Style is a weapon to get what you want out of life.
But it's not just about the big guns.
You need more than just great shoes and a sharp suit.
If you want the edge over the competition…
You need SECRET WEAPONS.
I'm going to show you 25 simple style secrets that will make you look like a winner.
Some of these are impossible to spot – you don't know WHY that guy looks better than you, you just know that he does.
Others are subtle touches you may be missing. And #16 is neither subtle nor hard to spot – but you may not know the science on how powerful it is.
It's a battle out there, gentlemen… read on to find out if you're fully armed.
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Male Grooming Secrets
#1. Single Blade Razor
Fights against: five o’clock shadow, cuts and scrapes, wasted money, feeling less than manly
Yes, it takes practice. And yes, it's worth it. Modern razors may be more convenient, but they won't give you the closest, most precise shave you can get – or the satisfaction of learning an old-school skill that'll serve you for life.
#2. After Shave Balm
Fights against: razor burn, dried-out skin
Taking care of your skin after shaving is essential to looking your best – not to mention avoiding distracting itchiness. Look for an alcohol-free formulation with moisturizing ingredients. Your skin is raw and open after shaving, so be wary of any ingredients that might cause irritation.
#3. Finding Your Signature Cologne
Fights against: being forgettable, lack of compliments, lack of lingering hugs
More than any other sense, smell forges long-term connections in the brain. By habitually wearing a scent, you create a lasting memory of yourself for the people around you. Combine that with the attention-getting factor of a sexy scent, and this may be all you need to change to see positive change in your dating life.
#4. Men's Grooming Kit
Fights against: hairy nostrils, caterpillar eyebrows, nasty nails
There is absolutely NO substitute for being well-groomed – even if you have great clothes, you'll look like you don't belong in them if you don't keep yourself clean and neat.
#5. Men's Lip Balm
Fights against: chapped lips, failing to get that goodnight kiss
Especially in the winter or if you live or work in a very dry building, chapped and cracked lips are one of life's most persistent annoyances. They don't have to be.
#6. RIGHT Brush And Product For Hair Type
Fights against: hair that never looks as good as the next guy’s… or better
You know those guys whose hair always looks perfect? The secret to becoming one is knowing your hair and understanding how to take care of it and style it. Do a little research and invest in decent hair care supplies.
#7. Good Quality Moisturizer
Fights against: TIME ITSELF
Hydrated skin ages slower. That's all there is to it. Start moisturizing today to have nicer skin ten, twenty, or fifty years from now.
Accessories To Level Up Your Style
#8. Dress Shirt Stays
Fight against: shirt muffin top, saggy socks, putting your hands down your pants in public
Shirts that won't stay put are one of the most common culprits when a theoretically sharp outfit starts looking sloppy. Shirt stays or shirt garters will hold your shirt smooth and crisp all day.
#8. Good Quality Undershirt
Fights against: sweat, dry cleaning bills, untimely death of dress shirts
If you're wearing suits and dress shirts regularly, you've gotta get undershirts. Buy nice ones made of a natural fiber so they won't drive you crazy, wear daily, and wash weekly – so you're NOT washing five delicate-rinse dress shirts that often.
#10. Cedar Shoe Tree
Fights against: bad smells, out-of-shape shoes
Shoe trees are the secret to making sure nice shoes STAY nice, and plastic or metal ones don't cut it – they can make odors worse instead of better. Spend a couple extra bucks and get the real deal.
#11. Classic Refillable Lighter
Fights against: looking helpless when a woman asks you for a light
Even if you don't know a single person who smokes, this lets you provide visibility (in romantic firelight, no less) with a Mad Men-esque charm that your cell phone flashlight just doesn't have. It's also handy for de-icing car door locks (just heat your key for a few seconds in the flame).
#12. Suspenders Instead Of Belt
Fight against: looking short, looking fat
Suspenders draw the eye vertically, slimming you and creating an illusion of height. Especially if you have a wider waist or hips, they're one of the most flattering things you can wear – and way more comfortable than a belt.
