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Men’s Grooming: 8 Simple Ways To Look Sharp and Smart Instantly

Men’s Grooming: 8 Simple Ways To Look Sharp and Smart Instantly

It is true that you need to invest in your appearance, especially if working directly with clients, investors and business partners. No matter how old you are, you certainly need to dress maturely. Men usually confuse youthful and trendy clothes with a teenage style, and think that wearing “mature” suits means wearing old-fashioned ones. Follow these tips to find out how you can easily look both smart and sharp.

1. Layering is both functional and stylish

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    “All it takes are a few simple outfits. And there’s one secret – the simpler the better.”– Cary Grant

    Some men are afraid of mixing different pieces, because they don’t know how to match them. Even if you think you will make a mistake, start with wearing simple sweater with a white shirt underneath. It’s a basic trick to make your outfit more interesting. As the less is more, don’t try to combine completely different pieces.

    If you still think that layering is ridiculous, let’s consider some practical sides. The main purpose of layering is heat retention. If it gets warm, you can take off one layer and still look sharp and smart. Men sweat more than women, so if you are constantly on the move, more layers will help in managing it.

    Moreover, when matching different clothes, make sure that it is comfortable and it allows you to move freely. Except summer, all seasons require layering, so learn how to successfully combine clothing, and still manage to preserve your unique style.

    2. Accessories reflect your personality

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      “To achieve the nonchalance which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match.” – Hardy Amies

      Many men don’t feel like business suits allow them to showcase their personality. If you are one of them, then know that you just haven’t found the right fit and style. However, if you are still waiting to come across the chosen one, I advise you to start with accessories. You don’t need to spend a fortune to look sharp, but the one thing that will require money is a perfect watch. It’s not as superficial as you might think – the purpose isn’t showing off your expensive watch in order to be seen as a successful man. These little things allow us to express ourselves and show our true nature. There are tons of different watches, and whether you are sci-fi addict or a vintage gentleman style lover, I am sure you will find the right one.

      If you are a smoker, know that it doesn’t suit any style. It may have suited James Dean, but it’s not professional to have your suit smell like cigarettes all the time. Try out some substitutions for cigarettes, and your lungs will be thankful as well. If you are a chain smoker, try out some e-cigarettes that will look smarter than holding a smelly one. If you still cannot give up smoking, have one of these electronic cigarettes, which will be a good addition to your style. Even celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson have turned to vaping.

      3. Take care of yourself – style your beard and mustache

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        “My mother always says people should be able to take care of themselves, even if they’re rich and important.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett

        If you have a beard or a mustache, you need to take care of them. It isn’t sexy and masculine to look like a complete mess. Men usually turn to growing a beard in order to avoid shaving every day. However, just having one won’t make you look sharp and smart – you need to learn how to maintain both your mustache and your beard. Simple trimming can make you look elegant and sophisticated. Therefore, you don’t need a fortune to make yourself look professional and stylish – all you need is a bit of grooming.

        The same goes for hair. When considering a new haircut, make sure it reflects who you are. You want to look good when you look at yourself in the mirror. If you don’t have time for styling your hair in the morning, aim for messy boyish haircuts.

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        Personal hygiene is also of great importance. You’d be surprised how good antiperspirant and white teeth can boost your confidence and overall mood, which will make you look comfortable in your clothes. Some men suffer excessive sweating, so it can make them anxious when working in the office, where you cannot adjust the temperature.

        So, consider layering your clothing and if it is becoming a real health issue that prevents you from doing your everyday activities, you should consider some laser treatments. Being healthy and neat are always trendy, and they will make you look sharp instantly.

        4. A nice bag and wallet will make you instantly stylish

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          “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” – Gore Vidal

          You might think that carrying a bag is just too much trouble, but it is really practical. Once you start carrying one, you won’t be able to leave it at home. There are many designs and types of bags – all you need to do is find the perfect one for you. From a vintage briefcase to a trendy messenger bag, you’ll make your life easier and definitely upgrade your style. Choose the bag based both on what you need to store, but also your personal taste. A good bag will enable you to carry a laptop, iPad, personal items and even an extra shirt.

