Women notice a successful man, but not all successful men get noticed. Why? They don’t know how to present themselves. Here are some tips that will help you look your best, no matter what your budget.
The Best Style and Fashion Advice for Guys
Whiten your teeth
The best way to whiten your teeth is to have them bleached at the dentist’s office. This procedure can run between $390 and $1,200 for both the upper and lower teeth. It should take between one and three hours. If you want to save money, you can use either a take-home dental kit (about $500), an over-the-counter kit (less than $120), or even an “express whitener,” like Crest’s Whitestrips (which promise whiter teeth in seven or 14 days, depending on the package; prices range from $28 to $33, but results only last a year). If you want to go all out, you can also use toothpaste with whitening ingredients, which won’t actually make your teeth whiter, but will prevent further yellowing.
Get a tan
The price of a tan can range from free to a ton of cash, and can take as long as a summer season or as short as a few minutes. The difference is whether you do it the old-fashioned way or in a salon. If you opt for a salon, expect to pay about a dollar per minute (and remember the potential danger of tanning beds). How long it takes and how often you need to visit depends on your skin pigment. Either way, remember to apply sunscreen and don’t forget to consult a doctor if you have any questions about safety. On the other hand, self-tanning lotions and spray tanning salons are other options.
Get a professional shave
Men are always looking for a better shave. After all, a good shave means your woman will be more likely to get close. But nothing beats a barbershop shave, for two reasons. First, the old-school brush the barber uses to apply the cream actually lifts your facial hair, making the shave easier. Second, the straight razor gets closer than anything else on the market. True, you could do it yourself, but I wouldn’t experiment with a straight razor on my face. And who wouldn’t want to be pampered when it comes to shaving ?
Consider professional hair removal
Many of us have hair in the wrong places. But we have several options. Any area can be shaved (provided that you can reach it), but shaving is a short-term fix. If you’re attacking a small area like your ears or nostrils, the proper attachment on an electric razor is your best bet. For larger areas, you can use a chemical hair removal cream like Nair for Men, which can sting and cause a reaction, and isn’t permanent. You could also wax, which is pretty painful. Then there are the more permanent options: electrolysis and laser hair removal. Both cause mild discomfort but promise permanent removal at a price ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on how many treatments are required.
Get a new pair of eyeglasses
Glasses don’t have to be boring. A simple change can go a long way in giving you the attention you want. Try rimless glasses if you’re used to clunky specs. If you’re looking to draw attention to your glasses, try bigger frames, like thick, plastic, rectangular frames.
Get a good suit
Two factors set a nice suit apart from the pack: the style (which changes, but you can’t go wrong with a single-breasted, solid color suit) and the material. For material, you’ll want to go with wool, which comes in four types: tweed, tropical, flannel, and worsted. Yes, there are other materials (like polyester), but wool is natural, wears well, breathes, and accomplishes a cool and timeless look.
Get a new pair of cufflinks
A suit says you’re a professional, but cufflinks say you’ve got style. Yes, they serve a practical purpose that you could also accomplish with a button, but this is your chance for a little bling. For less than $100, you can find a nice pair. But we’re talking jewelry here, so in theory, the sky is the limit. And no one says you can’t wear cufflinks while wearing a button-down shirt with flat-front pants .
Invest in a stylish tie
A tie is the only real choice a guy makes when he goes formal. Suits come in basic styles and colors, but ties let us know who the players are. Every guy should have at least one tie that he bought at a specialty shop. It’ll be your power tie, the one that works for you in every respect, from length, to shape, to color. Make it a silk tie and you’ve really got something.
Clean your watch thoroughly
This one is practically free and it goes a long way. You can clean your watch with a lint-free cloth and a toothpick to get rid of the dirt clogged in the case. If your watch is water-resistant, you can use warm water and mild soap. If your watch has a leather band, only clean the case.
Get a new jacket
It’s tempting to use the same jacket year after year. After all, if it keeps you warm, there’s no point in changing, right? Wrong. Invest in a quality jacket. Try cashmere if you’re looking to make a formal impression, or go with a cool leather jacket for a more casual look.
Tailor your clothes
You don’t need to tailor everything you own, but you should have a few items (and at least one suit complete with shirt) that fit you perfectly. Tailoring isn’t cheap, but some stores offer lifetime alterations, which could save you from having to buy a new suit.
Get a nice belt
Don’t make your belt the afterthought — it’s holding up your pants, so you want quality. But you should also consider style when choosing one. A black leather belt with a small silver buckle is good for just about all occasions. Aside from matching your belt to your wardrobe (including your shoes ), you need a good fitting belt. The right fit is a belt that fits snugly around your waist while set at the third hole.
Don’t look like pocket change
Different tips work for different guys, so you don’t have to do everything on this list. But it’s a good idea to try a few things and see what works best for you. If you get a compliment on something you try, you know you’ve hit the jackpot.