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Gentlemen – this is men's style 101.

In this article, we teach you ‘how to tuck in a shirt?' and we explain when you should keep your shirt tucked and when you should untuck it.

You’ll learn:

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Should Men Wear Their Shirts Tucked Or Untucked?

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In about four out of five dressing situations, I recommend that a man tucks in his shirt.

That sounds like a lot. But it's based on the assumption that well-dressed men have many collared dress shirts in their wardrobe, which look better when tucked. Most good looks for guys involve at least one tucked layer.

What about that other one time in five, though?

It's not “bad style” to wear an untucked shirt – so long as you do it correctly.

Which Shirts Are Traditionally Worn Untucked?

  • T-shirts
  • Polo shirts
  • Rugby shirts
  • Henley shirts
  • Short-sleeved, button-fronted sport shirts (but check the hem)
  • Tank tops and other sleeveless shirts
  • Breton tops
  • Guayaberas
  • Hawaiian and other vacation shirts
  • Undershirts

Which Shirts Are Traditionally Worn Tucked?

  • Dress shirts
  • Long-sleeved, button-fronted sport shirts
  • Flannel and chambray work shirts
  • Wool “lumberjack” shirts

How To Wear Your Shirt Untucked

Getting the right fit is essential for an untucked shirt.

They have a looser look than a tucked-in shirt, for obvious reasons, but that doesn't mean you want a looser fit.

If anything, it makes a baggy fit harder to correct since you don't have the option of stuffing extra cloth into the back of your pants and belting it tight (not an ideal solution, but at least a short-term fix for a badly-fitted dress shirt).

These are the key points to keep in mind:

Shirt Length

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Length is the determining factor in whether you can wear a shirt untucked at all.

As a basic rule of thumb, if it doesn't fall to at least your belt, the shirt is too short. Move the wrong way, and it's going to flash your belly at everyone.

At the other extreme, something that covers your body down to your crotch is too long and can shorten your look.

For most looks, shorter is ideal — down far enough to cover the belt and not much beyond that. Some shirts, like the guayabera, are meant to be a little longer and can come down a few inches below the belt.

Shirt Waist and Chest

Significantly fewer casual shirts taper at the waist (and all shirts meant to be worn untucked are casual, apart from the guayabera's traditional role in South and Central American political and business dress).

This means you want a close fit throughout the torso so that the shape of your body won't drown in fabric.

Finding the size that fits you closely will take some trial and error. Most brands have some difference in their sizes, meaning the small in one brand may be closer to a medium in another.

Because the hem is untucked, you'll get some billowing and breeziness even with a close fit, so err on the side of smaller when possible.

Shirt Shoulders and Sleeve

The seams of the sleeves should rest just below the curve of your shoulder. If they lay halfway down your bicep, then the sleeves are too long. If they are above the shoulders, the sleeves are too short.

Wearing Tailed Shirts Untucked

One last consideration: you will see men (particularly younger men) wearing dress shirts with tails in the front and back untucked from time to time.

There is a deliberately sloppy edge to this look that some find appealing. The trick to pulling this off is to make sure the fit of your shirt is spot on, and you wear it with confidence.

Never wear an untucked shirt to a formal event UNLESS it is a style designed to be versatile (the guayabera being an example). Formal equals tucked in, plain and simple.

How Do You Properly Tuck In A Shirt?

The Basic Tuck

The basic is the first technique we all come to learn when we're younger. You open your pants, put on your shirt, and tuck it in under your pants and then pull your pants up; zippers and button closed, tighten your belt for the final finish, and hope that your shirt won't balloon out soon.

The Underwear Tuck

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For guys who wear an undershirt with their dress shirt, this method is handy. It is so simple and works all the time.

Here's How To Do It:

  1. All you need to do is to first tuck in your undershirt under your underwear
  2. Then tuck in your dress shirt between your trousers and underwear
  3. Put your belt on and adjust accordingly
  4. This technique uses friction to hold your shirt in place

The Military Tuck

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Tuck in your shirt under your pants, zippers closed but leave the button open. You need space to perform this maneuver.

Spread your legs evenly enough to prevent the trouser from slipping down.

Pinch any excess fabric from the side seams towards the back by using your thumb and index finger to form a neatly folded pleat at the side of the hips and in line with the armpits. Do this maneuver simultaneously on each side in one continuous motion.

Close the button and even out any folds or creases.

Buckle your belt for additional grip.

Use Shirt Stays

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Also known as shirt tail garters, men's shirt stays are an innovative tool and what you will need when all things fail. Invented during the 19th century, the shirt stays use constant downward pressure to prevent the shirttail from billowing out.

It's an indispensable accessory to have because it holds your shirt in place no matter what you do. So if you're running, reaching up, bending down, or dancing – it's guaranteed to keep your shirt in place.

Unlike other products that don't hold out for long or fall out of place (magnet pins) or constrict breathing and circulation (tension belts), the shirt stays are comfortable to wear because the pressure applies only to the shirt sock.

Shirt stays are so versatile that they are implemented by:

  • The military for their formal dress uniform.
  • Law enforcement officers for their field and dress uniforms.
  • Business leaders for their suit jackets.
  • Sports officials, especially in basketball and American football, with all the running and abrupt stops by professional ballroom dancers, especially when wearing their tuxedos.

I'm sure you wonder how these guys keep their shirts tidy and tucked after all the day's work. Now you know.

As you can see, the applications are endless. If it involves tucking in your shirt and keeping it that way forever, having a shirt stay garter should be at the top of your bucket list.

Now let's say that you have bought one for yourself, how do you use it then? Just remember the following steps:

  1. Attach one clip to the front and rear shirttail.
  2. Anchor the clips to the fabric by pulling them down.
  3. Clamp the lower clip to the sock.
  4. Fasten the clip to the material by pulling it up.
  5. For best fit, adjust the slide bar.
  6. If attached correctly, it should look like a letter “Y.”
  7. For the other leg, repeat the steps.
  8. Put on your trousers and adjust the belt accordingly.

For as long as the clips cling securely into your shirt and sock, it won't come off. That's what the pulling up and pulling down is for, to keep the shirt garter stay in place all day long.

Looking for more inspiration on the topic of shirts? Click here to learn more about how to wear a shirt with jeans.

 

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Buying The Perfect Collared Shirt For Men | Men’s Button Down Style Guide https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/perfect-dress-shirt/ Thu, 01 Dec 2022 12:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=72300 Every guy should own at least 3 different styles of collared shirt. But when you're at the mall and there are literally hundreds of options to choose from, how can you even begin to find the best button-down for you? Simple – do your research and identify the key features you want to find in…

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Man's Guide To The Shirt Collar Infographic

Every guy should own at least 3 different styles of collared shirt.

But when you're at the mall and there are literally hundreds of options to choose from, how can you even begin to find the best button-down for you?

Simple – do your research and identify the key features you want to find in your perfect collared shirt. Good news – that research starts here.

In today's article, I'm breaking out the basics of button-down collared shirts to help you understand the style that best suits your needs.

We'll be covering:

  1. How Should A Collared Shirt Fit
  2. What's The Best Collared Shirt Fabric?
  3. What Is A Collared Shirt's Placket?
  4. Best Buttons On A Collared Shirt
  5. What Are The Different Collared Shirt Cuff Styles?
  6. Collared Shirt Colors And Patterns

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How Should A Collared Shirt Fit

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Fit is king. It's the fundamental rule in men's style. So do bear in mind: if it doesn't fit you properly, it's surely not worth buying.

That's a truth that generally applies to most clothing items. A dress shirt that fits you perfectly:

  • Ensures comfort and freedom of movement
  • Shows off your body in a flattering way

Now there's a good chance that your upper body is most compatible with shirts that have one of these 3 types of standard fits:

  1. Slim fit – for athletic guys who have a rather slim or non-muscular torso. Your guide to customizing a shirt is adding 12 cm to the chest, waist, and hip measurements (in order to give yourself more breathing room).
  2. Normal fit – for men on the muscular or buff side. It's good to add 16 cm to the chest, waist, and hip measurements to provide some extra room (without compromising the visibility of your physique).
  3. Loose fit – for those with a fuller torso. About 20 cm should be added to the chest, waist, and hip measurements.

And here are a few specific details that you'll need to watch out for whether you're choosing a shirt, trying one on or having one custom-made:

There are several more factors of a well-fitted dress shirt – and it would be helpful to learn and know them by heart.

What's The Best Collared Shirt Fabric?

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Do you know exactly what you'll be needing your shirt for? And the kind of setting you plan on wearing it often?

When you have the answers to those given questions, then you can think about the dress shirt fabric that's most appropriate.

For most men – it's either they'll need something for the office and formal occasions in air-conditioned rooms, or they'll need something sporty or suitable for outdoor environments.

Whatever the case is for you…it's definitely important that you're completely aware of the different fabric options:

  • Fine cotton – this is a lightweight cotton that's woven in a way that provides good moisture and heat conduction. It feels quite smooth against your body and it easily takes space while being ironed. Cotton types such as Sea Island and Egyptian cotton are considered among the best raw material for dress shirts.
  • Man-made fiber – this can come in the form of nylon, polyester, etc. It doesn't have the same desirable properties as cotton. But it does create shirts which are wrinkle-free, stain-resistant, and very affordable.
  • Cotton chambray or linen – a more comfortable alternative for casual button-downs or sports shirts.
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  • Standard Oxford or flannel – another good choice for casual shirts.

What Are The Different Button-Down Collar Designs?

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The right dress shirt collar isn't just supposed to be there for the sake of wearing a collar. It practically frames your face – which means it has a key role in accentuating or downplaying your facial features.

And because there are lots of collar styles to select from, you have to understand the functions of each style. Then you can find out which one will do you and your shirt the most justice.

Below are some of the basic collar styles for dress shirts:

  • Spread collar – the points on the collar are spread out, roughly 10 cm apart. This collar style can be dressed up or down and goes well with any fabric, color or pattern. It's great for men with long or medium-shaped faces.
  • Widespread collar – the points here are pulled back even further (about 14 cm apart). It's compatible with fuller tie knots.
  • Wing Tip – this is the style that works on a tuxedo. It's the most formal among the collar types and features two “wings” at the front (tucked behind a bow tie).
  • Classic collar (Straight Collar) – this is a versatile style that you can wear to both casual and professional settings, featuring a small spread of around 8 cm. It tends to elongate the face, making it best suited for men with fuller or rounder faces.
  • Button-down collar – it's similar to the classic collar but with buttons on the collar points (tips). The collar in place with these buttons. It's the least formal and most casual among the collar styles.
  • Band collar – the band is a piece of fabric that wraps around the neck, which makes it impossible to wear with a tie. It stands up straight at the top of the shirt without the standard collar points. It looks great with a linen dress shirt.

What Is A Collared Shirt's Placket?

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As sharp as you want your collar to appear, the structure of your shirt placket is just as crucial of a detail.

The placket is basically the vertical strip of fabric at the edge of the left front panel (where the button holes line up). A good placket supports a good-looking collar.

So make sure that the placket reinforces and retains the shape of the front side of your dress shirt. Your options here are the following:

  • Standard placket front – the most common type of placket in dress shirts. At 1-2 inches long, the fabric is either folded or attached as a separate piece (with visible stitches on both sides). It's responsible for the symmetrical look of the front of your shirt.
  • Fly Front placket – refers to a concealed shirt placket that has a flap on the front to hide the buttons beneath. This style is most appropriate for formal occasions where a tuxedo is required (since the fly front drives more attention toward the bow tie).
  • No placket – this is an alternative option for those who'd rather sport a plain shirt front. The edge of the front side of the shirt is folded over to form a creased edge (held together by the button holes). This style gives the dress shirt a simpler look and is considered more formal than the standard placket.

Best Buttons On A Collared Shirt

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That's right. The buttons may seem quite small or insignificant individually…

But when your dress shirt is seen as a whole – with all the buttons lined up at the front center and along the sleeves – one loose or missing button can spoil everything.

So you'll want to take the material of the dress shirt buttons into account. Options for this include:

  • Plastic buttons – they're common, fairly strong and affordable. However, if the manufacturer used low-quality resin in their construction, they can break easily. So there's always a risk that comes along with them.
  • Mother of Pearl buttons – these are the preferred type. Typically, they're made from the shells that surround the pearl. That's why they're extremely resilient. But these buttons are also a bit pricier and suit higher-end clothes.
  • Horn/Wooden buttons – durable alternatives for the buttons of casual shirts.

Flat Vs Thick Buttons

You'll need to weigh the pros and cons when it comes to the thickness of buttons for your dress shirt. Although it's easier to dress or undress using flatter buttons, they're at a higher risk of coming off. Thicker buttons tend to last longer, but they can be bothersome to button up when you're in a hurry. So you'll need to figure out which side you'll benefit more from.

The Different Collared Shirt Cuff Styles

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Don't underestimate the value of quality, well-designed cuffs.

Sure – it's only a tiny part of the overall garment, but when you've got a jacket covering the other 90% of your shirt… they can suddenly stick out like sore thumbs (along with the collar).

You'll want your dress shirt cuffs to extend about one inch past the sleeves of the jacket you'll wear. As for the cuff style itself – pick one of these versions:

  • Button cuffs – the most common style that can feature round, square or angled corners. They wrap around the wrist and button into place. Round button cuffs promote a more casual feel and normally match with a button-down collar.
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  • Barrel cuffs – a formal style where each cuff has 2-3 vertical buttons. Multiple buttons typically suit taller men. The larger barrel length also provides a nice snug fit around your wrist. This helps create a sharper look for more formal/professional settings.
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  • French cuffs – these are twice the length of regular cuffs. They're designed to be folded back on themselves and sealed with cuff links. They've got a distinct look and pair well with a wing-tip collar style or a formal shirt. Use cufflinks for these.

Some cuffs feature a small button on the sleeve between the cuff and the end of the cuff opening. Called the gauntlet button, this small button prevents the sleeve around the upper arm from opening and exposing the gentleman’s wrist. Gauntlet buttons are a sign of a quality-made shirt.

Collared Shirt Colors And Patterns

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Finally, you should also think about the “personality” of the overall design (color and pattern) of your dress shirt.

Is it compatible with the rest of your outfit? Does it either showcase your personality (if you're wearing it to a casual event) or match the seriousness of the occasion?

To answer these questions accurately – you want to really define the message you're aiming to send to others.

Whether it's trust and credibility, uniqueness and boldness, or a laid-back vibe…knowing that message will guide you in choosing among these sets of dress shirt designs:

  • Solid white/blue – for office/business attire and formal events
  • Checked/striped pattern – suited to more social/casual environments with friends or family
  • Multiple colors, bright colors, floral details – for weddings, informal dinner parties, afternoons at the beach (try incorporating this into your wardrobe during the summer)

Looking for more inspiration? Check out my guide on how to pair tie knots with shirt collars!

 

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Ultimate Guide to Men’s Omega Watches: History and Styles https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/mens-omega-watches/ Tue, 29 Nov 2022 11:59:28 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=133160 Pop Quiz: What do Buzz Aldrin, James Bond, President Biden, and Prince William all have in common? You guessed it – they're all fans of men's Omega watches. As a brand, Omega represents the height of professional men's wristwear. They're a premium brand that makes luxury watches for all sorts of men. But what are…

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Pop Quiz: What do Buzz Aldrin, James Bond, President Biden, and Prince William all have in common?

You guessed it – they're all fans of men's Omega watches.

As a brand, Omega represents the height of professional men's wristwear. They're a premium brand that makes luxury watches for all sorts of men. But what are their most popular models, and why have they succeeded so well in the last 100 years?

You'll find out in today's article when we cover:

  1. The History Of Omega Watches
  2. Omega Speedmaster
  3. Omega Seamaster
  4. Omega Constellation
  5. Omega Marine

#1 The History Of Omega Watches

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Omega has been around since 1848 and is one of the oldest watch brands in the world. The company was founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. At first, Brandt considered himself a modest watchmaker selling watches on a local basis. However, when he died and his sons took over the business, they quickly realized the potential of taking Omega global.

The company continued to grow and innovate throughout the 20th century.

Omega's first workshop only had four employees, but by 1900 that number had grown to over 80.

During World War I, Omega became the official timekeeper for the British Royal Flying Corps in France. After the war, they supplied watches to explorers like Sir Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen.

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In 1932, Omega released the world's first mass-produced men's wristwatch – the “Marine”. This was followed by a series of other successful models such as the “Seamaster” in 1948 and the “Speedmaster” in 1957.

Famously, Omega also supplied NASA with watches for the Apollo Moon landing missions in 1969. The “Speedmaster Professional” model became known as the “Moonwatch” as a result.

Today, Omega is a subsidiary of the Swatch Group and is considered one of the most prestigious watch brands in the world. Their watches are worn by celebrities, politicians, and royalty alike. And with over 170 years of history, it's no wonder why.

#2 Omega Speedmaster

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The Omega Speedmaster is a men's wristwatch that has been in production since 1957. It is one of Omega's most popular models and is known for its durability and accuracy. The Speedmaster has a simple design with a stainless steel case and (commonly) a black dial. It is also water-resistant up to 100 meters.

The watch has a chronograph function, which means it can be used to measure time intervals. This makes it ideal for activities like racing, flying, or diving. It's also powered by the Omega Co-Axial caliber 9300 automatic movement. This movement has been certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

Overall, the Omega Speedmaster is an excellent choice for men who need a reliable and stylish watch that can handle any activity.

History Of The Omega Speedmaster

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The Omega Speedmaster is one of the most iconic men's Omega watches and has a rich history dating back to 1957.

The Speedmaster was first released as a racing watch and was designed for drivers and pilots. It was one of the first watches to include a tachymeter scale on the dial, which allows you to calculate speed based on time and distance.

In 1957, the Speedmaster made its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The watch proved successful and soon became popular among professional drivers and pilots.

In 1965, Omega began supplying NASA with watches for their space missions. That same year, astronaut Wally Schirra wore his Speedmaster during the Gemini 6A mission – making it the first watch worn in space.

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Of course, we all know that the Apollo Moon landing missions were perhaps the most famous use of Omega Speedmasters. On July 20th, 1969, Buzz Aldrin became the second man to walk on the moon – wearing his trusty Speedmaster Professional model “Moonwatch”.

Since then, Omega has released new models of the Speedmaster which are popular among enthusiasts worldwide.

#3 Omega Seamaster

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The Omega Seamaster is a men's watch that has been around since 1948. It is one of the most popular watches in the world and comes in a variety of designs and styles. The Seamaster is known for its durability, water resistance, and style.

The dial on an Omega Seamaster is typically round with numerals at each hour mark. There are also usually three hands on the dial—a seconds hand, a minutes hand, and an hours hand. In some models, the date window is often located at the 3 o'clock position on the dial. Some newer models come with a 12-hour chronograph function as well.

One thing that makes Omega watches stand out from other brands is their use of “co-axial” movements. Co-axial movements are more accurate than traditional mechanical movements and are less likely to suffer from wear and tear over time. This means that an Omega watch can be passed down from generation to generation without losing its accuracy or quality.

The History Of The Omega Seamaster

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The Omega Seamaster is one of the company's most iconic designs and has been worn by some of the world's most famous men including movie stars, presidents, and royalty.

The Omega Seamaster was first introduced in the mid-1900s as a men's diving watch. It was designed for use by professional divers and featured a water resistance of up to 200 meters.

The Omega Seamaster has undergone several design changes over the years but has always remained true to its roots as a diving watch. In 1957, Omega released the Seamaster 300, which was considered to be one of the most advanced diving watches of its time. It featured a water resistance of up to 300 meters, an automatic movement, and a stainless steel case and bracelet.

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The latest incarnation of the Omega Seamaster is the Aqua Terra 150M Master Co-Axial Chronometer. This model features an updated design, but still retains the classic features that have made the Seamaster one of the most popular men's watches in the world.

#4 Omega Constellation

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Omega Constellation watches are some of the most well-known and iconic timepieces in the world.

They have been around for more than 60 years, and their timeless design has made them a favorite among watch enthusiasts.

There are several different versions of the Omega Constellation, but they all share some common design features. The most notable feature is the star-shaped logo on the dial, which has become a hallmark of this line of watches.

Unlike the above men's Omega watch models, the Omega constellation could be considered a dress watch, as a result of its elegant and simple design. It is available in both men's and women's versions, and its simple yet sophisticated style makes it a popular choice for those who want a more formal-looking timepiece.

The History Of The Omega Constellation

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The Omega Constellation is a men’s watch that has been in production since 1952. It is one of the most popular watches ever made by Omega, and there are many different designs and styles that have been created over the years.

The original Omega Constellation was introduced in 1952 and it was available in both gold and stainless steel versions. The watch had a simple design with a round case and no crown guard. It was powered by Caliber 32 movement, which was based on the manual-winding movement used in earlier models such as the Seamaster.

The original Constellation had two sub-dials on its face – one for hours and minutes, and one for seconds – as well as a date window at 6 o'clock. The dial was either white or black with gold-plated hands and hour markers.

The first generation of Omega Constellations was discontinued in 1962 when they were replaced by the second-generation models.

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The second generation of Omega Constellations was introduced in 1962 and they featured a more modern design. The case was now flat with a bezel that had raised ridges, known as the “teakwood” bezel.

There were also two different crowns on the watch – one for setting the time, and one for winding the movement. The dial layout was similar to the first generation, but the sub-dials were now placed at different positions.

The second-generation Constellation was powered by a new automatic movement, Caliber 100x, which was based on the earlier manually-winding movements. Once again, Omega switched things up and released the third generation of this model (which is what we know as the Omega Constellation of today.)

Today, the Omega Constellation is one of the most popular watches in production and there are many different designs and styles to choose from. The Globemaster model is a variation of the Constellation that was introduced in 2015. It features a unique “fluted” bezel and a dial that pays homage to the original 1952 Constellation.

#5 Omega Marine

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The Omega Marine isn't one of Omega's best-known timepieces. However, in my opinion, it's one of the coolest designs they've produced.

Unlike every other watch they produce, the Marine design features a rectangular casing rather than a circular one. This makes it very reminiscent of the Cartier Tank – one of the world's best-known dress watches (famously worn by Princess Diana).

That being said, the Omega Marine is by no means a feminine watch. Thanks to its design innovations and sturdy finish, this timepiece boasts a very masculine aesthetic sure to turn heads and make you stand out from the crowd.

It's just a shame Omega doesn't produce them anymore!

The History Of The Omega Marine

The Omega Marine Watch was a men's watch that was designed for use by professional divers in 1932. It's believed that this watch was the first-ever timepiece designed specifically for divers.

Although Rolex had already patented and produced the world's first waterproof watch (The Rolex Oyster) 10 years earlier, Omega was determined to create a unique, depth-tested timepiece that didn't infringe on the copyright already claimed by their competitor.

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Thus, the sliding Omega watch casing was invented. In short, they encased a rectangular watch casing inside a protective outer shell that allowed for increased water resistance thanks to a cork-sealed design.

As such, while Rolex is famed for creating the first water-resistant timepiece, Omega went further to create the world's first dive watch that could not only resist water damage but also withstand higher pressures when submerged in the deep. In 1941, this bad boy was tested in scientific conditions at the Swiss Laboratory For Horology and was able to maintain its waterproofing at 135 meters! An impressive feat for the time period, to say the least!

Unfortunately, the Omega Marine isn't available today. Over the years it's been released to the public in limited edition runs, so you might be able to find one second-hand if you looked hard enough.

Looking for more luxury watch inspiration? Check out my guide to Rolex watches here.

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Christmas Gifts For Men 2022 | What To Buy Your Buddies This Christmas https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/christmas-gifts-for-men/ Mon, 28 Nov 2022 14:38:03 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=140569 Christmas is a time when we all come together to celebrate with our loved ones. It's also the perfect opportunity to get your buddies something special! If you're stuck on what to buy your pals this festive season, don't worry – I've got you covered. In today's article, I'm breaking out the best gifts for…

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Christmas is a time when we all come together to celebrate with our loved ones. It's also the perfect opportunity to get your buddies something special!

If you're stuck on what to buy your pals this festive season, don't worry – I've got you covered. In today's article, I'm breaking out the best gifts for men this Christmas.

Whether you're looking for a gift for your dad, son or friend, you're sure to find something they'll love.

A Personalized Coffee Cup

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Nothing says ‘we're friends' like a coffee cup with something insulting written across the side.

Personalized coffee cups have been around for years, and they're a great gift for your friends who have been in your life for a while now.

In reality, you don't have to get them one that's insulting. There are plenty of personalization out there that could work for you and your friends. From coffee cups designed with their favorite sports team colors to ones with their initials, there's plenty of room for personalization.

Plus, you can get them a gift card to their favorite coffee shop to go along with it!

However, if you're looking for something a bit more comical, then maybe an insulting coffee cup could be the way to go. I won't go into too much detail, but there are plenty of designs that are sure to get a laugh out of your friends.

Do the research and get on google – you'll see what I mean in no time, trust me.

Tickets To Their Favorite Ball Game

tickets as a gift

Is your friend a big sports fan? If so, then tickets to their favorite ball game would make an excellent Christmas gift! No matter what sport they're into – football, basketball, baseball or even hockey – you can find tickets to games happening all across the country.

If you're not sure which team they support, then you can always get them tickets to a game that's happening in their city. If you can't find out their team from loved ones, then their local team is always a good bet.

Not only will they love getting to see their team play live, but they'll also appreciate the fact that you took the time to find out their favorite team and get them tickets.

Regardless of which team is playing, they're sure to enjoy the experience. Plus, it's a great opportunity for you to bond with them over something you both love – sports!

Novelty Car Ornaments

novelty car ornaments

These make great stocking stuffers and are always a hit with the guys. You can find car ornaments that look like tools, sports equipment, or even their favorite food.

There are plenty of options out there, so take your time and find one that's perfect for your friend.

Be warned – while some are innocent and harmless, some car ornaments can be pretty raunchy, so only buy them for your friends who you know can take a joke.

To be honest, I'd stick to something safe. Think about the sort of person your buddy is and go from there.

A Memory From Their Childhood

childhood memory toy

One of the best gifts you can give your friends this Christmas is a memory from their childhood. It could be something as simple as an old toy they used to play with or a photo album full of pictures from when they were younger.

This style of gift is reserved for the friends that you've had for a long time – ideally those who you grew up with. After all, when you've known someone for years, you've been through a lot with them and can likely find some gifts that will remind them of good times gone by.

If you're feeling really generous, you could even put together a scrapbook filled with memories of your time together. This is sure to be a gift that they'll cherish for years to come.

A Family Heirloom

old clock

Now this Christmas gift for men is limited to those of you who have sons.

You might have the best friends a man could ask for, but passing on a family heirloom to someone outside the family is never a good move. After all, it's a FAMILY heirloom.

So if you've got a son, this Christmas could be a great time to give him a family heirloom that's been passed down for generations.

Typically, family heirlooms come in the form of jewellery. It could be an old watch that's been in the family for generations or something more specific, like a Masonic ring that every man in your family has worn for the past 100 years.

Whatever the heirloom, it's important that you communicate the importance of it to your son. After all, he's going to be the one responsible for keeping it in the family and passing it down to future generations.

A Lifesize Action Figure

lifesize action figure batman

This one sounds a little crazy right?

Sure, but for the right guy, this could be the perfect gift as it's something they'd NEVER think to buy themselves.

If you've got buddies who are into video games or movies, then buying a lifesize action figure statue of their favorite character could be a whacky but awesome way to show them you care this Christmas!

Characters like Master Chief or Batman are readily available to buy, so do some research and see which one your friend would love the most. Just be prepared to help them carry it into the house when you give it to them!

A Lightsaber

lightsaber as a gift

Let's get real – every guy wants to be a Jedi.

Don't kid yourself, I know you've made humming noises while swinging around a stick at some point in your life.

And what better way to show your friends that you care this Christmas than by getting them their very own lightsaber? Not only will they love reliving their childhood fantasies, but it's also a great way for you to bond with them over your shared love of all things Star Wars.

There are plenty of companies that produce lifelike lightsabers for very reasonable prices. I mean, they don't ACTUALLY work as real lightsabers, but they look pretty darn convincing and even make noises when hit against things!

If you want to spend a bit more cash, you can even personalize the hilt of the lightsaber with your friend's name or a special message… “Use the force, Dave!”

Subscription To Their Favorite Service

tablet with streaming service

This Christmas gift is a bit more low-key but it's still sure to be appreciated.

If your friend is always raving about how much they love Netflix, Spotify or any other service, why not get them a subscription for Christmas? This way, they can continue using and enjoying the service without having to worry about the cost.

It's a simple yet thoughtful present that shows you know and care about what they like. And who knows, maybe they'll even invite you over to enjoy it with them!

Remember, subscription services don't just come from media companies. There are plenty of other options like skincare brands or food delivery services. Just think about what your friend enjoys and do some research to find the perfect subscription for them.

A Trip To The Tailor

jacket measuring

This one is a bit more of an investment, but it's definitely worth it if you want to get your friend something truly special.

Every man should have at least one well-tailored suit and this Christmas could be the perfect time to help your friend get theirs.

Take them to a reputable tailor and get measured up for a custom-made suit. This way, they'll always have something amazing to wear for special occasions – and they'll think of you every time they put it on.

It's a gift that keeps on giving!

If you're not in the financial position to buy your buddy/son a fully tailored suit, then why not treat them to some alterations instead? Chances are they've got a suit or two that they never wear because it doesn't quite fit right.

Get it altered and they'll be able to enjoy wearing it for years to come.

A High-End Meal

steak dinner

Sometimes the best gifts are the simplest.

You know as well as I do that most red-blooded guys love food. So why not just take your son or buddy to a nice meal for two? It doesn't have to be anything fancy – just some good quality food and drink that you can enjoy together.

It's a great way to catch up with each other and the best part is that you don't have to spend hours trawling through shops looking for the perfect gift. Just make a reservation at a nice restaurant and enjoy!

The most important thing to consider when giving this gift is to know what your guy likes to eat. You don't want to take them to a sushi restaurant if they're a meat and potatoes kind of guy.

Do your research, find out what they like and book accordingly. They'll definitely appreciate the effort you've gone to!

When in doubt – opt for a steakhouse. Even if you're buddy doesn't like red meat, chances are there'll be something on the menu he'll be into.

Looking for more festive inspiration? Check out my guide on what to buy your partner this Christmas!

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Best Men’s Scarves To Buy This Winter (Style and Materials Guide) https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/best-mens-scarves/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:05:11 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=141471 Winter is coming and that means it's time to start thinking about men's scarves. Why? Because they're probably one of the most important accessories a man can own during the winter months. Scarves can keep you warm in cold weather and add a touch of style to your outfit. In today’s article, I’m breaking out…

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Winter is coming and that means it's time to start thinking about men's scarves.

Why? Because they're probably one of the most important accessories a man can own during the winter months. Scarves can keep you warm in cold weather and add a touch of style to your outfit.

In today’s article, I’m breaking out the different styles and materials of men's scarf to help you understand which is best for the cold winter months.

We’ll be covering:

Types Of Men's Scarves

Men's scarves – there can't be that many varieties… right?

Wrong – there are so many different types of scarf a man can choose to wear in the winter months.

However, some are more appropriate than others when it comes to different events and weather conditions. Don't worry, it's not as confusing as it might seem. Below, I break out the different styles to help you make an informed choice about your own scarf-related needs!

Casual Wool Scarf

Gloves and scarf

First up we have the classic wool scarf – which is probably what most of you picture a scarf to be.

The casual wool scarf is made from a soft, warm material that's perfect for keeping you comfortable as the weather starts to cool down. It can be worn with most outfits and comes in a variety of colors and patterns, making it an easy choice for men who want to add a bit of style to their winter look.

This style of scarf is timeless – it's the scarf you'd have seen your grandpa wearing back in the 70s, and the style you'd let your kids wrap around the neck of a freshly made snowman this Christmas.

In short, it's timeless and versatile – what more could you want?

Sports/Athletics Scarf

man ski scarf

If you're looking for a scarf that's made for more than the cold, then look no further than the sports/athletics scarf. This style of men's scarf is designed to keep you warm and sheltered from wind chill during outdoor activities – be it a run around the block or a ski-session in the alps.

Sports scarves can vary pretty widely. Some are big and thick – designed to be worn in freezing conditions when snow and ice are falling – while others are thinner and knotted at the front to help keep your neck warm without feeling too constricted.

It all depends on your needs. For those taking part in winter sports, a thick sports scarf made from wool is probably your best bet. However, if you're simply heading out for your daily work-out, then a thinner scarf made from a more technical, sweat-wicking material is probably a better bet.

Business Casual Scarf

man in suit and scarf

If you need something a little more polished than the casual wool scarf but still want it to be appropriate for a corporate environment, then look no further than the business casual scarf. This style of men's scarf has been designed with the office in mind – think of it as a slimmed-down version of the casual wool scarf.

Typically, business casual scarves come in neutral colors like navy, grey and black and can be used to add subtle flair to any professional outfit. It's also perfect for keeping you warm when travelling between meetings or making your way into work.

While casual wool scarves are pretty bulky with tassels on the ends, a business casual scarf is thinner and more refined in appearance. Expect it to be slimmer, shorter and more subtle than its casual counterpart.

Evening Tuxedo Scarf

suxedo scarf

If you want to add a bit of extra style to your evening look, then an evening tuxedo scarf might just be the option for you. This style of men's scarf is designed with formal occasions in mind – think weddings, black-tie dinners, and special occasions that call for black tie dress.

Evening tuxedo scarves are not designed to keep you warm. Instead, they're simply there for added style and sophistication. Expect it to be made from silk or another luxurious material, and to look refined when knotted around the neck of a tuxedo or black suit.

In short: great for a classy look, terrible for keeping you warm.

Best Winter Scarf Materials

Some materials are warm and snug, some aren't.

That's a fact – so it's essential that you know which winter scarf materials are best for the winter months. If warmth is your goal, then listen up.

Merino Wool Scarves

merino wool

Looking for luxury and warmth at the same time? The merino wool is the material for you. It is one of the most expensive men's scarf materials available, but it also offers incredible warmth and comfort. Merino wool works by trapping heat close to your skin without feeling too heavy or bulky.

Thicker, warm materials can be pretty itchy – which is why a lot of guys like cashmere scarves. However, for some men, cashmere just isn't attainable. If that sounds like you, I advise you to take a look at merino wool! It's a great cheaper alternative to cashmere, but still offers all the warmth and softness you could ever need.

Cashmere Scarves

cashmere material

We've all heard of cashmere. I'm sure I don't need to tell you how luxurious and soft it is.

Cashmere men's scarves are the perfect winter men's scarf for men looking for a classic, sophisticated look – without sacrificing warmth or comfort. It is one of the most expensive men's scarf materials available, but if you can afford it then I highly recommend investing in a cashmere scarf this winter season!

For gents thinking that cashmere is out of their reach, I'd advise taking a look at a cashmere-cotton mix! Many clothing companies produce part-cashmere-part-cotton mix garments which offer the same luxury feel for a fraction of the price.

Silk Scarves

silk material

Silk is a luxury – however, it's not warm.

If we're talking about the best scarves for men who want to stay warm, then silk is not the material for you. It's light, soft and luxurious – but does nothing to keep your neck warm!

However, if you're after a men's scarf with some added style and sophistication, then silk is perfect. Its thin material makes it ideal for knotting around a suit lapel or tuxedo shirt collar; adding a unique touch to any evening look.

Fleece

fleece material

Fleece is an interesting material. It's not exactly stylish, but if warmth is your primary goal then you can't go wrong with men's fleece scarves.

Fleece men's scarves are designed to keep you warm when the temperature drops to freezing levels – and although they don't look as classy as cashmere or silk, they definitely get the job done!

Should you wear one to the office? Probably not – you need to uphold a level of style that a fleece scarf just won't satisfy. However, if you're planning a winter hike or trip to the mountains, then a fleece scarf is a must!

The key here is to think about your purpose. Is style high on your list of priorities? If it is, then avoid fleece … if it isn't, then wear your fleece scarf with pride.

Polyester Scarves

polyester material

For men on a budget, polyester men's scarves are great for keeping warm without breaking the bank. Polyester offers decent insulation and comfort – although the material isn't as soft as merino or cashmere.

It's important to think about how often you'll be wearing your scarf too; if it's only for occasional use then polyester men's scarf is a great price-friendly option. However, if you plan to wear your men's scarf on a daily basis throughout the winter months, then I would personally opt for a material that's higher quality.

After all, you don't want to end up with a men's scarf that looks and feels worn out after just a few uses!

Looking for more information on how to TIE a scarf and look stylish? Check out my guide here.

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Blu Atlas Atlantis | Honest Men’s Fragrance Review https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/blu-atlas-atlantis/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 12:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=140709 Even a guy like me who owns hundreds of different fragrances has his favorites. That being said, when a fragrance like Blu Atlas Atlantis comes along, even I have to stop and take note. In today's article, I'll be providing you with my unbiased review of BA Atlantis to help you decide whether it's worth…

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Even a guy like me who owns hundreds of different fragrances has his favorites. That being said, when a fragrance like Blu Atlas Atlantis comes along, even I have to stop and take note.

In today's article, I'll be providing you with my unbiased review of BA Atlantis to help you decide whether it's worth adding to your scent collection.

We'll be covering:

  1. My Review: Does Blu Atlas’ Atlantis Smell Good?
  2. Blu Atlas Atlantis: Notes Breakdown
  3. Blu Atlast Atlantis – How Have Others Reviewed It?

My Review: Does Blu Atlas’ Atlantis Smell Good?

Let me great straight to the point – Blu Atlas Atlantis smells great.

It's a smooth but citrusy fragrance that's perfect for guys who want a brighter, more playful scent for everyday use. It's not too heavy, not too light – ideal for the office or for weekend wear.

I know – smooth and citrusy sound like they shouldn't go together. After all, a citrus accord is often tart by nature and distinctively sour. This is true for the most part, but Blu Atlas' breaks the mold slightly and uses a certain top note to help smooth out the citrusy punch and create a unique silkiness to their fragrance.

