Grooming Tips for Men (Part 1)

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1. Dressing up

Decent, presentable clothes will do. You don’t need to go out and get an Armani. Not even if your date is Halle Berry [substitute with the name of your favorite celeb]. Choose fitting clothes. I know a lot of skinny people who like to wear two shirts just to look bulkier. It doesn’t work. It just makes you look like a parcel from Fedex. Trust me, I was skinny once.

Your shirt should be iron and pressed. I know some folks who have their shirts folded in their wardrobe instead of hanging it up with a hanger. And they walk around town wearing a shirt with fold lines all over. You can even play tic-tac-toe on their shirts.

If your shirt has pockets, leave them empty if possible. Keep all geeky toys like Palm Pilots, PDAs and mobile phones elsewhere. If you wear a belt, remember that a belt is (1) a fashion accessory and (2) to hold your pants together. Hang nothing there. You are not Batman or some building contractor who needs his tools close by.

Keep the color of your pants simple. If in doubt, wear black. And stay away from leather, corduroy or plaid material. And keep bulky stuffs and thick wallets away from your pants pocket.

You should dress to accentuate your confidence and not to impress. I can go on and on about dressing but I will leave it at that for now.

2. Hair style

Hair should be neat and be in places where it should be. Avoid being too overly adventurous with hair styles unless you intend to limit the choice of dates. Spotting a Mohican cut, pony tail or something green will definitely reduce your options.

If your hair is thinning or your hairline is receding, you might want to consider doing a Michael Jordan and shave it bald. Baldness may be an issue for men especially when one gets older. It may impact your confidence. Think of Kevin Spacey or Jack Nicholson, balding, yet so sure of themselves.

If you spot facial hair, make sure they are kempt and tidy. And nostril hairs should not be noticeable at ALL TIMES. Protruding nostril hair has got to be the second most disgusting thing to appear on a human face after tattooed eyebrows.

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