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In today’s world when looks are more important than ever, too many men still fail to recognize the importance of personal grooming, showing little understanding of how to go about the process.

Many men take a slap-dash approach where they drag a comb across their head, splash on some aftershave and think job done.

However, there’s a problem here: people will notice your lack of grooming and from that, judge your character.  

These 10 awesome grooming tips for men will introduce ideas that you can incorporate into your own grooming regime, enabling your personal care to be your signature.

Grooming Tip #1. Look After Your Hands!

When it comes to grooming tips for men, most guys completely overlook their hands.

But here’s the deal – in business or on a date, your hands are the first point of contact, whether that be a firm handshake or taking a lady to her seat in a restaurant.

However, there would be a raised eyebrow or two, were your hands like sandpaper, your nails ingrained with dirt, and your nails jagged and chipped.

Here are some simple tips for well-groomed but masculine hands.

  • Nail Scissors: These are essential in keeping your nails trim and measured. Scissors allow you to create an even cut, and unlike nail clippers, they will not break or damage the fibres in the nail or leave a rough finish.
  • Moisturizer: That’s right, moisturiser, not just the preserve of ladies. If you do repeated physical work, your hands can be affected by calluses or cracked skin through wear and tear. This can then lead to infection and unsightly sores. A hand lotion with an antiseptic can enable you to leave your hands reinvigorated at the end of the day and allow you to leave the right impression the next time you reach for someone’s hand.
  • Nail Brush: Why go to the trouble of trimming your nails and moisturising your hands only to leave the grime from working on the car underneath your nails. Anyone seeing your hands in such a condition is immediately going to consider you the type of man who simply doesn’t care. The simple nail brush can get underneath the nails, remove the dirt and leave a polished look. 

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Grooming Tip #2. Ditch The Combover (Please!)

It’s a sad but inescapable fact that 85% of men are balding by the age of 50. If you’re going thin up top, either invest in a proven hair regrowth treatment or shave your head…

…because it’s another well-known fact that 0% of women think a combover is attractive.

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You may be reading this and thinking it doesn’t apply to you but here’s the deal – you may have developed habits that will accelerate your hair loss in later life.

For example, using poor-quality hair products, filled with chemicals. These can seriously affect the scalp and hair follicles.

And it’s not just hair products. If your hair is thinning, make sure you pat it dry after a shower. Your hair is at its most delicate when wet and over-vigorous rubbing can break and damage your hair strands.

Perhaps it’s time for a change of style such as a more cropped or buzz cut with a beard which will allow you to minimize the impact of your receding hairline, drawing attention to your face and creating a more masculine look.

The vast majority of men, who ditch the comb-over and opt for a closer cut, comment on the fact they wish they’d done it earlier.

Grooming Tip #3. Powder Your Balls

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Look, guys, we’ve all had those long, hot days at work where you feel like your balls have fused onto your underwear and your inner thighs are like raw meat.

Not a pleasant sensation and certainly not a pleasant smell. An added itch, rash and chafing just compound the misery even further.

Here’s a way you can alleviate this discomfort: ball powder. How does it work? The powder provides a protective barrier against friction, therefore, no irritation or chafing. Also, the powder absorbs sweat meaning no odor. 

Importantly, ensure the ball powder you go for contains natural ingredients as any products made from harmful chemicals are going to irritate your sensitive areas resulting in a world of pain. Ultimately, this stuff keeps you dry and fresh-smelling where it counts.

Here’s what to avoid: any type of aerosol sprays as they’ll sting, especially if you’re a bit tender. Also, give a wide berth to powders with talc or menthol (because… ouch.) Also, steer clear of powders that turn into a paste with sweat. Frosted balls: not a good look.

Now you can work in the hottest conditions in the confidence that you can function as normal knowing your Crown Jewels are safe and sound.

Grooming Tip #4. Take Cold Showers

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There’s nothing like a hot shower to ease the aches and pains after a hard day’s work. But have you stopped to think about the benefits of a cold shower? Guys, there are many. 