More on this later.

Atlantis' Sillage: Is It Strong?

As I'm sure you guys know by now, sillage is the measure of the trail a fragrance leaves when left on the skin. Think of it like the wake left by a boat on the water. The larger the boat, the wider and longer the wake. The same goes for the sillage of a cologne. The better the sillage, the more noticeable the fragrance will be to those around you once you've walked by them.

Typically, heavier scents, like Oriental and Woody fragrances, tend to have stronger sillage than lighter scents, like Floral and Citrus fragrances.

Blu Atlas' Atlantis falls in line with this. As a predominantly citrus fragrance, its sillage is moderate to mild. However, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Atlantis isn't an arrogant fragrance that invades the noses of unsuspecting passers-by.

Atlantis has class, it's sophisticated and elegant. Sure, if you happen to pass someone on a stairwell or narrow pathway, they might get a pleasant hint of your fragrance once you've passed. But for the most part, this fragrance is for the man who wants to smell great in a gentlemanly manner.

Does Blu Atlas Atlantis Have Good Projection?

Projection is different to sillage – although they're often confused with one another. While sillage refers to the wake your fragrance leaves behind you, projection is more about the reach of your fragrance around you. In short, it's how far your scent can travel in every direction.

Projection is important because it allows your fragrance to be enjoyed by those around you, not just yourself. Think of it like your own fragrance bubble – the better the projection, the further your fragrance bubble extends around you and the longer it will last.

Once again, as a result of Blu Atlas Atlantis' citrus lead, the projection of this fragrance is relatively short-lived. When first applied, those around you will experience a pleasant hint of your fragrance. However, after around 90 minutes, expect Atlantis to become a skin-level fragrance that's only noticeable by those who get up close and personal with you.

Longevity – How Long Does Blu Atlas Atlantis Last?

Longevity is simple – how long does a fragrance last on the skin before it disappears completely?

When it comes to Atlantis, longevity is actually pretty good. From the first spray, you can expect a longevity of between 6-8 hours. I'd say that's actually slightly above average for a citrus fragrance, which typically start out strong but dry down quickly and disappear completely within around 5 hours.

In my opinion, that's all thanks to Blu Atlas' use of deeper accords towards the heart of the fragrance's life cycle. It's almost as though they've used citrus at the top to give the fragrance a fresh kick in the opening, and then a mixture of floral and fruity notes at the heart to help extend the scent's longevity.

Blu Atlas Atlantis – Notes Breakdown

Fragrances have three timed sections that come in a life cycle of points – kind of like an evaporating pyramid of different scents.

Each of the three sections contains individual scents or ‘notes,' that are belted together into the overall fragrance you end up smelling.

These are the individual building blocks of scent. There are three different kinds of notes that comprise a scent top, heart (or medium) and base notes.

Top Notes

Top notes:

  • Bergamot
  • Lemon
  • Blackcurrant

This is an interesting mix of fruity and citrus notes that creates a unique blend of tart and smooth scents. The bergamot and lemon are tart and juicy, while the blackcurrant adds a touch of sweetness. This makes for a refreshing and invigorating fragrance that's perfect for summer days or spring nights.

Bergamot is an interesting note. While it's technically a citrus fragrance, many perfumers use it to provide a slight smoothness to their scents. As a scent, bergamot isn't as tangy as its citrus brothers. It has a more mellow aroma that provides a perfect contrast to the tart lemon and juicy blackcurrant.

Heart Notes

Heart Notes:

  • Lavender
  • Clary Sage
  • Peach
  • Apricot

Once again, we have an interesting mix of fruity and floral notes here. Lavender is a very popular essential oil, and for good reason. It has a calming, soothing effect on the mind and body. Clary sage is another excellent choice for relaxation, as it has similar effects to lavender. Peach and apricot are both fairly sweet fruits, so they add a nice touch of sweetness to the blend.

It seems that Blu Atlas is experimenting with opposing scent profiles in this fragrance. On one hand, they're pushing sweet and invigorating fruity accords that provide a punchy, liveliness to the cologne. On the other hand, they're also including some more calming and relaxing floral notes. It's an interesting mix, and I'm seriously impressed by the unique fragrance that they've managed to create.

Base Notes

Base Notes:

  • Orris
  • Oakmoss
  • Violet
  • Ambrette Seed
  • Musk

Once again, an interesting mix at the base.

You can see the usual suspects here – musk and oakmoss are pretty common at the base of many masculine designer fragrances. They help provide the green, slightly earthy foundation that a lot of these types of scents need.

But then you've got violet and ambrette seed, which are both fairly uncommon base notes in masculine fragrances. Violet provides a powdery sweetness to the mix, while ambrette seed adds a touch of spiciness.

What's really interesting is the continued hint of citrus that remains through the dry down and into the base of the fragrance. Sure, it's not as strong as in the opening, but it's definitely there and mixes seamlessly with the deeper, spicy base notes.

This creates a fragrance that's truly unique. Blu Atlas has actually managed to create a fragrance that simultaneously blends the freshness of a citrus cologne with the depth and richness of a spicy oriental cologne.

Blu Atlas Atlantis – How Have Others Reviewed It?

I'm not the only guy who has enjoy Atlantis.

Plenty of my buddies on YouTube have given their honest reviews of the fragrance too – so I thought I'd share those with you. After all, Blu Atlas's Atlantis has been making waves in the fragrance community – and here's the proof.

Top Notes’ Blu Atlas Atlantis Review

Top Notes opens his Youtube review by commenting on the presentation and construction of the Blu Atlas Atlantis bottle.

He outlines the high-quality, metal construction and marvels over the pressure-sensitive atomizer. It's clear to see he thinks they've put a lot of effort into producing a premium-quality product both inside and outside of the bottle.

The note breakdown is professional and accurate as always – he even rates the cologne as a 9.5/10. That isn't an easy rating to achieve from such a well-respected Youtube fragrance channel.

Fragrance Doud’s Blu Atlas Atlantis Review

Fragrance Doud is crazy positive about Blu Atlas Atlantis in his Youtube review.

He goes as far to say that both he and his wife think that it's the best fresh fragrance that he's bought and worn this year.

In his opinion, it matches (if not exceeds) the quality of well-known fresh fragrances by Dior, Lacoste and Coach – an incredible achievement for a relatively unknown fragrance house.

Fragrance Doud also discusses the quality of the notes, very much in line with what I mentioned earlier. He also details his experience with the atomizer and how the metal, pressure-sensitive plunger makes applying the cologne a joy.

TLTG’s Blu Atlas Atlantis Review

TLTG's Youtube review of Blu Atlas' Atlantis goes into a lot of detail about every aspect of the fragrance. He speaks very openly about how much his wife loved the fragrance – saying that she picked up notes of apricot and peach mixed with citrus accords throughout the scent's life cycle.

Interestingly, TLTG doesn't actually think this is a masculine fragrance. He even goes as far as to say that women could pull this off if worn correctly. The slight floral and powdery tones of this fragrance make it very versatile and wearable.

Price-wise, TLTG discusses the quality of the fragrance and how it definitely exceeds the $100 price point. It can keep up with some of the top designer fragrances, though he wouldn't go as far as to say it uses the oil quality of more niche offerings on the market.

Marga Son's Blu Atlas Atlantis Review

When it comes to what women think of Blu Atlas Atlantis, you guys should listen to the wise words of Marga Son's Youtube review.

She talks specifically about what she thinks of this fragrance when her partner wears it. In her own words:

‘I can't seem to stop loving the scent of bergamot, lemon and blackcurrant. A rare date night – hubby seems to be more attractive when he uses Atlantis'

They even go as far as to rate it 5 stars – it's their new favorite scent.

To be honest, I'd agree. Blu Atlas Atlantis smells great – and at only $100 a bottle, it's great value too. Head on over to their website to pick up your own – trust me, you won't be disappointed.

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Cheap Vs. Expensive Men’s T-Shirt Brands | Which Should You Buy And Why? https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/mens-tshirt-brands/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 12:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=141206 Are you looking for a new men's t-shirt to add to your wardrobe? Look no further than my list of the top 50 available on the market today. From high-end designer brands to more affordable options, there's sure to be something for everyone on this list. So whether you're in the market for new workwear…

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Are you looking for a new men's t-shirt to add to your wardrobe?

Look no further than my list of the top 50 available on the market today.

From high-end designer brands to more affordable options, there's sure to be something for everyone on this list.

So whether you're in the market for new workwear or want some new casual tees, read on for some great recommendations.

Bella & Canvas – $4.80 to $7.50

t-shirt brand

Bella & Canvas offers a wide range of colors and fits many guys well. It's a cheap option, but for guys who go through a lot of t-shirts and change up their style regularly, this is the best brand for you.

Decathlon – $10

t-shirt brand

Decathlon offer a rang of fits and textures – including a tight muscle fit that's great for athletic guys. If you're the sort of guy who works hard in the gym and wants to show that off, then check out Decathlon's t-shirt range.

Jack & Jones – $15

t-shirt brand

Jack & Jones is a well-known brand that produces quality at a reasonable price. Their t-shirts fall in line with this reputation – offering high quality material and fit at a price within the reach of most men.

Next Level (Amazon) – $15

Amazon-brand clothing isn't something most men would consider when shopping for new t-shirts. However, most men would be wrong! Next Level clothing is actually pretty impressive – their t-shirts are inexpensive but look great and fit like a glove.

Uniqlo – $20

t-shirt brand

Uniqlo is a quality brand – reflected in even their most basic t-shirts. For guys looking for some variety in quality, Uniqlo is perfect. They offer several different ranges of t-shirt at different price points – so there's something for every budget.

Be warned – some of their clothing is very ‘fashion forward' with boxy fits and baggy designs. Do not blind buy – try on before you make any purchase to ensure what you're buying suits your own personal style.

GAP – $20

t-shirt brand

Who hasn't heard of GAP? It's a safe bet for most guys as you know what you're getting is high quality.

Their t-shirt do run a bit baggy/relaxed on occasion so it's important to try before you buy. Even if you know you're regular sizing, I'd still advise hitting the changing room and testing out different sizes at GAP to ensure that you get the one that best fits you and your body shape.

Fruit Of The Loom – $20

t-shirt brand

Fruit Of The Loom t-shirts do the job. They're not amazing, and they won't turn heads, but they will prove to be reliable and good value for money. At this price, they're a great option if you need to buy a quick t-shirt in an emergency.

H&M – $20

t-shirt brand

Unfortunately, H&M have seen some pushback in recent years with regards to their quality.

Some men believe that, when compared to the likes of UNIQLO or GAP, H&M t-shirts just don't make the cut.

My advice? Hang out and see if you can get an H&M t-shirt on sale. Test the product and see whether it's to your standard. If those other guys are proven wrong, then H&M can be a great option for guys looking for simple and minimalist designs.

J. Crew – $20 to $40

t-shirt brand

Another classic brand, J.Crew t-shirts live up to its name as one of America's most popular men's clothing brands.

When you buy J. Crew, you know that you're getting a reasonable amount of quality for a reasonably low price. That being said, many guys have reported their fits getting more boxy and baggy in recent years… so try before you buy!

Rothco – $25

t-shirt brand

Many guys believe that Rothco t-shirts are military styled. I can see what they mean – frankly, I love the different designs available and believe that Rothco produces some of the best t-shirts available at this price point.

Madewell – $30

t-shirt brand

Madewell t-shirts are okay, but given that the brand name literally highlights that they're MADE WELL … I was shocked to hear that many men have had poor experiences with the strength of their Madewell t-shirts.

Some report that their t-shirts tear and develop holes within only a few months of wear.

Salty Crew – $30

t-shirt brand

Salty Crew t-shirts are in a league of their own when it comes to design.

With a strong nautical theme running throughout most of their garments, these t-shirts are for the man who romanticizes the idea of fishing, boating and the old navy way of life.

Bronson Manufacturing Company – $30

t-shirt brand

Bronson Manufacturing Co. has a great selection of regular T-shirts, Henleys and patterned garments. When it comes to variety and quality, this company has it nailed.

Everlane – $30

t-shirt brand

Everlane t-shirts come in quite boxy fits, so they're not for everyone.

Once again, I'd recommend trying before you buy to ensure that the fit and design is in line with your own personal style and tastes. Some guys say that the quality it great, while others say it isn't worth the money.

My advice? Try one on for yourself and make a personal judgement of your own.

Reiss Shirts – $30 to $50

t-shirt brand

Reiss t-shirts can be described using one word: fantastic.

They're high quality, look expensive and come in a range of colors and designs. In general, Reiss opts for a slimmer fit, so be mindful of your body shape and purchase accordingly.

Jockey's – $35

t-shirt brand

Some men describe Jockey's t-shirts as even higher quality than the likes of Calvin Klein. That's a bold statement, but for significantly less cost I'd say it's at least worth checking them out and trying on a few in the changing room.

G-Star – $35

t-shirt brand

G-Star is an interesting brand. Some guys swear by them and wear entire outfits made by their brand… others think they're overpriced trash that shouldn't hit the back of any well-dressed man.

In my opinion, G-Star is a brand that can produce some great garments. But you need to be careful. Avoid buying online and instead find a store where you can hold the garment you're about to purchase. Make the final judgement according to your own expectations.

Mott & Bow – $40

Mott & Bow t-shirts are great.

They're classic, well designed and last ages (provided you care for them correctly).

However, for some men, their length might be a slight issue. If you're got a bit of a dad-bod or beer gut, then they may run a bit short in the body and risk revealing the lower part of your torso. Not a good look – so try before you buy.

Hanes – $10 to $40

Hanes are classic and clean. If you're looking for loud Hawaiin designs or funny printed slogans then this is not the brand for you.

Fit is pretty good, some might have an issue with the slightly wider sleeve, but that's personal preference. Once again, I'd avoid buying online if you've never seen their clothing in person before – it's important to try these t-shirts on and ensure they fit your style and body shape.

David Gandy WellWear T-shirt – $55

David Gandy is one of the most influential male models out there. He's well known for his classic, English style and taste in quality, timeless clothing.

His WellWear t-shirt range has a slight stretch to the material and comes in slightly slim fit as a result. Sleeves are shorter than average but this isn't necessarily a bad thing – it just depends on what you're looking for in a t-shirt. Definitely worth a try at this price point.

Express Shirts – $40

Plenty of guys have told me about the quality of Express Shirts.

For the most part, they say that Express Shirts make some seriously impressive polos and t-shirts that are high quality and great value for money. It's another brand that has been compared with H&M and come out on top.

Tailored Athlete – $40

As the name would suggest, this brand suits men who are athletic.

They're made to be broad across the shoulder and chest and fit snug on the mid-section. So, if you're the sort of guy with a big of a gut, it might be worth giving this one a miss.

P&Co – $40

P&Co clothes are of a decent standard. This is kind of a given considering the price … as we move up into the $40+ mark, there really is no excuse for poor quality materials!

The main complaint I've heard about P&Co t-shirts is the customer service. Delivery is often slow, which isn't the best look for a higher-priced brand.

In short, P&Co t-shirts are nice, but they're nothing special.

Banana Republic – $40

Banana Republic are great for go-to basic t-shirts. They're a well known brand that you can rely on to provide decent clothing at a decent price.

As far as fit in concerned, BR t-shirts run slightly slim in the waist, so make sure you try before you buy… especially if you're slightly rounder in the gut area!

American Giant – $40

When it comes to substantial, hard-wearing t-shirts – American Giant is a contender. Their premium range is sturdy, but for thinner cotton, you should opt for their classic range.

American Giant also offers a few different fabrics in their t-shirts, so make sure to get a feel for these different options before making a final purchase.

Mack Weldon – $45

For a quality, mid-range t-shirt, try the Mack Weldon Pima. They're pretty durable, look great and are more durable than Everlane t-shirts of a similar style.

Cuts Clothing – $50

With Cuts, we're heading up into a new cost tier of t-shirts. Their fabric is great – described as ‘buttery' by a pal of mine – and feels great on the body.

However, be aware that the fit of Cuts' t-shirts fit quite long in the body for some men. Before purchasing, take your measurements and make sure that you won't get buyer's remorse!

Calvin Klein – $50

CK is a very well know brand. Let's be honest, every guy recognizes the CK logo from their cologne, shirts and underwear. But how do their t-shirts stack up?

As expected, their t-shirts have a premium feel and look great. As they should do, considering the price and brand status! If David Beckham has endorsed a brand, I wouldn't expect anything less than A1 quality.

Asket – $50

The best part of Asket t-shirts is the fit. They're snug in the right places, and loose in the right place – making a t-shirt that fits perfectly and feels great!

Unlike many brands, Asket also has a top-quality customer service team. If you've got an issue with your purchase or a question surrounding a product, chances are you'll get the answer from the quickly and effectively.

Hugo Boss – $50

Another premium-named brand, Hugo Boss is well known for it's luxury menswear.

You don't get to be that well-known without producing some pretty awesome products. Fit and design are personal preferences, so head to a Hugo Boss boutique and check out the selections they have in store. You'll soon find out whether the higher price tag is worth it to you and your budget.

Dressmann – $50

Dressmann is a good option for cheaper t-shirts. Better quality than H&M, but not as youthful and ‘fashionable'.

As you know, we don't believe in fashion here at RMRS. Timeless style is king, and Dressmann shirts provide exactly that at a great price too.

Vuori – $54

On the high end of the spectrum, Vuori is a great option for quality men's t-shirts.

With a focus on performance and functionality, Vuori's tees are perfect for active guys who want something that will wick away sweat and keep them cool during workouts.

They're also super soft and comfortable,

Tommy Hilfiger – $55

If you're looking for designer quality without the designer price tag, then Hilfiger is a great option.

Their shirts are well-made and come in a variety of styles, from classic crew necks to trendy henleys.

And with a wide range of sizes available, it's easy to find the perfect fit.

Lululemon – $58

Best known for their athleisure wear, Lululemon also makes great men's t-shirts.

Their tees are designed with functionality in mind, and are perfect for guys who want a shirt that will keep them cool and dry during workouts.

They're also super soft and comfortable, making them ideal for everyday

Goodlife – $60

If you're looking for a more affordable option, Goodlife is a great choice.

For many men, Goodlife is the go-to option for basic t-shirts that are well-made and come in a variety of colors.

Todd Snyder – $60

On the high end of the spectrum, Todd Syder is a great option for quality men's t-shirts.

With a focus on luxury and style, Todd Syder's tees are perfect for guys who want something that looks great both inside and outside the gym.

They're also super soft and comfortable, making them

Reigning Champ – $65

Another great option for quality men's t-shirts is Reigning Champ.

Made in Canada from the highest quality materials, Reigning Champ's tees are built to last.

And with a wide range of sizes and styles available, it's easy to find the perfect shirt for your body type.

Polo Ralph Lauren – $70

If you're looking for a classic men's t-shirt, then Ralph Lauren is a great choice.

Their Polo Slim Fit Crew Neck T-Shirt is a wardrobe staple that will never go out of style.

It's made from 100% cotton and comes in a huge variety of colors – from bright pink to deep green, there's something for every man's tastes.

Standard Issue – $75

On the more affordable end of the spectrum, Standard Issue is a great option for men's t-shirts.

Their shirts are well-made and come in a variety of colors and styles.

And with a wide range of sizes available, it's easy to find the perfect fit.

Pangaia – $80

Another great option for guys who like classic and minimalist t-shirts, Pangaia is a reasonably priced option that'll last you ages without breaking the bank.

Pangaia is interesting, in many of their garments, they use food waste as dyes and seaweed fibers – making them sustainable and earth-friendly while also being a bit odd.

Maison Kitsune – $80 to $100

Maison Kitsune have some great designs when it comes to their t-shirts. The quality is better than high-street stores, however it isn't anything amazing.

In my opinion, the quality of these t-shirts is compatible with J. Crew. The pricing is slightly different and isn't for everyone, so check them out and decide for yourself.

Left Field – $80

I'd recommend Left Field to any man looking for top-quality t-shirts that are built to last.

For one, they're made in the US which is something I always look for when buying garments of any type.

However, it is worth noting that their sizing can be slightly off at times. As with many of these brands, check them out for yourself and test the sizing if possible.

CDLP – $85

CDLP t-shirts are designed with a relaxed cut and precion tailoring.

They're made of a lyocell – a natural fibre crafted from wood pulp derived from sustainable sources. This material provides a superior breathability and silk-like softness to the garment that makes them feel one-of-a-kind.

Unbound Merino – $85

Unbound Merino T-shirts are very stylish and have a certain luxuriousness that can only be found in such minimal.

You guessed it, they're made of 100% merino wool, making them far superior to the cheaper, lesser made cotton t-shirts on this list. They can be worn for a hike, to a date or under a blazer for work – they're incredibly versatile and look great.

Percival – $89

Percival are a bit hit-and-miss.

Some of their designs are far too immature for me. No man should wear a t-shirt with an eggplant on the front.

However, their more minimal and timeless designs are actually pretty great! They seem to be a t-shirt company of two halves … so make sure you pick a garment from the correct side.

Sunspel – $90

Sunspel pricing is pretty steep for what they make.

Sure, there are far more expensive t-shirts on the market, however these usually have some defining feature that justifies the higher price tag. In my opinion, Sunspel is a bit overpriced for what is a relatively regular and normal t-shirt.

Lacoste – $100

Lacoste is well known for its preppy aesthetic and upper-middle-class style.

The lacoste polo is incredibly well known for this style – but what about the t-shirt?

To be honest, they're pretty good! The lacoste logo brings with it assumptions of quality and style, so finding a t-shirt that uses this logo is a good way to show you know your quality clothing brands.

Tom Ford – $290

Anyone that's read any of my content will know who Tom Ford is.

But do his t-shirts stack up to the quality of his fragrances and suits?

Reports have varied. Some men that I've spoken to claim to have found them too thin – to the point where their nipples would be easily visible through the fabric!

Others, however, love Tom Ford t-shirts. Obviously the quality is there, it's just whether you like the style or not.

My advice is to go ahead and find a TF boutique where you can pick up a t-shirt and examine it for yourself.

Prada – $1400

Prada is expensive. Let's not kid ourselves here.

You can expect to pay well over $700 for a single t-shirt, and I question if that's ever an acceptable amount of pay for a t-shirt.

Sure, the branding is well-known and makes you look loaded … but unless they're lacing their cotton with diamond filament, I'd steer clear of Prada. It's just a huge amount of money!

Want to learn more about how to store and fold your t-shirts? Check out my guide here.

 

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How To Wear Cowboy Boots As A Man | Western Boot Style https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/western-boots-information/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 12:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=25023 Who says cowboy boots are exclusively for cowboys? There are a number of men who have never ridden a horse, yet own and look GREAT in a pair of Western boots. Admittedly, Western boots can be a bit “tricky” to pull off. This is the very reason so many men hesitate to wear them. The…

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How To Wear Cowboy Boots

Who says cowboy boots are exclusively for cowboys?

There are a number of men who have never ridden a horse, yet own and look GREAT in a pair of Western boots.

Admittedly, Western boots can be a bit “tricky” to pull off.

This is the very reason so many men hesitate to wear them.

The goal of this western boot article is to help that man- the man who has been wanting to wear cowboy boots but hasn't figured out how.

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Why Wear Western Boots?

Every man across America played cowboy dress-up at some point in his childhood.

Inspired by the bad-ass gunslingers of the classic movies, it's no wonder that we wanted to be just like them when we grew up.

The reality hit, and we realized we couldn't live the life of an outlaw – we had to work for a living instead!

But that doesn't mean the dream should be forgotten completely! After all, a man can wear western style boots in his adult years and look stylish doing it – you just need to know what you're doing and WHY every man should try cowboy boots at some point in his life.

Western Boots Require Confidence

Western boots are not subtle.

They come in a variety of materials, colors, and finishes.

To put it bluntly – Cowboy boots are an attention-grabbing accessory that are sure to get people looking.

So how to wear western boots?

The key to successfully pulling cowboy boots is to wear them with confidence.

Wear them like you mean it.

If a man is self-conscious about his boots it instantly shows in his posture and body language, and that does not make for a very attractive picture.

Wearing western boots with confidence will have people talking.  They'll either give you compliments…..or comment about them 🙂

Not a bad thing.

As Nudie Cohen once said, “Better to be looked over than overlooked!”

Western Boots Give You Instant Style

The beauty of Western boots is that it doesn’t take much to create a stylish outfit with them.

A man can pair his boots with a simple button down shirt and jeans and let his boots carry the day.

This is due to fact most cowboy boots’ have a strong bit of flair to them.

Their height, toe shape, heel height, and overall style make them the focus of your outfit.

Western Boots Have An Awesome History

Western boots have a rich and interesting history. Certain parts of the boots were created because of what they were mainly used for before

Take the heel of the Cowboy boots. The heel is not purely decorative. It is shaped in a particular way so that it fits in perfectly in a stirrup and helps secure the Cowboy on his horse.

Western boots have no laces because in the event that the Cowboy fell off his horse, there would be no chance that the laces could get caught in the stirrup and drag the Cowboy. This particular design aspect of the boot was created for safety reasons.

We’ve tackled the reasons why you should consider the Western Boot. Let’s dive on to the shoe’s different parts.

What Are The Key Features Of A Western Boot?

Here's the deal – western boots are pretty unique when it comes to their construction.

They have an incredibly distinctive look that sets the wearer apart from the other military boot wearing guys out there.

For that reason, it's important to know what you're getting yourself into when sporting the John Wayne look. As with any garment, it's essential that you know the structural fundamentals of the western boot before making your first big purchase.

Boot Pull straps

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On the upper portion of some Western boots pull straps may be present. There are other boots that may be devoid of pull straps but will have holes in the areas where the straps should be.

In any case the holes and the pull straps function to help the wearer pull the boot on.

Boot Stitching

The stitching found all over a pair of Western boots is not purely decorative. The makers of the boots did not want the boots to sag or fall over.

Stitching was applied to boots in order to support them and assist in holding them up.

Boot Shaft

The shaft is the upper part of the Western boot and is what protects the ankle and lower leg.

Depending on the style the length of the shaft will vary.

Heel and Toe Box

There are two main boxes found on the lower part of Western boots. They are the heel and the toe box respectively.

Both the heel and the toe box are meant to give the boot its characteristic shape.

Vamp 

On the front part of the boot, at the area that lies at the top part of the foot is the vamp.

The vamp is always created to be the toughest part of the boot because it is the area that is prone to a lot of bending.

The vamp will usually have stitching on it to help strengthen it.

When conditioning one’s boots it is important to pay extra attention to the vamp as it is the area of the boot that gets a lot of stress from bending and can crack.

Boot Heel

Heels of Cowboy boots come in all shapes and sizes. The heel will be dependent on the function of the boot. Most Western boots will have a heel height that ranges from 1 to 2 inches.

Boot Outer Sole

The outer sole is the part of the boot that comes into contact with the ground.

Outer soles are made to be replaced. As soon as the soles of your Cowboy boots wear down or develop holes in them it is best to take them to a cobbler that specializes in boots and have them replaced.

Different Styles of Western Boots

Not all western boots look the same.

With their long history and heritage, it's no wonder that there are so many different styles of the classic cowboy boot. Over the years, different designs have been perfected and different fits constructed.

That means, in the 21st Century, we've got a heck of a lot of option when it comes to finding the right western boot for us.

The Classic Western Boot

In a pair of Classic Westerns the shaft will usually be 12 inches long. The overall design of the boot is simple and straightforward.

The Classic Western is the all around pair of Western Boots.

The Shortie Boot

True to its name, the Shortie is a shorter boot compared to the Classic Western.

Its shaft will average around 6 to 10 inches in height.  An older variation of the western boot, it was practical as it was lighter and less expensive!

The Western Workboot 

The main distinguishing factor of the Western work boot are the heels that are found at the bottom of the boots.

Ariat is a company that specializes in Western work boots. They have modified the heel to make them extremely comfortable.

The Western Workboot is most suited for men who are up on their feet 12 to 14 hours a day. These boots are functional, durable and comfortable.

Roper Boots

The Roper is an early version of the Western work boot.

Ropers are more practical than cowboy boots, and are a favorite of working men in the rodeo system. They are practical because of their lighter weight, wider sole, occasionally more comfortable rubber sole, and the ability to still jump in the saddle and get the job done.

Buckaroo Boots

The Buckaroo is the boot for show.

The shaft length is much higher that the Classic Western (more than 14 inches). The design and stitching are often more pronounced, drawing attention to the rider thus why this style is a favorite of artists and showmen.

Riding Boots

Not exactly western boots in many people's minds, riding boots are seen in both English and Western riding circles.  Made without the ornamentation of their cowboy brethren, riding boots share the same lineage and the length of the heel along with the height of the shaft make these boots easy to identify.

Stockman Boot

The Stockman is a hybrid boot designed for the man who may not necessarily be getting into the saddle.

It has similarities with the work boot in function – rubber sole, shorter heel, and wider toe box. However style wise can often be as detailed with colored stitching as the Classic Western.  A key differentiator is the deeper throat – aka Scallop.

That’s the rundown that we have on Western boots.

Hopefully, you’ll be more inclined to give this type of footwear a try!

If not, then there are plenty of other options! Click here to check out my guide to the best boot styles for men.

 

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17 Habits Of Successful People (How To Be A High Value Man) https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/habits-of-successful-men/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 12:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=140384 Everyone wants to be a high value man. However, too few men know what it takes to make it happen though. There's no roadmap to success. Every man has to figure out his own passions – his own destiny – before going forth and becoming the man he knows himself to be. HOWEVER, no one…

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Everyone wants to be a high value man. However, too few men know what it takes to make it happen though.

There's no roadmap to success. Every man has to figure out his own passions – his own destiny – before going forth and becoming the man he knows himself to be.

HOWEVER, no one gets there without help. I'm here to give you guys a few examples of great habits practiced by some of the best men I know.

Today we're going over 17 habits of a high value man:

  1. Give Up Your Addictions
  2. Pay Your dues
  3. Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People
  4. Ignore The Haters
  5. Swallow Your Pride
  6. Reinventing yourself
  7. Leverage What Makes You Unique
  8. Be So Good You Can't Be Ignored
  9. Try New Things And Experiment
  10. Lead By Example
  11. Continuously Learn
  12. Be Grateful For Every Moment
  13. Get Up Early And Win The Day
  14. Understand That 80% Is Good Enough
  15. Listen Before You Speak
  16. Keep A Diary And Stick To A Calendar
  17. Pay With Cash And Avoid Credit

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#1 Give Up Your Addictions

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We're all addicted to something. Whether it be the TV, sugar, fast food, alcohol or even drugs.

Some addictions are more harmful than others, that's obvious – however, ALL addictions can put a bottleneck on your success.

How? It's simple – an addiction can also be described as a distraction. Something that takes up valuable time & energy that could be used to focus on your goals & dreams.

So if you're serious about wanting to improve your life & achieve success, then it's time to give up your addictions once and for all! Here's how:

  1. Determine what your addiction is – the first step to overcoming any addiction is recognizing that you have one in the first place. Not sure if you're addicted to something? Just ask yourself this question: “Is this something I can go without?” If the answer is no, then chances are you're addicted.
  2. Understand why you're addicted – once you've determined what your addiction is, it's time to understand why you're addicted in the first place. This will vary from person to person, but usually it's due to some sort of emotional void or insecurity.
  3. Find a replacement activity – in order to successfully overcome an addiction, you need to replace the addictive behavior with something else. This could be anything from going for a walk, reading a book, or even starting a new hobby. The key is to find something that positively contributes to your life and makes you feel good.
  4. Seek professional help – sometimes addictions can be too much to handle on our own. If this is the case, don't be afraid to seek professional help from a therapist or counselor.

Giving up your addictions is not easy, but it's definitely worth it if you want to live a successful and fulfilling life as a high value man. Just remember to take things one day at a time, and be proud of every victory – no matter how small.

#2 Paying Your Dues

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Jimmy Donaldson – or MrBeast – found incredible success on YouTube. He started at age 13 – now, at age 22, he's got a huge following. We're talking millions of subscribers with millions of views PER VIDEO.

What's his high value man habit? Paying his dues.

MrBeast obsesses over what he does. He spent years putting in 6-8 hour days into his channel. He consumed as much information as he could on a constant basis.

That's why he has so many subscribers – that's why he's a force to be reckoned with at so young an age. Gents, put in the time to reap the reward.

#3 Surrounding Yourself With Like-Minded People

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When it comes to being a good judge of character, I can't find a better example than Aaron Marino (I mean he's got me as a friend, come on). The face behind AlphaM made the right calls when choosing who he'd stand beside.

The first example is his wife. She's stuck with him through thick and thin – through the hardships and triumphs.

But what about in his business partnerships? You guys all know skincare brand Tiege Hanley, right? Aaron went into business with an incredible team of men – Rob the operations manager, Kelly the CEO, and The Chemist who is responsible for the formula in their products.

Together, they've made Tiege Hanley… the system for men getting started with skincare. So much of this is due to my friend's skill in making careful and correct decisions when it comes to those he brings into his circle.

Let me level with you. I actually don't consider myself to be immensely successful, but I have developed my skills in leaps and bounds and become a high value man as a result. I've done it by putting myself in situations where I'm the least successful person in the room, by finding people who challenge and inspire me.

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton

I can't emphasize enough the importance of surrounding yourself with inspirational figures – people that drive you to greater and greater heights.

#4 Ignore The Haters

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As far as controversy goes, YouTube cologne commentator Jeremy Fragrance has it in spades. The fragrance community has certain expectations and unspoken rules within, but Jeremy could not care less about any of them.

He pursues his passion for men's colognes HIS way, and he doesn't compromise. You can't argue with the results – the man is undeniably an authority in his field, teaming up with the likes of Alberto Morillas, one of the top perfumers in the world, to put out his new successful fragrance.

It cracks me up every time I see a reviewer hate on his fragrance, simply because Jeremy came up with it. Simply put? He's handsome, talented, and doesn't give a sh** what the haters have to say.

#5 Swallow Your Pride

Jeff Morgan, creator of The Style OG YouTube channel, was already a high value man before he started his Youtube journey. He was a doctor! Yet he still felt inspired to put out videos on style, feeling that black men didn't have any examples to follow.

He got off to a rocky start, but what did he do? He opened his mind and got to researching. In particular, he looked at Jose Zuniga over at Teaching Men's Fashion – another high value man who is half his age!

He didn't let this get him down, though. He didn't care that younger men were already successful in the field he was pursuing. Jeff understood that if he didn't suck it up and learn, he'd never get where he wanted to be. That's why this successful habit is all about ignoring your ego – never let it get in the way of your goals.

#6 Reinvent Yourself

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YouTuber Ryan Masters is the perfect example of a high value man rediscovering himself and triumphing as a result. He started out with his channel Sparta Strength, but he's totally changed gears.

Now, he is THE authority in North America for country western dancing. There's no magic to it – he simply started from scratch in this completely new industry, put in the work, gained the knowledge, and BAM.

Never be scared to take your passions in a new path – you never know what just might happen.

#7 Leverage What Makes You Unique

To be a successful high value man, you need to understand yourself.

In fact, you need to take advantage of what makes you, YOU. After all, if you simply stuck to the status quo and went along with the rest, chances are you're never going to make your mark and succeed.

In order to truly push yourself and get the recognition you deserve, it's important that you play to your strengths. It's the only way you're going to be able to set yourself apart from the crowd.

Think about it this way – if everyone is doing the same thing, how are you supposed to stand out? The answer is, you can't. But if you focus on what makes you unique, suddenly you have a much better chance of getting noticed.

For example, let's say you're a salesperson. In order to succeed, you need to be able to connect with people and understand their needs. If you're shy or introverted, that's not going to be easy. However, if you use your introversion to your advantage and take the time to really get to know your clients, you'll be able to form much stronger relationships with them.

The same principle applies in any situation. Whether you're an artist, a musician, a CEO or anything else, it's important that you focus on what makes you different. It's the only way to succeed.

So what are some things that make you unique as a high value man? Do you have a special skill or talent? Are you particularly good at something? Are you especially knowledgeable about a certain subject? These are all things that you can use to your advantage.

Think about how you can use your unique qualities to get ahead. How can you use them to stand out from the rest? How can they help you succeed? Keep these things in mind and you'll get where you want to be in no time at all.

#8 Be So Good You Can't Be Ignored

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Here's the deal: if you're insanely good at something, people will notice.

What does this mean for success? Simple – if you're good at what you do, people will take notice, and success will follow.

How can you be insanely good at something? By becoming an expert in your field, and continuously learning and growing. Constantly strive to be better than you were yesterday, and success will come your way as a high value man.

The best way to become insanely good at something is to find a role model or mentor who can help guide you on your journey. Surround yourself with people who are successful, and learn from them. Soak up their knowledge, and adopt their habits.

Finding a mentor can be tricky – after all, if someone is successful then chances are they're also insanely busy! However, there are things you can do to attract the attention of potential mentors. The most important thing is to be genuinely interested in what they do, and to show them that you're keen to learn.

Send them an email, make a phonecall or even book in to meet with them! The worst that could happen is them saying no – so what have you got to lose?

If you want to be successful, you need to be insanely good at what you do. So get to work, and become the high value man you know yourself to be!

#9 Try New Things And Experiment

When it comes to productive Youtubers, Thomas Frank is the king. His YouTube channel has over 1 million subscribers and he's constantly evolving. Much of this evolution comes simply from trying new things – even when they don't guarantee success.

With these methods, he's had some unexpected successes. He published one video in which he spends an hour studying – that's it! People took to it because it made them feel as though they had a study buddy despite being alone. No one can predict results like that.

#10 Lead By Example

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No one lives their brand like Eric Bandholz. Not only does he promote the image of The Urban Beardsman, but he IS The Urban Beardsman. He is the very embodiment of what he promotes in his company, which makes him the perfect example of this successful men's habit.

As a leader, no one should be living your brand more than you. Take a pointer from Eric!

