14 Style and Grooming Hacks for Men That Will Instantly Make You Look Better

14 Style and Grooming Hacks
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Every guy wants to put his best foot forward, whether it’s at work, in a bar, or on a date. But let’s be honest, some guys need a little extra help than others. Not to worry—we’ve got you covered. Here are 14 things you need to know to help you look your best no matter what situation you’re in.

• A proper-fitting suit: If you really want to stand out in a room, invest in a couple of suits that actually fit. The sale rack is fine for picking up shirts and pants, but when it comes to a suit, you should spend the time to go to a tailor and get properly fitted. It’s an investment, but a quality suit will last longer, so it’s worth it. Plus, you’ll just feel like a boss.

• A man bag: Unless you’re a student, there’s no reason for you to be carrying a backpack everywhere. You don’t need to carry a stuffy briefcase, but at least invest in a well-built, leather messenger bag.

• The art of dress shoes: Nothing completes your look like the right pair of shoes, so if you’re wearing a proper suit with five-year old dress shoes covered in tears and scuff marks, you might as well be wearing sweats. And don’t underestimate the power of a good polish—if you don’t have leather shoe polish handy, olive oil works as a quick fix.

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• Fun socks: It’s an easy way to show your quirky side without looking like a freak, not to mention the fact that it’s a great conversation starter. While on the topic, white socks should only be worn to the gym and that’s it.

• Pants that fit: Most guys wear pants that are too big for them. Whether you’re rocking dress pants, jeans, or khakis, pants need to fit well. They should generally fit snug around the hips (you should be able to fit no more than two fingers between the pants and your skin) without being too tight on the thighs. The length of the leg should just cover the top of your shoe. When picking shorts, the perfect length is either right at your knee or two to three inches above it.

• Coats that fit: Whether you’re buying a casual sport coat or a formal blazer, make sure it fits. If you see divots on the shoulders, it’s too big. The seam on the shoulder should lie flat without any ripples, lumps, or wrinkles. When you button it (never close the bottom button), there should be no wrinkles coming from the closure. If you see wrinkles or if there’s a wide triangular gap under the buttons when you do them up, it’s likely too small. With regards to the length of the coat, it should ideally line up roughly with the top knuckle of your thumb when your arms are by your sides. The sleeves should be long enough to see half an inch of your shirt cuff underneath.

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• Wear a belt: Even if your pants fit, a belt just brings it all together; even better if it matches your shoe color.

14 Style and Grooming Hacks• A manly watch: It doesn’t need to be a Rolex or a Cartier, but at least make sure it’s got a chain or leather strap and a big, solid-color face with an analog dial.

• Casual vs. dress shirts: Know the difference. A dress shirt is longer with a straighter hemline—these should always be tucked in. Casual shirts are usually a little shorter and the hem curves up on the sides—these should never be tucked in. It also helps to know how to pick the right collar. If you have a wide face, narrow collars will help lengthen your face. And if you have a slender face, a wider spread collar can strengthen the jawline.

• Fix oily skin: If your skin is looking a little extra shiny, you can use a coffee filter to help blot away some of the excess oil.

• Un-stink shoes: Stinky feet are never attractive. If your shoes reek when you take them off at the end of the day, try this trick: put them in a large Ziploc bag with ice and throw them in the freezer for a while. The logic is that bacteria from your sweaty feet mixes with the dirt in your shoes, which is what creates the stench—freezing the bacteria helps to kill it.

• Skin care: A lot of guys don’t want to spend time fussing over skin care because they think it makes them girly, but there’s nothing feminine about healthy skin. A lot of skin care lines now offer products that are specially designed to treat men’s skin, so they’ll still look masculine on your bathroom counter. You don’t need a whole army of products, but at least start with a good cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.

• Master the art of shaving: Avoid shaving as soon as you get out of bed, because your skin tends to be a little extra puffy first thing in the morning. If you wait 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll likely get a closer shave with less chance of nicks or cuts. Use slow, short strokes and always shave in the direction of hair growth.

• Proper posture: This one isn’t so much about style, but it can definitely help you look better. Slouching makes you look chubbier and kind of lazy. On the other hand, rolling your shoulders back, pulling your abs in, and standing/sitting up straight makes you look leaner and more muscular. It also portrays an air of confidence, which will definitely work in your favor.

 
 
 
 

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