Sunday, May 27, 2012
Fashion is a topic that preoccupies men more and more these days. They have realized that looking good is not a department that the ladies have exclusive control over. A sense of fashion is an asset in every aspect of a man's life: business, personal and social.
While there are still some that will try to fight it, the reality is that a well-dressed man will get a second look. Personality is important, but no one takes a quick look at you and says, "Wow -- check out the sense of humor on that guy."
In today's world, to stay one step ahead, it's important to look your best. That means developing your own sense of style. For a lot of men, that's a scary thought. But fear not, I'm here to guide you through it.
1- Listen to the experts
I've met far too many men who have gone through life having their style dictated to them by their mothers, then by their girlfriends, and then by their wives. There are also those men who escaped the trap of wearing someone else's style only to find themselves with no style whatsoever.
If you've never taken a shot at creating your own style, a good place to start is with the experts. Pick up a copy of a men's fashion magazine or log on to AskMen.com. Instead of flipping straight to the sports editorial or the babe of the month, check out the fashion section.
Read a few articles and you'll soon find that you've picked up most of the basic rules: don't wear light socks with dark shoes, always match your shoes with your belt, never wear anything too tight.
While you're checking out those mags, check out the ads that you usually skip over. They'll give you a good idea of where the trends are heading. Which brings us to tip two...
2- Get with the trends
Fashion is all about evolving style. What's in, what's out. What's new, what's pass. What's hot, what's not. But put all those clichs aside and being stylish is about looking good. It's also about knowing what to wear right now.
But with trends changing faster than you can say fashion faux pas, how can men be expected to keep up?
A good place to start is to take a look at popular artists from the music, movie and TV industries. Look around for trendsetters and take some tips from them. In particular, check out what they wear during awards shows and adapt it to your style.
The clothes worn by the actors on TV shows like The OC , Las Vegas and most daytime soaps (ask your girlfriend about these) are generally good examples of what is acceptable dress.
If you've flipped through all the fashion mags, watched TV, tried wandering down the streets, and have still come up empty, you will never go wrong emulating the threads of celebrities such as Pierce Brosnan, Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, and Will Smith.
3- Go retro
Fashion is a cyclical concept. What was once old will soon be new again. Remember when you were chastised for wearing your aviator sunglasses? Well, now you can wear them with confidence because they're back.
While renewing one's wardrobe is important, throwing old stuff out isn't always a good idea. With vintage clothing being very trendy right now, you may be able to dig through some of your old clothes and find something that you never would have dreamed you could wear again.
Things to look for include logo T-shirts, patterned button-down shirts and motorcycle-style jackets. Once your favorite wardrobe items, they're back in style... and you need to enjoy them while the trend lasts.
4- Stay in shape
Fashion is not just about what you wear, it's also about how you wear it. Take the same threads and put them on two different people: one who's in good shape and athletic, and another who has a beer gut, round shoulders and a sunken chest. No matter what the clothes are, they'll look better on the first guy.
Taking better care of your body can be as simple as making a few minor changes to your diet and spending a couple of hours at the gym every week. The related benefits of being healthier are that you'll feel better about your body, be more confident and, therefore, look better. Attitude stems from confidence, and a large part of style is attitude.
5- Be yourself
The most important aspect of developing your own style is remaining true to yourself. Just because something looked great on that Versace model doesn't necessarily mean it's for you. If you're uncomfortable in it, chances are it isn't.
There are enough styles out there that everyone should be comfortable finding their own. Even if you discover that your own style isn't mainstream, you're better off respecting that realization than walking around in a sheep suit that doesn't fit.
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The ultimate point is that developing your own style should not be a chore; it should be fun. When you discover what works for you, you'll see that striving to look your best isn't work at all. It should come naturally.
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Friday, May 25, 2012
For important occasions, your hairstyle deserves almost as much consideration as your clothes. There is no point dressing up to the nines but leaving your hair disheveled and uncared for.
If you have short hair, the smooth and slick style is one of the ways to do it. To achieve this formal hairstyle, have the sides and back of your hair cut short and close to the head using clippers and your top layers snipped more jaggedly. Apply a little gel all over your head then using a fine tooth comb, brush the sides of your hair down and back. Add a slight lift to your front to keep your style from being too controlled and don't get hung up on flyaway's.