  • Skin – a cold shower can reinvigorate your skin immediately. Unlike when using hot water, a cold shower doesn’t dehydrate the skin and helps preserve the sebum layer, which provides a naturally lubricated barrier giving protection to both skin and hair.
  • Increased Circulation – when your body comes into contact with cold water, the circulation on the surface skin layers is reduced. This results in the blood having to circulate faster in the deeper tissues creating an ideal body temperature, leaving you feeling revitalized.
  • Post Workout – after a tough workout in the gym a cold shower can aid muscle recovery. Cold water has regenerative properties which encourage your muscles to relax and then repair, essential after an intense gym session.
  • Improved Immune System – while having cold water on your skin, your body releases adrenaline. This increase in adrenaline causes the immune system to release more anti-inflammatory chemicals lowering your inflammation response to infections. Interestingly, absence of workers who regularly had a cold shower was 29% lower than those who never, correlating with the improved immunity finding.

Grooming Tip #5. Shave The Back Of Your Neck

Shaving the back of your neck once a week can add a week or more to your time between barber visits. Save money – and time in the chair getting your hair cut. Ideally, you’ll want to use a trimmer – smaller than a clipper and specifically designed to trim your hairline.

If you do use a razor on the back of your neck, remember to use shave cream to avoid razor burn.

Use a handheld mirror to see what you’re doing, and follow your natural hairline. Don’t push it up too far or create hard lines – they tend to grow out unnaturally.

Grooming Tip #6. Condition And Trim Your Beard

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When you’re first learning how to grow a beard, your new beard hair tends to be very coarse and dry, often causing horrible itching that drives many potential beardsmen to give up. I know a lot of you are desperate for grooming tips to solve this.

Luckily, there’s a simple solution – condition your beard along with your hair when you shower. Leave the conditioner in for a few minutes and then rinse. Moisturized beard hair is MUCH less itchy.

  • Beard Oil: many brands of beard oil on the market when applied to the facial area will open up the pores on the face and help encourage more vigorous growth and a less patchy appearance. 
  • Beard Wax: as part of your finishing touches, beard wax provides an overall sheen to your beard, keeping your beard hairs in place. Also, in a scented form, beard wax can again give you an added edge when out on a date or even in the office.

But a conditioned beard is only one part of the equation. You also need to keep it looking neat and tidy:

  • Beard Clippers: electric or battery powered beard clippers are an essential part of a man’s facial grooming in allowing him to maintain an overall beard length. Various lengths of guard can allow you to maintain a consistent length of growth. 
  • Moustache Trimming: Just remember that top lip doesn’t become hidden by an untrimmed moustache. Not a nice look on a dinner date when you end up sieving your soup through your growth.

Grooming Tip #7. Keep Your Breath Fresh

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Remember the last time you spoke to a friend and you caught a whiff of their bad breath. I’ll bet it made you wince.

Halitosis is no laughing matter. Why go to the bother of carefully choosing an outfit, pay close attention to detail in your appearance, and then go out for the night with breath that would turn milk sour?

Regular mouthwash can rid your mouth of any harmful bacteria – the main cause of bad breath – leaving your breath fresh and vibrant. Also, a good tip is to carry a small tin of mints in your inside pocket – just in case.

Good oral hygiene is one of the most fundamentally important grooming tips for men. Don’t overlook it.

We know regularly brushing your teeth and using mouthwash can instantly freshen your breath. But did you know there are natural, everyday items that can rid your mouth of any harmful bacteria – the main cause of bad breath?

  • Salt Water – probably the most natural way to freshen your breath. All you do is add some table salt to a glass of water, swill around your mouth for approximately 40 seconds and the salt will rinse away any bacteria.
  • Cloves – sucking on cloves throughout the day will also aid the fight against the harmful bacteria in your mouth bringing immediate freshness to your breath.

Grooming Tip #8. Use A Styptic Pencil

styptic pencil is useful grooming tool

When it comes to grooming tips for men, you’ve probably never heard of this tool but if you’ve just cut yourself shaving – it’s a lifesaver. This small, medicated stick is made with powdered crystal and a waxy binder.

Styptic pencils tighten pores, clot blood, and stop bleeding from minor shaving cuts instantly. Think of it as a more effective and elegant alternative to sticking wet bits of paper on your face.

