It's good to make big goals, like aiming for that six pack or one-rep max. But sometimes it's OK to cheat with some quick-fixes. Here are 10 simple and quick style tips that can help you look more attractive by tomorrow. Five Fixes for Syle Mistakes You're Making >>>
Find a good suit, and wear it
We've become a culture that considers an ill-fitting, button-down tucked into an old pair of khakis "dressed up". Well, it's not. Walking into the room and being the guy in the suit really makes you stand out in the best way possible. That can only build confidence, which leads to more success, which leads to a more fulfilling life, which leads to more sex, which leads to ... well, you get the point. I suggest a nice rich navy because it will go with just about everything. And a nice suit doesn't have to break the bank anymore. With options like Alton Lane, J. Crew, and Suitsupply, you can find a quality suit that fits you the way it should for around $600.
Nothing says you don't care quite like clothing that doesn't fit. There was a time when a tailor was as important in a man's roledex as his barber, his bartendar, and his best friend. Somewhere along the line we started to think of a tailored look as a negative thing. It's not, and it never was. A well tailored wardrobe will likely cost you less in the long run. A shirt can cost you next to nothing and spending the extra change to make it fit properly will fool everyone into thinking you spent a lot more than you really did. Look to sites like Yelp to help you get an idea where the tailors near you are and if it would be worth the trip.
Whether it's high shine, cream shine, or brushed suede, keeping your shoes in good shape will elevate your overall apperance. Our feet are the foundation of our bodies. Our shoes are the foundation of our outfits. We don't suggest running a marathon in your old beat-up trainers, and we don't suggest going on a blind date in an old beat-up pair of Oxfords. Whether your shoes are $95 or $895, a shoe that has been cared for will last longer and make a better impression. Also, the guy that takes care of your shoes is called a Cobbler, not a "shoe guy." He'll appreciate that you know that.
Match doesn't have to mean match. If wearing a full suit or a more formal outfit, the leather or suede of the belt should match in color and sheen to the shoe, or as close as you can get. If wearing a more casual suit or outfit -- with something like a Jack Purcell -- try a neutral leather, canvas, or mixed-material woven belt for a cool look without trying to be too "matchy-matchy." Adding a bag, some gloves, or a hat? When in doubt, keep tones together (various shades of brown leather, but no black, or various blacks and grays, no browns).
A lot can be said for a solid sock in a bold color. Once it gets busy with a lot of stripes, designs or polka dots, it can get distracting and take you from modern to messy. If you are not sure, I suggest stick to a classic and simple sock choice in a bold color. Personally, I have made my go-to sock a nice cherry red. I put it with everything and just say it matches. Because it is a primary color, it tends to be bold without contrasting from most outfits. Don't like red? That's fine. Find something you like and try it out. If it doesn't work, try something else. Luckily socks tend to be an inexpensive way to have fun with an outfit. An easy way to mix and match is to go with UniQlo solid socks priced at an easy to obtain four for $12.90.Does Your Sock Drawer Need a Takeover >>>
Invest in a man's watch
We can't all afford the Rolex Submariner or Cartier Tank, but there are myriad reputable timepieces out there that are classic and refined without being too expensive. Movado, Tissot, Tudor and Shinola are just a few to get you started. Watches are a symbol of success wether you want to admit it or not, so investing in a decent one isn't a bad idea. I like a steel bracelet with a neutral face to start, then, for the next one, maybe venture into a leather or croc accent. The goal is to establish a watch wardrobe that will go with just about anything.
There are a lot of fragrances to choose in the world. My suggestion is find two that work and stick with them. Fragrances are typically priced based on concentration. Simply put, perfume is the most concentrated, Eau de Toilette is next, then comes cologne. Don't let the words fool you, guys can use perfume as well, you just don't need as much since it stays with you longer. It is a common misconception that women wear perfume and men wear cologne. My personal favorites of late are Oud Wood by Tom Ford, Terre d'Hermes by Hermes, Corduroy by Zirh, and Colonia by Aqua Di Parma. These are great, full bodied scents that transition through seasons.
We are in the modern age. Leave the caveman method to your diet, not your skincare routine. If I could convince you to do ONE thing in the morning beyond washing your hair and body with the same bar of soap, it would be putting on a moisturizer with an SPF of 30. This simple addition will not only get rid of dry flaky skin but will help you age a little more gracefully. An easy and affordable pick up is AltchekMD Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30. Just a dab will do, and it will be worth it in the long run.
Yes, everywhere. Eyebrows, Ears, Nose, Back, Chest, Balls... I'm not saying you need to shave and trim everything away. There is not one formula that works for all guys, but the vast majority of men can benefit from simply being aware and on top of unnecessary or unsightly hair. As we age, hair starts getting in the way of things. Amending our routine can really make a big difference in our outward appearance. I would assume you know how to use a razor, and tweezers are pretty self explanitory, so a suggestion that will give you the most bang for your buck beyond the everyday is the Phillips Norelco MultiGroom 5100. Don't confuse this with over manscaping, just a friendly suggestion to keep it all in check.
Just get over it. It's a thing a lot of guys are doing and if done properly no one will ever know. It takes 60 seconds in the morning and will help make you look like you actually got to bed early last night. Many companies are making special products especialy for men, including Tom Ford, Evolution-Man, Lab Series and Menaji. Give it a shot, I bet you'll find it's not that bad after all.