No one wears the au naturel look better than George Clooney. This hairstyle is a great choice if you are aiming for a formal look. It is easy to maintain and style. All you need is a cut that is fairly uniform in length, a light mousse and a brush with boar bristles. Just be extra careful to avoid overdosing on hair products when you are aiming to attain a naturally groomed style.
The swept back look is a good choice for men with medium-length hair. It is however a little more time consuming. You will need a styling cream, a paddle brush, hairspray and a blow-dryer. Comb the styling cream through wet hair then to create volume in the front, blow-dry on high heat using a paddle brush to lift your hair from the root toward the back of your head. Finish off this style by applying a fine mist of hairspray and then blasting your hair quickly with blow-dryer on cold to keep everything in place.
If you have curly hair, it can be quick to unruly in hot and humid weather and definitely unsightly during formal events. Hence, it is crucial you use the best hairstyling products to avoid this disaster. A good choice of hairstyle would be the cut that is short all over. An example would be like Justin Timberlake.
Side parting is a famous choice when formal is on the mind. Leonardo DiCaprio constantly captures this timeless style. It works best on short to medium length hair. It is also an almost universally flattering style. However, you should avoid it if you have a high forehead.
Styling your hair in a formal way for significant events completes the package and shows others your polished side, whether you have known them for years or you are meeting them for the first time.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
When you see a girl you like, what do you do? You walk up to her, start up a conversation and hope to score a date. And when you do, what's next? Just turning up for a date dressed up nicely is not going to get you very far. In fact, paying attention to your hairstyle is extremely important too. A bad hair cut can make women avoid you like a plague.
The first hairstyle you should definitely avoid on the first date is the ponytail hairstyle. To women, a ponytail suggests a more negative impression than a positive one. It gives off the impression that you are lazy at keeping up with your appearance or more of a creepy pervert than a thoughtful and considerate possible lover. A shaggy cut is a better alternative if you prefer longer hair.
Another hairstyle you should avoid is slicked back hair. This hairstyle gives off the impression of greasy hair and the wet hair makes your hair appear like a helmet. Women could not resist the temptation of running their hands through their men's hair so excessive amounts of hair product are a definite turnoff.
A comb-over is also a bad choice of hairstyle for first dates. It is a terrible attempt to cover up a balding head. If you are in the early stages of hair loss, grow your bangs slightly longer to cover up receding at the temples.
When it comes to men's hair, anything past the jaw line can look greasy, particularly on the active guys. This hairstyle has the disadvantage of giving your date the impression that you are trying hard to appear youthful. If you want an appearance that suggests an extroverted and fun personality, apt for a shaggy, layered look and use a bit of gel and your fingers to create a slightly messier hairdo.
First impressions are important and hence, it is very important to pay extra attention when presenting yourself in front of the person you are interested in. But taking note of your hairstyle should not just stop at the first date or the second. The best way to know whether or not the hairstyle suit you are to switch up your look once or twice and see if your address book doubles in size.
Monday, May 7, 2012
With numerous types of cuts and design, jeans can be one of the hardest clothing to buy. Trying on pair after pair of jeans unflattering to your body can be a rather deflating experience for your ego. However, if you know your body type and the styles that flatter it best, you can save loads of time and your self-esteem won't be so much on the rocks.
The basic is the straight-cut jeans. This kind of jeans typically sits at your natural waist and is slim through the seat and thighs, gradually tapering off and slightly at the ankle. Straight-cut jeans flatter the tall and lean body type best. Jeans with a flat front and straight leg will show off your body to its best advantage. People of slim and of average height look flattering in this kind of jeans too. If you have the body to wear them, the straight-cut jeans are the perfect choice as they can pretty much be paired with anything.
The flare cut, also known as boot-cut jeans was originally designed to be worn with cowboy boots. This cut is a good choice to as it is very flattering for many body types. Typically the flare-cut styles should sit just below your natural waist and should be slightly loose through the leg. A bonus about these jeans is that it will never go out of style and it is so easy to dress them up for occasions. The athletic and muscular types look best with flare-cut jeans as they will subtly show off all your hard-earned gym work. However, if you have larger frames, flare-cut jeans should be avoided like a plague as it will only make you appear larger.