#11 Continuously Learn

I'm always stressing the importance of knowledge. According to studies, 85% of self-made millionaires read at least two books a month. Part of success is the thirst for knowledge.

I've put up several posts and videos talking about what books to read and what audiobooks to listen to. Mani Vaya built a business on the pursuit of information, so it's only right he be included when I say to NEVER stop learning.

Knowledge is power – it's simple. The more you know, the fewer mistakes you'll make in your business. It's all about continued education; getting the practical knowledge you need to excel in your field.

#12 Be Grateful For Every Moment

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When it comes to millionaire habits, perspective is key. Don't let today get you down – look to your past victories.

Let's be honest – we all feel crabby sometimes. There are moments in our lives where we question our success, relationships and happiness. Gents, I'm here to tell you that's natural and every man experiences it!

However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't strive to find the good in every bad situation you experience.

In fact, I believe that being grateful for every moment in your life – both the good and bad ones – is one of the most important keys to happiness and becoming a high value man.

The ability to find gratitude in each situation you face is a skill that must be learned and practiced. Just like any other skill, it takes time to get better at and requires conscious effort.

Here are a few tips to help you get started on your journey to become more grateful:

Keep A Gratitude Journal

One of the best ways to start practicing gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. Every day, make it a point to write down 3-5 things you're grateful for. This can be anything from your bed to your health to your family and friends.

Not only will this help you focus on the positive things in your life, but it will also give you something to look back on when you're feeling down. Trust me, you'll be surprised how much good there is in your life!

Be Present In The Moment

Another great way to start practicing gratitude is to simply be present in the moment. Too often, we get caught up in our thoughts and worries about the future or dwell on the past. This prevents us from truly enjoying the present moment.

The next time you're doing something you enjoy – whether it's taking a walk outside or spending time with loved ones – make a conscious effort to be present in the moment and savor it. This will help you appreciate the good moments more and make them last longer.

Express Your Gratitude To Others

One of the best ways to show gratitude is to express it to others. If someone does something nice for you, take the time to thank them. If you have a close friend or family member, let them know how much you appreciate them.

You can also express your gratitude by doing something nice for someone else. Something as simple as holding the door open or offering to help with a task can go a long way in making someone's day.

#13 Get Up Early And Win The Day

I know it's a bit of a cliche by now – ‘a high value man gets up at 4am, runs 10 miles, takes a cold shower and meditates to whale song'. However, there is definitely some truth in this cliche.

While I'm not suggesting you need to do all of these things, getting up relatively early can have some pretty significant benefits when it comes to success.

Namely – time.

The early bird really does catch the worm. Getting up a couple of hours before everyone else gives you time to work on your projects, goals, and plans without distraction or interruption.

It's a time when you can really focus and get things done. No one is emailing you, calling you, or trying to talk to you. It's just you, your thoughts, and your keyboard (or whatever tools you're using).

In addition to this, getting up early also allows you to get a head start on the day. You can plan out what you need to do, map out your priorities and make sure that you're ready to take on the day when it starts.

When everyone else is just starting their day, you've already accomplished a lot.

There are definitely some benefits to getting up early and starting the day off right. It's not for everyone, but if you can make it work, it can really help you to be more successful.

#14 Understand 80% Is Good Enough

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Here's the thing – no one succeeds without some setbacks along the way. There are always things that are left unfinished or skipped in pursuit of more important tasks when trying to become a high value man.

That's life.

So I'm here to tell you that reaching 80% of your goals is good enough.

As long as you continue to strive for your goals and don't give up, you're on the right track.

80% success is better than 100% failure.

It's time to start thinking about what you can realistically accomplish and be happy with that.

Stop beating yourself up for not being perfect and start celebrating your successes – no matter how small they may be.

Let me give you an example.

A carpenter sets out to create a beautiful mahogany table. He sources the wood, carves it to perfection, and applies a varnish to finish. It's a true work of art… but he never found time to source the rubber feet for his table's legs.

Does this take away from the beauty of the table? No.

Is the table any less functional? Nope.

The carpenter is still happy with his work – even though it's not 100% complete.

This is the same mentality you should have when pursuing your goals.

So, next time you find yourself falling short of perfection, remember that 80% success is better than 100% failure.

Embrace your accomplishments and keep moving forward.

#15 Listen Before You Speak

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Never underestimate the importance of listening. The more you let people talk, the more they'll like you.

Speak once, listen twice.

That's a strange statement, right? But it does hold a lot of truth when it comes to being a successful man.

Listening is key to understanding, which is key to becoming a high value man.

If you want to be successful, you have to learn to listen twice as much as you speak.

It's not just about hearing the words that are being said, but understanding the meaning behind them.

You have to be able to read between the lines and see things from the other person's perspective.

Only then can you truly understand what they're trying to say.

And once you understand, you can respond in a way that is helpful and productive.

Trust me, listening before you open your mouth can boost your success 10x if you listen with INTENT. What do I mean by this?

I mean, really listen. Don't just wait for your turn to speak.

Don't try to think of what you're going to say next while the other person is still talking.

Just focus on understanding what they're saying and why they're saying it.

The more you practice this, the better you'll get at it. And the better you get at it, the more successful you'll be. Try it out and see for yourself!

So if you want to be a successful man, start by learning to listen. It'll take you a long way.

#16 Keep A Diary And Stick To A Calendar

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The more you schedule, the fewer unexpected headaches you will have.

There's a reason for this. The written word and time are two of the most important tools in achieving success. A man who can articulate what he wants and then set a plan to achieve it is much more likely to succeed than one who cannot.

A successful man also understands that his time is limited, and therefore he uses it wisely. He does not waste time on things that do not matter, and he makes sure to focus on what is important. He sets priorities and sticks to them.

Time management is an important skill for any man who wants to be successful. It is especially important for men who have a lot of responsibilities. If a man can't manage his time well, he will quickly become overwhelmed and stressed out. That's natural – our brains can only take in so much information, which means we need to find other ways organize and store it. This is where a diary can be so useful.

A diary allows a man to keep track of his thoughts, plans, and progress. It gives him a place to vent his frustrations and celebrate his successes. It is a tool that can help him stay on track and motivated.

The best diaries are ones that are used regularly. A man should make it a habit to write in his diary every day, even if it's just for a few minutes. This will help him to get into the habit of thinking about his goals and how to achieve them. Additionally, regular writing will help him to better remember what he has accomplished and what still needs to be done.

Diaries are personal, so there is no one-size-fits-all approach to using them. However, there are a few tips that can help any man get the most out of his diary:

Be honest with yourself

The whole point of keeping a diary is to be honest with yourself. Don't try to sugarcoat your thoughts or actions – be truthful about what you've done and how you feel. This will help you to better understand yourself and your motivations. It will also make it easier to identify patterns and areas that need improvement.

Be specific

When you're writing in your diary, be as specific as possible. Write down the date, time, and place for each entry. Include details about what happened and how you felt. The more specific you are, the easier it will be to look back and understand what was going on in your life at that time.

Be consistent

The key to any successful habit is consistency. If you want to get the most out of your diary, you need to make sure that you're writing in it regularly. Set aside some time each day, or week, to sit down and write. This will help you to stay on track and keep your thoughts organized.

#17 Pay With Cash And Avoid Credit

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If you can't pay cash, don't buy it – it's as simple as that.

Now I can't say that every successful man on the planet follows this rule. In fact, many men will tell you that buying on credit is better than using cash as it builds your credit score and financial trustworthiness.

However, when it comes to the average Joe, using credit can be a pretty dangerous thing.

For one, it's all too easy to overspend when you're not using cash. With credit, it's easy to convince yourself that you can afford something when you really can't. This can lead to all sorts of financial problems down the road.

Another issue with credit is that it can be difficult to keep track of your spending. It's all too easy to lose track of how much you've spent on your credit card and end up with a hefty bill at the end of the month. This can cause a lot of stress and financial anxiety.

Lastly, if you ever find yourself in a tight spot financially, using credit can be a quick way to ruin your credit score. One late payment or missed payment and your score can take a significant hit. This can make it difficult to borrow money in the future when you really need it.

For these reasons, I would advise anyone to only pay with cash whenever possible. It's not always possible, but if you can swing it, it's always the best option. Only use credit as a last resort and be sure to keep track of your spending so you don't end up in any financial trouble.

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What's the best smelling winter cologne for men?

Gents – naming one single cologne as the best of all time just isn't possible.

I'm often asked questions like this, and my answer is always the same:

‘It's all down to your own personal opinion.'

As with most style topics – a lot of what makes cologne smell great to a man is his own personal taste.

I've tried a lot of different colognes across the years and wear different scents for different occasions. So I thought instead of trying to suggest a single, perfect scent to you – I would outline my top 10 fragrances for this time of year and let you guys decide for yourselves.

In this article, I'm making it easy for you and giving you my top 10 best smelling winter colognes for men.

Gents – let's get to it.

  1. Tom Ford – Tobacco Vanille
  2. Kilian – Apple Brandy On The Rocks
  3. Parfums De Marly – Carlisle
  4. Paco Rabanne – 1 Million
  5. Dolce & Gabbana – The One For Men
  6. Creed – Viking Cologne
  7. Tom Ford – Black Orchid
  8. Burberry – London For Men
  9. Parfums De Marly – Layton
  10. Vince Camuto – Virtu EDT
  11. Eight & Bob – Nuit De Megeve EDP
  12. Thierry Mugler – A* Man
  13. Dior – Homme Intense
  14. Armaf – Club de Nuit Intense For Men
  15. Creed – Bois De Portugal
  16. Victor & Rolf Spicebomb
  17. Chanel – Bleu De Chanel
  18. Georgio Armani – Armani Code Absolu
  19. Calvin Klein – CK One Shock For Men
  20. Creed – Royal Oud

This article is sponsored by Parfums De Marly: inspired by the 18th-century court of Louis XV, these colognes hark back to the golden age of perfumery and take inspiration from the gardens of Versaille.

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Tom Ford – Tobacco Vanille

Tom Ford – Tobacco Vanille

First up, we have this amazing (and very wintery) men's fragrance by Tom Ford.

Even though the name is Tobacco Vanille, take note that the smells of cinnamon and honey are far stronger and more prevalent.

What ingredients make up this top men's cologne?

This Eau de Parfum is ideal for autumn and winter nights. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille is a versatile choice that works for both formal and casual wear.

And it's got a beast performance – spray it correctly, and it can last on you for over 20 hours.

  • Top Notes: Tobacco Leaf, Spicy Notes
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Tobacco Blossom, Vanilla, Cacao
  • Base Notes: Dried Fruits, Woody Notes

Kilian's Apple Brandy On The Rocks

The name Apple Brandy conjures up memories of dates on cold and crisp fall days. If you're looking for a fragrance that reminds a woman of time spent together with mulled wine and apple-picking, this fragrance won't disappoint.

Presentation is an important part of a fragrance as well and Kilian's premium lockbox design separates it from the crowd.

This new version of Apple Brandy was released in 2021, and stands up to the quality and appeal of the now-discontinued original.

  • Top notes: Cinnamon, Bergamot
  • Heart notes: Apple, Rum, Pineapple, Brandy, Vanilla, Moss
  • Base notes: Cedar

Carlisle by Parfums De Marly

Carlisle is a spicy-sweet explosion that communicates power and masculinity. This is a fragrance with strong projection and great longevity to match at up to nine hours.

Take Layton from Parfums De Marly and add a feeling of being in a dark wood – this is a rich fragrance best kept for fall and winter. The bottle is black for a reason!

  • Top Notes: Green Apple, Nutmeg
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Rosa
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli

Paco Rabanne's 1 Million

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A woody and spicy modern classic very popular with men looking to draw in the ladies. 1 Million has an intense sweet note that reminds me of bubblegum. This gives the fragrance a youthful and relaxed character that makes it the perfect choice for a young man.

The combination of sweetness and spiciness makes this best for fall and winter.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit, Mint, Blood Mandarin
  • Heart Notes: Rose, Cinnamon, Spicy Notes
  • Base Notes: Leather, Woody Notes, Amber, Indian Patchouli

Dolce & Gabbana – The One for Men 

Dolce & Gabbana – The One for Men

I love this men's fragrance. When it comes to safe-bet colognes for the winter months, this pick definitely stands out.

Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men EDT is noticeably warm and sweet, but also classy and masculine at the same time.

It's probably due to the scents of cinnamon and vanilla that almost every woman loves. Then again, almost every woman will have smelled it before.

Top notes are namely coriander, basil, and grapefruit. Heart notes meanwhile contain ginger, orange blossom, and cardamom.

You'll enjoy tobacco, amber, and cedar notes for the base. Performance-wise, you can expect this men's cologne to last the whole event. And the real beauty of this fragrance is it's ideal for all seasons except summer.

  • Top Notes: Coriander, Basil, Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: Ginger, Orange Blossom, Cardamom
  • Base Notes: Amber, Cedar, Tobacco

Creed Viking Cologne

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What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Viking? If you said “a big, burly man with a long beard,” then you're not wrong.

Creed Viking Cologne is a big, bold fragrance that definitely lives up to its name. It's a woody, spicy scent that will make you feel like the king of the Northmen.

This is one of those colognes that's not for the faint of heart. It's strong, it's intense, and it lingers all day long.

Creed Viking Cologne is definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a statement fragrance that will turn heads. Just be aware that it's not for everybody – some people might find it a bit too overwhelming.

Viking Cologne is also one of the most complex fragrances in the Creed lineup. If you pay close enough attention (and you've got the expert nose of a master perfumer), you should be able to pick up 16 individual notes within this fragrance.

It's a great go-between that can help a man make that awkward journey between the super hot summer and ice-cold winter.

In short, Creed Viking is a head-turner that's guaranteed to smell great on a day out with the family.

  • Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Spicy Mint, Bergamot, Lemon, Absinth, Orange
  • Heart Notes: Lavender, Rose, Clove, Allspice, Orris Root, Jasmine
  • Base notes: Vetiver, Cedar, White Musk, Tonka Bean

Tom Ford – Black Orchid

Black Orchid is the perfect scent for men who want something unique and different.

Not only does Black Orchid smell great, but it also lasts long. You won't have to worry about reapplying every few hours as you might with some other colognes.

I'll be honest – this fragrance might be a bit too floral for guys who prefer traditionally ‘masculine' fragrances. Technically, Tom Ford's Black Orchid is actually a unisex fragrance so it can be worn by both men and women.

What this means is, unlike male fragrances, Tom Ford's Black Orchid won't make you smell like an old-school man. If that's what you're going for then this might not be the best cologne for you.

However, if you're looking for something unique and different, Black Orchid is definitely worth checking out. It's perfect for making a statement and turning heads wherever you go.

Ultimately, Black Orchid is a great choice for any man who wants to make a statement without going too over the top. It's perfect for special occasions or date nights – but I'd avoid wearing it at the office. In small spaces with lots of people, it can be quite overpowering.

  • Top Notes: Truffle, Gardenia, Blackcurrant, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Bergamot, Orange, Lemon
  • Heart Notes: Orchid, Spices, Gardenia, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Lotus
  • Base Notes: Chocolate, Patchouli, Vanille, Incense, Amber, Sandalwood, Vetiver, White Musk

Burberry London For Men

Burberry's London for Men is another excellent fragrance that doesn’t break the bank. Antoine Maisondieu created a unique combination of sweet, sour, tobacco, and pepper to make a versatile scent.

Often called “Christmas in a bottle”, London for Men has a cinnamon and black pepper opening. The tobacco in this scent has a cherry feeling to it, giving this fragrance a sweet and spicy feel, with tobacco leaf and wood – and a side of soft leather.

Similar to Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford, London for Men can be a divisive scent. It takes confidence to pull off correctly.

Burberry’s London for Men harkens back to a simpler time of chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Nat King Cole on the radio. For this reason, it is and forever will be a timeless winter scent.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Bergamot, Cinnamon
  • Middle Notes: Mimosa, Leather
  • Base Notes: Opoponax, Tobacco Leaf, Guaiac Wood, Oakmoss

Layton By Parfums De Marly

Layton transports your date to an orchard next to a rustic bakery in the same way that Creed's Silver Mountain Water transports your date to the Alps.

This is a fragrance with an intense aroma carried by the notes of vanilla and precious woods. The smell of caramelized coffee won't be found in the notes on paper but can be detected by the nose.

  • Top notes: Apple, Lavender, Mandarin Orange, Bergamot
  • Heart notes: Geranium, Violet, Jasmine
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Cardamom, Sandalwood, Pink Pepper, Patchouli, Guiaic Wood

Vince Camuto – Virtu EDT

Vince Camuto – Virtu

Variety is the trademark of Vince Camuto Virtu. Think of it as a bold fragrance that mixes heat and coolness pretty well into one polished, sophisticated scent. You can wear it to the office or for a dinner date.

This man's fragrance fits for most occasions during this time of the year.

What makes Vince Camuto Virtu EDT so special?

It's got aromatic top notes such as Turkish cardamom, crushed peppercorn, and fresh papyrus.

There are the middle notes of Haitian vetiver, white birch, and fresh tree moss. Base notes include Indian sandalwood, Tuscan leather, silky musk, and warm cedar.

This top men's fragrance can be worn in the winter or early springtime. It'll work great for your day in the office or your night out in the city. But bear in mind that since it's an EDT, it will not last all day long (you wouldn't describe this as a long-lasting scent).

Expect longevity of around 4-6 hours – you may need to re-apply this perfume in the afternoon if you've used it in the morning.

  • Top Notes: Pepper, Papyrus, Cardamom
  • Heart Notes: Birch, Haitian Vetiver, Moss
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Leather, Cedar, Musk

Eight & Bob – Nuit de Megève EDP

Eight & Bob – Nuit de Megève EDP

E&B launched Nuit de Megève EDP in 2017. There's something in the Nuit de Megève's smoky aroma that screams seductiveness.

What's the secret?

The scent is based on a rare aromatic plant that's native in Chile.

Top notes include grapefruit, petitgrain, and cloves. The middle has notes of coffee, orris, and tonka bean. Base notes are vetiver, tobacco, and musk.

It's a product that's probably too sultry for the office, so wear it instead for intimate or more formal situations or while going out with that special someone.

It's got a killer performance too – often lasting 16+ hours on your skin!

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit, Petitgrain, Cloves
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Orris, Coffee
  • Base Notes: Vetiver, Tobacco, Musk

Thierry Mugler – A*Men

Thierry Mugler – A*Men

A*Men is a classic men's fragrance.

A great compliment generator – with this cologne you wear and experience magic made by a combination of tar and coffee.

It starts with a harsh tar note but dries down into a coffee note that's sweet and chocolatey.

Lavender, peppermint, helional, and bergamot comprise the top notes. You also get treated with the middle notes of coffee beans, tar, and patchouli.

The base notes, though, are a pretty broad collection: tonka bean, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and musk.

Don't be fooled by the ingredients – this fragrance is far more masculine than it sounds!

Wear A*Men on your nights out with friends or colleagues during the fall or winter. However,  be careful not overspray since it's pretty strong.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Mint, Fruity and Spicy Notes, Coriander, Green Notes, Bergamot
  • Heart Notes: Caramel, Patchouli, Honey, Milk, Cedar, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-Valley
  • Base Notes: Coffee, Patchouli, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Benzoin, Amber, Sandalwood, Musk

Dior – Homme Intense

Dior – Homme Intense

It's gotten a lot of hype, but the Dior Homme Intense is just literally a more intense version of the Dior Homme. Therefore, it's better for winter.

I think the original is slightly better – however, this one has its own unique benefits – especially if you want something sexier and more seductive.

Lavender makes up the top note of this product. Middles notes are namely iris, ambrette (Musk Mallow) as well as pear.

The base meanwhile contains notes of Virginia cedar and vetiver. All in all, it's a fantastic fragrance for clubs, bars, or other evening settings during autumn and winter.

  • Top Notes: Lavender
  • Heart Notes: Iris, Ambrette (Musk Mallow), Pear
  • Base Notes: Virginia Cedar, Vetiver

Penhaligon's – Halfeti

A lot of guys won't have heard of Penhaligon's fragrances – but trust me when I say those guys are missing out on something special.

They're a niche fragrance house that originated from the Victorian streets of London. Over the last 100 years, they've gained some serious traction worldwide – selling fragrance and grooming products across the globe and even receiving several royal warrants from the British Royal Family.

However, none are quite as awesome as Halfeti.

For this company, it's all about scent. They don't fuss over fancy variations in their bottles, they don't employ the help of celebrities to endorse their scents on TV. They just create insanely rich and interesting fragrances – fit for royalty.

Spray this cologne, and you'll come out smelling of a blend of different woods, leathers, and citrus notes. It's smooth, it's sexy, and it makes one hell of a statement.

Is this a fragrance I'd use every day at the office? Absolutely not. Should you use it before a big date? Definitely.

  • Top Notes: Cypress Leaf, Saffron, Cardamom, Artemisia, Bergamot, Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Nutmeg, Jasmine
  • Base Notes: Oud, Leather, Cedar, Sandalwood, Amber, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Musk

Creed Bois De Portugal

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Not many people will have heard of Creed's Bois De Portugal – which is a shame because I think it's probably one of their best releases.

It's an amber woody fragrance for men that was launched all the way back in the 1980s. According to their perfumer – Olivier Creed himself – this fragrance was highly inspired by the fragrant trees in sunny Portugal.

At first smell, you might think this fragrance is a bit too old-fashioned. However, give it a few minutes to develop on your skin, and you'll be rewarded with a truly unique scent.

Bois De Portugal has excellent longevity and moderate sillage. It's perfect for formal occasions or anytime you want to make a good impression. I won't lie – this is one heck of a masculine fragrance, so be aware that it may not be to some people's tastes. However, as with any fragrance, as long as it smells good to the wearer, then that's all that really matters.

Bois De Portugal is one of my favorite winter daytime fragrances. The woody base lends itself to the colder weather, but the kick of citrus you're greeted with in the opening makes it perfect for those sunny winter days.

  • Top notes: Bergamot
  • Middle notes: Lavender
  • Base notes: Cedar, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Ambergris

Victor And Rolf – Spicebomb

Viktor & Rolf – Spicebomb

As one of the most popular colognes in the world – Spicebomb by House Victor and Rolf is a masculine, woody scent that carries heavy spice notes.

After its initial release in 2012, this cologne captured the noses of men across the globe as a ‘stand out' fragrance – perfect for men who want to make a statement while also remaining elegant and suave.

The name itself holds true to the notes within it – Spicebomb smells like an explosion of exotic spices mixed in with undertones of tobacco and citric top notes.

The fragrance composition is one that is well balanced but punchy. Featuring top notes of pink pepper, elemi, bergamot, and grapefruit; middle notes of cinnamon, saffron, and paprika; and base notes of tobacco, leather, and vetiver.

  • Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Elemi, Bergamot, Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: Cinnamon, Saffron, Paprika
  • Base Notes: Tobacco, Leather, Vetiver

Chanel – Bleu De Chanel

Fresh, clean-smelling citrus and mint set the stage here and what woman doesn't love a clean and put-together man? This is a highly popular men's fragrance for a reason – it's a choice that almost never fails to create a romantic atmosphere.

Buy this fragrance if you want the feeling of putting on a crisp new shirt, suit and tie. Do you feel the confidence, the manliness? That's what this fragrance is designed to make your date associate you with.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, Pink Pepper, Aldehydes, Bergamot, Coriander
  • Heart Notes: Ginger, Jasmine, Nutmeg, Melon
  • Base Notes: Incense, Amber, Cedar, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Labdanum, Amberwood

Georgio Armani – Armani Code Absolu

Armani Code For Men

Armani Code Absolu was released in 2019 and has been a top runner ever since as a best smelling cologne for men.

They called upon the talents of master perfumer Antoine Maisondieu – the craftsman behind many of Burberry's most-loved fragrances.

Starting with a kick of oriental spice and then mellowing down to vanilla, Tonka bean, and woody base – this fragrance is complex and incredibly diverse.

Armani Code Absolut opens with a bold oriental punch with top notes of green mandarin and apple. After half an hour or so, those middle notes will begin to come into play with scents of nutmeg, orange blossom, and carrot seeds. Then, after hours of wear, woody and vanilla base notes will remain on the skin to mellow out the fragrance's final moments.

  • Top Notes: Green Mandarin, Apple
  • Heart Notes: Nutmeg, Orange Blossom, Carrot Seeds
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Suede

CK One Shock for Men by Calvin Klein

One of the best winter colognes comes from Calvin Klein. CK One Shock for Him is an aromatic spicy oriental scent which is more robust than the original CK One. Launched in 2011 and created by Ann Gottlieb, this is a deep and complex scent.

CK One Shock for Men is a refined, oriental scent despite the loud packaging and the low price. The first words that come to my mind when using this are “warm” and “fresh.”

Like London for Men, One Shock opens with fruity notes and transitions into pepper and finally reveals the tobacco base notes. The best way to describe this scent is as if a cigar is in the middle of a luscious green forest.

CK One Shock for Men by Calvin Klein is a fantastic choice for a winter scent – it’s affordable, complex and refined. This unique yet inoffensive fragrance is a compliment-generating machine that you can’t go wrong with.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Clementine, Cucumber
  • Middle Notes: Osmanthus, Cardamom, Basil, Pepper
  • Base Notes: Musk, Patchouli, Amber, Tobacco, Woodsy Notes

Creed – Royal Oud

For many men, Creed Royal Oud is one of the best winter colognes. It combines woody notes with sweet notes to make an elegant, sophisticated and mature scent.

Royal Oud breaks into the scene with a powerful opening that some may see as too harsh. This scent matures on your skin, much like Tobacco Vanille – peeling back layers of wood, pepper and spice.

After a few hours, Royal Oud becomes more subdued with cedar, sandalwood and a light sense of oud.

Olivier Creed (its creator) aimed for a smooth meet seductive mix – think Robin Hood meets Don Giovanni. Creed launched Royal Oud in 2011 and it has been a best seller ever since.

  • Top notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Pink Pepper,
  • Middle notes: Cedar, Angelica, Galbanum
  • Base notes: Oud, Sandalwood, Musk

Want to find out more about the science of scents? Check out my Introduction To Fragrance, Cologne, Eau De Toilette & Perfume.

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How To Style A Men’s Sweater And Shirt Combo | Smart Casual Winter Style Guide https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/mens-sweater-and-shirt/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=140482 It can be tricky to know how to style a men's sweater and shirt combo. On the one hand, a collared shirt under a sweater gives you a polished and put-together look. But on the other hand, it can also make you look old-fashioned and stuffy – two things that NO guy wants. In this…

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It can be tricky to know how to style a men's sweater and shirt combo. On the one hand, a collared shirt under a sweater gives you a polished and put-together look. But on the other hand, it can also make you look old-fashioned and stuffy – two things that NO guy wants.

In this article, I'm breaking out several different ways to style a men's sweater and shirt combo so that you can look your best without resembling your old grandpa.

We'll be covering:

  1. What Collared Shirts Work Best With Men's Sweaters?
  2. Which Jumpers Are Best For A Sweater And Shirt Combo?
  3. 3 Ways To Style A shirt And Sweater Combo

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What Collared Shirts Work Best With Men's Sweaters?

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When wearing a sweater with a shirt, the key to nailing a stylish and modern look is to pick the right shirt style. After all, some shirt styles are far more attractive than others, so choosing one that works well with your sweater is a must.

The shirt styles that work best with men's sweaters are:

  • The Oxford shirt
  • The chambray shirt
  • The denim shirt
  • The Formal Collared Polo

Let's take a closer look at each of these shirt styles so you can see why they work so well with sweaters.

The Oxford Shirt

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One of the most popular shirt styles for men, the Oxford shirt is a wardrobe essential. It's made from sturdy cotton fabric and has typically features a button-down collar, making it the perfect shirt to wear with a sweater.

Not only does the Oxford shirt have a collar that won't get lost under your sweater, but it also looks great when worn with a sweater. The shirt's classic design makes it the perfect shirt to wear with a sweater, giving you a stylish and sophisticated look.

The Chambray Shirt

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Another shirt style that works well with men's sweaters is the chambray shirt. Like the Oxford shirt, the chambray shirt is made from sturdy cotton fabric. But what sets the chambray shirt apart is its blue color.

The blue color of the chambray shirt compliments the colors of most men's sweaters, giving you a stylish and modern look. And like the Oxford shirt, the chambray shirt typically features a collar that won't get lost under your sweater.

The Denim Shirt

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The denim shirt is another shirt style that looks great when worn with a men's sweater. The denim shirt has a casual look that works well with most sweaters, giving you a relaxed and stylish look.

And like the Oxford shirt and the chambray shirt, the denim shirt also has a sturdier collar design that won't hang loose and hide under the neckline of your sweater.

Denim shirts are strictly a casual garment. After all, you wouldn't wear a pair of jeans to the office, so don't wear a denim shirt with your sweater to an important meeting or date.

The Formal Collared Polo

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The last shirt style that works well with men's sweaters is the formal collared polo. The formal collared polo shirt has a stylish and sophisticated look that makes it the perfect shirt to wear with a sweater.

The best thing about a formal collared polo is its versatility. They hold true to the casual nature of polo shirts in the body but elevate things a bit when it comes to the collar. Similar to a poplin shirt, a formal collared polo shirt has a collar that's designed to stay stiff and upright, making it the perfect shirt to wear with a sweater.

Which Jumpers Are Best For A Sweater And Shirt Combo?

Now that we've covered which shirt styles work best with men's sweaters, it's time to take a look at which men's sweaters are best for a sweater and shirt combo.

The best sweaters for a sweater and shirt combo are:

  • The V-neck sweater
  • The crewneck sweater
  • The cardigan sweater

Let's take a closer look at each of these sweater styles so you can see why they work so well with shirts.

The V-Neck Sweater

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The V-neck men's sweater is a classic sweater style that's been around for decades. It's made from a variety of different materials, including wool, cotton, and cashmere.

The V-neck sweater has a timeless look that compliments most shirt styles. And because the V-neck sweater exposes the neckline of your shirt, it's the perfect sweater to wear with a shirt and tie combo.

For this style of jumper, I'd avoid wearing a chambray or denim shirt. The V-neck sweater reveals a lot of the shirt beneath it, meaning that the shirt's collar and chest will be on full display. And because chambray and denim shirts have a casual look, the texture and blue tones could overwhelm your outfit by making it look too busy.

Instead, opt for a shirt in a solid color or with a subtle pattern. A shirt in light blue or white will complement the V-neck sweater and give you a stylish and sophisticated look.

The Crewneck Sweater

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The crewneck sweater is another classic sweater style that looks great when worn with a shirt. Like the V-neck sweater, the crewneck sweater is made from a variety of different materials, including wool, cotton, and cashmere.

The crewneck sweater has a timeless look that compliments most shirt styles. And because the crewneck sweater covers the neckline of your shirt, it's more versatile in the styles of shirts that it pairs with. As less of the shirt shows, you can get away with wearing a shirt with a busier pattern or a more pronounced collar.

For this style of shirt, I would advise pairing it with either a formal collar polo shirt or an Oxford shirt. The sweater's clean lines will complement the shirt's collar and give you a stylish look.

The Cardigan Sweater

cardigan and shirt

The last men's sweater style that works great with a shirt is the cardigan sweater. The cardigan sweater is the stand-out of the three sweater styles as it's an open garment that can be worn like a jacket (open or buttoned/zipped up).

As a result of this, it can meet the needs of both casual and formal environments depending on how you style it. This also means you can wear most shirt styles with this garment and still look well-styled and modern.

In formal environments, stick to wearing your cardigan sweater with an oxford shirt and tie. Doing this will keep the formality levels of your outfit high and ensure you look smart and stylish.

For a more casual sweater and shirt combo, consider pairing your cardigan sweater with a jean shirt. The cardigan's relaxed silhouette will complement the shirt's casual style perfectly. And when worn with a pair of chinos, this combo will give you a stylish and effortless look.

3 Ways To Style A Shirt And Men's Sweater Combo

Styling a shirt and sweater combo isn't rocket science. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure your outfit looks stylish and modern.

In this section, I'm going to share with you three shirt and sweater combo looks that will have you looking your best this winter.

The Casual Look: Cardigan Sweater, Shirt & Jeans

This is the most common way to style a shirt and sweater combo and is perfect for casual environments, such as going to the movies or out to lunch with friends.

To achieve this look, start by pairing a cardigan sweater with a shirt and jeans. The shirt can be any style you want, but I would advise sticking to a shirt in a solid color or with a subtle pattern or texture (like denim). This will ensure your outfit doesn't look too ‘officewear'.

As for the jeans, I would recommend sticking to dark-wash jeans to complement the shirt and sweater. Double denim is never a good look, so make sure that the color of your denim shirt and jeans don't match.

Finish off the look with a pair of white dress sneakers for an informal finishing touch sure to bring your outfit to a stylish conclusion.

The Smart-Casual Look: Crew Neck Sweater, Shirt and Chinos

If you want to take your shirt and sweater combo up a notch, consider pairing your shirt with chinos instead of jeans. Doing this will immediately transform your outfit from casual to smart-casual.

For this look, start by pairing a crewneck sweater with a formal collar polo shirt and chinos (in a contrasting color to the sweater) just like you would with jeans. Tuck the polo shirt into the chinos to give your outfit a more polished look.

To finish off the outfit, consider adding a pair of loafers or Chelsea boots. These shoes will complement the smart-casual style of your outfit and ensure you look put-together from head to toe.

The Formal Look: V-Neck Sweater, Shirt, and Trousers

If you want to wear a shirt and sweater combo in a formal environment, consider pairing your shirt with trousers instead of jeans or chinos. Doing this will ensure your outfit looks sleek and stylish.

To achieve this look, start by pairing a V-neck sweater with an Oxford shirt, tie, and textured suit trousers (in a contrasting color to the sweater). The shirt should be tucked into the trousers as you would with a suit – and make sure you're wearing a clean black/brown belt to bring the whole look together.

As for shoes, I would recommend sticking to dress shoes like Oxfords or Derbys. These shoes will complement the formality of your outfit and ensure you look smart and put-together.

Want to learn more about which shirt collar is right for you? Check out my guide here.

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Wool Socks For Men | A Winter Buying Guide https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/wool-socks-for-men/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 12:17:25 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=140840 When it comes to winter essentials, perhaps one of the most important but also overlooked items is thick, wool socks for men. I get it – when you've got an entire closet to switch out for the colder weather, the last thing you think about is how effective your thinner socks are at keeping out…

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When it comes to winter essentials, perhaps one of the most important but also overlooked items is thick, wool socks for men.

I get it – when you've got an entire closet to switch out for the colder weather, the last thing you think about is how effective your thinner socks are at keeping out the cold when the temperatures drop. After all, those bulky coats and thermal shirts should do the job just fine, right?

You'd be surprised. When it comes to heat retention, socks can actually make up for a 10-degree difference in temperature just by insulating your feet.

In today's article, I'm breaking out why and how a man should invest in good quality wool socks for men.

What Style Of Wool Socks Are Best For Winter?

Saying “wool socks are great for winter” is like saying “shirts are great for black tie events”.

It's a general term that can be misleading because there are a lot of different types of wool that a man can choose from.

So, here's my break out of the 4 best types of wool socks you should invest in this winter.

Merino Wool

This is a finer, softer type of wool that is ideal for men who don't like the feel of thicker, coarser wool against their skin. Merino wool will also retain its shape and not pill as easily as other types of wool.

When it comes to socks made from Merino wool, I recommend going for a thinner style that can be worn with dress shoes as well as sneakers. Oftentimes, these will have a higher wool content (80% or higher) and be blended with materials like nylon or Lycra to increase durability and stretch.

Lambswool

Lambswool is another type of fine wool that is ideal for those who don't like the feel of thicker wool socks. The main difference between lambswool and merino wool is that lambswool is less expensive and not quite as durable.

When it comes to Lambswool socks, I recommend sticking to a thicker, more casual style that can be worn with boots or sneakers. These socks will usually have a lower wool content (60-70%) and be blended with materials like acrylic or polyester.

Coarser Wools

These include Shetland, Icelandic, and Peruvian wools, which are great at insulating against the cold and can often be found in heavier-weight socks. If you live in a particularly cold climate, or if you're someone who feels the cold more than others, these might be the best type of wool socks for you.

Why? Simple – Coarser wools are better at trapping heat, which means your feet will stay nice and toasty even in the most frigid of temperatures.

When it comes to socks made from coarser wool, I recommend sticking to a thicker, more casual style that can be worn with boots or sneakers. These socks will usually have a lower wool content (60-70%) and be blended with materials like acrylic or polyester.

Cashmere

This is one of the most luxurious, and expensive, types of wool you can buy. Cashmere is made from the fine undercoat of cashmere goats, and is prized for its softness, warmth, and durability.

When it comes to socks made from cashmere, I recommend going for a thinner style that can be worn with dress shoes as well as sneakers. Oftentimes, these will have a higher wool content (80% or higher) and be blended with materials like nylon or Lycra to increase durability and stretch.

You can find socks that are made from 100% cashmere. These are the height of sock-wearing luxury and will make you feel as though you're walking on clouds. However, exercise caution when wearing them. They're not as durable as socks made from other types of wool, and they can easily develop holes.

What Brands Make The Best Wool Socks For Men?

When it comes to finding the best brands that make wool socks for men, there are a few key names that come to mind. However, before I break them out, let consider what makes a good wool sock for the colder months.

For starters, the socks should be made from high quality, durable wool that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Ideally, they should also be well-constructed, with reinforced heels and toes, and they should have a comfortable fit that doesn't slip down your leg during the day.

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's take a look at some of the best brands making wool socks for men this winter.

Johnston & Murphy

This American brand has been around since 1850, and they know a thing or two about making quality footwear. Their wool socks are no exception. Made from a Merino wool blend, they're ultra-soft and comfortable, and they come in a variety of colors and designs.

