Lucretia: Clothes make the man


Clothes make the man. This mantra has been drilled into your head time and time again, but many of you out there are still not listening.

When it comes to fashion know-how, most men are too cheap, too clueless, or simply don’t care (these are the men whose mommies laid their clothes out for them).

Stan Williams makes a compelling case on the importance of a well-dressed man:

“I think that women recognise a man who dresses well — they can pick that guy out of the crowd. He’s not necessarily dressed expensively or crazily, he’s a guy who’s dressed well and looks neat. If a man cares about the way he looks, it is obvious to other people that he’s got something going on for himself and that he will probably be a better date.”

In other words, man + good wardrobe = more compliments! Got your attention now? Thought so.
And if you’re lucky enough to have a business casual dress policy at work, many of our tips can be applied to your office wardrobe as well.

By the way, this article is for beginners who want some simple secrets for building a basic wardrobe and improving their general appearance.

It’s not meant to turn you into a trendy hipster overnight. So you’ll find no references to long fur coats, shiny shirts and pants or updated cowboy hats. Who do you think you are, MC Hammer?

l Groom yourself

Your body is a temple that deserves to be worshipped.

But first, it’s time for a spiritual awakening. Before you even begin to think about revamping your wardrobe, you first have to perform some basic grooming.

Yes, we know you bathe on a daily basis and wear (relatively) clean clothes, but the following items are notoriously (and wrongly) ignored by men:

l Eyebrows
l Nails
l Hair
l Cologne
l Eyebrows

You think waxing and plucking is just for women? Not true.

There are many men out there who suffer from the infamous unibrow – when two eyebrows appear as one because of a continuous bridge of hair.

If this sounds a little too familiar, then it’s time for you to tame those babies. There are two ways to alleviate this problem:

l Go to a professional salon and have them wax and shape your eyebrows. It will cost not more than $5. After you get your eyebrows initially waxed, you can maintain them at home by plucking the hairs as they grow back with a pair of tweezers. If you accidentally go tweezer-crazy, who knows what kind of damage you may inflict?

l Wax them at home. This method is a little risky, and you will need a trusted friend to help you (and we do stress trusted). But at home waxing can be done. We recommend watching this at home waxing video for step-by-step instructions on how to wax your eyebrows yourself.

l Pluck them yourself. We don’t advocate this method, but if you refuse to cough up the money or are afraid of salons, it’s better than nothing. Just be sure to pluck the middle (that is, any hairs growing on your nose bridge).

Whatever you do, you must not – we repeat, MUST NOT-shave your eyebrows. Not only will the hair grow back faster and thicker, it will also be pretty obvious that you took a razor to them. Plucking is the only way to go.

People notice your hands, they are a part of how you express yourself when you are communicating, so you need to take care of them. So here’s how to make your nails look nice:

l If you are a nail biter, stop immediately. There is nothing grosser than a pair of gnarled, ragged fingernails that have been chewed down to the knuckle.

l On the other hand (pun alert), long fingernails on men are equally disturbing. So it’s important to keep them short enough so that you don’t hurt people during handshakes.

l Get a professional manicure (more manly than you think!) or invest in a pair of fingernail clippers and a fingernail file and do it yourself at home. Pay attention to cuticles and hangnails.

l Toenails are also important. Whether the ladies are seeing your feet on the beach or in bed, nasty toenails are a complete turnoff. Keep them trimmed and keep them clean.

Basically, hair is easy: don’t be afraid to get haircuts, and make sure you comb it before you leave your house.

Most men don’t get haircuts frequently enough, which contributes to an overall sloppy look. So after you get one, ask your cutter when you should come in next, and make an appointment.

(Our recommendation is once every five weeks. At the other extreme, the crew cut military look is no good (unless, of course, you are in the military).

In the wild, animals are able to identify others by scent. The moral: be careful when selecting and applying cologne. Here are our tips:

l You should never wear a brand of cologne that you can buy in a drugstore (translation: cheap cologne).

l Go to a department store and get a quality brand.

l Ask your wife or sisters to recommend one. They would know best.

l Don’t rely on what smells good on a friend; different colognes smell different on different people. So test a small amount on your forearm, give it a minute to seep in, and then smell it.

l You shouldn’t mix one brand of aftershave with another brand of cologne. You’ll smell like a mess.

l The most common error: don’t pour too much of it on. You don’t want your scent to arrive in a room before you do. And neither do we.

I know this article will go down in history because many men are clueless of these very important, basic daily needs.

I am here to share fashion tips with you, what will this world be without our Mighty Man of God who can take care of themselves.

Until next week. Stay Fabulous