The defining feature of the low-rise jeans is that it sits below your natural waistline, often on the hip bones. Low-rise jeans can be straight cut, slim fit, bootleg or wide leg. However, it is best to wear this kind of jeans with a longer shirt. As the jeans are low-rise, your midriff will be visible anytime you move your arms and it is never a good one for men. Those with larger frames should apt for wide-leg styles as they are really great for concealing physical flaws but avoid choosing styles that are too baggy.
Do not be afraid to but more than one pair once you find jeans that fit your perfectly. With this newfound knowledge, your next shopping trip should be much more efficient.
Monday, April 23, 2012
People often wonder why men in blazers look so much more attractive and that the ladies tend to notice the ones in these smart suits more too. Here are the reasons why you should pick up your blazer more often now.
Reason number one is that blazers make anyone look masculine. Pretty much always the world's most manly men are in some sort of blazer. The reason people care about clothes in the first place is to attract other people and hence, blazers are a very good reason to be worn.
The second reason to get yourself a blazer whenever you hit out is that blazers are versatile wardrobe pieces appropriate for a variety of occasions. Whether you are attending a wedding, an office meeting, out on a date or even to a funeral, wearing a blazer can never go wrong. They are an easy pick that is bound to make you stand out in any event for the right reasons.
The third reason is that blazers help to hide all those body parts you don't want to show. A formfitting blazer can create a completely new profile for your body so whether it is love handles, flabby forearms or a spare tire, a blazer can straighten out your silhouette.
Another reason to throw on a blazer is that this piece of clothing is one of the few items in a man's wardrobe that can work with anything from a tie to a T-shirt. The possibilities with blazers are endless. But of course, knowing how to match it well gives in extra points.
The advantage of wearing a blazer is that it does not limits you to one certain weather to wear it. Of course, wearing a blazer is not so desirable during a hot weather but it is efficiently beneficial when it comes to a colder weather. A blazer can keep you warm while keeping you looking good. Better to replace your big bulky unattractive jackets for a smart looking blazer.
Blazers are an excellent wardrobe piece to bring around during traveling. You can wear the same item with so many other pieces and blazers make it is easy to dress for a variety of occasions with just a few additional articles of clothing. This simplifies your packing for traveling and in the mean time, still maintains you looking good.
A good blazer will improve your profile, but it is still up to yourself to achieve the perfect body shape. Good luck.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Our daily lives are filled with work, stress and activities that are bound to cause a strain on our complexion. To present a better version of yourself, start picking up nightly habits so you can be sure to look your absolute best.
Spend some time at night before you hit the sack to tweeze unwanted hair on your face. Getting rid of unwanted hair between your eyebrows, taming bushy brows and plucking unruly nose or ear hairs are all jobs better tackled at night, especially if you have sensitive skin. This is because tweezing can lead to redness and performing this grooming operation at night means that any irritation that develops has eight hours to subside, so your face would not have any awkward red spots.
Lips get hard and chapped during harsh weathers. Lip balm may help soften the lips but you can begin to nurture natural soft lips while you sleep. Begin by exfoliating your lips when you brush your teeth. Simply run your toothbrush lightly back and forth across your upper and lower lips a few times. This is to get rid of any dry, flaky skin and only takes mere seconds. Apply a softening lip balm after brushing your teeth and you will wake up in the morning with kissable nice lips.
It is important to take note of what we consume because what we eat or drink reflects on our skin. Drinking caffeine in the form of coffee, energy drinks or soda, or consuming more than a couple of alcoholic beverages in the evening will keep you awake. However, drinking all these will cause you to lose out on restorative sleep time. They are also dehydrating which increases the appearance of wrinkles because they dry out your skin. Switch to decaf tea if you crave a hot drink or plain old ice water for a cold one instead before sleeping for younger-looking skin.
Make it a habit to do some gentle stretching before bed as it will lengthen your muscles and within a few weeks, you will have a leaner, more toned appearance and being more agile. Moreover, light stretching will help you relax and make sleeping better. You will appear more relaxed in the morning without having to attend any yoga classes to reap these benefits.
There are plenty of other excellent nightly rituals that will help improve your appearance. Make them an essential habit every night to gain the best version of you.