The great thing about Johnston and Murphy wool socks is that they're designed by one of America's best know shoemakers. That means they're designed by people who know about the stress shoes put on socks and have designed them accordingly.

Darn Tough

This Vermont-based brand is known for making some of the most durable socks on the market. And their wool socks are no exception. Oftentimes made from a Merino wool blend, they're comfortable, breathable, and designed to last. In fact, Darn Tough backs up their socks with a “no questions asked” lifetime guarantee.

What that means is, if you ever have any issues with your Darn Tough socks, even if it's years down the road, you can send them back for a replacement – no questions asked.

The great thing about Darn Tough is that they categorize their socks according to usage. They make Hiking Socks that are suited for those wearing walking boots outdoors, or Lifestyle Socks for more everyday wear.

Icebreaker

This New Zealand-based brand is another great option for those looking for quality wool socks. And, like Darn Tough, they also categorize their socks according to usage.

They make Hiking and Trekking Socks that are designed for those spending long days outdoors or Everyday Socks that are perfect for, well, everyday wear. Their wool socks are made from a Merino wool blend and are soft, comfortable, and breathable.

What Are The Best Ways To Care For Wool Socks?

Now that you know a bit more about wool socks and have seen some of the best brands that make them, let's take a look at how to care for them. After all, if you're going to invest in a quality pair of wool socks, you want to make sure they last.

How To Wash Men's Wool Socks

The first thing you need to know about washing wool socks is that you should never put them in the dryer. The heat from the dryer can break down the fibers in the wool and cause them to shrink.

Instead, always air-dry your wool socks. The best way to do this is to lay them flat on a towel or drying rack. Once they're dry, you can store them in a drawer or sock organizer.

When it comes time to wash your wool socks, you have a few different options. The first is to hand wash them in cold water using a mild detergent. This is the best way to preserve the fibers in the wool and keep them looking their best.

If you don't have time to hand wash your socks, you can also machine wash them on the delicate cycle in cold water. Just be sure to use a mild detergent and avoid using fabric softener, as this can damage the fibers in the wool.

Once your socks are washed, it's important to not leave them soaking in the water. Wool is a natural fiber and it can shrink if left soaking in water for too long.

How To Remove Stains From Men's Wool Socks

If your wool socks get stained, there are a few things you can do to remove them. The first is to treat the stain with a pre-treatment solution like OxiClean or Zout.

Let the solution sit on the stain for a few minutes before washing the socks as you normally would. If the stain is particularly stubborn, you may need to repeat this process a few times.

Another option for removing stains from wool socks is to soak them in vinegar or lemon juice. Again, let the socks soak for a few minutes before washing them.

And, as always, be sure to air-dry your wool socks after washing them to prevent shrinkage.

How To Store Men's Wool Socks

When it comes to storing wool socks, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, always store them in a cool, dry place. A drawer or sock organizer is ideal.

Second, if you're going to be storing your wool socks for an extended period of time, be sure to put them in a breathable bag like a cotton pillowcase. This will help prevent them from developing musty smells.

Finally, if you're going to be storing your wool socks for more than six months, be sure to wash and air-dry them before putting them away. This will help prevent any pests from damaging the fibers in the wool.

Why Are Wool Socks So Much Better Than Regular Cotton Socks In Winter?

What would keep you warmer in the colder months – a cotton sweater or cable-knit wool sweater? The answer's a no-brainer, right?

The same goes for socks.

While cotton socks are comfortable and breathable, they're not the best choice for winter weather. That's because cotton is an absorbent material, which means it will soak up moisture from your feet and become wet. And wet socks are cold socks.

Wool, on the other hand, is a more hydrophobic material, which means it repels water. This means that your feet will stay dry – and warm – even if you're walking through snow or slush.

Plus, wool is an excellent insulator. It traps heat, keeping your feet nice and toasty even when the temperature outside is frigid.

So, if you're looking for the best socks for winter weather, wool is the way to go. And if you're looking for the best wool socks for men, we've got you covered above.

Click here to learn what other cold weather accessories every guy must own to stay on top of his game this winter.

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Leather Jacket or Jean Jacket For Men | Which Should You Buy? https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/denim-vs-leather-jackets/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 12:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=76804 Are you a leather jacket kind of guy or a jean jacket kind of guy? Sure, there are other styles of men’s jackets out there – but these two have been in direct competition with one another for nearly 100 years. They both have their pros and cons, and they both look great when styled…

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Are you a leather jacket kind of guy or a jean jacket kind of guy?

Sure, there are other styles of men’s jackets out there – but these two have been in direct competition with one another for nearly 100 years.

They both have their pros and cons, and they both look great when styled with a variety of different outfits.

But the question is: which jacket style is right for you? Leather or denim?

In today’s article, I’m breaking out everything you need to know about leather jackets and jean jackets so you can make a final decision once and for all.

  1. Which Is More Versatile – A Leather Jacket Or A Denim Jacket?
  2. Denim Jacket Vs. Leather Jacket Pricing
  3. Are Denim Jackets Easier To Care For Than Leather Jackets?
  4. Can You Alter Men's Leather And Jean Jackets?
  5. Leather Jackets Vs. Jean Jackets – Which Do Women Prefer?

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Which Is More Versatile – A Leather Jacket Or A Denim Jacket?

Denim jacket Vs. Leather jacket

Some jackets are certainly more formal than others. In the case of leather jackets and jean jackets, there are a few key points you need to consider before deciding which is right for you.

Leather Jacket Vs. Jean Jacket: Formality

Denim jacket Vs. Leather jacket

Both leather jackets and jean jackets work well with a button-down shirt, dress boots, and a stylish watch. Alternatively, for a more casual look, pair with sneakers and a t-shirt (make sure it’s a plain, well-fitted t-shirt though – you’re not 12.)

Sure, leather jackets appear more formal than jean jackets. We tend to associate leather with high-end fashion brands and designers, whereas denim is more common in casual or streetwear styles.

Typically, leather jackets are also more expensive than jean jackets, which can make them seem more formal. However, there are plenty of affordable leather jackets on the market that are just as stylish as their pricier counterparts.

It really just comes down to personal preference in terms of which jacket style you prefer. Do you want something that's classic and timeless? Or something that's a little edgier? There's no wrong answer – it all depends on your own personal style.

Leather Jacket Vs. Jean Jacket: Wearability

Denim jacket Vs. Leather jacket

When talking about wearability, we’re discussing how easy it is to wear each of these jacket styles with other clothes – be it different pants, shirts, shoes, or boots.

Leather jackets look great with any kind of jeans. However, a blue jean jacket and matching blue jeans is not a great look. It’s known as the ‘Canadian tuxedo’ or double denim – and it isn’t something that most men can pull off.

Instead, opt for contrasting colors. For instance, a jean jacket can look pretty good with black jeans or gray jeans. In fact, any color of denim jacket looks fine with any contrasting color of jeans – charcoal, brown, dark green – just as long as they’re very different from each other.

Of course, leather jackets come in all kinds of different leather jacket styles – the motorcycle jacket and flight jacket, fatigue, and trench. Some are definitely less versatile and wearable than others, like the leather blazer.

However, in general, you can wear a leather jacket with anything from casual weekend wear to a shirt and chinos on the way to the office. Just make sure you take it off when at your desk – leather jackets are very wearable, but don't really suit a professional working environment.

In contrast, jean jackets are simpler. They don’t come in too many different styles and are almost always exclusive to casual wear – meaning that they’re less wearable in a broad sense, but easier to understand WHEN and HOW to wear.

Denim Jacket Vs. Leather Jacket Pricing

You can spend as much as you want on clothing.

A leather jacket from a budget clothing store might set you back $150 – whereas a Tom Ford leather jacket could cost 10x that amount.

However, speaking generally, leather tends to be more expensive than denim. So how does this affect the pricing system of jean jackets and leather jackets?

Leather Jacket Vs. Jean Jacket: Raw Material Cost

cheap vs expensive leather jackets

There is no denying that leather jackets are more expensive than jean jackets. A high-quality leather jacket can cost upwards of $500, whereas a decent jean jacket will only set you back around $100.

The reason for this is all in the material. Good quality leather is simply more expensive than denim.

Top-grade leather costs a lot of cash. When crafted into a luxurious leather garment, you can expect to pay into the thousands for one item of leather clothing. In fact, many top designers use leather for this very reason – it's something that conveys quality and luxury.

So, if you're looking for a jacket that will last you a lifetime and won't break the bank, then a leather jacket is probably not the right choice. However, if you're willing to spend a little extra for a high-quality piece that will only get better with age, leather is the way to go.

If you're after something more budget-friendly that doesn't convey a sense of luxury and wealth, then opt for a jean jacket. There's nothing wrong with enjoying the blue-collar look of a jean jacket – in fact, many celebrities try to recreate it using denim!

Sure, jean jackets might not look like a million bucks, but anyone who knows anything about denim understands that's not the aim!

Leather Jacket Vs. Jean Jacket: Price & Durability

Which jacket style is more durable? Leather or denim?

To answer that, we need to break out each one and look at its pros and cons. Durability is a pretty broad term, and these two jacket styles are both pretty durable in their own way.

Leather Jackets

Denim jacket Vs. Leather jacket

Leather jackets are known for their durability. They are made from thick, tough leather that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Plus, leather is naturally resistant to water and wind, which means your jacket will stay looking good even in bad weather.

Think about it – guys have been wearing leather as a protective garment for years. From military gear to motorcycle jackets, it's clear that leather can take a beating and act as a second skin when things get a bit rough.

However, it's important to note that fashion leather jackets aren't made in the same way as motorcycle leather. Typically, fashion houses design their leather jackets for everyday use and make them from thinner, more supple leather. This leather is still durable – but it's not as tough as the leather you'll find in a motorcycle jacket.

Jean Jackets

Denim jacket Vs. Leather jacket

Jean jackets are also pretty durable. Anyone who's worn jeans knows that thick denim fabric can withstand a lot of wear and tear. And, like leather jackets, denim is also naturally resistant to wind.

However, one thing to keep in mind with jean jackets is that they will fade over time – especially if you wear them often in the sun. The good news is that this fading can actually add character to your look.

However, you should be mindful when wearing a jean jacket in wet conditions. Despite its rugged appearance, denim isn't waterproof – so avoid wearing a jean jacket if you know it's about to rain.

So, which jacket style is more durable? It really depends on what you're looking for. If you need a jacket that can withstand a lot of wear and tear as well as keep you dry in bad weather, leather is the way to go. If it's sunny outside and you want a hard-wearing jacket that won't make you sweat buckets, then a jean jacket might be a better option.

Are Denim Jackets Easier To Care For Than Leather Jackets?

This is a tough one – again, both garments have their merits and setbacks and should be addressed separately to help you make the most informed decision.

There are a few key things you need to do in order to keep your jean and leather jackets looking good and lasting long:

Cleaning Your Leather Jacket

Denim jacket Vs. Leather jacket

It's important to clean you leather jacket regularly in order to remove dirt, dust, and other debris that can accumulate on the surface over time. This can be done by using a damp cloth and some mild soap or detergent. Be sure to wring out the cloth well before cleaning the leather – you don't want any excess water getting inside the jacket and causing damage.

If there are any tough stains or marks on the leather, you can use a slightly dampened toothbrush to scrub at them gently until they disappear. Make sure to dry the leather off completely afterward with a soft cloth – leaving it wet could cause damage.

Conditioning Your Leather Jacket

You should also condition your leather jacket on a regular basis in order to keep it looking good and prevent it from drying out and cracking over time. You can buy special leather conditioners from stores or online, or you can make your own at home using olive oil or beeswax.

To condition your leather jacket, simply apply a small amount of the conditioner to a clean cloth and rub it into the leather in circular motions. Once you've covered the entire surface, buff it off with a dry cloth to remove any excess and leave the leather looking shiny and healthy.

Storing Your Leather Jacket

When you're not wearing your leather jacket, it's important to store it properly in order to keep it in good condition. The best way to do this is to hang it up on a sturdy coat hanger in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.

You can also put your leather jacket in a garment bag if you need to store it in a closet or other small space. Just be sure to remove it from the bag every so often to allow it to air out and prevent mildew from forming.

Cleaning Your Jean Jacket

Tips For Washing Menswear

Sure, denim is a tough material. However, you should still clean it if you want it to last a lifetime. When it comes to cleaning your jean jacket, it's important to avoid using harsh chemicals.

The best way to clean your jean jacket is to spot-clean it with a damp cloth and some mild soap. If you need to, you can also put it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle – but make sure you hang it up to dry after. Wash it on a low heat with only a small amount of mild detergent.

If you do put your jean jacket in the washing machine, make sure to avoid using fabric softener. This can actually break down the denim fibers and make your jacket less durable over time.

Storing Your Jean Jacket

When it comes to storing your jean jacket, you want to make sure that you hang it up. Don't fold it and put it away in a drawer – this will cause the fabric to wrinkle.

If you're going to be storing your jean jacket for an extended period of time (for example, over the summer), you should consider wrapping it in acid-free tissue paper. This will help to protect the fabric and keep it from fading.

Thankfully, jean jackets are easier to store than leather jackets. However, it's important to remember to ensure that your garment is completely dry before packing it away or hanging it in a cupboard. Trust me, you don't want that moisture to linger and start to cause mold!

Can You Alter Men's Leather And Jean Jackets?

I'm always talking about the importance of getting your clothing correctly tailored. But things can get a bit tricky when it comes to different materials like leather.

Why Are Leather Jackets Hard To Alter?

Denim jacket Vs. Leather jacket

Leather jackets are harder to make alterations to because they are not as workable as jean jackets. This means that it is more difficult to make changes to the leather jacket, such as changing fit and customizing the jacket's features.

Leather is an interesting material. While it's quite stretchy and hard-wearing, it falls short when it comes to alteration. Stitching can cause tears and holes in the fabric that could result in a damaged-looking leather jacket.

In worst-case scenarios, the integrity of the leather could be so damaged by alterations that it loses its waterproofing and begins to fall apart. To be safe, you should always do your research and find someone who knows what they're doing!

In short – unless you visit a specialist tailor who is well-trained in working with leather garments, you could very well end up with a ruined jacket if you insist that your regular tailor tries to make leather alterations.

Are Jean Jackets Easier To Alter Than Leather Jackers?

Denim jacket Vs. Leather jacket

Yes.

While a jean jacket is not as strong as a leather one, it is much more workable. This means that you can take your jean jacket to any tailor and they will be able to make the necessary adjustments without any problems. You can also easily customize your jean jacket with different stitching, washes, and measurements.

Jean jackets are more versatile in this sense, as they can be easily customized to the wearer’s preference. Often, men take their jean jackets to the tailor to get sleeves shorted and shoulders brought in – much like they would with a regular dress shirt.

The reason that we are able to do this with jean jackets is because of the workable fabric. It can be unpicked, resewn, and reworked to achieve the perfect fit with relatively simple alterations.

Leather Jackets Vs Jean Jackets – Which Do Women Prefer?

Denim jacket Vs. Leather jacket

I'll get straight to the point – most women LOVE leather jackets. For the last 70 years, some of the most attractive men in TV, Film, and the music industry have worn leather jackets.

The reason is quite simple: leather jackets portray the perfect combination of primal ruggedness and a tactile, touchable surface. They're dark, mysterious, and bad-ass – meaning women want to be near them, love whoever is in them and touch them whenever they can.

What more could a guy want?

However, that's not to say that jean jackets aren't loved by the fairer sex.

When paired with a well-fitted white t-shirt underneath, a jean jacket can make you look like James Dean. We all know how attractive he was in his prime.

To be honest, denim is actually easier to pull off. They're oftentimes baggier than leather jackets meaning that a larger guy can wear them with confidence.

To be frank, a man in a leather jacket that doesn’t fit his body (or his personality) looks anything but attractive. No woman wants a guy who looks awkward and poorly dressed – no matter what he's wearing.

In short, leather has ‘bad boy’ appeal, but that doesn’t suit every man – denim has more of a ‘good boy’ appeal while still looking cool and masculine, which some women actually prefer.

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283 Best Cyber Week Deals Right Now https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/black-friday-cyber-monday/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 16:04:08 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=140935 Last updated: November 30, 2022 @ 02:32AM CST Looking for the best Cyber Monday deals? We've got you covered! This list is updated throughout the day. Found an awesome deal that's not on this list? Don't keep it to yourself – click here and let me know! Men’s Grooming Deals Men’s Bags & Luggage Deals…

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Looking for the best Cyber Monday deals? We've got you covered!

This list is updated throughout the day. Found an awesome deal that's not on this list? Don't keep it to yourself – click here and let me know!

Men’s Grooming Deals

  1. VITAMAN Natural Men's Grooming Products – Subscribe & Save 20% on every order + get your 6th order completely free!
  2. 1821 Man Made – Holiday sale 30% off
  3. Baxter of California – 25% off + free exfoliating body bar for $75+ orders
  4. NEW – Bed, Bath & BeyondGet $100 in rewards when you spend $300 or more + 25% off a single item + reward points on everything
  5. Beardbrand Free gift included with every purchase
  6. Birchbox – No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  7. Bosley – $2000 off hair transplants
  8. Brickell30% off sitewide + free stocking stuffer on $150+ orders
  9. Brio – 20% off on all orders with code BRIOBF
  10. Chassis – Discount roulette wheel – chance to win discounts
  11. Dollar Shave Club Get the starter set for just $9
  12. Every Man Jack – Get 25% off with code CYBER
  13. NEW – Harry'sSave 30% on selected bundles
  14. Hawthorne – 30% off site wide with code BF30
  15. Huron – Buy One, Get One 50% off
  16. Jack Black Various discounts on a variety of products – use code CYBER at checkout
  17. NEW – Kiehls50% off best sellers + 30% off sitewide and in-store
  18. Manscaped – 25% off sitewide
  19. Meridian – 30% off trimmers, bundles and accessories with code HOLIDAY30
  20. One Blade$15 off $75+ | $25 off $100+ | $100 off $250+
  21. NEW – Pete & PedroCM50X for 20% off orders over $50. CM100X for 25% off $100 orders
  22. PMD35% off sitewide with code 35FRIDAY
  23. Scotch Porter50% off sitewide with code C50
  24. Slikhaar Shop – Up to 75% off selected items. No code needed
  25. Stryx – Buy two, get one free on selected products
  26. The Man Cave Up to 45% off on gift sets and up to 75% off on individual lines
  27. Tiege Hanley – 50% off Complete Face and Body Care Bundle

    Men’s Accessories Deals

  28. Anson Belt & BuckleClick here to claim an RMRS exclusive special offer
  29. Ezri – 40% off sitewide
  30. NEW – The Dark KnotSave 50%: CYBER50 | SAVE 60% OFF ORDERS OVER $199: CYBER60
  31. NEW – Bows-n-ties – 40% off. No code needed
  32. MNLY Box – No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  33. Gilt Extra 30% off this Cyber Monday
  34. NEW – Granqvist – 20% off everything with code BFRIDAY22
  35. NEW – KK & Jay Shirt Garters – 15% off sitewide with code CYBER15
  36. Linjer – Up to 60% off sitewide. No code needed
  37. Manly Bands – Up to 50% off on selected items
  38. Oura Ring – $50 off selected styles through until Cyber Monday
  39. Pocket Square Heroes No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  40. NEW – Rogue Industries – 25% off each order over $20
  41. Sharp&Dapper25% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY
  42. Slick Collar – Free shipping for orders over $40
  43. Sprezzabox – Bonus box offer with code RMRSBONUS
  44. NEW – The Tie Bar20% off sitewide | 30% off orders over $150
  45. NEW – The Ridge Wallet – Up to 40% off sitewide
  46. NEW – The Steel Shop – 30% off sitewide
  47. Ties-Necktie – Discounts on selected ties in the outlet section (up to 30% off)
  48. TshuGet 1 free orphan hanky with any order (no coupon needed) + 50% off on embroidery

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Men’s Bags & Luggage Deals

  1. Fossil – Up to 70% off bags + Extra 50% off all sale styles (US)
  2. AdidasUp to 70% off
  3. NEW – Aer – Use code TWENTY for 20% off sitewide
  4. BlueClaw10% off + free shipping when you sign up
  5. Carl Friedrik – 30% off sitewide
  6. Col. Littleton – Deals active from 11/25 to 11/28
  7. Eastpak – 30% off selected items
  8. Ezri Backpacks – 40% off with code RMRS
  9. Farfetch Up to 50% off selected products
  10. GeniusPack – Discount on selected items. No code needed. Free shipping in US
  11. NEW – Herschel – Up to 50% off
  12. NEW – J. W. Hulme  – 25% off sitewide using code BFCM25
  13. NEW – MAHI– Buy two items & get a free cosmetics bag
  14. Maxwell Scott Bags10% off everything using code BLACKFRIDAY22
  15. NEW – NordstromCyber Monday deals extended through to 29th November 2022
  16. NutSac – Enter email for a chance to win a free bag!
  17. NEW – Parker Clay – 30% Off sitewide using code GIVE30
  18. SmythsonUp to 40% off selected items
  19. NEW – WP Standard  – Take 20% off for Cyber Monday + Free delivery over $75
  20. Zero Halliburton – Up to 30% off selected items + Free shipping 48 US states

Men’s Clothing Deals

  1. 34 Heritage – Get 25% off select styles plus an extra 15% off 2nd sale item
  2. 5th & Lamar – 15% off your first order when you sign up
  3. NEW – Abercrombie & Fitch – 25% off everything + an extra 15% off selected styles
  4. NEW – Aether Apparel – 30% off menswear
  5. NEW – Alex Crane  – Up to 25% off everything
  6. NEW – All Saints – 30% off everything
  7. NEW – Alpha Industries – Save an extra 25% off selected sale items using code CM2022
  8. NEW – American Eagle Up to 40% off sweaters
  9. American Trench – 20% off sitewide
  10. APPOSTA – Use code NOV22 for 20% off all custom Italian shirts
  11. Arc’teryx – 30% off this Cyber Monday + Free shipping and returns
  12. NEW – ATM Collection Up to 80% off past-season favorites
  13. Banana Republic – 40% off your full price order this Cyber Monday
  14. Banana Republic Factory 60% off everything
  15. Bather – 30% off sitewide for Cyber Monday using code THIRTYOFF
  16. Bellemere New York – Use code BFBN15 for 15% off all collections
  17. Berg Freunde – Min. 45% off 450 products
  18. NEW – Bergdorf Goodman – Up to 75% off this Cyber Monday + extra discounts on selected sale items
  19. Black Lapel – Discounts on selected items – use codes BLACKLAPEL10/ BLACKLAPEL15 / BLACKLAPEL20
  20. Billy Reid  – Up to 60% off this Cyber Monday
  21. NEW – BloomingdalesUp to 25% off this Cyber Monday
  22. Bombas – 25% off sitewide using code BIGSALE25
  23. NEW – Brooks Brothers – 35% off everything
  24. Budd Shirts – Create an account to access the outlet.
  25. NEW – Champion Get an extra 10% off with code CYBER10
  26. Charles Tyrwhitt Save up to $235 dollars this Cyber Monday
  27. Club Monaco – 40% off everything
  28. Collars & Co – 15% off everything. 20% off $100+. 25% off $200+
  29. Columbia – Up to 50% off selected items
  30. Corridor – 30% off sitewide when you use code BLACKFRIDAY2022
  31. Criquet Shirts – Up to 25% off when you use code CYBER
  32. Cuts – Up to 50% off sitewide. No code needed
  33. NEW – David Jones – Take an extra 20% off for Cyber Monday
  34. DanielRe – 20% off sitewide. Free wordwide Shipping.
  35. NEW – Daniel Patrick   Up to 70% off sitewide with code CM22
  36. Duer – Up to 40% off this Cyber Monday
  37. Drowsy – Up to 50% off for Cyber Monday
  38. Eddie Bauer Up to 50% off
  39. NEW – Eton –  Up to 50% off selected collections
  40. ESNTLS –  Sign up to get 10% off
  41. NEW – EREDIPISANO – Up to 30% off for Cyber Monday
  42. NEW – Everlane – Up to 50% off selected styles for Cyber Monday
  43. Express50% off everything for Cyber Monday
  44. Faherty – Up to 70% off sale items
  45. For Days – Up to 70% off this Cyber Monday
  46. Fourlaps – 40% off sitewide
  47. NEW – FormFunctionForm  – 20% off through Cyber Monday with code stuFFFed
  48. Frank And Oak USA – Up to 50% off this Cyber Monday
  49. GAP 50% off this Cyber Monday
  50. GAP Factory – Up to 60% off everything this Cyber Monday
  51. NEW – Gagliardi – 35% off sitewide
  52. Gobi Cashmere – Up to 70% Off. No code needed
  53. GOODLIFE Clothing  – 25% off sitewide this Cyber Monday
  54. NEW – Grand Frank – Up to 31% off sitewide
  55. Hockerty – 25% off selected items
  56. Hickey Freeman – Save an extra 30%
  57. Indochino20% off best-selling suits using code CYBER20
  58. James Crawley  – No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  59. NEW – J. Crew50% off your purchase + an extra 10% off this Cyber Monday
  60. JL Rocha – Use code RMRS to get 40% off at checkout
  61. John Elliott – Up to 40% off this Cyber Monday
  62. John Henric  – 30% off total order with code ANT30
  63. Joma Shop – Up to 75% off this Cyber Monday
  64. NEW – Kenneth Cole – 50% off sitewide when you use code CMGLITCH at checkout
  65. NEW – Ledbury – Save 25% sitewide & 35% off orders over $450
  66. Levi’s 40% off sitewide
  67. Le Club Original – Sign up for 20% off
  68. NEW – LL Bean 10% off full priced items with code WONDER10
  69. NEW – London York Executive Attire40% off selected items this Cyber Monday
  70. Lululemon – Various discounts for Cyber Monday event
  71. Macy's – Cyber Monday sales across menswear
  72. NEW – Mango Man  Up to 50% off this Cyber Monday
  73. NEW – Massimo Dutti – Up to 40% off sitewide
  74. NEW – Fashion – 30% off with discount code 30MF
  75. NEW – Mavi – 50% Off (Almost) Sitewide + Buy 1 Sale Item, Get 1 15% Off
  76. NEW – Ministry of Supply – 25% off sitewide for Cyber Monday
  77. NEW – Mizzen +  Main25% off + $50 off selected styles
  78. Nautica – Up to 70% off on clearance. No code needed
  79. NEW – Old Navy – 50% off selected items. No code needed
  80. Onia – Free shipping and exchanges on orders over $75
  81. Olivers20% off Orders $150+ | 25% off Orders $250+ | 30% off Orders $400+
  82. NEW – Otero15% off sitewide
  83. NEW – Peter Manning 15% off sitewide
  84. NEW – Public Rec20% off selected items
  85. NEW – Ralph Lauren – 30% off selected styles
  86. Reebok – Save up to 60%
  87. Revtown USA – Use code BLACKFRIDAY22 and receive 2 pairs of jeans for $125
  88. NEW – Rhone – Up to 50% off selected items – 25% off sitewide
  89. NEW – Russell Athletic – Up to 50% off sitewide
  90. SCOTTeVEST – 30% off
  91. SHEATH – 40% off sitewide
  92. Spier and Mackay  20% off sale sitewide with discount code BF2022
  93. Sunspel – Up to 30% off sitewide. Extra 10% off with discount code EXTRA10
  94. SuitSupply No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  95. NEW – Ssense – Up to 50% off
  96. Stitch FixSign up for $20 off
  97. T.M LewinUp to 60% off all shirts. No code needed
  98. Tailor Store No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  99. Target – Huge sitewide discounts
  100. NEW – Ted BakerUp to 40% off sitewide
  101. NEW – Teddy Stratford25% off sitewide with discount code CMONDAY25
  102. Ten Thousand – $25 off every order
  103. NEW – Timberland20% off premium boots
  104. Thompson Tee 25% off using code EPIC25. Free US shipping on orders $50+
  105. NEW – Todd Snyder – 30% off with discount code CYBER30
  106. NEW – Tommy John – 33% off selected items
  107. Twillory – Up to 50% off selected items. No code needed
  108. UniqloDiscount on selected items. No code needed
  109. NEW – Urban Outfitters30% off entire purchase
  110. Walmart – Various deals on the website. No code needed
  111. Zanella Free standard delivery on all orders
  112. Zara – Various discounts across site

Men's Shoes Deals

  1. NEW – Ace Marks 20% off sitewide
  2. Adelante10% discount. No code needed
  3. NEW – Aldo – Up to 40% off. No code needed
  4. Allen Edmonds Extra 25% off with discount code CYBER
  5. AldenNo deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  6. NEW – Aquatalia – Cyber Monday sale now active – use code FRIDAY30 for extra 30% off
  7. Becket SimononNo deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  8. Birchbury – 20% off Bramfords
  9. NEW – Brooks – Up to 50% off selected items
  10. CaretsNo deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  11. NEW – Cheaney – Up to $150 off men's dress shoes
  12. Church's – Complimentary delivery on orders over $50
  13. NEW – Clark's – 40% off sitewide with discount code GIFT40
  14. Cole Haan No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  15. NEW – G.H. Bass – Up to 60% off
  16. Grant Stone – Use code ALWAYSLOAFERSEASON for 20% off carts over $400
  17. Huckberry – Free shipping when you sign up for their newsletter
  18. Jack Erwin – Use code THANKS22 for 20% off orders over $200
  19. Jay Butler – Use code JBBF2022 for 20% off.
  20. Johnston & Murphy – Up to 40% off selected shoes
  21. Leffot – Sale now on – up to 50% off
  22. Lordh – No deals available yet
  23. Mack Weldon – Save up to $75 on your order
  24. Macy'sGreat deals sitewide
  25. Manebi – Enjoy up to 40% off
  26. M.Gemi Up to 60% off sitewide
  27. Nike – 25% off full priced styles
  28. Nisolo – 30% off sitewide
  29. Nordstrom Rack Sitewide sales on various items – extra 60% off clearance items
  30. North Face – 25% off when you spend $175
  31. Nothing NewUp to 25% off sitewide
  32. Oliver Cabell – Up to 50% off on sitewide
  33. Piloti – Up to 50% off
  34. NEW – Rancourt – Use code BFCM22 for discounts of up to 25% off
  35. Richer Poorer – 35% off sitewide. No code needed
  36. Stacy AdamsClearance sale now on – various discounts on different styles
  37. NEW – Steve Madden – Up to 30% off sitewide
  38. Superga – Additional 60% off sitewide with code DEALS
  39. Thursday Boots Great prices on incredible quality shoes and boots
  40. NEW – UndandyDiscounts on Outlet items. 20% off on all shoes
  41. VansUp to 50% off on selected items
  42. Vessi – Up to 30% off sitewide. No code needed
  43. White's BootsSave up to 40% Off sitewide
  44. NEW – Wolf and Shepherd – Buy a pair, picky a gift. Valid with purchase of a full-priced pair of shoes

Men’s Colognes & Fragrance Deals

  1. VITAMAN Natural Men's Grooming Products – Subscribe & Save 20% on every order + get your 6th order completely free!
  2. Blu Atlas – Use code REALSTYLE to get 10% off
  3. NEW – Dossier – Up to 50% off
  4. Parfums de MarlyOrder a fragrance (75ml or 125ml) and choose your gift from a selection of travel sizes (10ml) when you confirm your order
  5. FragranceNet – Various discounts across site. No code needed
  6. Fragrance One – Free shipping on orders over $50
  7. NEW – Galleria Parfums – Up to 45% off discovery set
  8. NEW – Naughton & Wilson Up to 30% off
  9. Navitus Parfums – Order multiple fragrances and get 40% off
  10. NEW – Notino – Up to 40% off top brands and products
  11. Perfume.com – Sitewide discounts on a number of designer fragrances
  12. SEPHORA25% off TODAY ONLY
  13. Scentbird – Use code REALMEN to get 55% off your first month at Scentbird
  14. NEW – Snif – 25% off everything
  15. Zaharoff – No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!

Kid's Toy Deals

  1. Amazon – Great discounts on toys for kids, and more!
  2. Target – huge discounts sitewide
  3. Walmart – Toys starting at $19.99

Homeware & Tech

  1. Adonit – Up to 40% off tech and phone accessories
  2. Article – Up to 40% off selected furniture items
  3. Avocado – 10% off organic mattresses and bedding
  4. Dyson – Save up to $220 on selected products
  5. Home Depot – Discounts on tools, appliances and homeware
  6. Leather Honey Discounts on products across the site
  7. LeesaSave up to $820 on sleep technology
  8. Lorex Technology – Various discounts sitewide
  9. Lovesac – Up to 30% off modular furniture
  10. Plants – 20% off site wide with code CNN20
  11. Sundays – Up to 20% off furniture + free shipping
  12. Vero Linens – Free shipping on orders over $100

Productivity & Health

  1. Audible – Free trial available
  2. Blinkist – 7 days free trial
  3. BUILT Protein Bars – Get the holiday tin bundle
  4. Skillshare – 7 days free. No code needed
  5. The Lochby Journal – Fast free shipping on US orders
  6. FREY – 50% off personal care
  7. Hello Fresh – Special holiday boxes
  8. Ollie – 10% off first order
  9. Ritual – Use code RMRS20 for 20% off your first month of Ritual
  10. Roman – Use this link for special offers
  11. Sleep CycleNo deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  12. White With Style – Free shipping on orders over $60

Men’s Sunglasses & Eyewear Deals

  1. CliC Readers – 10% off sitewide when you sign up
  2. Enemy – 50%+ off. No code needed
  3. Felix Gray – 1 month of contact lenses for $5
  4. Glasses USA 65% off your first pair when you provide your email
  5. Prive RevauxUp to 65% off clearance sale

Men’s Watches & Jewelry Deals

  1. Monta Watches No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  2. Brathwait Watches – 10% off your first order when you provide your email
  3. Citizen – Various discounts on a selection of men’s watches
  4. Christopher Ward – No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  5. James Allen – 25% off through Nov 25
  6. Karma & Luck – 30% off site-wide with code EARLYBFCM30
  7. Manly Bands – 25% off
  8. Original Grain Watches – 20% off sitewide. No code needed
  9. Proclamation Jewelry – No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  10. Seiko – No deal yet. Found a deal? Click here to let me know!
  11. UNDONE – 40% off sitewide
  12. Watch Gang – Save with a free membership

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What Makes A Man Unattractive? 10 Habits Of An Ugly Man https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/ugly-man/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 11:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=82760 You're an UGLY MAN. Sorry, gents – somebody had to tell you. Worse still, it's partly your fault. You've got ugly man habits and you need to change. Okay, so maybe I'm being a bit dramatic. However, you're probably guilty of at least a few of these habits. So, let's get into the 10 things…

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You're an UGLY MAN.

Sorry, gents – somebody had to tell you.

Worse still, it's partly your fault. You've got ugly man habits and you need to change.

Okay, so maybe I'm being a bit dramatic. However, you're probably guilty of at least a few of these habits. So, let's get into the 10 things that are making you unattractive… and how to STOP doing them:

  1. Stress Could Make You An Ugly Man
  2. Not Getting Enough Sleep
  3. Bad Table Manners
  4. Bad Grammar Makes You An Ugly Man
  5. Poor Oral Hygiene
  6. A Bad Attitude Is An Ugly Man Habit
  7. Not Being Creative
  8. Not Smelling Good
  9. Your Asymmetrical Features
  10. Dishonesty Makes You An Ugly Man

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#1 Stress Could Make You An Ugly Man

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Relax. Take it easy. I'm not telling you to be a couch potato – just don't stress yourself out. Stress raises your cortisol levels – and a 2013 study out of Latvia showed that people pick up on this.

Sure, nobody looks at you and thinks, ‘Ugh, that ugly man has a cortisol level that's off the charts.' But when people see a stressed-out man with higher cortisol levels, they instinctively rate him as less attractive.

#2. Not Getting Enough Sleep

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What is enough sleep? That depends on the individual. It also depends on the quality of your sleep. You need quality AND quantity. Many people go through life sleep-deprived, and it wreaks havoc everywhere.

A 2013 study found that sleep deprivation could make you an ugly man. Apart from giving you bags under your eyes, it makes your skin look dull and unhealthy. Make sure you get enough sleep, gentlemen.

In addition to getting a good night's sleep, to maintain healthy attractive skin you need to drink plenty of water, eat healthy foods, protect your skin from the elements, and use skincare products that work.

#3. Bad Table Manners

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A 2014 British study found that 86% of women would turn down a second date with a man if on the first date he showed bad table manners. They're just not willing to accept that.

Why not? Because bad table manners suggest other bad qualities. Maybe you're rude in other ways. Maybe you're a slob in other ways. So make sure that you know and practice good table manners to avoid looking like an ugly man to potential romantic partners.

#4. Bad Grammar Makes You An Ugly Man

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Big surprise, right? I thought so too. Who would have guessed grammar was that important? But it is. In a 5000-person study by Match.com, bad grammar outranked everything. More specifically, it was by far the most frequent answer to the question ”What really makes a profile look bad?” Even the researchers were surprised.

Of course, not every guy is a natural grammar nerd. That's what spellcheck is for. And we've all got that one friend who points out rogue apostrophes on random signs. Ask him to take a look at your profile. He'll be happy to help.

Don't have good grammar? Learn it, gents. It matters.

I also suggest reading your own dating profile out loud. It'll help you spot mistakes and give you a sense of how you ‘sound' to the reader.

#5. Poor Oral Hygiene

I know you don't want to go to the dentist (who does?).  But you need to. If somebody gets up close with you and you have bad breath, gum disease, and a gnarly-looking cavity… it's quite off-putting. Worse still, it's often a deal-breaker and makes you look like one heck of an ugly man.

A lot of things can go wrong with your teeth and mouth. Do your best to prevent them from happening. Take care of them quickly when they do. An ugly mouth makes an ugly man.

#6. A Bad Attitude Is An Ugly Man Habit

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Being mean. Being grouchy. Being someone that no one wants to be around. If you're an ugly man on the inside, your perceived PHYSICAL attractiveness is actually going to go down.

