rack) for a man who has a gut much bigger than his chest. Conventional guidelines never look right. Also what to do about guys that are generally more pear shaped? There must be some way of figuring this out or some hacks that don't require extreme tailoring. Thank you in advance!

  21. I agree with clearance items. my local mens store sports coats on clearance. 449 marked down to 49….also makes you wander about their profits

  22. The camera is too close to him (or he's standing too close) compared to how it's normally positioned with the other hosts, making his head look really big. Otherwise great video with a great new host.

  23. Another refreshing addition to the team, I have a feeling that the three of you will complement each others ideas 🙂
    Very usefull tips, thank you.

  24. #8 look back on big sales (70%), for complementing your suit with an extra pair of trousers or a vest.

    Then it is a no brainer to spend a few extra $$$ if you like the suit.


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