On page 52 in the January 2009 Esquire Magazine, I have some advice and tips for getting the most out of your shopping efforts and how to get a sales associate to actually help you!
If you can’t find a copy you can read it HERE!
Issue a challenge: Put the salespeople to work for you instead of just dismissing them with a curt “No!” Ask them to find your size, to color coordinate, and, one of the things that always irritates me, to take the pins out of dress shirts before you try them on. Bring in the sport jacket that you can’t find a shirt for or the shirt that none of your neckties match. Believe it or not, these people want to help you.
Be honest: If you really are just browsing, be clear with the sales associate but get his name and promise to find him if you want anything. Many sales associates work on commission, and their full-frontal assault is just to save their commissions from the other sales associates.
Dress appropriately: Billionaires can wear flip-flops and shorts when they shop, but if you want full attention and service, you have to dress seriously. You’ll be treated better.
Shop alone: I know your girlfriend/wife/well-dressed buddy has impeccable taste, but much of purchasing a wardrobe is personal. Shopping with others can be a distraction, and you may just end up with something you really hate. If you’re really unsure about something, don’t buy it; think about it for a day. Or if you have questions about the fit, ask one of the sales associates. They are clothing professionals, after all.