#13. Good Quality Sunglasses
Fight against: UV rays, looking uncool
They're often essential for driving or commuting, so make sure they don't look dweeby. Go with angular frames if your face is rounded and rounded frames if your face is angular, and find a classic style like aviators or wayfarers. Good sunglasses add panache and glamour to any outfit.
#14. Tie Bar
Fights against: not looking put together, tie in your food, tie all over the place
Tie bars are a traditional detail that shows you're going the extra mile – an impression that can make all the difference. They also hold your tie in place against your shirt, preventing sloppy-looking mishaps.
#15. Navy Pindot Tie
Fights against: clashing patterns, not having the right tie… for pretty much anything
Navy is one of the most interchangeable colors in menswear, and pindots are one of the most interchangeable tie patterns. Put them together and you have a go-to tie.
#16. A Dog
Fights against: lack of dates, depression, squirrels, and let's be honest… lack of a dog
Studies show dogs make you more attractive – especially if you're stylish. They get you 3x more dates. They make women see you as a potential husband and father.
But dogs' ability to introduce you to your future wife is not even the best thing about them. The bond between man and dog is as old as the first hunter who ran with wolves. If you ever doubt you can become your best self, take a look in your dog's eyes and you'll see him.
Systems To Simplify Getting Ready
#17. Interchangeable Wardrobe
Fights against: closet clutter, owning too many clothes
Lots of clothes but nothing to wear? The secret is to make sure at least most of your clothes go together. This allows you to easily create a wide variety of outfits – quickly, and without a ton of worry about what matches what.
#18. Valet Stand
Fights against: last-minute procrastination
A valet stand is another little touch that makes a stylish man's life easier. It encourages you to have your outfit clean, pressed, ready to go, and on display right where you can see it and where it won't get wrinkled. All you have to do is get dressed and go.
#19. Pre-Set Accessories
Fights against: losing your spare pocket squares, wasted time
Store your pocket squares in your suit pockets, your belts with your pants, and your ties with the shirts you usually wear them with. You'll be amazed how much time it saves.
#20. Shoe Shine Box
Fights against: last-minute scrambles, not looking polished
Having everything you need to care for your dress shoes in a classic masculine kit makes shoe-shining easy and enjoyable… which means you'll actually do it.
#21. Knowing Your Measurements
Fights against: enemy No. 1… BAD FIT
If you know your measurements off the top of your head, you can buy the best fit for you any time you shop – and have a more stylish wardrobe for it.
#22. Leather Dopp Kit
Fights against: looking disheveled on business trips, shampoo explosions in luggage
A Dopp kit is a bag that holds a man's grooming supplies for travel. It keeps your essentials organized, at hand, and perhaps most importantly for the rest of your luggage, completely contained.
#23. The Closet Purge
Fights against: style crime
If you've never purged your closet, it may be time – letting go of the outdated, ill-fitting, and worn through is an essential step in your style evolution.
#24. Organized Closet
Fights against: wasted mental energy
Once you've gotten rid of all but the essentials, make sure your closet is clutter-free and set up in a way that makes sense for the way you use it.
Group clothes by formality, color, pattern – whatever works for you. If you can't easily see your options when you get dressed in the morning, you're probably wasting time.
#25. Good Shave Routine
Fights against: boredom, pain, never finding out how good your face can look
Most men's shave routine is a boring chore to be rushed through. It doesn't feel good and it doesn't look good. What if you could ENJOY shaving? Are you using a pre-shave oil to lubricate your skin? Do you know the best brush to use? Are you even using a brush? When you create the right shaving routine it becomes a pleasurable masculine ritual that just happens to make you more kissable.
Bonus: Sharpening Your Sword
Fights against: ignorance and style stagnation
I teach men to use style as a weapon to get what they want out of life. But if you want a weapon to work for you, you have to keep sharpening it. That means you have to keep studying style. Don't get complacent. If you let yourself get stuck in a style rut, the guy who's dedicated to lifelong learning will steam past you and get the girl, the job, and the respect.
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