And the best bit? You can easily get a Styptic pencil for under $10.

Grooming Tip #9. Trim Up Your Eyebrows

Unruly eyebrows can mess with your facial symmetry and draw attention away from your eyes – both big hits to your overall good looks according to scientists who study attraction.

If you’re not quite ready to borrow your girlfriend’s brow gel, hair gel works just fine. You only need a tiny bit though – if you try to use even a fingertip-sized glob you’ll get an eye full.

Grooming Tip #10. Use An Electric Toothbrush

man brushing teeth with electric brush

Your smile is one of the most effective ways in which you can leave your mark on someone, and that means having teeth that add a certain zing to that smile.

One of the best ways to ensure your teeth create instant appeal is to use an electric toothbrush. Of course, there’s the manual way to brush your teeth. However, recent research has shown how using an electric toothbrush enables you to have healthier gums, less tooth decay, and keep your teeth longer due to the oscillating head effectively removing the destructive plaque which leads to many complications.

With our teeth and smile saying so much about us, then the electric toothbrush is a real necessity for successful grooming.

No toothpaste? No problem.

This is another quick fix grooming tip for emergencies. Don’t skip brushing your teeth the morning before an interview or big presentation – or the morning after hitting up the local Thai buffet – just because you’ve run out of toothpaste at exactly the wrong time.

Baking soda whitens your teeth and cleans your mouth almost as well as conventional toothpaste.

Mix 1/2 teaspoon with a bit of water and apply it to your teeth with your toothbrush or finger.

To get the teeth whitening effect, allow it to sit on your teeth for 1-2 minutes. Then brush normally. It won’t taste minty but it should leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean and remove surface stains from your teeth.

Bonus Grooming Tips For Men

1. Go With The Grain

We’ve all run our hands along a piece of wood and appreciated the way nature intends things to grow in a certain direction. However, run your hand in the opposite direction against the grain and you feel the roughness, even giving you the odd splinter.

Well, guys, it’s pretty much the same when we shave against the grain. When we pass the razor over against the hair growth, the follicle is pulled up and away from the skin. The result: you feel as if you’ve just taken a blow torch to your face rather than a razor due to the consequent razor burn and skin inflammation.

Furthermore, this can lead to ingrown and trapped hairs which can cause further problems if left unchecked.

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The secret is to go with the flow and shave in the direction of your facial hair growth. By heating your razor under hot water you will find this provides a more comfortable shave as the razor will glide over the hair rather than be met with the resistance of the hair being against its direction.

Using as few strokes as possible will minimize any potential damage and rinsing your razor after each stroke will ensure the blades will be free from clogged-up debris.

A final tip – if you do find any ingrown or trapped hairs, use an exfoliating scrub to release them by removing them with tweezers or squeezing as this can leave your skin open to infection.

2. How To De-Stink Your Gym Bag

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Have you ever come back from the gym or a sports day, opened your hold-all or sports bag and the escaping odor suddenly makes your eyes water?

Sweat-drenched t-shirts, shorts and socks are a lethal combination from any workout and it seems almost impossible to remove that smell, even when your sports bag is empty. You even try to spray deodorant inside your bag but to no avail.

There’s a simple solution to this. Get a bar of your favorite soap, unwrap it, and place it in a dry state inside an old, clean sports sock and leave it at the bottom of your bag.

The scent from the soap will permeate your bag through the sock and into your sweat-laden clothing, neutralizing any of those nauseating odors, and leaving your bag constantly smelling fresh.

A variation of this tip works even for your everyday work bag or briefcase. At times your lunch or some sort of spillage may leave its odor in and around the interior of your bag or briefcase. The small, humble household air freshener can be placed discreetly in an interior pocket, giving your work bag a long-lasting freshness.

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Top 10 Black Men’s Beard Styles 2024

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When it comes to beard styles for black men, there are many options available that reflect cultural importance, the latest trends, and self-grooming. They are the result of the combination of both modern influences and traditional elements. 

With the passage of time, beard styles have become more creative and eye-catching.

group of bearded black men

Choosing a right style for you might be confusing though.