          Throw away your high-school Velcro wallet, and purchase a new leather one. Pay attention to its functionality and choose the right one according to your needs. If you travel a lot, then purchase the one where you can store your passport, business cards, ID, and money.

          Choose wisely, because a nice bag and wallet will take your style to the next level in no time. If you saw “The Kingsman,” you know that a true gentleman needs to have a great suit, shoes, a bag and a black umbrella, which matches every style.

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          5. Posture adds to the overall appearance

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            “Elegance is usually confused with superficiality, fashion, lack of depth. This is a serious mistake: human beings need to have elegance in their actions and in their posture because this word is synonymous with good taste, amiability, equilibrium and harmony.” – Paolo Coelho

            You can wear a well-tailored suit and expensive shoes, but if you have bad posture you won’t look good. You are also more prone to experiencing chronic headaches and back pain. Practice standing properly in order to maintain the health of your body. When at the office, find a comfortable chair and use a foot rest in order to support your back.

            Good posture will make the clothes fit better, and will certainly boost your confidence. You cannot expect clothes to shape you and define you. Elegance comes from within, and the way you carry yourself is what matters. Keep your head high, back straight and chest out – you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.

            6. Plan in advance to avoid style fails

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              “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgot all about them.” – Hardy Amies

              If you don’t have a planned outfit, there is nothing that can make you look sharp instantly. You don’t need to have an expensive suit, but you need to plan some outfits in advance, because it might happen that you get up for work and realize that nothing in your wardrobe matches, and you don’t have enough time to wash a shirt that would be perfect. Because of that, you need  to plan some of your outfits in advance. During the weekend, you can put each outfit on a hanger or just go through clothes and plan for the next two days. This will also help you to get ready quickly and not waste your time.

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              Also, when buying clothes, try to choose ones which match the ones you already have. That way, you’ll always have a bunch of items in your wardrobe that match. Even if you opt for some different items of clothing, make sure you buy the whole look, so that with time you’ll have many possibilities to choose from and get ready in no time.

              7. Learn some basics

               
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                “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.” – Oscar Wilde

                Every now and then our clothes need quick fixes such as sewing a button, closing rips and even applying patches. Don’t spend money on these things, because you can easily do them on your own. Applying patches can seem complicated, but as soon as you learn how to do it, you will be able to fix your clothes in 5 minutes. Moreover, having a messy tie is unacceptable, and a well-tied tie will improve your entire look.

                If you have leather shoes, know that you need to take care of them. They’ll last as long as you maintain and polish them. In order to prevent drying use a leather conditioner, and if there are stains, use a damp cloth. The same goes for wallets and bags. Leather is a quality material, and it requires a special care, so don’t neglect it. Knowing some basics will enable you to repair and maintain your sharp look without much effort.

                8. Feeling good about yourself can make you both sharp and smart instantly

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                  “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent

                  Your style should reflect your personality. Feeling good in your own skin is the most important part of style. There is nothing you cannot do if you are happy with yourself. Not only you will feel better, but also you will boost your confidence, which will make you ready for new challenges. Don’t ever try to change who you are, but show your personality through style. The two most important things in fashion are that people are happy with what they are wearing and that they can be themselves. The smile is the only accessory that will make your style truly unique.

                  Featured photo credit: Dave Eckelman via flickr.com

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                  Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                  You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                  Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                  1. Work on the small tasks.

                  When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                  Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                  2. Take a break from your work desk.

                  Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                  Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                  3. Upgrade yourself

                  Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                  The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                  4. Talk to a friend.

                  Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                  Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                  5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                  If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                  Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                  Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                  6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                  If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                  Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                  Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                  7. Read a book (or blog).

                  The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                  Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                  Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                  8. Have a quick nap.

                  If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                  9. Remember why you are doing this.

                  Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                  What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                  10. Find some competition.

                  Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                  Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                  11. Go exercise.

                  Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                  Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                  As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                  12. Take a good break.

                  Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                  Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                  Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                  Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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