Our definitive guide to grooming, dating and style. Follow these simple pointers to improve your odds on your next date.
HOW TO: DRESS FOR A DATE
Depending on where you plan to meet, and whether it be the first time or the twentieth, it's always valuable to dress appropriately for the occasion. It may seem fairly straight forward – don't wear a tux to the beach or thongs and boardies to a gala event – but it's still worth reviewing your style choices to make sure you're setting the right tone for your romantic encounters.
Ah, the most insane of all dates. How is anyone supposed to get to know somebody else in the middle of the day… sober. If you’re brave enough to venture out in the morning, you’re going to need to make a good first impression, which means straddling the line between smart and casual.
Wear: Beige shorts, white sneakers and a neutral-toned button down shirt.
Your safest bet in our books. Pick somewhere with an intimate atmosphere (not to be mistaken for no atmosphere, an immediate buzzkill), pay for the first drink and have at least three conversation starters up your sleeve. This is the time to play it cool and nonchalant – definitely don’t look like you’re trying too hard.
Wear: White tee, navy chinos and black ankle boots.
a GOOD restaurant.
So you like this one, huh? First of all, bravo on proving chivalry isn’t dead. Second, don’t go all out with the restaurant and then neglect to look the part upon arrival. The great thing about being a man is that you can keep the outfit simple – but the devil is in the details, so make sure you’re well-groomed (beard trimmed, hair cut, if possible), and that you’re wearing a nice cologne. Girls notice stuff like that.
Wear: Blue dress shirt, black skinny jeans, brown leather brogues.
HOW TO: Start Growing a beard
Image: Tom Hardy sporting a sensational chin warmer.
It's not just genetics, there are a few methods for improving facial hair growth and give you the thick and luxurious thigh-tickler you've always wanted.
STEP ONE: According to Esquire the whole purpose of growing a beard is to make your face “look more oval”, and therefore, more attractive. So the first step is to figure out your face shape (round, square, oval?) and then figuring out the best beard shape to suit you. We suggest figuring out your face shape, then Googling celebrities with the same shape to see which beards suit them.
STEP TWO: Find the right equipment. The line between a good beard and a bad one is maintenance, so make sure you’ve got the right tools to keep your beard looking fresh. A good electric razor is a necessity, of course (we suggest the Braun Series 5), which – if you get a good one – will include a beard trimmer function perfect for catching strays. Styling products are also essential: If you’re going big, you’ll need to get a styling balm (our recommendation? The Bearded Chap).
STEP THREE: Be patient! Sounds novel, but growing a beard is a process and you’re going to fuck it up if you’re not patient during the interim. As with any hair, the in-between periods can be awkward and unflattering, but you’ve got to hold out. Growth can be stimulated by washing your beard regularly (with shampoo, like your hair, once to twice a week) or taking biotin supplements.
HOW TO: BUY A LUXURY WATCH
Image: The watch maketh the man.
A few pointers for those in the market for a new shiny piece of wrist candy...
TIP 1: Think about why you want a luxury watch, how you’re going to wear it, and what you’re going to wear it with. There are three main types of watch: sports watch (self-explanatory, better for gym junkies), a diving watch (same, built for the purpose of deep sea expeditions) or a chronograph (the more traditional dress watch).
TIP 2: Once you’ve figured out the function of your watch, you need to figure out a realistic budget and stick to it. Buying a luxury watch is a lifelong investment – something you can pass down to your children – so it’s going to cost a considerable amount of money. Having said that, don’t go crazy and blow your budget. Figure out what you can afford and always shop to that (we’d say between $3,000 and $10,000 is your best bet).
TIP 3: Consider second-hand. Vintage timepieces can be great value, as the quality isn’t likely to have diminished much, and you’ll get designer pieces at a fraction of the cost. Places like 1stdibs and Vestiaire Collective are good starting points.
TIP 4: Think about automatic vs. quartz. Counter-intuitively, ‘automatic’ actually refers to the manually created watches, which tend to have more intricate detailing and craftsmanship. These are more expensive and can need expensive servicing when they break, as compared to quartz, which are less expensive and more accurate. The question really comes down to how seriously you take your watches. Collectors will opt for automatic, but if you’re not in it for the love of watch-making you can definitely make do with a quartz.
TIP 5: Make sure you’re buying from a reputable location. Fakes and knock-offs are as rife in 2018 as they have ever been – so be sure to get the piece verified or buy direct from a brand to avoid buying a counterfeit. Watch Essentials is a cool app that offers pointers on spotting a fake.