But rest assured, you’re in the right place. We’re here to guide you towards the perfect beard styles that not only complement your personality but also ensure you stand out in any crowd.

These styles are designed to elevate your appearance and boost confidence in your look.

Top Black Men‘s Beard Styles For 2024

1. Full Beard Style

black man wearing full beard

A full beard style is the most common and classic beard style for African-American men. The hair grows freely on the cheeks, jawline, and chin in full beard style, making dense hair coverage.

This style enhances the virile and masculine look of black men. This sleek style suits all facial shapes, particularly diamond-shaped or heart-shaped faces.

You must be patient to attain the full beard style to the desired length. A well-groomed full beard style enhances your confidence as it can be styled into various looks, from professional to untamed appearance.

2. The Five O’clock Beard

 o'clock beard style on black man

The Five O’clock beard gives black men a classy, simple, and natural look and is characterized by a 1-2 millimeters subtle appearance after several hours of shaving.

This type of beard style gives your face a shady look. It is given the name “five o’clock” so that if you shave in the morning, it will appear at 5 o’clock in the evening.

A man with a five-o’clock beard style looks attractive and young. This style requires you to let your beard hair grow freely for a few days; after that, you must trim it.

You can maintain this style easily by a regular subtle trimming on your face, generally after every three days. 

3. The Goatee Beard Style

Goatee Beard Style for black men

It is one of the most trending and elegant beard styles for black men now. It holds significant esteem, particularly in professional environments, where it’s highly regarded.

There is only a beard at the chin’s level, and it is named because it looks like hairs on a goat’s chin. To bring out the goatee, the rest of the face must be shaved, requiring a lot of attention.

It’s a traditional look popular among movie stars and has long been popular among black males. It is ideal for a face with a square jaw and short hair. The fact that these black men’s beard styles focus on the mouth sets them apart.

4. The Carved Beard

Carved Beard style for black men

Black men frequently adopt this beard style because it allows them to convey their sophisticated personalities more effectively.

This style elaborates patterns paired with a precisely sculpted contour. Perfecting the shape and contours takes dedication, artistic talent, and some barbering skills.

Use a razor or precision trimmer to shape the cheekbones, goatee, neck, and mustache. This is the perfect look for black males with thick facial hair. You must work on this look every day to keep it that way.

5. The Moustache

black guy with moustaches

The facial features of the mustache and beard involve the growth of hair on the chin and upper lip, respectively. It provides the face with a very subtle, clean appearance.

Depending on the wearer’s preference, the finish of the mustache can be either thick or thin. It’s best to shave clean and maintain a clean face to keep that air fresh.

This style draws attention to the longer hairs in the beard that stop at the mustache. You trim your mustache less frequently to give it more density to get this effect. If you have holes and uneven hairiness, this is perfect for you. It is because the mustache deflects attention, making the holes in the beard less noticeable.

6. The Circular Beard

circular beard

This form of beard for black guys are based on the concept of creating a thin and short beard strip along the beard. Beginning from the ears, it travels across the jawline and ends at the goatee. To become the focus point, the goatee can grow a little longer.

Starting from the mustache, everything will be rounded up to the chin beard, and then it will be rounded up towards the ear.

Black males who wish to maintain a sense of mystique while displaying a sense of maturity are the ideal candidates for this sophisticated style.

7. Bushy Beard

bushy beard style on black guy

The bushy beard style gives a bold and classy look that suits any black man. It involves thick beard hair with v-shaped corners and a distinct mustache. The beard can be trimmed to balance your looks because it covers up the lower portion of your face. It also gives you a strong jawline, which lengthens the appearance of your face.

This beard style provides more mature and sophisticated look. To maintain its shape, comb the brush in the direction of the hair you want to grow. 

8. The Stubble Beard

black guy with stubble beard

Another fantastic beard style for people who are just starting or who want to avoid sports with an 8-inch beard is a stubble beard.

This is one of the beard styles that creates a lovely and carefree look for black men. All it needs from you – is a few days a week to keep it in shape and manageable texture. In addition, the touch-ups must be completed while the Adam’s apple is at its tallest.