Skeptical? Let me back this one up with hard evidence. In 2014, scientists in China attached different words and phrases to photos. ‘This person is decent'. ‘This person is friendly'. ‘This person is nice'. ‘This person is mean'. Photos marked as ‘mean' were consistently rated as less attractive than the SAME photos marked with different words.

Be nice, gents. Malice is an ugly man trait that you might find hard to come back from.

#7. Not Being Creative

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No joke, this one blew me away. A 2017 study from Scotland found that if you don't identify yourself as creative, you are perceived as less attractive.

In fact, creativity can offset many other attributes that women normally find unattractive. It's a key indicator of someone who would make a great long-term partner.

Make sure to flex that creativity muscle every day, gentlemen. Like your physical muscles, it'll get stronger if you work it. Keep a journal. Pick up a new hobby, perhaps a musical instrument. Learn a foreign language. Sign up for a cooking class. Do something that requires you to think creatively. You'll be glad you did.

#8. Not Smelling Good

man spraying cologne

No surprise here, gents. Women don't like men who smell bad. Do you have a signature scent? The truth is… we all do. Even if you wear nothing, you are still giving off a bit of odor. People will be able to that pick that up – especially if you don't wash. And 99% of them aren't going to be thrilled that you smell like a locker room. There's a reason we use deodorant.

But scent is a double-sided coin. It's not enough to simply stop smelling bad. Smell good. Do a bit of research on the best colognes for men. Find a great signature scent that works with your natural fragrance and learn how to apply it. As with so many other aspects of style, you can use scent to your advantage. I highly recommend that you learn how so that you don't smell like an ugly man.

#9. Your Asymmetrical Features

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We find symmetry attractive – when, for example the left side of a face mirrors the right. If you've got a little bit of a sloping shoulder, or one side of your face droops or is slightly different from the other, it's perceived as less attractive.

How do you solve this? You can't change your DNA, and I'm not going to recommend extensive plastic surgery. I've got a far quicker and cheaper solution for you: dress in a manner that minimizes that difference. If one shoulder is lower than the other, for example, get a little bit of extra padding there the next time you buy a jacket.

You might have asymmetries you've never even noticed, so look at yourself in the mirror and make that determination. Just make sure that you're not using style to your detriment and accentuating something you don't want to.

#10. Dishonesty Makes You An Ugly Man

woman turned off by angry looking man

Once again – an ugly man on the inside is an ugly man on the outside. The most offensive example of this is a man who's a liar. In fact, lying makes you BUTT ugly. If people know you're dishonest, you instantly become far less attractive.

This conclusion, which really shouldn't surprise you, is based on a 2006 study very similar to the Chinese study we mentioned in point #1. Researchers attached words to pictures. Whenever a person had ‘dishonest' or ‘liar' attached to their picture – their attractiveness levels plummeted. Moral of the story: be an honest person. Follow through on your commitments. Keep your CV free of lies. Don't over-commit. And for crying out loud, if you work at Starbucks, don't say that you're a corporate attorney on your match.com profile!

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Levi’s 501 Jeans – A Man’s Style Guide https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/levis-501-jeans/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 10:48:16 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=140130 Levi's 501 jeans are one of the most popular and well-known pairs of jeans in the world. But what makes them so special and why should EVERY man own a pair, regardless of age, race or personal style? In today's article, I'm doing a deep dive into the Levi 501 jeans for men to help…

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Levi's 501 jeans are one of the most popular and well-known pairs of jeans in the world. But what makes them so special and why should EVERY man own a pair, regardless of age, race or personal style?

In today's article, I'm doing a deep dive into the Levi 501 jeans for men to help you understand why they are such a perfect choice for any man's jean collection.

We'll talk about the original fit, which is perfect for guys who want a timeless look and discuss some of the other benefits that come with owning a pair of 501s.

In today's article, we'll be covering:

  1. What Are Levi 501 Original Fit Jeans?
  2. Levi 501 Jeans History
  3. How To Style Levi 501 Jeans

What Are Levi 501 Original Fit Jeans?

Levi 501 jeans are one of the most popular styles of jeans in the world – and for good reason. They're not too skinny, not too baggy – in fact, I'd say they fit pretty perfectly on most men's body types and styles!

As we know, jean cuts come in and out of fashion pretty regularly. But the original Levi 501 style has remained pretty timeless since they were first invented over 100 years ago.

Levi jeans describe their 501s as a ‘cultural icon' with an ‘iconic straight fit with the signature button fly' – which is what makes this style of jeans so timeless.

They don't TRY to be fashionable. They stick to proven, timeless cuts that outlast the other trendy cuts that come in and out of popular culture all too frequently.

In short: they look just as good today as they did 100 years ago when they were first released.

501 Jeans Measurements, Fit and Features

Technically speaking, 501 jeans feature:

  • Regular fit through the seat and thigh
  • Straight cut leg
  • Sits just above the waistline
  • Waist sizes from 28-44
  • Leg lengths from 28-40
  • 100% cotton construction
  • Non-stretch, hard-wearing denim
  • Signature button fly and 5-pocket styling

Levi 501 Jeans History

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Levi's 501 jeans were originally created in the late 1800s as workwear for miners, cowboys, and railroad workers.

They were designed to be tough, durable, and long-lasting – which is something that we can still attest to today!

The original Levi's 501 jeans were made with raw, unwashed denim which made them pretty uncomfortable to wear. However, they served their purpose as durable workwear and quickly became a popular choice for many manual labor jobs.

As Levis 501 jeans started to grow in popularity, they began to be adopted by people outside of the manual labor force.

By the 1950s, Levis 501 jeans were being worn by Hollywood stars, musicians, and other celebrities – which helped to solidify their status as a fashion icon.

In the 1970s, Levi jeans underwent a slight style change when they switched from using raw denim to pre-washed denim. This made them much more comfortable to wear and helped to increase their popularity even further!

Nowadays, they're still one of the most popular choices for men's jeans – both in terms of style and quality. They still retain the same button-fly design and double horse patch that could be found on the original, which means whenever you put on a pair you're also wearing a little piece of history.

How To Style Levi 501 Jeans

One of the best things about these jeans is that they can be styled to suit any man's personal style.

If you're looking for a more classic, timeless look then I would recommend pairing them with a white t-shirt and a leather jacket. This is a look that never goes out of style and it's perfect for guys who want to keep their look simple and chic.

If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, then you could try styling them with a patterned shirt and some statement shoes.

To give you better idea of how you might style these jeans, I've broken out a few iconic looks below. Take them as inspiration and see if you can work a pair of Levis 501 original fit jeans into your own wardrobe choices!

How To Wear Levi 501 Jeans With A White Button-Down Shirt

This is a great look for guys who want to appear put-together but still relaxed. Simply pair your Levis 501 jeans with a button-down shirt and some loafers or sneakers and you're good to go!

Deciding which shirt is best for you depends on a lot of things.

At a push, you could wear your 501 jeans with a white poplin button-down. This is probably the most formal look you can get out of a pair of 501 jeans and has a bit of a 50s look to it. Wear your white button-down tucked in with a slim black leather belt. Roll up the cuffs of each leg so that about an inch of the inside color shows and finish with a pair of black penny loafers.

You could always add a textured blazer to finish off the look on colder days – it's a retro style that wouldn't have looked out of place on a young Elvis Presley.

How To Wear Levi 501 Jeans With Checked Lumberjack Shirt

This is a great look for guys who want to add a bit of pattern and texture to their outfits. To get this look, start by pairing your Levis 501 jeans with a checked lumberjack shirt in any earthy color of your choosing.

You can either leave the shirt untucked or tuck it into your jeans – it's up to you! Just make sure that the front of the shirt is neat and flat when you tuck it in.

Next, add a pair of brown leather boots or shoes. This helps to bring out the earthy tones in the shirt and makes the whole outfit look more grounded.

Finish off the ensemble with a denim jacket – it's the perfect way to tie everything together and will keep you warm on colder days. But remember, never wear a denim jacket that's the same color as your jeans! If you're wearing blue jeans, go for a gray/black denim jacket, and vice versa.

How To Wear Levi 501 Jeans With A Polo Shirt

This is a great look for guys who want to create a more preppy, Ivy League style. Start by pairing your Levis 501 jeans with a Polo shirt in any color you like.

If you want to keep the focus on the jeans, then go for a Polo shirt in a neutral color like white, black, or gray. But if you want to add a pop of color to your outfit, then feel free to choose a brighter shade like pink or green.

Next, add a pair of boat shoes. This helps to complete the preppy look and keeps the overall outfit looking smart and put-together. The aim here to create a sense of formal style without looking like you're attending a state banquet. Preppy style is all about looking effortless and like you're not trying too hard.

Finally, finish off the ensemble with a navy blazer – it's the perfect way to tie everything together and will keep you warm on cooler days.

How To Wear Levi 501 Jeans With A Casual T-Shirt

This is a great look for guys who want to keep things simple and casual. Just pair your Levis 501 jeans with a t-shirt and some sneakers and you're all set! Personally, I'd advise going for a pair of minimalist white sneakers. You really can't go wrong with simple sneakers – wearing too many patterns on your feet can be distracting and cause your outfit to look unbalanced.

There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to choosing a t-shirt, so feel free to experiment with different colors and styles. If you want to add a bit of pattern to your outfit, then go for a printed t-shirt or one with a graphic design. Just don't go overboard – the goal is to look stylish, not like you're trying to dress younger than your years.

Otherwise, stick to plainer t-shirts in neutral colors like white, black, or gray. These will be easier to style and will go with pretty much anything.

Feeling a bit edgy? Why not finish off your outfit with a well-fitted leather jacket? This will give you an extra layer of warmth on colder days and add a touch of bad-boy style to your look

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Cheap Vs. Expensive Men’s Jeans | Which Denim Brand Should You Buy in 2022? https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/cost-comparison-blue-denim-jeans/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 11:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=114888 What's the difference between cheap and expensive men's jeans? What makes one pair more valuable than another? Is expensive denim worth it?  In this article, we explain the difference between cheap and expensive men's jeans. Use this knowledge to find the perfect pair of jeans for you.  You will discover: Price vs. Value – Is Expensive…

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What's the difference between cheap and expensive men's jeans? What makes one pair more valuable than another? Is expensive denim worth it? 

In this article, we explain the difference between cheap and expensive men's jeans. Use this knowledge to find the perfect pair of jeans for you. 

You will discover:

Price vs. Value – Is Expensive Denim Worth It?

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The price you pay for a pair of denim jeans doesn't always equal value. You can pay $500 for jeans but if they don't fit you properly or they won't last for a reasonable amount of time, then they're a waste of money. 

True value is when you buy a pair of men's jeans that look great and last for an extended period. But a pair of denim jeans that perfectly fits your body and made from high-quality denim will be more expensive.

Difference Between Cheap And Expensive Men's Jeans

For many years, blue denim was made from all cotton fibers. In the last 10 -15 years, blended fibers have been used to create a more comfortable garment.

The yarn used determines the weight of the fabric. The average weight hovers between 10 and 24 oz but the more expensive materials can go as high as 24 oz.

The heavier the weight of the fabric, the more expensive the jeans are. 

Denim fabrics come in a variety of widths which also affect the price. The narrow widths use more material, and therefore the cost of production increases, followed by the price. 

On some narrower-width denim fabrics, you can find a contrast thread interwoven along the hem, adding value to the garment through a unique feature. 

Let's break that out into more detail…

What Are The Characteristics Of Denim?

Denim is durable and made from a unique twill weaving process where the dyed yarns run the length of the fabric (called the warp), and the white or undyed yarns run across the width direction (called the weft). 

The weft threads are a thicker and coarser yarn that may contain slub fibers. Slubs will cause natural variations in the weave, making the blue denim fabric more unique when it's washed down. 

Slubs create more significant highs and lows in the fabric, which cause more abrasion during the washing process to the highs and minor abrasion to the lows allowing a more considerable contrast within the blue jean garment. The value comes from the unique characteristics this process creates. 

Unique characteristics like this have a similar effect to the price tag as a label. Specific trademarks and other notable features will elevate the price of a garment, but not always the value. 

Denim – Left Hand Twill vs Right Hand Twill

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A feature that will impact the value (and the cost) of a pair of jeans is the direction of the twill in the weave – called a left or right-hand twill. These are recognized by the upward direction of the diagonal twill on the face of the fabric. The right-hand twill goes up from the lower left toward the upper right. And vice-versa for the Left-hand twill. 

Left-hand twills are more desirable due to the strength and durability of the finished goods. Right-hand twills tend to stretch out and stay baggy until washed. Washing acts as a reset of the fit but also can lessen the longevity of the jean. 

The fabric of a right-hand twill is more forgiving. It makes up a more comfortable garment that will more easily conform to the wearer's shape but will have a more insufficient recovery to the garment's original shape. 

A left-hand twill naturally can lock the weave in place, allowing the yarns to have more of a north and south-east to west directional weave. Since the threads twist to the right and the fabric weaves to the left, it creates a more securely woven fabric. 

How Is Denim Usually Dyed?

The yarns in denim fabric are colored with a natural dye made from the indigo plant, which gives us the purplish-blue hue that is most common. The color doesn't always penetrate the yarn's core, which can create some of the more dramatic fadings in the prewashing process. 

Today, there are fewer denim fabrics woven with yarns using the natural dye process. More and more synthetic or artificial dyes became popular to color the fibers, making the dyeing process more cost-effective, reflecting in the price. 

What Is Pre-Washed Denim?

Cheaper men's jeans may not go through any of the specialty wash processes. They may only have a rinse or bleach. In some extreme cases, over-processing can cause flaws, and sellers will discount jeans with obvious flaws for quick sales.

A designer pair of jeans may include a specialty wash or multiple processes that require trained personnel and additional equipment or chemicals to complete. More time, more care, and more precision go into the prewashing of a designer pair of jeans, causing the production cost of each garment to increase. 

Best Jean Brands For Men – Is Expensive Better?

There are a lot of denim brands on the market these days. It can be tough to know which ones are worth your time and money – especially if you're on a budget. In this blog post, we will outline the top 20 denim brands for men, and whether or not they offer good quality for the price. We'll also take a look at some expensive jeans brands that are worth the investment, and why.

#1 Mott & Bow Jeans

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If you're looking for a new pair of jeans, Mott & Bow has the perfect fit. They offer washes and cuts that will work with any outfit from their collection of timeless denim jeans. After all, you can't go wrong with a classic fit. Made from quality materials, these jeans will last you through thick and thin, all for a reasonable price of around $110 per pair!

#2 Everlane Jeans

everlane

For those looking for a higher-quality pair of jeans that won't break the bank, Everlane's slim-fit denim is worth considering. The fabric used to make them comes from premium 11 oz Japanese millers with 2-way stretch and 98% cotton. They're also easy-care: just machine wash cold or dry clean when necessary!

For $68 – you really are getting a lot of bang for your buck.

#3 Wrangler Jeans

wrangler jeans

Wrangler jeans are both a popular choice for those in the office, school setting or on a builder's yard. However, they also make an excellent style statement as everyday jeans. Why? Because Wranglers have been around since 1947 and have cemented themselves as an American icon alongside the likes of Levis Denim!

And while we know today that these old-fashioned styles can be matched by newer, more flattering silhouettes, there is no denying how well this brand serves its function: providing high quality and durable clothing whether you're a manual labor worker or a stay-at-home dad.

Expect to pay as little as $60 for a pair.

#4 Levi's Jeans

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No list of great denim brands would be complete without mentioning Levi's jeans. After all, they are the original denim company, and have been around since 1853! Today, they offer a wide range of fits and styles for men, all made with high-quality materials.

Most notably, the 501 jeans are a great choice for those who want a classic look with a modern twist. They are also very versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion thanks to their timeless silhouette.

You can find Levi's jeans for as little as $60 per pair, but I'd expect to pay closer to $100 at most retailers.

#5 UNIQLO Jeans

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If you're looking for cheap jeans that don't sacrifice quality, UNIQLO is a great option. Their men's denim collection offers a level of variety that you don't often find at such an affordable price point.

From slim fit to straight leg, UNIQLO has something for everyone.

UNIQLO is a Japanese brand known for its great selection of men's casual wear. When it comes to their jeans, they offer a wide range of washes and fits to choose from. Whether you're looking for a skinny, slim, or regular fit – they've got you covered. And from $40 per pair, these jeans are an excellent value for the money!

#6 Calvin Klein Jeans

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CK is well known for their quality tailoring and fragrance – but did you know they're also highly thought of within the denim community? With a focus on style, fit, and comfort – Calvin Klein jeans are a great choice for those who want to look good and feel even better.

Typically, their denim is cut from 100% cotton with a bit of stretch for added comfort. While this can suggest a lack of strength in the fabric, it's important to note that stretch denim is incredibly comfortable and can suit a variety of different body types.

However, CK jeans don't come cheap. A pair of basic, straight-cut jeans will set you back at least $100.

#7 Polo Ralph Lauren Jeans

polo jeans

Men's Polo Ralph Lauren jeans are a great choice for those who want a stylish and comfortable pair of jeans. Made with a blend of American-sewn and recycled cotton, most styles have a bit of stretch for added comfort and a sustainability-conscious weave.

With a variety of washes and fits to choose from, Polo Ralph Lauren offers something for everyone. On many of their styles, they'll even go as far as to offer hand-finished design choices such as sanding and distressing.

In short, whether you're looking for a skinny, slim, or regular fit – they've got you covered. And at around $150 per pair, these jeans aren't cheap but they're certainly not the most expensive option on this list!

#8 True Religion Jeans

true religion jeans

When it comes to finding a great pair of jeans, True Religion is a brand that often comes to mind. And for good reason!

Their jeans are made with high- materials and attention to detail – such as their signature stitching and unique washes.

As you would expect from a great pair of pants, their jeans are very comfortable for most men – perfect for those who want to wear them all day long without chafing and other discomforts.

Overall, True Religion makes an excellent pair of men's jeans and is definitely worth the price (as little at $80!). So if you're looking for a great pair of denim that will last you for years to come, True Religion is definitely a brand worth checking out!

#9 J.Crew

j crew jeans

I love J.Crew menswear! The quality of their clothing is always top-notch, and their jeans are no exception.

One of the things I love most about their men's jeans is the variety of fits they offer. Whether you're looking for a slim or straight leg, they've got you covered.

Another thing I appreciate about J.Crew jeans is the attention to detail that goes into each pair. The stitching and washes are well designed and premium looking, and I never have to worry about them falling apart after a few wears.

However, one negative I think I should note about J.Crew jeans is that they can be a bit pricey. On average, you can expect to pay around $120-$150 per pair. Considering the other great options on this list – you may be able to find a better quality pair of jeans for cheaper.

#10 Acne Studios

acne jeans

Acne Studios is a fashion house that specializes in men's and women's clothing, footwear, accessories, and denim. They are known for their high-quality products and attention to detail – and they're considered by many to be a luxury brand.

However, that doesn't mean you can expect to pay thousands of dollars for their jeans. While some might consider them a bit pricey, you can pick up a pair of Acne Jeans for around the $200 mark.

What does this get you? In short, Acne clothing is high-quality, sustainable clothing that should last a lifetime. They have a big focus on planet-friendly cotton, which could explain the slightly higher price point here.

After all, we're not yet at the point where 100% organic clothing costs the same as their less eco-friendly counterparts.

#11 Lee Jeans

lee jeans

Lee is an American brand that was first produced in 1889 in Salina, Kansas. Fast forward 100 years, and Lee Denim is making waves across the world. In fact, the company launched Lee National Denim Day as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Working with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, they managed to raise over $75 million to help fund breast cancer research.

Their men's jeans are tough and hardy. In fact, Lee Jeans is committed to minimising the amount of clothing you have to purchase by producing durable, stylish denim that's designed to last a lifetime.

In general, you can pick up a pair of Lee Jeans for around the $170 mark.

#12 Saint Laurent

saint laurent jeans

Saint Laurent is a luxury clothing company that you may not have heard of before. In general, you can see Saint Laurent clothing featured on runways and in high-fashion magazines.

Their jeans are no exception. Designed with the fashion-savvy man in mind, Saint Laurent's denim offerings are some of the most stylish and well-crafted you'll find on the market today.

Of course, all of this comes at a cost. A pair of Saint Laurent men's jeans will set you back around $600. But what do you get for that more premium price?

They claim that their denim can give you a truly ‘broken in' feel straight out of the box, so to speak. They wash, whisker and fade their denim to give it the same feel as a pair of jeans that you've been wearing for years.

Does this warrant the higher price point? I'm unsure, but they're made from 100% cotton so at least that's a sign they'll be pretty darn comfortable.

#13 Tom Ford Jeans

tom ford jeans

It's well known that Tom Ford produces some of the most stylish suits of any designer brand on the market. It's also well known that his clothing lines don't exactly come cheap!

A pair of Tom Ford jeans will set you back around $1000 – which for some of you might seem like a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a single pair of pants.

But hold up a second – is there anything to justify this higher price point? Surely for that price you must be getting something that no other clothing manufacturer can give at a lower price?

Kind of.

Tom Ford jeans are made of Japanese Selvedge Denim – a type of denim that's renowned for being extremely strong and durable. In fact, it's often said that Japanese Selvedge Denim will only get better with age as it stretches out and moulds to the body of the wearer.

However, there are far cheaper jeans that also use this fabric technology. In the case of Tom Ford, you're spending the extra $$$ in the knowledge that the clothing you buy is well-sourced and expertly crafted. After all, his pedigree as a menswear pioneer kind of guarantees you'll be getting only the very best in style, luxury and quality.

#14 American Eagle

american eagle jeans

On the other end of the price scale is American Eagle jeans. They're pretty darn cheap – at as little as $40 for a single pair.

Great right? The cheaper the better?

Not necessarily. While I don't think every man needs to spend his life savings on pants, I do think that quality denim comes at a price.

American Eagle is what I would consider to be a fast fashion label. They produce cheaply made products and sell them at a cheap price. Typically, they're not made to last and you can expect to have to replace them within a year of purchasing.

There's also the issue of production ethics. There have been reports of cheap labour at American Eagle not being paid a livable wage. While that isn't a direct reflection on the quality of their clothing, it does make you wonder whether the jeans they produce are really made with any care or consideration.

If you're after a pair of jeans that will last you through the summer, then maybe buy a pair of American Eagle jeans. However, if you want a pair that you can wear in and enjoy over a period of a few years, then American Eagle may not be the way to go.

#15 Secret Circus (Diamond Sewn Jeans)

Did you know you can spend up to $1.3 Million on a single pair of jeans?

Secret Circus is a brand that gained some attention a few years ago by creating the world's most expensive pair of jeans.

Let me repeat that for you: $1.3MILLION FOR A PAIR OF JEANS!

And here's the thing – these jeans aren't even that stylish. In fact, I'd go as far as to say they're pretty ugly.

So what makes these jeans worth the same price as a top-teir sports car?

As it turns out, Secret Circus Clothing thought it would be a good idea to sew 15 diamonds onto the back pocket of these jeans.

Why? Because they can… I suppose?

Ultimately, these jeans aren't for any regular guy. They're the sort of jeans that someone with more money than sense would purchase simply to show off how insanely rich he is.

Personally, I'd never wear them. They look gaudy, scream pretentious, and give a whole new meaning to the phrase pickpocketing!

What do read next? How to buy the perfect pair of jeans.

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Winter Jackets For Men – Which Style Is Best For 2022-2023? https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/winter-jackets-for-men/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 10:09:02 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=140349 When the winter chill sets in, quality winter jackets for men are key to keeping you warm. But with so many different winter jacket styles on the market, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. As ever – that's what I'm here for. In this article, I'm breaking out the…

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When the winter chill sets in, quality winter jackets for men are key to keeping you warm. But with so many different winter jacket styles on the market, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you.

As ever – that's what I'm here for. In this article, I'm breaking out the best winter jacket styles for men in 2022 (and 2023!)

By the time we're finished, you'll know what to for in an awesome winter jacket and how to identify which style is best for you. So whether you're looking for a trendy bomber jacket or a classic pea coat, I've got you covered below.

We'll be covering:

The Different Types of Winter Jackets For Men

Men's Winter Style Guide

Winter jackets for men come in many different forms. Over the years, different styles, fabrics and functions have been developed and refined to create the winter jackets we know and love today.

That's a good thing – it means you've got a lot of choice when shopping for your perfect winter jacket. However, it's also a bad thing, because it means you've got A LOT of choice when it comes to shopping for your perfect winter jacket.

While I can't outline every winter jacket on the market (there are literally hundreds of styles across the world!), I can certainly outline the most common styles you'll see on men this winter.

Bomber Jackets

Infographic - Bomber-Flight-Jacket

Bomber jackets are a classic style of winter jacket that have been around for decades. They are typically made from a leather or nylon outer, with a quilted inner lining.

The key features of a bomber jacket are the ribbed cuffs and hem, which help to keep out the cold. Bomber jackets also usually have a zip fastening, as well as a few pockets on the front for storing your winter essentials.

The key to finding a bomber jacket that's suitable for cold and wet winters is taking the time to consider which material you purchase. After all, suede bomber jacket are very stylish, but they won't do much to keep you warm and dry if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Instead, opt for a bomber jacket made from leather or nylon, which will offer better protection against the elements.

Parka Jacket

Parkas are another winter jacket style that have been around for many years. They are typically made from a water-resistant or waterproof outer fabric, with a thick fur or synthetic lining.

The key features of a parka include a large hood (usually lined with fur or synthetic insulation), as well as a waist drawstring which helps to keep out the cold. Parkas also usually have large pockets on the front, which are perfect for storing winter essentials like gloves and hats.

One of the great things about parkas is that they are suitable for both casual and formal occasions. So whether you're heading to the office or hitting the town, you'll be sure to stay warm and dry in a parka.

Puffer Jackets

Puffer jackets are a more recent style of winter jacket, which have become increasingly popular over the past few years. They are typically made from a synthetic outer fabric, with a down or synthetic filling.

The key features of a puffer jacket include a thick lining (usually down or synthetic), as well as a hood and zip fastening. Puffer jackets also usually have several pockets on the front, which can be handy for storing winter essentials.

As the name would suggest, a puffer jacket is usually pretty darn puffy! The design features pockets of air and material which help to insulate the body and trap heat. This makes them ideal for winter weather, as they are extremely effective at keeping you warm.

However, it's worth noting that puffer jackets can be quite bulky, so they may not be suitable for everyone. If you're looking for a winter jacket that's slim-fitting and doesn't add too much bulk, then a puffer jacket probably isn't the right choice for you.

Pea Coats

navy peacoat

Pea coats are a classic style of winter jacket that have been around for centuries. They are typically made from a heavy wool outer fabric, with a synthetic or down filling.

I'd say they're one of the most traditional styles of winter jackets out there because they've been around for so long – and there's a good reason for that! The key features of a pea coat include a thick lining as well as large front pockets, chunky lapels, and a double-breasted button fastening.

The great thing about pea coats is that they are suitable for both casual and formal occasions. You can dress them up with a shirt and tie or dress them down in jeans and a polo shirt. In short, they're VERY versatile and will see you through most occasions during the colder months.

Trench Coats

Guide To Man’s Trench Coat

Trench coats are another winter jacket style that has been around for many years. In fact, the trench coat gets its name from WW1, when it was first worn by British soldiers in the trenches.

The key features of a trench coat include a water-resistant outer fabric, as well as a thick lining that's guaranteed to keep you warm regardless of conditions. Trench coats also usually have large lapels, a double-breasted button fastening, and several pockets on the front.

Trench coats are generally considered to be quite formal winter jackets. So if you're looking for something to wear to work or a special occasion, then a trench coat is definitely worth considering. They pair great with a suit and wouldn't look out of place on Wallstreet or Canary Wharf.

Leather Biker Jacket

leather biker jacket

Leather biker jackets are a winter jacket style that's been popularised by the likes of James Dean and Marlon Brando. Winter-suitable leather biker jackets are typically made from a heavy-duty leather outer, with a thick lining.

The key features of a leather biker jacket include large lapels, a zip fastening, plenty of pockets, and occasionally a metal belt. Leather biker jackets also usually have zips at the cuff, which allows you to adjust the fit to suit the garments you're wearing underneath.

Although they're called “biker jackets”, you don't actually have to be a biker to wear one! These days, leather biker jackets are worn by people from all walks of life.

To really make the most of a biker jacket in the winter, I would advise wearing one with a scarf. This can be a great way to stay warm and also look stylish – just make sure you choose a scarf that compliments the rest of your outfit!

Windbreaker Jackets

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Windbreakers are perfect if you live in incredibly windy conditions. They are usually made from a lightweight and water-resistant fabric, with a synthetic filling.

The key features of a winter windbreaker include a hood, which is great for protecting your head and face from the cold. Windbreakers also usually have a fastening that features several zips – designed to help keep the wind out!

If you live in a particularly cold climate, then a winter windbreaker is definitely worth considering. They are very effective at keeping the cold out and will also help to protect you from the wind. Just be aware that they're not suitable for everyone, as they can be quite bulky.

One thing to bear in mind with windbreakers is that many of them are not particularly well insulated, so they might not be suitable if you live in an area where it gets extremely cold in winter. However, if you do your research, you'll be able to find a windbreaker that has a thick fleece lining which should help to keep the cold at bay.

Fleece Jackets

fleece jackets

Fleece is one hell of a warm material. So jackets made entirely from fleece are definitely going to keep you snug as a bug in winter!

The key feature of a fleece jacket is, of course, the material. Fleece is made from polyester and has a soft, fluffy texture that's very pleasant to wear. If warmth and comfort are your aims, then a fleece jacket is probably the winter jacket for you.

One thing to bear in mind with fleece jackets is that they're rarely waterproof. Fleece isn't the sort of material that reacts well to getting wet, so if you're caught in a winter downpour, you'll probably end up feeling quite cold and uncomfortable.

It's also worth noting that fleece can be quite a bulky material. So if you're looking for a winter jacket that's easy to carry around, then a fleece might not be the best option.

How to Choose the Right Winter Jacket For Your Body Type

Your body type affects every item of clothing you wear – including winter jackets for men. As such, it's important that you understand the different style of winter jackets for men that suit different body types.

After all, no matter how stylish you think you look, a poorly fitted jacket on an incompatible body type isn't going to look good. Period.

Winter Jackets For Men With Dad-Bods

parka jacket

The winter dad-bod is a growing trend, with more and more men of all ages and sizes sporting a little extra weight around the stomach area.

And while some might see this as a negative, I believe that winter is the perfect time to embrace the dad-bod. After all, what's not to love about a man who's comfortable in his own skin?

That being said, finding the right winter jacket to flatter a dad-bod can be tricky. You want something that's going to accentuate your best features and downplay any problem areas.

Here are some of the best winter jackets for men with dad-bods:

  • Parkas – Great for guys that aren't fat but pack a few pounds around the middle. The waistband on a parka can be cinched to create a more flattering silhouette.
  • Puffer Jackets – A puffer jacket is a great option for men with larger stomachs, as the loose fit will help to conceal any excess weight. Just make sure you choose a puffer jacket that's not too big, as this can make you look even bigger than you are.
  • Bomber Jackets – Bomber jackets are another great winter jacket style for men with dad-bods. The fitted waist and chest will help to create a more flattering shape, while the slightly shorter length will also help to slim down your overall appearance.

Winter Jackets For Men With Athletic Builds

windbreaker

If you're lucky enough to have an athletic build, then you'll have your pick of the best winter jackets for men. Almost any style of winter jacket will look great on you, as your muscular physique will fill out the clothes nicely.

However, there are a few winter jacket styles that will look particularly good on men with athletic builds:

  • Leather Jackets – A leather jacket is the perfect winter jacket for men with muscular physiques. The tight fit will accentuate your muscles, while the rugged style will give you a cool, bad-boy image.
  • Puffer Jackets – Although puffer jackets are often associated with larger guys, they can actually look great on men with athletic builds too. The key is to choose a puffer jacket that's not too big or bulky, as this can make you look out of proportion.
  • Fleece Jackets – A fleece jacket is another great winter jacket option for men with athletic builds. The fitted silhouette will show off your muscles, while the fleece texture will add some extra bulk that will help to fill out the jacket nicely.
  • Windbreaker – A windbreaker is a great winter jacket for men with Athletic builds, as the fitted silhouette will show off your muscles while the lightweight fabric will keep you feeling comfortable and cool.

Winter Jackets For Men With Larger Bodies

Guide To Man’s Trench Coat

If you're a larger guy, then you might think that your winter fashion options are limited. However, there are actually a lot of great winter jacket styles for men with larger bodies. You need to strike a balance between warmth and slimming clothing, so try wearing:

  • Fleece Jacket: Won't bulk you out too much. Yes, fleece is a thick material, but when compared to a puffer jacket, it's definitely considered slimline!
  • Trench Coat: A trench coat is another great winter jacket for men with larger bodies. The long length will help to slim down your overall appearance. Find one with a belt and it'll help give your waistline definition by pulling you in at the sides and giving you more of a triangular appearance.
  • Peacoat: A peacoat is a classic winter jacket style that looks great on men of all shapes and sizes. The double-breasted design will help to slim down your appearance, the wider lapels will help bring your wider silhouette into balance and the fact that it hits at the hip will help to elongate your body.

Winter Jackets For Men With Skinny Builds

puffer jacket

If you're a skinny guy, the best winter jacket for you will be one that bulks you out.

As such, looking for a jacket with a bulky silhouette is essential. Anything with padded shoulders or a thick torso should help to broaden your appearance and make you look more muscular than you are!

As such, check out:

  • Puffer Jackets: A puffer jacket is a great winter jacket for skinny men as it has a lot of volume. The quilted fabric will also help to add some texture and interest to your outfit, while the padded shoulders will help to broaden your frame.
  • Bomber Jackets: A bomber jacket is another great winter jacket style for skinny men. The fitted waist and chest will help to create a more flattering shape, while the slightly shorter length will also help to slim down your overall appearance.
  • Leather Jackets: A leather jacket is an excellent winter jacket for skinny men as it has a tight fit that will accentuate your muscles. The rugged style will also give you a cool, bad-boy image.

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A black suit is an interesting garment.

While I'd never advise a man to wear a black suit to the office every day, there are certainly times when it's an essential garment within a man's closet.

Today, I'm breaking out everything you need to know about wearing a black suit – from when to wear one to when to avoid one, and what you can pair with a black suit to make it more or less formal.

We'll be covering:

  1. Is A Black Suit Only For Funerals?
  2. How To Style A Black Suit At The Office
  3. How To Style A Black Suit At A Funeral
  4. How To Style A Black Suit At A Winter Wedding
  5. What Shirts and Ties Best Match A Black Suit?
  6. When Should You Avoid Wearing A Black Suit?

Is A Black Suit Only For Funerals?

A black suit is best known for one particular event: funerals. After all, black is the color of mourning – and most men will have a suit in their closet specifically purchased for this purpose.

But when did this tradition originate? Black has been associated with death and mourning for centuries.

In fact, the black suit as we know it today originated in the Victorian era – when Queen Victoria popularized the all-black ensemble as a way to mourn her husband's passing. Historians also trace the color black back to Roman-era funerals, where family members of the deceased would wear a black toga to signify their grieving status.

However, grieving aside, a black suit is incredibly versatile. It can be dressed up or down and, because black goes with almost everything, it's easy to find complementary shirts, ties, and accessories.

Not sure how to style a black suit? Keep reading for some tips!

How To Style A Black Suit At The Office

If you work in a traditional office, it's likely that you'll be expected to wear a suit on a daily basis. And if you're the sort of guy that wants to look like the boss, then there's no better option than a black suit. It conveys authority and seriousness – perfect for nailing that big presentation or impressing your superiors in a meeting.

To style a black suit at the office, keep it simple. Pair it with a white shirt and a solid-color tie. While most colors should match black, I always think that a dark red tie looks great with a crisp white shirt and black suit. It's a classic combination that oozes sophistication and style.

Depending on the type of office you work in, you may. be able to switch this up a bit and wear a shirt and tie combo that's a bit more ‘out there'. For example, a black suit with a lavender shirt and mauve striped tie can be a great combo in offices where a strict conservatism is on the table.

How To Style A Black Suit For A Funeral

man in black suit at church

As we mentioned before, black is the traditional color of mourning. And while the origins of this tradition are somewhat murky, there's no denying that black suits are still seen as being the most appropriate clothing choice for funerals today.

When styling a black suit for a funeral, the key is to look as respectful and understated as possible. A funeral is not the time to make a statement – you are attending to pay your respects, not show off your latest tie purchase. As such, I would recommend sticking to a simple black suit, white shirt, and black tie combo.

How To Style A Black Suit For A Winter Wedding

smiling groom at wedding

While black suits are often seen as being too dark for weddings, I think they can actually be the perfect choice for a winter wedding.

The key is in the styling – you'll want to avoid looking like you're attending a funeral (see above), but still look stylish and appropriate. After all, a wedding is all about love and happiness, so you'll want your clothing to reflect that.

To style a black suit for a winter wedding, I would recommend pairing it with a white shirt and a warm-colored tie. A black suit with a dark red or green tie can look great – just make sure to avoid anything too flashy. While a wedding is a great opportunity to look your best, you should never try and take attention from the bride or groom! So keep it simple and classy.

What Shirts and Ties Best Match A Black Suit?

As we mentioned before, black goes with almost everything. That means you have a lot of options when it comes to pairing shirts and ties with your black suit.

In general, I would avoid any colors that are too bright and in your face. A black suit is a refined garment – so bright primary colors can be a bit too much of a contrast.

As such, I would advise sticking to shirts that are light and pastel-colored, such as:

  1. Lavender
  2. Light Blue
  3. White
  4. Off-White
  5. Powder Pink

If you opt for anything brighter or darker than these colors, you could end up either creating too much contrast or too much shadow in your outfit. Black is a very strong color, so complimenting it with softer, powdery tones is the way to go.

You tie should compliment the color of your shirt. Stick to ties that are colored in the same hue as your shirt:

  1. Lavender shirt = ties in shades of purple
  2. Light blue shirt = ties in shades of blue (avoid navy!)
  3. White shirt = most tie colors will work with this
  4. Off-White shirt = ties in earth shades like dark green and brown
  5. Power pink = ties in shades of pink or purple

When Should You Avoid Wearing A Black Suit?

man at summer wedding in black suit

Black suits are typically seen as being too formal and dark for summer weddings.

A summer wedding is all about happiness, warmth and summer vibes – three things that people don't often associate with the color black.

As such, I'd advise avoiding black suits for summer weddings. Instead, go for a lighter colored suit in a linen or cotton fabric.

The same goes for black ties. A black tie can be seen as too formal and ‘stuffy' for a summer wedding – so it's best to avoid them altogether. If you're set on wearing black, opt for a black shirt with a gray or powder-blue suit instead.

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Can Cheap Clothes For Men Look Stylish? | How To Dress Well On A Budget https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/5-tips-shopping-smart/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 12:08:41 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=31100 Cheap clothes for men: we've all been there. Sometimes a man simply can't afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a new wardrobe. But you've got a big event coming up – and you want to look your best! How are you going to make a good impression if you're dressed in cheap clothes for…

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Cheap clothes for men: we've all been there.

Sometimes a man simply can't afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a new wardrobe.

But you've got a big event coming up – and you want to look your best! How are you going to make a good impression if you're dressed in cheap clothes for men?

Rent a suit and hope no one notices it doesn't fit you properly?

Slow up there, buddy. Being budget-friendly doesn't always have to mean cheap looking. I guarantee you can look stylish, well put together, and professional in what you already own.

Today we're going to be talking about how to get the best bang for your buck when it comes to buying stylish, quality men's clothing and looking good without breaking the bank

We'll be covering:

  1. How To Make Cheap Clothes For Men Look Stylish
  2. How To Efficiently Shop For Cheap Clothes For Men

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How To Make Cheap Clothes For Men Look Expensive

jacket waist alterations

Okay, let me clear this up before we begin.

I'm not saying you should be trying to make your clothes look like fake designer clothes. Dressing well isn't about buying fake Rolex watches to trick people into thinking you're rich.

Instead, it's all about buying regular, affordable clothing that you can style to look like the same QUALITY as more expensive garments and accessories.

For instance, a well-tailored cheap suit can look better than an off-the-rack $800 suit. The key is knowing what you need to do with your current, more budget-friendly clothing to make it look as good as something you might buy from a high-end department store.

With that out of the way, let's break out some top style tips to help you achieve that lux look for less.

Style Tip #1 – Focus On The FIT Of Cheap Clothes For Men

Style Pyramid

It's a simple fact that anything in your wardrobe looks better when it fits you perfectly. And as long as you understand how to dress for your body type, you can figure out exactly what needs adjusting in each item of clothing.

You don't have to think about shopping right away – first take look at your shirts and trousers individually. You can easily have your clothes altered if you notice any of these flaws:

  • Sleeves that are too long
  • Excess fabric at the torso area
  • Too little/much room in the seat of the pants

A successful altering can make all the difference between an ill-fitted and a perfectly-fitted version of the same garment.

Does it cost money? Yes, but remember that you'd still have to spend more on a brand-new item. There's no reason to discard and replace something that only needs some tweaking on the seams.

Style Tip #2 – Find Quality Brands That Are Affordable

How To Budget For Professional Men's Clothing Piece By Piece

This one is self-explanatory. The reality is not all quality items have to make a dent in your savings.

The trick is to know which brands offer such items. So that's where it really helps to browse this site.

For instance – you might want a quality dress watch to add an extra flair to your suit or formal wear – showing you have a sharper sense of style than the other men in the room.

That's what makes more budget dress watches a great choice. Not only are they super affordable – but they're made to accentuate a classy look.

The best part is no matter how much you age or gain weight – a watch will always be useful. There's nothing about it that looks showy or overdone. It's simply elegant 24/7.

Style Tip #3 – Change The Knot Of Your Tie

To get a better style without spending much, you’ll need a different currency – time. You can’t amp up your next outfit without taking the time to figure things out.

That’s the case for neckties. It’s tempting to put on your tie the same way you’ve done all your life – but you’ll never know what a new knot can do for you.

pratt knot infographic

Here’s a list of 18 different tie knots – together with infographics – which you may want to study.

A new knot for your tie tomorrow might feel like you’ve transformed your style into a totally new kind.

Style Tip #4 – Change The Color Of Your Shoelaces

How To Lace Your Dress Shoes

There’s a saying that women can tell a lot about men by their shoes. And I 100% agree. Your shoes are the last thing people expect you to take care of.

So if you’re like me and polish your footwear every week – excellent! Keep up the good work.

But if you want your shoe style to go up a notch, I recommend that you spend a tiny bit of money. Not for new shoes – but shoelaces of a new color. All you need is $10. No joke.

You can find waxed cotton colored laces that are cheap but effective. They revitalize your shoes as if they’ve turned into a totally new pair. People at work and your wife will notice it… and be impressed.

Style Tip #5 – Change Your Grooming Routine

Mens-Hairstyle-The-Classic-Pompadour

Hair plays a big part in your style. In fact, it’s one of the more underestimated assets. Think about it – your face is the first thing everybody sees (since we’re hardwired to look people in the eye).

Find a hairstyle to complement your face and showcase your personality. If you pick some random style, you’ll blow your chances of a killer first impression.

You may want to be aware of today’s men’s hairstyles that women love most. I can tell you what several forums, articles, and Reddit threads would all agree on – a great haircut equals a more attractive guy.

You can also try something different in terms of facial hair. If you normally have a beard, try shaving it for once.

Or if you're so used to shaving regularly, consider growing a beard (unless it's inappropriate for your line of work). Who knows – you may end up getting more compliments and feeling more confident because of this change to your face.

Style Tip #6 – Get Rid Of Bad Clothing

Sometimes, we see 1 or 2 shirts or pairs of pants that don't fit us at all… and they can spoil the whole bunch. It might dawn on us that we suddenly lack good clothes – when the truth is we simply haven't taken out the trash.

That's right – clothes that have no chance of being altered well are pretty much trash. Put these clothes in a donation box or hand them over to those who may have a use for them. Clear the clutter in your closet by minimizing the number of options for your PERFECT pieces.

By taking the time to do this, you'll be able to think strategically with the good stuff you do own. You can start to build an interchangeable wardrobe – which will make your style decisions and dressing-up routines much easier. And that's also going to help you become a better shopper.

Style Tip #7 – Be Confident In Cheap Clothes For Men

When Should A Man Buy A Pinstripe Suit

There's also a mental side to being stylish. You want to exude as much confidence as possible – without acting conceited. This is where you impress people using attitude first, wardrobe second.

Learn how to act more confident. Find that little bit of courage to initiate conversations. Smile and say hello to people right away. Introduce yourself and offer a handshake.

These actions have a positive impact on your mindset… and your style suddenly looks even better. People will notice you more and see you as the cool guy in the room.

You can also try some “high power poses” that Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy describes in a scientific study. As discussed on her TED Talk, Cuddy was able to link certain poses to people feeling more confident, less stressed and more willing to take risks.

These poses aren’t complicated at all – some require you to stand tall like Superman, or extend your arms like you just crossed the finish line. Try a little bit each day to help grow your confidence.

How To Efficiently Shop For Cheap Clothes For Men

man showing off money and credit cards

Unless you buy all of your clothes online, you'll know the struggle of heading to the mall only to find an overwhelming range of menswear stores, each with different styles and price points.

If you're thinking about sticking to cheap clothes for men, it can be even harder to navigate the sea of ‘SALE!' signs to find the clothing that's right for you.

As such, it's important to formulate a game plan. Like a soldier heading into battle, you need to know what you're doing and WHY you're doing it. Get your ducks in a row before you step foot in a store and the whole process will be a lot easier.

Before you even leave the house, I'd suggest you go through this list of pre-shopping safety checks to assess what it is you need and how you plan to purchase it at the best price.

Only Buy Men's Clothing You Need

capsule wardrobe infographic

The amount of money you save is determined by the discount you get. Right?

Wrong. The most money you'll ever save is by buying only the clothing items you need.

I remember I once bought this orange vest and thinking back I don’t know what I was thinking.

It was back in about 2000 and I was a young Marine officer stationed at Carlsbad, California. I went to an outlet and I saw this orange vest and I knew I had to have it.

Of course, there were a couple of things that were wrong with it. However. the main issue was that it was large and I wear a medium and I had no idea how it would fit in my wardrobe.

But this thing was great and it was 70% off so I purchased it because I really liked it and it was such an amazing deal I felt justified in buying it.

Given that I liked it so much and that it was such a sweet deal I must have worn it every day, right?

Not quite. I have this picture of it in my head and it's the reason I remember this vest:

I was riding my motorcycle and I had all these layers on and because of the layers I had on it somehow fit but I wore it more like a signal vest so people could see me and cars wouldn't hit me than for any other reason.

Where is that orange vest now? I don’t know because I gave it away to goodwill years ago.

The point is we often buy clothing that we don’t need and by not doing that you can save more money than any other way.

Learn More About Stylish Men's Clothing

Top AMAZING Books To Read For Men

Our first point brings us to this one because the best way you can stop buying clothes you don't need is to know what you need and to do this you need to educate yourself.

If you're reading this I'm going to guess that you've seen a few of my articles or watched a couple of my Youtube videos and this is a great step in the right direction.

What you need to do now is watch a lot more of my videos and read a lot more of my articles until you know enough to make informed decisions.

I'm not suggesting you glue yourself to your computer for a week and do nothing but peruse my content but perhaps instead of reading an article a week, try and watch one video or read one article a day instead until you know what your style is and what you need to build up a good wardrobe.

The point is that you have to educate yourself. You need to be seeking a little bit of self-improvement every single day and I think being on someone's email list that really resonates with you is one of the best ways to do that.

So find your Yoda: find the guy that you really relate to and listen to what he has to say, learn a little bit every day, and focus on educating yourself so that you know what to buy.

Create a Menswear Shopping List

Ticked off checklist

One of the most important things you can do after reading this article is to make a list of what your wardrobe needs.

This list is a work in progress though and the chances are it could change as you get more educated and have a better idea of what your style is and what you have in your cupboard.

In my Men's Style System I provide you with an exceptional breakout list on what you need to build out your style, but if you're just starting off and you don’t know where to go just focus on what you think you need to get started.

Part of their service includes a list of items you need and this can be a great resource to give you a better idea of what you should be looking at.

What you wear is also going to be strongly influenced by what you do and where you live.

If you're a lawyer in New York City you're going to have different needs than if you're a master electrician and you're over in Shawano, Wisconsin and you're going to have a little bit different needs in terms of what should be in your wardrobe.

But there are items that need to be in your wardrobe and for that reason you have to put together that list.

When you make this list make sure you focus in on your needs first and then focus on your wants. That tuxedo you've been eyeing may be a great want but you'll be better off buying a good suit you can wear to work instead.

Once you've identified and created your list it makes it really easy for you to decide where you're going to spend your money.

Infographic - 16-Piece Interchangeable Wardrobe - Option 2

Certain pieces are investment pieces that you have to have and other pieces which are nice to have but you only want to spend money on them after you've invested in having at least a good suit.

And when I say a suit I mean the whole outfit:

  • a nice suit that fits you well with both the trousers and the jacket made from the same fabric
  • a light-colored dress shirt that fits you well
  • a matching tie
  • good quality matching shoes
  • other related and matching accessories like a belt/suspenders, cuff-links, etc.

Make sure to get a muted tie so that you can wear it to a wedding and a funeral. That outfit is an excellent example of one of your go-to investment pieces.

What you should take away from this is that you need to have that checklist and a brilliant idea is to make it a shared document on Google Docs so you can solicit advice about your choices from people more knowledgeable than you are.

Check The Menswear Store Return Policy

shopping mall

Whenever you're out shopping be sure to look at the store or website's return policy. I remember buying something on Lucky's website that was a clearance item.

I didn’t realize until after I received the item and it didn’t fit very well that I couldn't send it back because they have a “no return policy” on clearance items.

This struck me as kind of strange and I actually talked with the manager and they accepted it back but it's one of those things that you don’t want to have to do it.

Make sure you work with or buy from a company or person you can make a return to if you're not satisfied.

And don't be afraid to test the waters so to speak. If you're working with a custom clothier he shouldn't be looking to build out your cupboard ten shirts at the same time.

Initially, you want to get one shirt and get the fit and style right and make sure you're happy with it before having him build the other nine shirts out.

It's also not just return policies but making sure you know how they deal with other issues like having something that needs to be adjusted, repaired, or possibly exchanged.

So before making a purchase make sure you know what their general and specific merchandise policies are.

 

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Men’s Blazer Vs. Suit Jacket With Jeans: Which Style Looks Best? https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/suit-jacket-jeans-pairing/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 23:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=25875 When men want to dress up their look a bit, they often reach for their blazers. After all, a blazer is a more casual option than a suit jacket, and it can be worn with jeans or chinos to create an instantly stylish outfit. But what about a suit jacket? Do the same rules apply…

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When men want to dress up their look a bit, they often reach for their blazers.

After all, a blazer is a more casual option than a suit jacket, and it can be worn with jeans or chinos to create an instantly stylish outfit.

But what about a suit jacket? Do the same rules apply when trying to style your favorite suit jacket with jeans?

The fact is, suit jackets and blazers are two very different garments – and

We'll be covering:

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What's The Difference Between A Blazer And A Suit Jacket?

Blazers and suit jackets look pretty similar.

But don't be fooled – there are some pretty significant differences between these two garments when it comes to the way they're structured, how they look, and what you can wear with them.

This is ESPECIALLY true when considering how to wear a blazer or a suit jacket with jeans. So before we get into the technicalities, I've got to make sure you gents understand the basic differences between a suit jacket and a blazer.

Blazer & Suit Jacket Structure

suit jacket inforgraphic

One of the biggest differences between a blazer and a suit jacket can be seen in the way that each garment is structured.

A suit jacket is a far more formal garment, designed to be worn as part of an ensemble (a full suit). As such, the jacket has a more structured silhouette, with defined shoulders and a tailored waist.

You'll also find that the fabrics and colors used in most suit jackets are more formal and classic than blazers.

Infographic - The Blazer Jacket

Blazers on the other hand are slightly less structured than suit jackets and feature distinctive metal buttons.

In some cases, you may find blazers that have been designed using bright patterns to symbolize the official stripes of certain institutions (Universities, rowing syndicates, or golf clubs), but for the most part, patterns are minimal and colors are muted.

Blazer & Suit Jacket Fabric

pinstripe suit pattern

The fabric is typically heavier and more luxurious, and the style is often more classic and conservative. What does this mean? In short, a suit jacket is designed to look and feel more expensive so that it fits in with business environments and more formal events.

A blazer, on the other hand, is a far more casual garment. It doesn't have the same structured silhouette, and the fabric is usually lighter in weight. The style is also more relaxed, with less defined shoulders and a looser fit through the waist. This makes blazers much easier to wear on a daily basis with a wider variety of pants and shoes.

Blazer & Suit Jacket Style

The style of a blazer can vary widely, from classic and conservative to trendy and fashion-forward. In some circles, men can be seen wearing classic tweed blazers that wouldn't look out of place at a country club. In others, men are sporting patterned or brightly colored blazers that make more of a fashion statement.

Suit jackets, on the other hand, are usually more classic and conservative in style. This is because they are designed to be worn as part of a suit, which is typically seen as a more formal outfit. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, and you can find suit jackets in all sorts of styles these days. But generally speaking, suit jackets err on the side of conservatism.

Blazer & Suit Jacket Formality

Infographic - Suit Jacket Silhouettes
The looser a suit jacket is, the less formal it is

One final way to distinguish between blazers and suit jackets is by formality. A suit jacket is almost always going to be more formal because it is designed to be worn as part of a suit. This means that it is typically reserved for more formal occasions, such as weddings, work functions, and other dressy events.

A blazer, on the other hand, can be either formal or casual depending on the style and how it is worn. A classic navy blazer can be dressed up or down, making it a versatile piece that can be worn in a variety of settings. But a brightly colored or patterned blazer will lean more towards the casual end of the spectrum.

Now that we've covered the key differences between men's blazers and suit jackets, let's move on to styling them with jeans. We'll start with the more casual option.

How To Style A Blazer With Jeans

Knowing how to style a blazer with jeans can help a man unlock a whole host of different outfit options, suitable for a wide variety of different occasions.

However, don't be fooled into thinking that means you can simply throw on any old blazer with pair of jeans and look like the next James Bond. There are a few key things you need to consider when styling a blazer with jeans to ensure you look your best.

Jeans Fit & Color

Infographic - Jeans to Wear
Straight and slim-fit jeans are best for pairing with tailoring. Baggy and skinny just don't look right.

The fit and color of your jeans are both critical when it comes to styling a blazer with jeans.

For the best results, you should opt for a slim (not skinny!) pair of jeans in a dark wash. This will create a sharp contrast with the blazer, helping to give your outfit a more polished look.

Light wash or baggy jeans will make you look sloppy and unfinished, so it's best to avoid them if you can.

As for the color, black, navy, and grey are all great choices that will work well with most blazers. If you want to add a little more personality to your outfit, you can also try a pair of colored jeans. Just make sure they are still slim-fitting and in a dark wash.

How To Match A Blazer To Your Jeans

The next thing to consider is the fit and color of your blazer.

As I mentioned before, blazers come in all sorts of different styles, so it's important to choose one that works well with your body type and personal style.

If you're on the taller side, you can get away with a longer-length blazer that sits half way down the buttocks. But if you're shorter or have a more compact build, it's best to stick with a blazer that falls just below the waist. Shorter guys should do everything they can to avoid making their legs look short!

As for the color, again, it's best to stick with classic colors like black, navy, and grey. These colors are versatile and easy to style. But if you want to add a pop of color, go for it! Just make sure the rest of your outfit is fairly low-key so you don't look too overdressed.

Dress Shoes Or Sneakers?

White sneakers with jeans

For shoes, men have two options: dress shoes or sneakers.

Dress shoes (like Oxfords or Derbys) are a more polished option that will give your outfit an elevated look. While I don't think Oxfords look great with jeans, a good pair of brown Derby shoes can be a great way to add a touch of formality to a casual outfit. To keep things semi-casual, consider brogues – they're a great happy medium between formal dress shoes and casual sneakers.

Sneakers are obviously the more casual option here, but that doesn't mean they can't look great with a blazer and jeans. Just make sure you choose the right pair of sneakers. Avoid any chunky, dad-style sneakers and opt for something sleeker and more stylish.

White leather low-tops are always a good choice – the minimal design is perfect for a smart-casual look that doesn't draw the eye too much.

Formality: Work And Special Events

suit jacket and jeans

When deciding whether or not to wear a blazer with jeans, men need to consider the formality of the event they're attending.

A blazer is less formal than a suit jacket, so it's generally okay to wear one at less formal events (like work or dinner with friends). However, if men are attending a more formal event (like a black tie affair), they should opt for a suit jacket instead of a blazer.

However, when it comes to wearing jeans, it can be tricky to pull these off in a professional environment. Most workplaces will let chinos and a blazer slide, but turning up in denim could be pushing it.

The same goes for special occasions – men should avoid jeans if they're attending a wedding, funeral, or any other formal event.

My advice? Stick to chinos when an event calls for smart casual. If it's dress-down Friday or you're attending a smart-casual event like a dinner party, then jeans and a blazer can be a great option.

Pro Tip: Look at how the person directly above you in the chain of command dresses. If your manager wears jeans and a blazer to work, then chances are you can too.

What Style Of Shirt Works Best?

collars and co striped polo

There are many different shirt styles that men can choose from when styling a blazer with jeans. The contrast in formality between denim and a blazer means that you can go either way when it comes to picking out your favorite shirt.

For instance, a dress shirt gives off a more professional look, while a T-shirt or henley is perfect for relaxed occasions. Either of these options is fine to wear with a blazer and jeans combo – and the option you choose really depends on the formality of the event.

Let's put it this way:

  • If you're using a blazer to dress up a casual outfit, then wear a t-shirt, henley, or polo. In combination with a blazer, wearing a button-down may make you look too formally dressed.
  • If you're using a blazer to dress down a more formal outfit, then stick to a shirt. It will help you maintain the level of formality that's expected of you and could help you ‘get away' with wearing jeans!

The shirt you choose to wear with a blazer and jeans combo can ultimately be the deciding factor when it comes to your outfit's formality. So think carefully, consider your options and make the right choice for the environment you're in.

How To Style A Suit Jacket With Jeans

suit jacket fit infographic

In comparison to a blazer, a suit jacket is slightly more restricted when it comes to wearing it with a pair of men's jeans.

The reason for this is quite simple: as an item of fine tailoring designed to be worn as part of a formalwear ensemble, a suit jacket is just less versatile than a blazer.

Jeans Fit & Color

How Jeans Should Fit

The fit and color of jeans is even more important when it comes to wearing them with a suit jacket. After all, as a formal garment, it's very tricky to make jeans look good in a professional setting.

When wearing a suit jacket with jeans, men should opt for a darker wash and a slim or straight fit. This will help to create a sleek and put-together look. Avoid any baggy or loose-fitting jeans, as they'll ruin the overall effect.

Remember, the key to wearing a suit jacket with jeans is to create as little difference in the formality of the two garments as possible. Light wash jeans that look baggy casual simply aren't going to work for this reason.

When it comes to styling a suit jacket with jeans, men should think of their jeans like suit pants. This means that they need to appear well-tailored and fitted. Depending on your budget, it may even be worth taking a trip to your tailor and having them alter your jeans to fit you properly – that way you can be sure that they'll look great every time you wear them with a suit.

Dress Shoes Or Sneakers?

You can pull off sneakers with a blazer and jeans. However, when it comes to the more formal suit jacket, I would avoid wearing sneakers in most circumstances.

Unlike a blazer, a suit jacket is strictly a formal garment. As such, pairing them with jeans AND sneakers is a pretty big challenge! Your jeans should be the only casual element to your outfit, and wearing sneakers instead of dress shoes could throw off the balance of your outfit.

In general, I would recommend avoiding sneakers altogether when trying to style a suit jacket with jeans. The best option is to stick to dress shoes like loafers, or brogues.

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. If you're attending a very casual event or you're particularly fashion-forward, then you might be able to get away with wearing sneakers with your suit jacket and jeans. But in most cases, it's best to avoid them.

Formality: Work and Special Events

suit jacket and white jeans

When it comes to formality, suit jackets are higher on the scale than blazers. As a result, it's probably easier to pair a suit jacket with jeans at work in comparison to a blazer.

That said, it's still important to be mindful of the dress code at your workplace. If you're unsure whether a suit jacket and jeans would be appropriate, err on the side of caution and wear formal pants instead.

It's also worth noting that, while a suit jacket with jeans can work for some special occasions, it's generally not considered as formal as wearing a full suit. So if you're attending a wedding or another black-tie event, it's probably best to stick to a more traditional dress code.

A safe rule to follow is this: when in doubt, suit it out. As I always say, it's better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Suit Jacket Vs. Blazer With Jeans: Which Looks Best?

It's a tricky question. After all, both styles have their own unique benefits and drawbacks.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and circumstances.

What is important, however, is that you guys know what to wear with both of these garments to look your best. So I've gone ahead and put together a basic lookbook for you to refer to the next time you want to try mixing things up with a blazer and suit jacket.

How To Wear Jeans And A Blazer To The Office

blazer and jeans infographic

Wearing jeans to the office is a tricky thing to do without getting ‘dress-coded' by your boss. But if you do it right, it can actually look really stylish and put-together, and people might not even notice you're wearing jeans in the first place!

The key is to pick the right jeans and blazer combo. Here are a few tips:

  • Choose dark wash jeans in a slim-straight fit. The darker the better.
  • Go for a tailored blazer that fits well on the shoulders
  • A button-down shirt with a subtle pattern can work here. Just don't go overboard!
  • Pair with dress shoes or loafers – no sneakers!

How To Wear Jeans And A Suit Jacket For A Special Occasion

Whether you're attending a wedding (or any other special occasion) wearing a suit jacket with jeans is possible but incredibly difficult. After all, a wedding is a big deal, and you don't want to seem as though you're not taking it seriously by dressing down.

To pull jeans and a suit jacket off at a wedding (without experiencing the wrath of an angry bride) make sure to:

  • Opt for black jeans with gun-metal studs and buttons. You need to make sure your jeans look as jean-less as possible!
  • Choose a slim-fit suit jacket in a dark color. Avoid bold patterns, you don't want to draw attention to yourself
  • Best to opt for a classic white button-down here. Keep it classy and simple.
  • Stick to dress shoes. Sneakers will only highlight and worsen your informal wardrobe choices.

How To Wear Jeans And A Blazer To A Dinner Party

blazer and jeans infographic

This is where the jeans and blazer combo really comes into its own. In fact, I'd go as far as to say a dinner party with friends is the best time to wear this outfit – it's not too formal, not too casual… just like the dinner party itself!

Here are a few tips to make sure you look your best:

  • Choose dark wash jeans in navy or gray to keep things semi-casual
  • Go for a printed blazer in a fun color or pattern. This is your chance to be bold, don't waste it!
  • A light blue/pink button-down shirt will work well here.
  • Pair with boots for that extra level of semi-casual style. You want to look slightly dressier than usual without going overboard.

How To Wear Jeans And A Blazer At The Weekend

blazer and jeans infographic

Whether you're taking your kids to the park or hitting the mall with the wife, a blazer and jeans can still be a great style choice for more casual weekend activities.

Sure, there are certain rules you should follow to make sure that you don't overdress and look too formal, but as long as you stick to them, you'll be just fine. Here are a few tips:

  • Choose light wash jeans in a slim. The lighter the jeans, the more casual they are!
  • Go for a linen blazer in a neutral color like white, cream, or beige. This will help keep things feeling summery and casual – once again, stick to lighter shades for a more casual look.
  • I would avoid button-down shirts here and instead opt for a polo shirt or Henley.
  • Pair with sneakers or loafers. You want to look comfortable but still stylish, so avoid dress shoes at all costs.
 

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Stylish Leather Boots For Men – Ultimate Buying Guide (Updated 2022) https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/mens-boots-buying-guide/ Thu, 13 Oct 2022 11:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=111128 According to a study conducted by GQ Magazine: ‘76% of women think that casual boots are the sexiest shoes a man can wear on a first date.' Which is all well and good – but that doesn't mean a guy can just throw any pair of boots on and instantly look incredible. If it were…

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According to a study conducted by GQ Magazine:

‘76% of women think that casual boots are the sexiest shoes a man can wear on a first date.'

Which is all well and good – but that doesn't mean a guy can just throw any pair of boots on and instantly look incredible. If it were that easy, we'd all be celebrating, gents.

The tricky part of wearing boots is knowing when and where they are appropriate:

  • Do you wear them with a suit?
  • Are there any jeans to avoid when wearing boots?
  • Can you wear boots with shorts?
  • What style is best for which season?

It can get confusing.

Don't worry, gents – I've got you covered. Sit back, relax, and take note – in today's article, I'm breaking out everything you need to know about buying a pair of A1 men's boots.

We'll be covering:

  1. What Makes A Good Quality Boot?
  2. The History Of Men's Leather Boots
  3. How Do You Style Men's Boots?
  4. What Are The Best Styles Of Leather Boots For Men?

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What Makes A Good Quality Boot?

To truly discover what makes a good boot great, we need to break down the features of construction into 4 key categories:

  1. Sole
  2. Welt
  3. Materials
  4. Style

The reason these 4 key aspects of a boot are so important to quality is simple: if a bootmaker cuts corners on any one of these, his boot can go from A1 to awful in the blink of an eye.

Top quality footwear is a very delicate balancing act – if one piece of the puzzle fails, the rest will come crumbling down. Let me give you an example:

Even if a boot has a sturdy leather sole, an upper made from solid, high-grade leather, AND has been designed to match the most stylish boots on the market – it will STILL fail if the welt isn't up to standard.

As such, as a buyer of boots, you need to know how to identify quality in all of these different aspects of boot construction.

What Makes A Good Boot Sole?

It's a fact – the sole of a boot is just as important as the material the boot is made from.

Why? It's simple – the shoe's sole is the part that will take the most beating on a day to day basis.

Typically, leather or a synthetic material like rubber will be used to make a shoe's sole. Both of these have their advantages and disadvantages – it's really up to you to decide which style of the sole will best suit your own personal needs.

boot construction inforgraphic

Starting with the leather sole, the key advantages of this style are:

  • The comfort of a sole that will adapt to the way you walk.
  • The breathability that a leather sole offers is essential when considering the health of your feet.
  • A heightened elegance in appearance. Leather soles both look and feel classy to wear!
  • The fact that leather soles can be easier to re-sole than plastic or rubber soles.
  • Sustainability in the sense that a natural material should last a long time and can be replaced.
  • The variety offered by leather means that not all leather soles are the same as one another.

However, with all advantages come disadvantages. Leather soles are no different, with their disadvantages being:

  • Their slippery surface – new leather soles are smooth, meaning you can easily slip and slide. Note: Some leather-soled shoes are Butyl-Treated: Butyl is a chemical used in making rubber, which also adds stickiness to the shoe and improves grip.
  • A lack of durability – rubber is harder wearing than leather. It's a fact, gents.
  • A lack of water resistance – unlike rubber soles, they do not have a waterproof barrier between your foot and the ground.
  • Lack of cushioning – Leather is nice and soft and offers some cushioning. However, natural materials aren't thick, so the space between the ground and your foot is decreased when wearing leather soles.
thursday boots black zipper boot

The opposite of a leather sole is one that is made of synthetic materials like rubber. These have their own advantages:

  • A greater range of different qualities when compared to leather.
  • The ability to offer a more lightweight feel and higher levels of breathability.
  • Thanks to the ease of production, they're also cheaper to purchase and thus cheaper to replace.
  • Unlike some leathers, rubber soles are washable and can be wiped clean without fear of chemical damage.

However, with this cheaper man-made design, there are also many disadvantages to synthetic soles:

  • A typically lower quality material means less longevity of use.
  • They can look ‘cheap’ in comparison to more expensive soles – devaluing your overall style.
  • Fabric soles are less likely to be waterproof and are certainly less durable than leather soles.
  • Faux leather, or PU leather, is not as durable as real leather. However, it will be more durable compared to bonded leather.

What's The Best Welt For Boots?

For those not in the know, a boot's ‘welt' is where the outsole attaches to the rest of the boot. All boots have a welt – however, there are a few different constructions that a cordwainer can choose from when making footwear.

Goodyear Welt:  

A Goodyear welt is a strip of leather, rubber, or plastic that runs along a shoe outsole's perimeter. The basic construction involves stitching to secure the welt to the upper and a strip of pre-formed canvas that runs all around the bottom.

goodyear welt

A boot that features a Goodyear Welt has many benefits. These include the ability to re-sole the shoe regularly, the molding nature of the cork filler (molds to the shape of your foot), and the increased ventilation allowing air into and out of your boot.

Goodyear Welts are relatively waterproof – but I wouldn't go as far as to suggest swimming in them.

Storm Welt (Also called the Norweigen Welt)

The Storm Welt leverages a very similar construction to the Goodyear Welt. However, it utilizes a slightly different design that allows the welt to bend upwards and around the sole – allowing more of a seal to be created between the upper and midsole.

The main benefit of this is an enhancement in the design's waterproofing. Again – would I suggest going for a swim in your boots? Absolutely not. However, a Storm Welted shoe could certainly handle a few deep puddles without much trouble.

Blake Stitch:

A Blake Stitch is a welt that utilizes the “single stitch” method.

blake stitch

Basically, the shoe's upper is folded underneath the insole, and then stitching is applied with a single thread to connect the layers of the boot's sole.

Typically, a Blake Stitch welt makes it harder to replace the boot's sole when it wears out and becomes damaged. However, on the plus side, the lighter construction of a single stitch means a boot that utilizes it is far lighter and flexible in design. This makes the Blake Stitch ideal for slimmer boots intended to be worn in more formal settings.

A Glued Sole:

The simplest (and possibly least favorable) of welt designs in the glued sole.

Regarding durability, a glued sole is not as strong as a Goodyear Welt, Blake Stitch, or Storm welt. Due to the welt's simplicity, it is cheap to manufacture and is therefore used on cheaper boots and shoes.

What's more – a glued sole can not be replaced. If the sole of a glued boot is damaged, then the boot is a right-off. I would always recommend ensuring your boots feature a strong, high-quality welting method rather than the cheaper glued option for longevity's sake.

Which Materials Are Best For Boot Construction?

As with any item of clothing, stylish boots for men should be made of top-quality materials. In the case of boots – that means sturdy, high-quality leather.

A good rule is to aim for the highest-grade leather that you can afford. The higher the grade, the pricier the boot – however, genuine leather should be considered a minimum.

For those unsure of what I mean by Leather Grades, here's a quick breakdown of the different levels of quality leather:

  • Full-grain – thick and rugged leather that hasn't been sanded down or buffed
  • Top-grain – leather with a split layer with imperfections buffed away
  • Genuine – leather that has had an artificial grain (or texture) applied to its surface
  • Bonded – a mixture of leather scraps bonded together with synthetic materials

Unless you really have to, I'd advise you never to opt for synthetic leather. Real leather is tougher and will last longer if properly cared for. Synthetic leather will also reduce your boot's ability to breathe – trapping moisture between your foot and the surrounding boot.

It's also vital to remember that any leather, regardless of quality or grade, requires quite specific care to ensure your boots' longevity. To get the most out of your leather boots, I would advise that you:

  • Clean your boots after every use.
  • Polish the leather every week.
  • Condition the leather every 10 days.
types of leather
Leather can also be divided into different ‘grades', which help indicate durability and quality.

Doing this will make the leather last longer and stay strong. Remember that leather is skin! What happens to unmoisturized and uncared-for skin? It cracks and wrinkles, leaving an old and worn-out aesthetic. The same thing will happen to leather boots, gents – so keep up a regular ‘boot care' routine just as you would a regular skincare routine.

Why Does Style Matter When Buying Men's Boots?

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Guys, it doesn't matter if your boots are the highest quality shoes in the world – if they're ugly and lacking in style, then they just aren't gonna make the cut.

I would advise you to avoid ‘fad' styles and stick to the timeless classics to guarantee this. Patent Leather Cuban Heels might have looked great in the 70s, but they're not exactly the sort of boot a man could wear with masculinity in the 21st century.

Instead – go for the tried and tested classics.

Military lace-ups or Chelsea boots are great timeless options. Both of these boots can be worn casually and dressed up and look just as stylish now as they did 20, 30, or even 40 years ago.

On a practical level, it's also important that stylish boots can be worn all year round. After all, what's the use in spending your hard-earned cash on boots that can only be worn during a few months of the year?

With that in mind, there are a few things you should try to avoid when buying a pair of stylish boots for men.

  • Fur-lined boots are great for colder weather but useless in the summer months. If a boot has fur lining the inside of the shoe, there's no way that it can be worn in hot weather. Imagine the foot sweat, gents – no one wants their feet to stink on a first date.
  • Equally, thinner materials like suede won't work in wet and cold weather.

My advice would be to opt for an evergreen boot – made from waterproof leather without any material lining the inside. A boot like this will be thin enough to wear in the summer while also protective enough to keep your feet warm and dry when the temperatures drop.

History Of Men's Boots

Pre-Historic Men's Boots

Who would have thought that we'd still be wearing clothes today that our ancestors were wearing over 10,000 years ago?

According to historians, the oldest known depiction of boots can be seen in a cave painting from Spain. After careful inspection – historians concluded that a man could be seen wearing boots of skin, like a prehistoric version of the modern leather boot.

Even cave dwellers understood the importance of wearing stylish boots for men!

16th -18th Century

Pre-history is fascinating but let's be honest – the boots worn by those long-gone ancestors were likely very different to what we wear today as modern men.

So let's look at a slightly more modern form of history.

Within the 16th Century, men wore thigh-high boots of brown leather. These high boots of soft, perfumed leather were worn to meet upper stocks and gradually evolved into the early seventeenth century's cavalier boot style. 

painting of man in boots

Widely recognized as the first military boot, the high-legged cavalier boots were worn by soldiers and became one of the first examples of a regimental uniform within Europe.

As fashion developed, so did the purpose of the cavalier boot. For 18th Century higher-class gentlemen, the sport of riding became a popular pass-time, and the high cavalier boot developed into a softer and closer fitting “jockey” style boot designed to be worn on horseback. 

19th Century

cavalier style boots
Boots have been used for riding for hundreds of years – both in the military and in leisure sports.

As the years progressed, the boot was more popular than ever.

In the 19th Century, Beau Brummel (considered the first ‘Dandy’) was known to wear “top boots and buckskins”.

As fashion shifted, so did the shape and design of the boot. The Wellington Boot – developed by the Duke of Wellington in 1817 – dominated menswear in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. 

The Blucher style of the boot had the most recognizable impact on what would become the modern boot. The basic laced-front style that The Blucher adopted would prove to be popular in modified forms to this day and has served as the basis of the modern high-top sneaker, hiking boot, and combat boot.

However, it was not until the late 19th Century that boots reached the peak of their popularity. A desire for greater comfort and practicality in footwear for both men and women became apparent and was aided by technological advances like sewing machines and vulcanized rubber.

The Wellington's popularity died out in Britain but managed to survive in the United States – as the main contributor to the cowboy boot's development.

cowboy boots
The classic Cowboy Boot – badass and still relevant today.

Believed to have originated in Kansas – the Cowboy Boot is considered a combination of the Wellington and the Mexican vaqueros' high heeled boots.

In the United States, the Hessian continued to be worn and can be seen in photographs of the outlaw “Billy the Kid” from the 1870s.

20th Century

In the first half of the 20th Century, boots returned to their functional role and were traditionally used within the military through 2 world wars. 

As 1950 hit,  boots then reemerged as an important element in ‘young fashion'. Trends arose within youth culture, and boots played a big role in self-expression. 

During this time, elastic side boots became trendy as modern versions of the nineteenth-century originals. However, to add a bit of 50's flair, a higher heel and a pointed toe were added, worn with slim-fit trousers.

Sound familiar? They should – after all, these were the original Chelsea boots.

How Do You Style Men's Boots?

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The versatility of many boot styles is what makes them great. But it's important to consider the formality of your footwear in the same way you would when deciding between a pair of loafers or cap-toe Oxford shoes.

Different boots suit different events and environments and learning which to wear for different levels of formality is essential to dressing with style.

Can You Wear Boots With A Suit And Tie?

First and foremost – when wearing boots with a suit, avoid ‘black tie' suits. Tuxedo and black tie events strictly call for formal shoes as boots look too casual for super formal events.

At the end of the day, gents – you will look plain weird wearing boots with a tux. Instead, avoid boots altogether and opt for black oxford shoes.

When wearing boots to work – ensure they are well polished and shiny. This will complement the clean-cut look of suit pants. After all, well-polished shoes look professional and demonstrate to your employer that you put effort into crafting an appropriate appearance for work.

As with any shoe – always ensure suit pants are the correct length. Ankle-swingers look ridiculous when wearing boots as they would when wearing shoes.

Bulky soles and thicker-looking boots will heavily contrast the tailored look of a suit. This is a bad thing – your outfit will look mismatched and your stylish boots for men won't look all that stylish anymore!

As a good rule of thumb, always opt for leather when wearing boots with a suit. Suede boots are fine for everyday wear but are a bit too casual for a suit.

Do Boots Look Best With Smart-Casual Outfits?

For smart casual – boots best compliment a pair of plain dark jeans.

When wearing jeans with a blazer and shirt, boots will help balance the outfit, whereas trainers will make it look too informal.

Equally, you should never wear dress shoes with jeans as this will do the opposite and make your outfit too formal looking.  Boots provide a good alternative to this.

A good rule is that jeans should be straight/slim-straight cut when wearing boots. Baggy jeans look too informal for smart-casual events, whereas skinny jeans never look good on a man (ever!).

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Slimmer straight-cut jeans compliment boots as they have a similar cut to suit pants but look less formal.

A smart casual dress code can call for either leather or suede boots. Leather is a good option for black/grey jeans (this is simply because darker colors suit the leather's shine). In contrast, Suede is good for blue jeans (mid-blue, not light blue) as suede is a ‘fresher' looking material.

Finally, both leather and suede boots can be worn with chinos. This will give a more formal aesthetic over jeans as chinos are a kind of step-up in formality. When thinking of chinos, the best boots to wear are chukka boots due to their heightened formality.

Lace-ups are more suited to jeans as they give off a slightly more casual aesthetic.

Boots With Weekend-Casual Outfits

For the most part, lace-up boots are great weekend wear. They are robust and hard-wearing, which makes them great for the outdoors.

We all know what a weekend trip with the kids can be like – so if they get muddy, you'll be glad to know it won't ruin them. In fact, some people like the look of ‘worn' boots that show a bit of wear and tear.

If adventuring solo or with the kids is your thing, lace-ups with a thicker sole should be your go-to boot.

The thicker soles will manage mud and harsh ground well and provide you with the necessary traction.  Typically, the laces travel all the way up the boot, which provides better security while on foot.

For the best style, pair your lace-up boots with lighter jeans for a great ‘country' look.

In this instance, it's best to opt for straight-leg jeans. A straight cut is still stylish without being too formal.

It's also important to note that lighter color jeans are the least formal jean style (think light and washed-out blues).

Wearing lace-up boots with light jeans is a timeless look and is a great way to wear stylish boots for men.

What Are The Best Styles Of Leather Boots For Men?

As I've touched on before, when we think of boots, we can categorize them within one of the three formality indicators:

  1. Casual Boots – can be worn with jeans, chinos, and trousers.
  2. Business Casual – boots that are more suited to a relaxed working environment where a ‘business’ dress code isn’t required.
  3. Dress Boots – more appropriate in offices where a suit and tie are required.

Unfortunately, buying a pair of stylish boots for men that can adapt to all three levels of formality is impossible. As such, you guys must have a great understanding of lots of different styles so you can make a more informed decision when it comes to purchasing stylish boots for men.

Chelsea Boots

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Chelsea boots are close-fitting, ankle-high boots that were first popularized in the Victorian era. Today, they remain a stylish and practical choice for both men and women.

One of the most distinctive features of Chelsea boots is the elastic side panel. This allows the boot to be pulled on easily and also provides a snug, comfortable fit.

In addition, Chelsea boots often have a loop or tab of fabric on the back of the boot. This serves both aesthetic and functional purposes, as it allows the boot to be pulled on more easily and helps to keep the boot in place. As a result, Chelsea boots are both stylish and practical, making them a great choice for any outfit.

 Materials:

  • Leather.
  • Suede.
  • Faux Leather.

Strength:

  • The leather is sturdy but not always suited to outdoor adventuring.
  • Suede will ruin when wet and will tarnish easily – make sure to waterproof!

Colors:

  • Leather – Brown or Black.
  • Suede – Broad color pallet. Often features pastel colors for summer.

Wear with:

  • Chelsea boots are the best boot to wear with a suit.
    • Slimmer design is sleek and classy.
    • Easily shined and polished – no laces breaking up the leather.
    • Options for cap toe/wing-tip style to vary formality.
  • Chelsea boots can easily be dressed down.
    • Chelsea boots can be worn with jeans and chinos.
    • Can offer a ‘retro' look when paired with rolled-up hems.
    • Option for suede to create an informal look – strictly for dry climates.

Derby Boots (Smooth & Cap Toe)

Men's lace derby boots are dress boots with laces up the front and an open lacing design. They are typically made from various materials, including leather, suede, and synthetic materials. Men's lace derby boots can be dressed up or down and are an excellent option for styling with suits and chinos.

When it comes to choosing the right pair of men's lace derby boots, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, consider the material. Leather and suede are classic choices that will always look sharp, but synthetic materials can be a great budget-friendly option.

Next, think about the style of boot you want. Typically, lace-up derby boots come in two forms – cap-toe and smooth toe.

A smooth toe boot will have a more streamlined look and feel, while a cap-toe boot will have an extra layer of leather over the toe box. Neither design is better than the other – it really comes down to personal preference and style.

Materials

  • Made from a variety of materials
  • Softer brushed leather or hardy, thicker leather
  • Often flat laced made of a soft leather

Strength

  • If made from softer leather, they can be weak.
  • Sturdy leather design Derby boots can last a lifetime with the proper care

Wear with:

  • Can be worn informally or formally.
    • Wear with jeans and a t-shirt at the weekend.
    • Wear with a business suit during the week.
  • Not suitable as black-tie occasion wear.
    • When wearing a tux, do not wear Derby boots.

Moccasin Boots

work boots

Moccasin boots are a type of footwear with a long and storied history. These boots are typically made from deerskin or another soft leather, and the whole boot is constructed from a single piece of material.

This design gives moccasin boots a unique look, and it also makes them extremely comfortable to wear.

In addition, moccasin boots often feature a vamp, an extra piece of material covering the top of the foot. This helps to protect the foot from the elements and keeps the boot from slipping off.

Whether you're looking for a stylish footwear option or a comfortable pair of boots to wear around the house, moccasin boots are an excellent choice.

Materials

  • Softer brushed leather.
  • Less commonly – regular leather.

Strength

  • Softer leather can be weak.
  • Easily tarnished.
  • They have more of a fabric feel than a sturdy leather feel.

Colors

  • Traditionally tan color.
  • Moccasins are commonly colored in earth tones.

Wear with:

  • They should only be worn informally.
    • Wear with jeans and a t-shirt.
    • Suited to weekend day outfits.
  • Not suitable as occasion wear.
    • Avoid chinos – too formal for the moccasin.
    • Moccasins do not look good with a suit.
    • Equally, they do not look good in smart casual settings.

Chukka Boots

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Chukka boots have been around for centuries, and they're still going strong today. These ankle-high leather boots are a timeless classic, and they're perfect for everything from a casual day out to a night on the town.

Chukkas usually feature leather or rubber soles, and they typically have two or three pairs of eyelets for lacing up.

The name “chukka” possibly comes from polo, where a chukka is a period of play. But “chukka boot” also refers to a form of desert boots originally worn by British soldiers in the Western Desert Campaign of World War II.

So whether you're looking for a stylish footwear option or a practical pair of boots, chukkas are worth considering.

Strength

  • The Chukka boot has an ‘outdoors' design.
  • Not a hiking boot as it simply isn't durable enough.
  • Will withstand some rougher terrains if cared for well.

Colors

  • Chukka boots come in most standard leather colors.
  • However, Suede Chukka boots offer a wider range of colors.

Wear with

  • Doesn’t look out of place in a relaxed office environment.
  • Chukka boots suit both jeans and chinos.
  • Opt for jeans, shirts, and blazers for smart-casual environments.
  • Pairs well with jeans and a t-shirt/jumper at the weekend.
  • Never wear with a suit and definitely never a tux.

Double Monk Boots

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The double monk strap boot is a stylish option for those who want the formality of a lace-up boot without the hassle of actually having to tie laces. This boot features two straps with buckles that securely fasten the boot to the foot.

The double monk strap boot is a versatile style that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. While they are not as formal as an Oxford shoe, they are more formal than a Chelsea boot, making them a perfect option for those who want to make a bit of a statement.

Whether you're looking to add a touch of style to your work wardrobe or add a bit of edge to your weekend look, double monk strap boots are a great choice.

Colors

  • Black
  • Brown
  • Oxblood

Wear with

  • A potential smart-casual boot.
    • A better option than wearing dress shoes (oxfords) with jeans
    • Bridges the gap between formal footwear and casual style
    • Stick to darker jeans – never light blue
  • Formal enough to wear with a suit
    • The best boots to wear in a business environment.
    • Double Monk boots are not appropriate for a tuxedo.

Wingtip (Brogue) Boots

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Wingtip boots are a stylish and practical footwear option for men who dress both formally and informally. The defining feature of this type of boot is the decorative perforations, or “broguing,” which can be found on the toe cap and along the sides of the boot.

While the origins of the wingtip boot are somewhat recounted, it is generally agreed that this style of footwear gained popularity in the early 20th century.

Today, wingtip boots are available in a variety of materials and colors, and they can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. Whether you're looking for a sophisticated footwear option for a formal event or a trendy way to add some extra personality to your everyday wardrobe, wingtip boots won't steer you wrong.

Materials and color

  • Most commonly seen in brown leather.
  • Black and oxblood leather are other options.

Strength

  • Brogue boots were first utilized as outdoor footwear.
  • Often seen as hunting attire in Great Britain.
  • For a sturdier design, opt for Brogues with a thick sole.

Wear with

  • Appropriate with a suit (avoid black) and with casual wear.
  • Particularly good for darker jeans – avoid wearing lighter jeans.
  • Less formal than a monk strap boot, so better for smart casual.
  • A grey or navy suit – the more textured, the better.
  • Never a tux – wingtips just aren’t formal enough.

Combat Boots

beige combat boots

There are few things more iconic than a pair of combat boots. Whether you're a soldier preparing for battle or a civilian headed to the mall, these tough, functional boots are up for the task.

While they may not be the most stylish choice for a night out on the town, they more than make up for it in terms of utility. Modern combat boots are incredibly lightweight and provide an excellent level of grip and stability, thanks to their tough outsoles and rugged construction.

Of course, no pair of combat boots is complete without a waterproof coating – perfect for those surprise puddles or stream crossings.

So next time you're looking for footwear that can handle anything life throws your way, don't forget the trusty old combat boot.

Materials

  • Made from hardy leather.
  • A high-shine leather isn’t necessary – it’s all about the boot's durability, not the aesthetic.
  • Waterproofed leather is a necessity for modern combat boots.
  • A rubber sole combat boot is more typical than a leather sole.

Strength

  • Soldiers wear combat boots while in the field of battle.
  • Can cope with hiking, climbing, and running on any terrain.

Colors

  • They feature mostly earth tones and shades of black.
  • The camo effect is also popular due to the boots' military heritage.

Wear With

  • It isn't appropriate to wear combat boots to a special occasion.
  • However, it is appropriate to wear combat boots with jeans at the weekend.
  • Any color jeans in a straight/slim-straight cut are acceptable.

Hiking Boots

walking boots

Hiking boots are an essential piece of gear for any hiker, especially those venturing on a long trip. They protect the feet from the elements and provide much-needed support for the ankles.

The boots are usually fairly stiff, which can be a blessing or a curse depending on the terrain. On rocky trails, the extra support is appreciated. But on a sandy beach hike, not so much.

Nonetheless, hiking boots are an essential piece of equipment for any serious hiker. So lace them up tight and hit the trail!

Subcategories

  • Trail shoes.
    • Made for hiking in dry climates, on well-established rocky paths. Suited for hiking during the day.
  • Trail hikers.
    • Ideal for wearing on muddy paths. They are considerably lighter than other hiking boots. However, they are still very sturdy and waterproof. These boots allow more ankle protection against the elements in comparison to trail shoes.
  • Mountain walking or hiking boots
    • Designed for hiking on mountains. They are powerful, have great durability, and leverage stiff soles to help support the feet and ankles on rough terrains.

Strength

  • Ideally, hiking shoes should be waterproof but also breathable.
  • Typically, the soles of these boots will be shock absorbant to provide cushioning for the feet.
  • The insole of hiking boots should mold to the shape of the wearer's foot over time.

Colors

  • They can come in an array of colors.
  • Usually found in earth tones with an accent brighter color for visibility – sometimes featuring high visibility strips.

Wear With

  • These boots serve one purpose – to wear with hiking gear.
  • Consequently, I would advise that you do not wear these shoes with any other outfit – they are hideous shoes.

 

Wellington Boots

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The Wellington boot was originally a type of leather boot. They were first popularized by Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington.

The “Wellington” boot became a common example of practical footwear for the middle class in the early 19th century. However, in more modern times, the name has come to mean a waterproof boot made of rubber.

Wellington Boots are great protection against mud and water that might ruin clothing. So, next time you find yourself up to your knees in mud, remember the Duke of Wellington and his iconic boots. And maybe even thank him for helping to keep your clothes clean.

Materials

  • Traditionally made of hard-wearing leather in the 19th century.
  • Modern Wellington boots utilize a rubber design.

Formality

  • These boots are not at all formal.
  • Instead, Wellington boots suit extremely muddy conditions.
  • Not a fashion item – they are technical shoes.

Strength

  • These shoes are solid as their rubber construction is very hard-wearing.
  • Easily wiped clean and require little maintenance.
  • All rubber design makes them cheap but strong.

Colors

  • Found in any color.
  • All rubber design makes printing patterns on the boot easy for manufacturers.
  • There are no limitations to the colors and designs available.

Wear With

  • Any outfit where you don’t want to get your clothes wet and dirty.
  • They can be a good way of commuting in bad weather.
  • Just make sure to put formal boots on when at work!

In 2022 it's easier than ever to buy an awesome pair of stylish boots for men. However, it's important that you consider how you want to wear your boots before you buy them.

Every boot has a different purpose and a different set of styling rules to follow.

As such, knowing the specifics of men's style when it comes to stylish boots for men is important.

Moreover, understanding when and how to wear particular boot designs will help to set you apart from other men and truly present you as a classy and well-dressed individual.

Just ensure that whatever you wear on your feet is both timeless and well-made so you can make the most out of the footwear you spend your hard-earned cash on.

 

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When it comes to men's style, there aren't many garments more versatile than a leather jacket. However, as a middle-aged man, it's important to know what looks good and what doesn't. After all, no guy wants to look like he's wearing a jacket from his teenage son's wardrobe.

In today's article, I'm breaking out how to style a leather jacket for men in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s+, and show you some great outfit ideas that will help you look your best. We'll be covering:

  1. 3 Rules For Wearing Leather Jackets For Men
  2. What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 30s?
  3. What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 40s?
  4. What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 50s?
  5. What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men Aged 60+?

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3 Rules For Wearing Leather Jackets For Men

Here's the deal, gents – anyone from the age of 18 to 80 can wear a leather jacket. Guys have been rocking leather for hundreds of years and, as long as you buy the correct style for your age and body type, there's absolutely no reason you shouldn't feel confident wearing a leather jacket at any age.

That being said, there are a few basic rules you need to follow when wearing a leather jacket – ESPECIALLY if you're a man at risk of looking like he's trying too hard to dress younger than his years.

Nothing too stressful, just a few recommendations I'd like to make before we get into which jacket is best for you according to your age group.

#1 The Leather Jacket Must Fit Correctly

older man on bike wearing leather jacket

Sounds obvious, right?

Not necessarily – you'd be surprised how many guys I see walking around in leather jackets that are too long in the sleeves or narrow in the shoulders.

Fit is important at any age, but when you're a slightly older guy who's trying to look stylish and well put together, it's essential that you nail the fit of every garment you wear – leather jackets included.

That means you need to find a jacket that's the right size for your body type and height. That means the sleeves need to be the right length, the shoulders shouldn't be too loose OR too tight across the shoulders, and the jacket should be able to zip up without pulling across your midsection.

I know – it sounds like a lot. However, if you don't put the time and effort into finding a jacket that fits you well, you'll either:

  1. Look ridiculous wearing a jacket that doesn't suit your body structure
  2. Never wear your jacket because it's uncomfortable and awkward

To avoid this, I'd advise buying your leather jacket at a store where you can try on each garment in front of a mirror. You'll know instantly whether or not a jacket fits you well by how it looks and feels in the changing room.

#2 Your Leather Jacket Must Suit Your Body Type

man in leather jacket

It's no coincidence that so many guys think leather jackets should be worn exclusively by younger men.

Let's be clear – when you're in your late teens and early 20s, you're in your prime. You've got the best body you'll ever have, and you can get away with wearing almost anything and still look good.

As you break into your 30s, 40s, and 50s – it's natural for a guy to gain a bit of weight around the midsection. You probably don't play as much sport as you used to, you're married and comfortable with your wife, and a few kids have come along, which means you just don't have time to hit the gym like you used to.

No one's judging you for that, gents. Trust me, we've all been there.

The fact is, many leather jacket styles suit slimmer builds. So it's important to be realistic about what jacket styles suit a dad-bod and which you should avoid at all costs.

We'll go into more detail about this later on, but in general:

  1. Biker Leather Jackets suit slim-waisted men
  2. Bomber Leather Jackets work for guys with a dad-bod
  3. Boxy Leather Overshirts suit larger men

#3 All Leather Jackets Are Casual

man in leather jacket and hat

Broadly speaking, leather jackets are casual garments.

Sure, some are dressier than others – however, you're never going to look good wearing a leather jacket over the top of a tuxedo.

Nowadays, ‘formal' can mean a lot of different things, so there are ‘formal' events where a leather jacket could be worn. But working out what's appropriate and what isn't can be a minefield – so I thought I'd give you a bit of a breakdown below:

  1. Smart Casual: Yes, you can wear a leather jacket
  2. Business Casual: Yes, you can wear a leather jacket
  3. Business Formal: You can wear a leather jacket while commuting, but should remove it at the office
  4. Black Tie: No. Never.
  5. White Tie: No. No. No. For the love of God, NO!

In short – light-colored, textured leather is casual. For a more formal-looking leather jacket, opt for a black, smooth leather Moto Racer jacket.

What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 30s?

When you're in your 30s, it can be hard to know how to dress.

You're not 25 anymore, so the up-to-date style and fashion of younger men probably isn't going to work for you anymore. But at the same time, many would still consider you a younger man.

This can make it hard to pick out clothing that's suitable for your age – especially when it comes to leather jackets.

So what's a stylish guy to do? Hazard a guess at what's acceptable in the hopes the leather jacket he wears is appropriate for his age?

Maybe not – that's a pretty risky move.

Instead, use your head. You're in an in-between age, so look for in-between jackets to suit that! Your 20s mean slim-fit clothing and fashion-forward designs, while guys in their 40s might opt for classic designs in a more straight cut.

My advice? Check out the two jackets I recommend for guys in the 40s (in the next section) and adjust my advice to suit your age. That means opting for a slightly slimmer fit (after all, chances are you're still in pretty good shape) with more details to make the garments look ‘younger'.

What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 40s?

Guys in their 40s might find it difficult to understand what their age means for their style. After all, a 40-year-old guy isn't old, but he's also not young anymore.

As such, many guys around this age fall into the trap of either dressing below or beyond their years.

As such, when looking to invest in a leather jacket, the 40-year-old man should consider a few things:

  • What do I want out of a leather jacket?
  • Is there anything that I should avoid at all costs when shopping for a leather jacket?
  • Does my body type suit leather jackets in general?

Generally speaking, a guy in his 40s can still pull off more youthful garments as long as he knows what he's doing.

However, it's important not to go too young – super skinny biker jackets might not be the way to go unless you're a 20-year-old with a 28-inch waist.

With that being said, let's take a look at the two styles of leather jacket I would recommend to any 40-year-old man:

#1 Moto Jackets

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The Moto Jacket is a very minimal, sleek-looking leather jacket that's perfect for guys breaking into middle age.

It's symmetrical in design, doesn't feature any bulky lapels or collars, and looks very European – as it should, seeing as it was made popular by motorcycle racers from across the pond.

In my opinion, the Moto Jacket is the perfect balance between edgy leather and sleek sophistication. You'll commonly see these jackets made from smooth black leather with little to no detailing (like studs, embroidery, or excess pockets). For this reason, it suits the man that's looking to adjust to his more mature years without giving up his youthful, stylish edge.

If you're in your 40s, I would highly recommend investing in a Moto Jacket.

You can wear it with pretty much anything – from dark-wash jeans and a polo to chinos and a button-down shirt. It's truly versatile, sophisticated, and stylish all at once.

Just make sure you get the fit right – as I mentioned earlier, these jackets look best when they're fitted and don't have any excess fabric bunching up around the wrists or waist.

#2 Men's Leather Biker Jacket (Or Double Rider)

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In the same vein as the Moto Racer leather jacket, the modern men's leather biker jacket is best suited to the man that wants to transition between young and mature clothing.

Sure, many iterations of the biker jacket just aren't suited to guys past the age of 30. Anything with an excess amount of studs or ‘fashionable' detailing should be avoided at all costs as a mature man.

However, if you choose carefully, a Biker leather jacket can look great on a middle-aged man.

The key is to look at the details and be intentional when it comes to choosing your jacket style.

For example, many biker jackets will feature ‘rock and roll' style details like studs, spikes, and chains. Is this something a mature man can pull off? Absolutely not! I'll be frank… unless your name's Alice Cooper, no man should even consider trying to wear this style of the men's leather biker jacket.

Instead, 40-year-old guys should look for biker jackets that are sleek, well-fitted, and made from high-quality leather. Look for a jacket with:

  • Slightly smaller lapel collars
  • Few/no studs
  • Absolutely no patchwork or colored stitching
  • Gun metal sips and button poppers

What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 50s?

The big 5-0.

Many people consider 50 to be the age when a man can really show who he really is. He's past the point in his life where he needs to pretend to be something he's not and follow the herd.

The same can be said for a 50-year-old's choice of clothing – it's time to ditch the boring suits and dad jeans and start dressing for success.

A leather jacket is a perfect way for a 50-year-old man to show that he's still got style without looking like he's trying too hard.

There are two main types of leather jackets I would recommend for men in their 50s:

  • The Bomber Jacket
  • The Field Jacket

Both of these styles are classic, stylish and will make you look great without appearing overly trendy or fashion-forward.

#1 Suede Bomber Jackets

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The bomber jacket is a timeless style that has been around for decades. It was originally designed for pilots in World War II (hence the name) and has been popular ever since.

For men in their 50s, I would recommend choosing a bomber jacket that is made from suede. This adds a level of sophistication and refinement that other materials just can't match. Sure, suede might not be as durable and tough as other forms of leather, but what it lacks in durability, it makes up for in elegance.

When it comes to choosing the right color, there are really no set rules. However, I would recommend avoiding anything too bright or garish – stick to more subdued colors like brown, navy, burgundy or shades of gray.

As for the fit, you want your bomber jacket to be snug but not too tight. There should be enough room for you to comfortably layer a sweater underneath without feeling restricted.

Depending on the style of your bomber, you may find that the base of the jacket features an elastic waistband. For guys with a larger mid-section, this can be a great option to help you look slimmer. The boxy structure of the jacket can help to hide curves, while the elasticated waist brings you in and can make your hips look smaller.

#2 Leather Field Jackets (Or Fatigue Jacket)

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The leather field jacket is another classic style that has been around for many years.

While the leather field jacket might not be as popular as it once was, it's still a great option for men in their 50s who are looking for a stylish and sophisticated leather jacket that sets them apart from other guys out there.

As the name might suggest, field jackets give off an air of adventure. They're designed to be worn in the great outdoors and often fall in the same category as waxed cotton jackets – ideal for pairing with a pair of hardy jeans and wellington boots for a walk in the fall countryside.

While younger guys are able to pull off field jackets, I think the more refined and expensive look of a high-quality leather field jacket is best suited to mature guys. There's something almost stately about this style of leather jacket, a style that most young guys would find hard to match with their slim-fit jeans and bulky fashion trainers.

For bigger guys, the leather field jacket can be a good option, provided you find one with a belt. Typically, a field jacket falls below the waistline – which can make larger guys look even larger as the material overhangs their gut.

As such, I'd advise looking for a leather field jacket with a belt at the waist. When fastened, this will help to bring the middle of the torso inwards and reduce the size of that dad-bod beer gut.

What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men Aged 60+?

At the age of 60 and upwards, guys start to really lose confidence in their appearance. After all, most men in their 60s have started to experience multiple signs of aging – whether that's wrinkles, gray hair or a little bit more around the middle.

But just because you're not as young as you used to be, it doesn't mean you can't still look great. In fact, I would argue that men in their 60s are some of the best-dressed guys out there.

The fact is, a lot of guys over 60 give up and resign themselves to dressing like a grandpa. For any stylish 60-year-old, that's a huge advantage. If you decide to keep up a good style and dress well in your 60s, chances are you'll look better than 95% of men your age.

Knowing which leather jackets suit you at 60 is a big part of that.

For guys in their 60s, there are two types of leather jacket I would recommend:

  • Leather Car Coats
  • Leather Blazer (or the Cattleman)

#1 Leather Car Coats

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There's just something really sophisticated about a man in a leather car coat.

Originally, this style of jacket was developed as a compromise between shorter jacket styles and longer coat styles. They sit just below the buttocks so that they can provide more warmth than a standard waist-length jacket without getting tangled around your legs like long coats tend to.

Generally speaking, leather car coats are very simple in design. They're usually button-up, and feature jetted pockets – so there are little to no metal zips and poppers visible on the outside of the garment.

For guys in their 60s, Leather Car Coats are the perfect way to acknowledge your age without resigning yourself to ‘old man fashion.' In my opinion, younger guys just can't pull these off because they look like the jacket of a man who has experience and status.

When it comes to color, opt for black or dark brown – these are the most timeless and sophisticated shades of leather that won't make you stand out in all the wrong ways.

As for the fit, make sure you go for a slim or tailored fit as opposed to a regular or boxy cut. At your age, you want to look sharp and well-dressed in clothes that fit you.

#2 Leather Blazer (Or Cattleman Jacket)

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The Cattleman Blazer is probably the most controversial leather jacket style on this list. After all, not many guys look at a leather blazer and think it's something that a stylish man should wear.

I've heard some guys say they should only be worn by cowboys or Goodfellas – but I beg to differ.

As an older guy, you can actually look pretty darn stylish wearing a Cattleman leather blazer – they're minimal, tailored-looking, and suit a wide variety of outfits from casual to semi-formal.

The great thing about Cattleman blazers is that they come in a wide range of colors and styles. For example, you could go for a classic black leather blazer or something more unusual like tan or green.

Alternatively, if you want to stay on the safer side, you could always opt for a brown leather blazer – they tend to be the most versatile and easy to style.

When it comes to choosing the right fit, make sure you go for a slim or tailored cut as opposed to anything baggy or boxy. And finally, regardless of which color or style you choose, make sure the jacket is well-fitted so that it doesn't look like you're swimming in material.

WARNING: Most tailors won't have the tools to work with leather. That means that alterations are hard to make and can become very expensive. That's why it's important to shop around and find a Cattleman jacket that fits well off-the-rack.

The correct fit of a leather blazer is the same as any other blazer – it shouldn't be too loose or tight across the shoulders or chest, and the sleeves should sit just above the wrist.

Pair with a shirt, jeans, and matching leather boots for a timeless and mature look that's sure to set you apart from the crowd.

 

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You did it. You took the time and finally grew your hair out. You've now got a luscious full head of hair, but what do you do with it?

Growing it out was the easy part, but do you know how to style men's long hair? Do you just let it keep growing? What products do you use in it?

Don't worry, gents; I have you covered. I'll show you how to style men's long hair properly so you can keep rocking that head of hair without worry.

We'll be covering:

  1. Men's Long Hair – What Does It Mean?
  2. Long Hairstyles For Men – Which Is Best For You?
  3. How To Style Men's Long Hair
  4. What Styling Products Work Best On Men's Long Hair?
  5. Best Haircare Tips For Men With Longer Hair

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Men's Long Hair – What Does It Mean?

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When most guys hear the term “long hair,” they tend to picture shoulder-length hair first.

In reality, though, there are different hair length categories and what is considered a long hairstyle.

We all can picture the two extreme sides of hair length. For example, all men agree that buzz cuts fall into the short hair category and shoulder-length hair falls into the long hair category.

When it comes to long hair, though, any hair length greater than 6 inches is considered pretty darn long.

#1 Men's Medium-Length Hair

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Medium-length hair is regarded as anything between 2 inches and 4 inches.

This hairstyle is easy to maintain, and you might only need monthly hair appointments to keep its length. In fact, this is the length of hair most guys stick to – it's classically masculine and relatively easy to maintain.

It's also very popular as it has a lot of variety in how you can style it and what styling products you can use.

Regarding styling, many of the same ways to style men's short hair also work on medium-length hair.

#2 Men's Medium-Long Hair

guy with medium long hair

On the longer side, though, medium-long hair is anything between 4 inches and 6 inches.

Due to its middle-of-road length, the medium-long category can be harder to care for as you will need proper trimming frequently alongside more general maintenance.

But despite that, it remains popular for guys who want longer hair but like the ability to have more options for styling.

Long hair requires daily styling, yet it does not have much trimming needed, maybe once every few months, as it offers more flexibility in its appearance.

#3 Men's Shoulder Length Hair

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In general, shoulder-length hair for men is considered to be hair that is between 6 & 8 inches long (or, you guessed it, long enough to reach your shoulders!) For some men, this can be a bit too long or too short, but for the most part, it is a good length that can offer a number of benefits if you're looking to make a statement.

One of the main benefits of having shoulder-length hair is that it is long enough to put into a bun or ponytail. This can be great for men who like to keep their hair out of their faces or who don't have time to style their hair in the morning. It can also help protect your hair from the sun and wind.

Another benefit of having shoulder-length hair is that it is long enough to style in a variety of ways. You can slick it back, put it in a man bun, or wear it messy. This gives you the ability to change your look without having to cut your hair short or visit the barber.

The main drawback of having shoulder-length hair is that it can be difficult to manage if you don't have time to style it each day. If you let it go too long without cutting it, it can start to look messy and unkempt.

Long Hairstyles For Men – Which Is Best For You?

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Just because you've been wearing your hair the same way for years doesn't mean it's still the best style for you. In fact, as you age, your hair changes – it gets thinner, drier, and less manageable.

So why not change up your look to match? Knowing how to grow your hair out to suit your style and face structure is essential for any guy looking to mix things up a bit and sport a longer hairstyle.

#1 How To Find The Right Length Hair For Your Face Shape

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a new hairstyle is your face shape. The wrong style can accentuate the wrong features, making you look out of balance.

So how do you know which styles will work for you? Here's a quick breakdown:

  • Round Faces: Avoid styles that add volume around the sides of your head. Instead, focus on lengthening the appearance of your face with styles that are short on the sides and longer on top.
  • Square Faces: Soften the angles of your face with styles that are shorter on the sides and longer on top. This will help give the illusion of a more oval-shaped face.
  • Oval Faces: You're lucky – almost any style will work for you! Just avoid styles that are too short or too long, as this will throw off the proportion of your face.
  • Oblong Faces: Create the illusion of a shorter face by adding volume around the sides. Styles that are short on the sides and longer on top will also help balance out a long face shape.
  • Diamond Faces: Focus on adding volume at the temples and top of your head to create the illusion of wider cheekbones. Avoid styles that are too short or too tight, as this will only accentuate your already sharp features.
  • Triangle Faces: Balance out a wide jawline by keeping the sides of your hair short and adding volume at the crown. Avoid styles like crew cuts or bowl cuts, as these will only make your face look wider.

#2 How to Grow Out Your Long Hair

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If you've decided it's time for a change but don't know how to grow out your hair without looking like a hair mess, don't worry – we've got you covered. Here are a few tips to get you through those awkward stages and into luscious locks:

  • Start with a trim: This may seem counterintuitive, but hear us out – getting rid of damaged ends will actually help your hair grow faster and look healthier overall. Trust us, it's worth it!
  • Get regular trims: Once you've started Growing out your hair, make sure to get regular trims every 6-8 weeks to prevent split ends from working their way up your strands and damaging your hair even further.
  • Be patient: Great things take time – including growing out your hair! Try not to get too impatient during the awkward phase; before you know it, you'll have luscious locks down to your shoulders (or beyond).

How To Style Long Hair For Men

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It's important for men to understand how to style their long hair so that they don't look scruffy, unkempt, and unstylish. Long hair on men can be a unique and attractive thing, but it needs to be styled in a way that looks intentional and polished.

There are many different ways to style long hair, and the best way to find out what works for you is to experiment with different looks. You might need to try a few styles before you find one that you really love, but it's worth taking the time to find the right look.

A well-styled man with long hair is sure to turn heads wherever he goes – so check out these top tips on how to style different men's hair lengths.

#1 How Do You Style Medium-Long Hair?

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Medium-long hair presents a challenge for styling – it's not long enough to tie or tuck like long hair, yet it's too long to be styled like a shorter hairstyle.

This means you must opt for hairstyles that allow your hair to flow naturally and look great.

Styling medium-long hair is pretty easy once you have the knowledge, as there are only a few different ways to knock it out of the park.

Side And Front Part

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The side and front parts work well with medium-long hair as these styles work with the hair's natural flow to give you a styled look but are still easy to manipulate.

This is an excellent option for guys with this hair length as it fits well with a suit or casual clothes.

It looks great with minimal styling. However, you must use pomade or hair clay to give the front enough hold to flow backward.

How to style this:

  • Use texture clay to work back into your hair.
  • For a side part, take one side swept back with the clay to hold it in place.
  • For a front part, use the clay to slick your hair backward in the middle of your head.
  • If you want more of a polished look, finish it off with some hair spray for extra hold.

The Bun

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The bun is the easiest way to style your medium-long hair as it could not be any easier to do.

The bun can be placed low on the back of the head or more near the top of the head, although a bun near the crest of the back of the head is the best place for it.

How to style this:

  • Pull the hair back to the crest of the back of the head.
  • Use a hair tie to tie it in place.
  • For a casual look, bunch the hair back and tie it up.
  • For a polished look, slick the hair back with a pomade or clay, then tie it neatly.

#2 What Are The Best Ways To Style Shoulder-Length Hair?

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When it comes to shoulder-length hair, you begin to lose the variety in your styling options.

Because the hair is so long at this point, you really can only wear your hair tied up or down naturally. You've done your best to grow out your hair, now it's time to take it up a notch.

With that said, much like medium-length hair, there are only a few different ways to style this length of hair.

Let Down With A Front Part

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When wearing your hair down when you have shoulder-length hair, you can either part your hair to either side or use product to pull it back.

Either way, you will be rocking your long hair and letting the natural flow do the talking.

Shoulder-length hair looks great as it is, but there are just a few added steps to having it look amazing.

How to style this:

  • Brush your hair out so it has a natural texture.
  • Part the hair in the middle and let either side flow naturally.
  • For a polished look, use clay to brush it back and finish with hairspray for more hold.

Tied Back

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Shoulder-length hair can look great pulled back casually or slicked back for a more polished appearance.

This is the easiest way to style this hair length as it's quick and straightforward.

The only thing to remember here is that you want to tie the hair in a fashion that doesn't represent a traditionally feminine ponytail, as that doesn't always look great on a guy.

How to style this:

  • Pull the hair back to the lower part of the back of the head
  • Use a hair tie to tie in place
  • For a polished look, use a pomade to help slick the hair back

#3 How To Use A Blow Dryer To Style Men's Long Hair

Using a hair dryer can be a breeze (pun intended!)

However, before you switch it on and start blasting your head with hot air, take a step back and think: ‘Do I actually know what I'm doing here?'

There is a correct technique for blow drying hair, and you need to know it if you want to come away looking well styled instead of like a frizzy mess.

Firstly, make sure you get the heat right! Too hot and you'll damage your hair, too cold and it won't work properly.

The ideal temperature is around 80-140 degrees Fahrenheit; any higher and you're in danger of scorching your locks.

Secondly, pay attention to the direction in which you point the nozzle. You should always direct the airflow downwards, from root to tip.

If you point it upwards, all you'll achieve is a big head of frizz. Not a good look unless you're trying to style something straight out of an 80s movie.

Finally, use a diffuser attachment if you have one. This helps to evenly distribute the heat and prevents your hair from drying out too much in one spot.

If you follow these simple tips, you should be able to achieve barbershop style at home without too much of a problem.

Pro Tip: You will need to blow dry your hair in the direction that you want it to go. You can use a brush to help guide your hair in the right direction while you blow dry it.

#4 Should Men With Long Hair Use A Comb Or Hairbrush?

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For guys with longer hair – a brush is better than a comb.

When your hair grows longer than a few inches, it's very likely you'll start to experience knotting. Knots in hair occur for the same reason as knots in any strand occur – they get wrapped around each other and cause tangles.

Any guy that's ever had to untangle headphone wires will know how annoying this is!

When it comes to your hair, however, a hair brush can be a great way of untangling your strands and achieving that Jason Mamoa long hairstyle. You just need to know which hair brush to use for your individual hair type:

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Wavy hair is somewhere in between straight and curly. As such, it isn't as prone to curling and other, more coiled hair types – but knotting can still be a problem first thing in the morning.

Your knots won't be that tough, so no need for a super wide brush. Stick to something thin and light that won't risk pulling your hair out!

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Gents with thinner long hair that falls straight shouldn't have much problem with knotting. However, leave your hair unbrushed long enough and you could experience problems. For you guys, brushing regularly is all about maintaining an even drop in your hair so it looks thicker.

To do this, choose a think or wide brush and make sure your hair falls in place. Look for gaps where you can see your scalp and brush over these to hide any imperfections in your hairstyle.

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Straight and thick hair is can be tough. There's a lot of hair on your head that can get pretty knotted if you don't brush it regularly!

For long hair gents with a thick mane, use a wider brush but be gentle. Thick knots can be quite tight – pull too hard and you could lose a big chunk of hair in the process.

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Kinky hair (or ‘Afro-textured' hair) is the toughest hair type to manage. Conventional brushes won't do the trick, so you'll need to invest in a more specialized tool to keep your hairdo looking good.

A hair pick (essentially a comb with very long, thin teeth) or a hair brush sponge is your best bet. These will help you manage those tight curls and get them looking neat and uniformed.

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Coily hair is exactly that – hair that falls in big coils and curls.

As a long-haired man, you only have a few options when it comes to hairbrushes – the oval brush, round brush, or hair pick. These three brush styles help to get deep in the coils of your curly hair and brush out any unwanted knots and tangles.

What Styling Products Work Best On Men's Long Hair?

Before I break out of the different hairstyles guys with longer hair can achieve, its essential you not only know which products to use but also HOW to use them!

As such, I thought it'd be useful to break out each product and explain how you can use it to achieve your desired style.

#1 How To Use Pomade When Styling Men's Long Hair

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Slicked-back hair has been a popular hairstyle for men for many years. It is neat, tidy, and stylish. And while it may seem like a difficult style to achieve, it can be done with the help of pomade. Pomade is a hair product that helps to keep your hair in place and gives it a shiny finish. It comes in both matte and shiny finishes, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

To create a slicked-back hairstyle using pomade, start by applying it to your dry hair. Make sure to distribute it evenly throughout your hair from root to tip. Then use a comb or brush to slick your hair back until it is smooth and sleek. If you have any flyaways or loose strands, use a small amount of pomade to tame them down.

#2 How To Use Hair Clay When Styling Men's Long Hair

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There are many different brands of clay on the market, so it is important to find one that suits your needs. Some clays are better suited for thick, coarse hair while others work better on fine or thin hair. It is also important to find a clay that will not leave your hair feeling stiff or greasy – trust me, that never looks good!

Any hair product worth its salt should state the hair type it's suited to on the packaging – so make sure you read the instructions before purchasing!

Once you have found the right clay for your needs, it is easy to create a variety of hairstyles with long hair. Simply apply a small amount to your hands and work it through damp or dry hair until you have the desired look.

To avoid your hair getting clogged up and becoming sticky with clay, make sure to only apply a small amount to the roots of your hair. You can then use your hands or a comb to work it through the rest of your locks.

#3 How To Use Hair Spray When Styling Men's Long Hair

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It's no secret that men with long hair have to deal with a lot of challenges when it comes to styling it.

But there is one product that can help you achieve a long-lasting hairstyle without risking greasy-looking hair. Hair spray creates a strong barrier between your hair and the environment, which helps keep your style looking good all day long.

Unlike some other products, hair spray doesn't leave your hair feeling heavy or greasy. Thanks to the light composition of this product, the misty application isn't likely to weigh your hair down and make your head look flat.

To apply hair spray, simply hold the can about 6 inches away from your head and spray it evenly over your hair.

If you're looking for a stronger hold, you can apply more hair spray to problem areas. Just be sure to avoid spraying it directly on your scalp, as this can cause irritation.

#4 How To Use Sea Salt Spray When Styling Men's Long Hair

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Sea salt spray is a type of hair product that is made with salt water and other natural ingredients. In short: it's perfect for guys with long hair who want to achieve the perfect, loose style without applying too much heavy product.

Sea salt spray adds texture and volume to hair, and it can also help to tame flyaways. Unlike hairspray, sea salt spray doesn't make hair stiff or sticky–in fact, it actually feels quite natural.

Will sea salt spray be able to hold up a 10-inch mohawk? No. However, it will be able to give you that ‘just been swimming at the beach' look that many long-haired guys aspire to – and it'll do so without weighing down your hair or making it feel like sandpaper.

To apply sea salt spray to your hair, simply spray it onto damp or dry hair and then scrunch your strands with your hands. You can also use a diffuser if you're trying to achieve maximum volume. If your hair is on the longer side, make sure to focus the spray on your roots. Once you've applied the product, let your hair air-dry (if damp) or style it as usual.

Best Haircare Tips For Men With Longer Hair

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Once you know how to style men's long hair, you can understand that it doesn't take a lot of maintenance or product to make it look good.

Not only that, but if you don't care for it properly, you could start to experience some pretty nasty side effects! I'm talking about grease, psoriasis of the scalp, or even hair loss.

The biggest thing to remember is that the longer the hair, the more regimental you need to be with your hair care routine.

But here's where things get even more complicated – not everyone's hair is the same! Different hair types need different care routines, and what works for one might not work for the other.

As ever, I've got you covered. Let me make this as simple as possible by breaking out the different types and the different ways a man should care for them.

On a basic level, you guys need to understand hair porosity, texture, and scalp moisture.

#1 Men's Long Hair & Porosity

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Porosity refers to the hair shaft's ability to absorb and retain moisture. This is based on how tight or loose your cuticle scales are. To understand porosity, you first need to understand the anatomy of the hair shaft.

The hair shaft has three layers: the inner layer is the medulla, the middle layer is the cortex, and the outer layer is the cuticle. The cuticle layer is the most important for this discussion.

Having a healthy cuticle is vital to your hair retaining moisture and staying conditioned. To define how tightly or loosely your cuticles lay, we use the term “hair porosity.” Hair porosity comes in three categories: low, medium, and high:

  • Most people have low porosity hair, which means that their cuticles are tightly bound to the cortex. This makes it difficult for moisture to penetrate deeply into the strands. As a result, low porosity hair tends to be dry and damaged easily.
  • Medium porosity hair is less common. This type of hair has scales that are partially lifted, making it easier for moisture to enter but also making it more prone to frizzing and tangling.
  • High porosity hair is very rare. This type of hair has raised scales that allow moisture to enter easily but also makes it more likely to become weighed down by products.

Determining hair porosity can be tricky because it’s not always the same day-to-day. But here’s a quick method that you can do at home to test your own porosity. Next time you shower and wet your hair – ask yourself these questions:

  • How does it look most of the time? Is it dry & frizzy looking 90% of the time? (High porosity)
  • Is it flat & shiny looking most of the time? (Low porosity)
  • Is it somewhere in between? (Medium porosity)

If your hair is low porosity

Use protein-free shampoos and conditioners. Keep in mind that most low-porosity hair tends to be protein-sensitive which could lead to damage if the wrong product is used.

Water-based conditioners and leave-ins are a better choice since they’ll prevent oil build-up. 

If your hair is medium porosity

You don't have to worry as much. Medium porosity hair isn't too dry or too moist, so most high-quality store-brand products should be fine.

Just keep up your regular haircare routine and make sure you wash your hair on a regular basis.

If your hair is high porosity

Use shampoos and conditioners with oils, shea butter, and proteins. Using leave-in conditioners often and applying coconut oil daily can help lock in that protein and seal those cuticles – making your hair dry out slower. 

Washing your hair with cold water can help and, if you’re blow-drying your hair, use a heat protectant.

#2 Men's Long Hair & Texture

Hair texture is simpler to explain and identify than porosity – it's essentially the thickness of one individual strand, and it’s measured as fine, medium, or coarse. 

To test your hair texture, take one strand of dry hair and roll it between your fingers:

  • If you can’t track the strand of hair in your fingers, you have fine hair.
  • If you can feel something, but it’s hard to track perfectly, you have medium hair.
  • If you can easily track the strand of hair, almost like a thin wire, then you have coarse hair.

If your hair is fine

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The most important thing to remember is that your hair is easier to break. Brushing too hard, using too much heat, or towel drying too roughly will all damage fine hair.

So be gentle when shampooing and apply product lightly. The best shampoo and conditioner for people with fine hair is anything that describes itself as ‘volumizing.' In essence, lightweight formulations that don’t weigh your hair down. 

Also, if you have to use a blow dryer, use its low-heat setting so as not to risk even more damage to your hair.

If your hair is medium texture

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Lucky you – your hair is pretty resilient and will stand up to most products on the market. You can towel-dry your hair without too much worry and most shampoos and conditioners will be suitable for your hair type.

In short, you've got it easy! Just make sure any products you use are natural and you don't go overboard with the heat on your hairdryer. Your hair is tough, but it's not invincible!

If you have coarse hair

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Your hair is much stronger, holds more protein, and is far more resistant to heat and chemicals. 

However, it can be stiff (especially when dry), and it can frizz really easily. For this reason, coarse hair can be quite difficult to manage.

When buying products for your coarse hair, you’ll want to avoid anything that's considered high protein. Shampoos, conditioners, and styling products with higher protein counts can make coarse hair even harder to manage.

#3 Men's Long Hair & Scalp Moisture

A lot of guys forget that the scalp is part of your skin! Similar to your face or hands, scalp skin can be oily, dry, or a combination of the two – something that will have a big effect on the haircare products you use.

If you’re not sure how oily your scalp is, ask yourself these questions: 

  • Is my face dry, oily, or balanced? – This is a good indicator of sebum production in the scalp too.
  • How quickly does my scalp get oily after I shampoo and condition it? 
  • Does my scalp get oily even though my ends stay dry? 

And then decide which of these descriptions best suits your scalp characteristics:

  • Dry Scalp: your scalp dries up quickly after washing, e.g. within 24 hours, and/or you experience irritation, flaking, or itchiness immediately. 
  • Oily Scalp: your scalp gets oily within a day of washing and it’s always flat and difficult to manage. You may or may not have dandruff.
  • Combination: your scalp gets oily quickly but your ends stay dry, even after a few days without washing. 

If your scalp is dry

dry scalp infographic

Wash your hair less often (twice a week) and use a deep conditioning mask or protein treatment. Coconut oil masks are a great product for this.

I'd also advise that you use a gentler shampoo and moisturizing conditioner. When shopping for shampoo, check out the ingredients and avoid products that list these on the first line:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate

These are what we call detergents – sure, they can be a great tool for fighting a greasy scalp, but for guys who suffer from a dry scalp they could do more harm than good.

If your scalp is oily

oily scalp infographic

You'll likely experience a greasy scalp and hair within 24-48 hours of shampooing. If this sounds like you, there could be a few problems causing your oily build-up:

  1. You may need a stronger shampoo
  2. You may need to increase your shampoo frequency

For greasy-haired gentlemen, I'd recommend using a sulfate shampoo or a shampoo marketed as clarifying. Basically, this means that it helps reduce oil in your hair and provides a cleaner look to your locks.

In your case, you will want to look for the ingredients that people with dry scalp try to avoid because you need the extra chemistry to fight the build-up of sebum on your scalp.

If your scalp is a combination of the two

combination scalp infographic

You'll likely experience a weird mix of oily and dry hair.

For guys with long hair, it's common for the end of their hair to be dry while the hair base and scalp are oily. Which causes some confusion when it comes to treatment.

For men with long hair, oily roots, and dry ends – use the same shampoo as you would if you had just an oily scalp. The reason for this is simple, the roots are the problem and by treating these, the rest of your hair issues should resolve themselves.

Pro Tip: make sure you shampoo and condition your hair correctly. For combination hair, only scrub your scalp when you shampoo. As you rinse your hair, the shampoo will pick up any remaining dirt on the way down. 

Also, when conditioning, only apply the product from midpoint to ends – let the conditioner sit for 3-5 minutes, then rinse.

If you're still on the fence about whether or not you should grow your hair out, check out this article on long hair vs. short hair.

 

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Ultimate Guide To Buying A Suit | Style, Fit And Accessories https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/buy-first-suit/ Thu, 06 Oct 2022 11:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=78787 The best men's suits are hard to come by, especially when you've got no experience buying suits in the first place! What's the best suit to buy? How should your suit fit different areas of the body? Should you also invest in accessories like pocket squares when buying a suit? For many guys, these questions…

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The best men's suits are hard to come by, especially when you've got no experience buying suits in the first place!

What's the best suit to buy? How should your suit fit different areas of the body? Should you also invest in accessories like pocket squares when buying a suit?

For many guys, these questions are a no-brainer. But if you've never stepped foot in a suit store before, then they're probably the first things you should be asking yourself.

In today's article, I'm breaking out everything you need to know about buying (and styling) your first suit. Whether you're 18 or 80, I want you to consider this your go-to guide for all things sartorial shopping.

We'll be covering:

  1. Buying Your First Suit Introduction: Fit, Fabric & Function
  2. Buying Your First Suit: Step #1 – Fit
  3. Buying Your First Suit: Step #2 – Function
  4. Buying Your First Suit: Step #3 – Fabric
  5. Buying Your First Suit: Step #4 – Hiring A Good Tailor
  6. Buying Your First Suit: Step #5 – Choice Of Dress Shirt
  7. Buying Your First Suit: Step #6 – Accessories

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Buying Your First Suit Introduction: Fit, Function & Fabric

If you've heard of these terms before, good. They're relevant to the art of buying suits…and buying anything else in men's clothing. Why? Because as the style pyramid shows – every item you include in your wardrobe has to fit right, feel right, look right, and serve the right purposes if you want the benefits of being stylish.

If there's something that deserves the most careful of selections based on these three components…it's your very first suit.

Buying Your First Suit: Step #1 – Fit

Style Pyramid

The first order of business is – as with all other clothing items – to nail the fit. Never go with a suit that doesn't fit you. The thing is, you have to consider more than just the standard S, M, L or XL sizes that are predetermined in stores. There are multiple aspects of the fit.

Remember that a suit is, by definition, a combination of (1) a jacket and (2) a pair of trousers made of the exact same fabric. If you see a kind where both pieces are closely similar but not identical…it's not a suit. It's more likely an odd jacket or blazer partnered with odd trousers.

Therefore, you'll want to pay attention to the following aspects of fit for both the suit jacket and its partner trousers…

Jacket: Shoulder Fit

One of the most visible elements of a suit jacket's fit is in the shoulders. After all, the shoulders are just below eye level and are the broadest part of most men's upper body.

So when guys get this wrong, it's pretty darn obvious.

When it comes to the fit in a suit jacket's shoulders, you're really looking at two different things:

suit shoulder rumpling

Rumpling occurs when there's too much fabric on top of the shoulder. You can identify this through bumps and curves (or rumples) in the part of the shoulder between the top of the arm and the base of the neck.

suit shoulder divots

Divots are similar to rumbles, but these occur on the part of the shoulder at the top of the arm. If there's too much fabric in the top of the shoulder, the peak of the padding can overhand the arm below it and cause divots.

For the perfect fit, the jacket should go in line perfectly with your shoulders – without coming in by an inch or going beyond an inch of the shoulder points. There shouldn't be any distinct bumps on the shoulder area because that indicates the jacket might be damaged (or it simply doesn't fit your shoulders well).

Jacket: Torso Fit

Just as crucial as the shoulder fit is the fit around your torso. The trick to knowing whether the jacket is too tight or loose is to button up and test for:

  • A dreaded “X” which means the midsection sticks very closely to your body = too tight
  • Enough room to squeeze in a full fist inside the jacket comfortably = too loose

When you've avoided those, the next step is to size up/down so the suit matches your proportions and any small details (such as breast pocket placement) are taken care of accordingly.

Jacket: Overall Length

getting the right jacket length is one of the best clothing hacks for guys

Here you need to stand straight and keep both arms to your sides. Measure the length of the jacket and check that it reaches to about the knuckle of your thumb.

Then make sure it covers the bottom curvature of the buttocks (although you're free to adjust this to an inch shorter or longer, depending on your height). Men who are under 5 ft 8 inches should be careful not to wear a super long jacket that extends beyond the buttocks…or else…they'll end up looking shorter.

The sleeves, in particular – you want them to reach your wristbones. Take note that this is a forgiving detail, and you can add/subtract an inch and a half on the sleeves if your jacket is off-the-rack. But this won't be an option for any jacket with working buttons (especially from a high-quality bespoke suit with functioning surgeon cuffs). It's not made to be readjusted.

Jacket: Collar Fit

suit jacket collar fit

The collar should be sitting far off your neck – not tight and putting pressure on your neck. Why? Don't forget the fact that the jacket is already your second layer at the top. So there has to be some allowance unless you want to risk looking stiff or uncomfortable.

Jacket: Sleeve Pitch

suit sleeve pitch

Sleeve pitch refers to the angle that the sleeves are attached based on one's posture and neutral arm position. If you're someone with great posture, go for “X3” or a low sleeve pitch that has the shoulder shift toward the back. If your posture is more forward-curved, go for “X2” which shifts the shoulder toward the front. You've got to stand perpendicular to a full-sized mirror – and see where your arms naturally rest – to figure out the right sleeve pitch.

Trousers: Fit In The Waist & Seat

Infographic - How The Seat Should Fit

When it comes to any pair of trousers…the main issue is the waist & seat. So don't underestimate the importance of measuring your waistline and buttocks accurately.

Most trousers can actually be brought in or let out by an inch and a half. But don't push it any further either way. A larger waist can cause excess material around the buttocks – making it seem like you're wearing a diaper beneath – while a tighter waist can lead to ripping your pants the next time you're rushing to the office.

Trousers: Break

infographic mens trouser breaks

The good thing is it's really a matter of personal preference whether you want to get trousers with no break, a quarter-break, half-break or full break. All that matters is you make a conscious choice based on what works for you (like if you're doing a job interview in a creative field and your half-break trousers expose a little sock to show off your personality).

Buying Your First Suit: Step #2 – Function

suit supply promo shot

You're buying a suit for the first time. So not only does it have to fit you properly…it also has to represent you in the best possible light before you even start talking. That means having a solid grasp of the purpose behind your suit.

Is it for a job interview? Will you be wearing it to a career fair hosted by your college? Or a lunch with your uncle's friend who works for a company you want to intern in? Whatever your need is…your aim is to have a suit that fulfills it. A suit that displays your seriousness, trustworthiness, and readiness to work.

Suit Color & Pattern

I'd personally recommend that you stick to a classic and conservative business suit. It's the choice that's least likely to fail for your very first suit. You want it to be a solid navy or charcoal gray because these colors go with the widest variety of shirts and shoes.

They're perfect if you want to look presentable but not flashy or attention-seeking. And you'll have no trouble adding a bright-colored tie or pocket square to further sharpen your style while wearing either color.

  • Choose charcoal gray if you're a guy who looks obviously young (so that you'll come off as more mature)
  • Choose navy if you're an older guy who could benefit from appearing younger

How about a navy or charcoal gray suit with a small pattern? The lines are sort of blurred here because this can be advantageous for a job interview – when you're trying to stand out and be well-remembered. It's okay for a first suit but be careful about wearing it regularly. It's not going to be as interchangeable as a solid suit…and not everyone will view it as conservative enough for the workplace.

You'll want to avoid the pinstripe suit for now. It's the kind of suit that means business and is quite memorable. But it's a more appropriate choice when you've had time to establish yourself in a company or profession. It's not ideal for a job interview or the first day at work.

Suit Pockets

A standard suit jacket has three pockets: a breast pocket on the upper left-hand side plus two flap pockets at the bottom on either side of the front. That's it. Don't buy a suit if the jacket has any additional casual pockets like:

  • A ticket pocket or extra pocket at the front bottom (left- or right-hand side)
  • Patch pockets (sewn on top of the jacket; predominantly found on sports jackets)

Suit Buttons

Infographic - Suit Jacket Buttoning Rules

You've got to put some thought into a choice between the 3-button suit jacket and 2-button suit jacket. Here's how they differ from each other:

  • The 3-button jacket is great if you're in shape and you want something more formal (note that you can button the top two buttons – the first one is optional while the middle one is a must; the lowest button should never be buttoned)
  • The 2-button jacket is better if you have an average build since the “V” formation goes down lower than the 3-button jacket (which can match your proportions more easily)

As for the actual material for the buttons – avoid types made of gold, brass or mother of pearl. They create too much contrast with the fabric…and that might warrant unnecessary attention.

Suit Lapel

Go with the notch lapel since it's the classic type (and also the most common) that will simply work for a first suit. The problem with another style like the peak lapel is it appears too formal (which is why it's mostly used for double-breasted jackets) and creates more of a closed look.

Back Of The Suit Jacket

infographic mens suit jacket vents

Your main options for the back of the jacket are no vent, the single vent, and the double vent. I would suggest the double vent every time. Why? Because they end up giving you the most flattering silhouette, especially while you're walking. The single vent tends to expose your backside when you put your hand in your pocket (although it's more commonly used and cheaper to manufacture) whereas jackets without vents are primarily the slim-fit kind made in Italy.

Buying Your First Suit: Step #3 – Fabric

Is fabric that big of a deal? In terms of hierarchy, this one probably falls below fit and function. But that doesn't mean it's useless knowing the different types of suit fabric.

A good suit shouldn't just have all the right features and complement your body shape. It should look and feel like it's produced from high-quality fabric and stitching.

You don't necessarily want it expensive…but reasonably priced…and not a “cheapskate” or second-rate material. That's going to help you gain people's respect right away.

Here are some of the fabrics to pick from:

  • Wool – this comprises the majority of fabrics for suits. It's easy to spin and weave wool into many different cloth types – ranging from heavy and wiry tweeds to light and fine-napped tropical suits.
  • Cotton – it makes for an excellent suit if the fabric is carefully selected. So if you've got a tight budget, consider getting a high-quality cotton suit instead of an average-quality wool suit for the same price – since the cotton suit will have more value for money.
  • Silk – this material feels lighter and more comfortable than water-absorbing cotton or heavier wool. It's more popular with businessmen in Asia and the Middle East (regions where silk is rather abundant).
  • Linen – it's more expensive but has the ability to be woven loosely for a super light, breezy fabric. The downside is it tends to billow instead of draping close to the body.
  • Artificial Fibers/Synthetics

Buying Your First Suit: Step #4 – Hiring A Good Tailor

tailor measurements infographic

You can read and reread everything on the fit, fabric, and function of suits…but that's actually just 70% of the work. You can memorize the rules and understand the terms…but it's not you who's making the suit with your own hands. You'll need to trust in a good tailor for that.

How important is a tailor? Skilled and reputed tailors can bring in a suit about two inches to match your torso. They won't have a problem adjusting the collar fit – or hemming the trousers according to the break you need. Any measurements you have which aren't on off-the-rack suits, they can manage.

So make sure to communicate well with your tailor the day you meet them. Even the most experienced tailors aren't people you just show up and ask to make something. They need guidance and details. Two-way communication is the key to getting the process right – to perfecting your first suit and other suits in the future.

Buying Your First Suit: Step #5 – Choose A Dress Shirt

Of course, wearing your first suit entails more than just the jacket and trousers. Everything else you'll be putting on that day counts. Even the dress shirt – no matter how little of it can be seen.

Read the criteria for a good dress shirt below (even if you've already got your own shirts). It's all about following what's been proven to work.

Dress Shirt: Color & Pattern

infographic mens shirt colors

You'll want to play it safe for your first suit ensemble. Let the color be either white or light blue for your first ten dress shirts. Why? Because these two are generally accepted as very formal shirt colors. They can also be paired with a wide range of ties and other accessories.

Think that's too boring? Feel free to mix it up when it comes to the patterns of your light blue shirts. A herringbone and a set of repeating small white dots are some options. Neither of those types would steal much attention from the actual suit you're wearing – unlike bright-colored or floral patterns (which are better for those already working in creative industries).

Dress Shirt: Collar

Infographic - The Shirt Collar Fit

Whether you choose a spread collar or point collar, the real task is checking that it fits you well. This is one detail that doesn't have to be 100% correct since your jacket will cover it up. But the more spread-out the collar is…the more it'll help to use a large necktie knot. There should also be no buttons on the collar points (which normally indicate the shirt is casual).

Dress Shirt: Cuffs

Your best bet is to select barrel cuffs – the kind that has a single button and folds over on itself  – for the dress shirt. That's simply because the double cuff (a.k.a. French cuffs) will be more of a hassle. You'll need cufflinks to hold them together and cufflinks tend to be quite showy.

Dress Shirt: Pockets

There's no specific rule about pocket vs. no pocket for the shirt. It's pretty much your call to make.

Buying Your First Suit: Factor #6 – Accessories

Choice Of Necktie

Compared to the rest of the clothing items, you'll have a lot of freedom in choosing your necktie. There's so much variety available but I'd advise you to stick with darker conservative colors (burgundy, purple, dark blues) with or without repetitive small patterns.

Ties with stripes are more casual but they can pass for interview attire. Just avoid wearing military stripes, regimental ties, ties made of a distinct woven material, floral and paisley patterns, and bold patterns. Save those for when you've been working with the company for over a year.

Choice Of Pocket Square

infographic pocket square how to fold a one point fold

Your best bet for a pocket square is something simple and subtle…but still elegant. That's precisely what you'll get out of a cotton or linen pocket square in a one-point fold. Start with a solid white. You can try changing the color later on so it can pop out more or match your necktie.

Dress Shoes & Socks

Every suit needs the right dress shoes and socks to partner with. You don't just wear them to look complete…but to look completely sharp.

If your shoes and socks don't have the same level of style as your suit…that can be an eyesore. Your time and efforts go to waste if the guy who's interviewing you gets distracted by your decision to wear red basketball shoes plus white sports socks – instead of hearing your answers.

So limit your choices to black, dark brown, and oxblood dress shoes which are closed-laced (where the front of the shoe is fixed on top of the back part). There's ideally no broguing or stitching except for broguing along the cap toe. That's the formula of conservative leather footwear.

Your socks don't require as much thinking. Just stay away from anything too bright or faded or with holes. Black, dark green or maroon socks work just fine. But if you're interviewing for a not-so-conservative company in a not-so-strict office environment…you can afford to show a little more personality with a color like tan or red. That won't be too risky anyway.

Read next: how a suit should fit – a visual guide for men. ?

 

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How To Date Beautiful Younger Women When Middle-Aged (Without Looking Creepy) https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/gentlemans-guide/ Tue, 04 Oct 2022 11:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=114445 “Aren't you a bit old for me?” The words every middle-aged guy fears when he tries to date a beautiful young woman. Sorry to break it to you, gents: some people see you as an older man and question why a younger woman would want to date you. But here's the thing … they don't…

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“Aren't you a bit old for me?”

The words every middle-aged guy fears when he tries to date a beautiful young woman.

Sorry to break it to you, gents: some people see you as an older man and question why a younger woman would want to date you.

But here's the thing … they don't know the benefits of dating a man with experience, maturity, and George Clooney-like gray-fox hair.

In today's article, I'm breaking out how you can demonstrate your worth as a middle-aged gentleman and date younger women without looking like a creepy old man.

Let's get into it.

  1. Don't Try To Buy Their Affections
  2. Don't Be Afraid To Show Your Age
  3. Act Your Age With Maturity
  4. Show That You're Courageous, Not Creepy
  5. Reflect and Be Mindful Of Yourself And Others
  6. Show Her That Chivalry Isn't Dead
  7. Provide The Commitment A Younger Man Can't
  8. Be Confident In Your Maturity

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Don't Try To Buy Their Affections

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One of the most common mistakes older guys make when trying to date younger women is buying their affection with gifts and expensive dates.

The problem with this is that it comes across as desperate and could make them feel like they owe you something in return. Younger women are attracted to guys who are secure in themselves and don't need to try to buy their way into a relationship.

If you want to date younger women, the best thing you can do is focus on being the best man you can be. Be confident, secure, and always strive to be better. When you're focused on being the best man you can be, younger women will naturally be attracted to you.

Does that mean you can't buy her flowers or pay for dinner? Of course not! However, gifting her a diamond necklace on the first date is probably going a bit far. Sure, you might have the money to do this now that you're a successful older gent, but it could come across as condescending or even a bit creepy.

Don't Be Afraid To Show Your Age

middle aged man in blue suit

Here's the deal – you're not 20 anymore. You've reached middle age, and you're a different man now than you were two decades ago. THAT'S NOT A BAD THING!

A common mistake middle-aged men make when trying to date beautiful young women is assuming they need to try and look as young as possible. They downplay their age, dress young, and do everything they can to try to make themselves seem like they're in the same age bracket as their date.

The problem with this is that it just makes you look insecure. It's like you're trying to hide your age because you're afraid she won't like you if she knows how old you really are. The fact is, you're never going to be able to look like a young man again – and you shouldn't want to!

Own your age and show her that you're comfortable in your own skin. Be proud of the life experience and wisdom you've gained over the years, and let that shine through. Younger women will be attracted to the fact that you're a mature and confident man who isn't afraid to show his years of experience with women.

Act Your Age With Maturity

man on date

One of the mistakes older guys make when trying to date younger women is that they try to act like young guys. They dress young, talk young, and do everything they can to try to fit in with the younger crowd.

The problem with this is that it just makes you look like a try-hard. It's not attractive and doesn't make you seem mature or sophisticated—it just makes you look like you're in denial.

Instead of trying to compete with younger guys, focus on what you can offer that they can't. Be confident in your age and experience, and let that shine through. Younger women find the fact that you're a mature and confident man attractive. They don't want a wannabe frat boy trying to be something he's not.

Show That You're Courageous, Not Creepy

man on date with woman

One quality that younger women find incredibly attractive is courage. They want to be with a man who isn't afraid to take risks, a man who isn't afraid to put himself out there.

To date younger women, you need to be willing to take risks. You must be willing to put yourself out there and try new things. After all, she decided to date an older man for a reason – she wants you to show her that she hasn't made a mistake!

Courage on a first date doesn't mean slaying a dragon or running across hot coals. It can be as simple as ordering the most adventurous thing on the menu or going to a new type of bar or club. It's about being willing to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.

The bottom line is that if you want to date a younger woman, you need to show her that you're not stuck in your ways. You need to be willing to take risks and put yourself out there.

Reflect and Be Mindful Of Yourself And Others

When it comes to dating younger women, one quality that you can't overlook is mindfulness. Younger women are attracted to guys who are aware of the world around them and who are always looking for ways to improve.

If you want to date younger women, the best thing you can do is focus on being a good role model. Be someone who's living a life that she can aspire to and be someone who she can look up to. Let her know that you're there for her but that she's in control of her own life.

In addition to being a good role model, you also need to be forward-thinking. You need to show her that you're always looking for ways to improve yourself and your life. You need to be constantly learning and growing, and you need to be open to new experiences.

The bottom line is that if you want to date a younger woman, you need to match her enthusiasm for self-betterment. Sure, you've lived a longer life than her, but that doesn't mean that you're done growing and evolving. The key is to always be moving forward and always improving.

Show Her That Chivalry Isn't Dead

man on date with younger woman

It's sad to say, but many younger guys just don't show women the respect they deserve – they have no idea what chivalry means. To be frank, a lot of younger guys just want to get their dates in the sack ASAP, which is never a good way to act.

As an older guy, you've got the advantage here. It's important that you show her that chivalry isn't dead and that a real man knows how to treat a woman like a person, not an object.

There are a lot of ways to do this, but one of the best is simply to treat her like an equal. Don't try to control her or tell her what to do – let her make her own decisions. And when she does, be sure to support her and respect her choices.

One of the most common mistakes older guys make when trying to date younger women is that they try to control them. They think that if they can just tell them what to do, then eventually they'll start to like them.

The problem with this is that it comes across as overbearing and controlling. Younger women are attracted to guys who are relaxed and easy-going, not guys who are always trying to tell them what to do.

As such, it's essential that you always go out of your way to be a gentleman. Open doors for her, pull out chairs for her, and always offer to pay for the date. Chances are her previous, younger dates won't have treated her this way – so your chivalrous charm will likely be a breath of fresh air!

Provide The Commitment A Younger Man Can't

older man in glasses

If you want to date younger women, one of the most important things you can do is show her that you're ready for a commitment. Younger women are attracted to guys who are confident and who know what they want in life. They don't want to waste their time with guys who are still trying to figure things out.

The best way to show a younger woman that you're ready for a commitment is to be honest with her about your feelings. Tell her how you feel about her, and let her know when you're ready to take things to the next level. Be open and honest with her, and she'll be more likely to reciprocate those feelings.

Don't jump the gun too quickly and announce your love for her on the first date – that won't go down well! Instead, show her that you're interested in a committed relationship by taking things slow and getting to know her better. If you do this, she'll be more likely to see you as a long-term partner rather than just a fling.

Chances are she's assuming you're a committed guy because of your age and maturity. But it never hurts to spell it out explicitly, just to make sure she's on the same page as you.

Be Confident In Your Maturity

confident looking older man

One quality that younger women find incredibly attractive is confidence. They want to be with a man who knows who he is and what he wants in life. They want to be with a man who isn't afraid to show his true colors.

If you want to date younger women, the best thing you can do is embrace your maturity. Younger women are attracted to guys who are comfortable in their own skin and who know what they want out of life. If you can show her that you're confident and self-assured, she'll be more likely to see you as a catch.

Showing this isn't easy for some guys. I get it – confidence can be hard to find when you've got a few too many wrinkles and a bigger gut than you did when you were 20. However, don't let this get you down. Remember, the key is to focus on the things that you can change and to embrace the things that you can't.

One of the best ways to show your confidence is by being yourself. Don't try to be someone you're not, and don't put on an act. The more genuine and authentic you are, the more likely she is to see you as a catch.

Of course, being confident doesn't mean being cocky or arrogant. It just means being comfortable in your own skin and knowing your worth. If you can do that, you'll have already set yourself apart from the immature fratboys she'll have dated in the past.

When in doubt – think of yourself like a finely aged wine.

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How To Apply Cologne & Make Fragrance Last Longer https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/how-apply-cologne-right-way/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 11:59:00 +0000 https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/?p=102200 Most guys are applying cologne incorrectly. Here's the deal: if you're spraying a $250 fragrance into the air and walking through the mist, you may as well be pouring it down the drain. The same goes for you guys who spray it on their wrists and then rub them together. The fact is, most guys…

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Best Men's Colognes: 10 AMAZING Summer Fragrances

Most guys are applying cologne incorrectly.

Here's the deal: if you're spraying a $250 fragrance into the air and walking through the mist, you may as well be pouring it down the drain.

The same goes for you guys who spray it on their wrists and then rub them together.

The fact is, most guys aren't taught the best method of applying fragrance. They fall into bad habits and waste their hard-earned money as a result.

I don't want that for you guys. So, I'm here to set the record straight once and for all. In today's article, we're covering the RIGHT way to apply cologne and how you can get the most out of your signature scent:

  1. How Do You Apply Cologne So It Lasts Longer?
  2. What Type Of Colognes Last Longer?
  3. Can You Improve The Strength Of Cologne?
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#1 How Do You Apply Cologne So It Lasts Longer?

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Here's the deal: the way you apply cologne has just as much of an effect on its longevity as its strength and formulation.

That means two things:

  1. You have a much bigger influence on your colognes performance than you think
  2. Knowing the correct application technique is essential style knowledge for any fragrance fan

Don't worry – I've got you covered. Once you know the facts, it's actually really easy to get an extra 2, 3, and many 4 hours out of your daily cologne.

Basic Rules For Applying Cologne

Spray perfume on dry skin, preferably right after a shower. Hold the spray nozzle 3-6 inches from your skin and focus on these rules for applying perfume:

  1. Pulse points – Your body heat will push the scent throughout the day, creating a nice scent trail commonly called sillage. Start with the warm parts of your body – chest, neck, lower jaw, wrist, forearm, inner elbow, and shoulder.
  2. Re-spray only when required – You can add more sprays to your wrists or take sprays away depending on how long the scent lasts.
  3. Don't kill the note – Rubbing the perfume into the skin seems a sensible thing to do. In reality – it breaks the molecular bond, making the scent weaker.
  4. Don't spray and walk – Spraying a fragrance in the air and walking through the mist is worthless. Most of the fragrance drops straight to the floor.
  5. Don't spray fragrance on your clothes – The fragrance isn't allowed to mix with your oils, and hence it can't naturally go through the stages of notes as it should. The oils in a fragrance will stain many fabrics.
  6. Don't splash too much – If you are applying cologne from a regular bottle, take one finger and press it against the opening of your bottle, and then tip it over gently.
  7. Less Is More – Fragrance should be discovered, not announced”. People should be able to smell the perfume but not overpowered by it.

Where To Apply Cologne For Long-Lasting Performance?

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When considering where to apply cologne, it's important to pay close attention to your pulse points.

What are pulse points, you ask? In short, pulse points are the areas of your body where you can feel your heartbeat. Typically, these points are some of the warmest areas of your skin.

We're talking about the neck, inner wrists, and behind the ears. The logic behind this is that the body heat created at these pulse points will project the fragrance more effectively.

For me, the following spraying routine works best:

  1. A spray on the inside of each forearm
  2. A spray on the inside of each wrist (DO NOT RUB YOUR WRISTS TOGETHER!)
  3. Several sprays on the chest across the collarbone area