Any facial shape, whether oval, round, square, or elongated, looks good with a stubble beard.

9. The Sculpted Beard

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It is a style of beard prevalent among people of younger age. The features of this beard are drawn crisply and precisely, and it is of a short length.

To achieve this kind of look, it is essential to determine the contours using a manual razor or a precision trimmer. In addition, it should be maintained daily.

This type of beard’s clean and sophisticated appearance is one reason it is so popular among women.

10. HOLLYWOODIAN Beard Style

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Because Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale have both been seen wearing a low cheek line appearance similar to this one, the Hollywoodian got its name from them. Although specific sources will tell you that a Hollywood beard does not link to the sideburns, we believe you should allow it to connect if you can have it do so.

When the cheek lines are lowered, it helps create a more apparent jawline. When you cut the neckline, keep it high; otherwise, you will start creeping into chinstrap territory, which is only where you want to be if you are a rapper from the early 2000s.

Not only is this style designated for performers, but anybody can use it. This is not the only time that LeBron James has been seen wearing the Hollywood chinstrap. 

Factors for Selecting the Right Beard Style:

Here are some distinct factors that you have to consider before selecting an ideal beard style for you.

Face Shape

Your facial shape is one aspect that immediately influences your decision. Though not everyone has this genetic trait, an oval face shape is the perfect canvas for a beard.

Beards that round off the edges of square faces are better for them than those that add length and angles to circles.

Less is more for longer faces.

By matching your beard style to your face shape, facial hair can enhance and balance your features.

Face Features

You should also take into account the peculiarities of your face. Beards are great tools for drawing attention to or concealing particular features:

Robust Jawline: A well-defined goatee or a trim beard can draw attention to a strong jawline.

Sharp Cheekbones: You can accentuate sharp facial features with a boxed or traditional full beard.

Beard Growth Patterns

Individuals differ in how their hair develops; some men’s beards grow even, while others may have patches. Depending on your natural growth pattern, some beard styles might not be possible, so set realistic expectations.

For instance, a goatee can suit someone with uneven growth, but a full beard requires a consistent growth pattern.

Knowing your development pattern will help you choose a style for your beard that is simple to manage and style.

Personal Style and Preference

The most important consideration when selecting a beard style is your personal preferences and style.

Would you instead look polished and modern?

Would an innovative, edgy look suit you better?

Are you willing to invest more time in grooming, or is low maintenance more your style?

When you wear a beard, it should reflect your personality and bring you joy.

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11 Casual Fashion Trends for Men: What’s Next in 2024 and Beyond?

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Are you curious about where men’s fashions are headed?

Do you believe that styles come and go?

Well, one thing is for sure: our fashion landscape is revving up for a radical transformation as we move forward in 2024.

If you are a little nostalgic and appreciate the vintage looks but would prefer some modern updates, your time has come.

This fashion-forward forecast will captivate the sartorial senses of every modern man, from low-top basketball sneakers and baggy pants to leather biker jackets and sleek trenches.

Irrespective of which aesthetic you favor, all men will don an ensemble that suits them to a tee!

The casual styles that have prevailed in 2024 will provide us with a glimpse of what’s to come. I believe it can be summed up in two words: tradition and innovation.

Read on to discover just exactly which hot items are blazing the trail for 2024 and beyond!

Low Top Basketball Sneakers

low top basketball sneakers

If you want to really step up your game in style, be sure to grab some low-top basketball sneakers. To keep that laid-back vibe going, pair them with some cool and effortless relaxed-fit pants.

No matter if you are rocking straight or wide-leg chinos, these awesome low tops will take your outfit to a whole new level.

Just one caveat, however – make sure those sneaks are composed of no greater than three colors to keep things sleek and understated. Trust me on this one.

Leather Biker Jacket

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Well, I must tell you, the leather biker jacket has never been hotter. Talk about being both retro-chic and fashion-forward.

Forget about the full-on Marlon Brando vibe by switching it up with some wide-leg pants, cozy hoodies, and hefty sneakers for starters.

These classic leather jackets are always in vogue and add an extra punch to any outfit. Purchase one soon to become effortlessly fashionable for today and beyond today!

Baggy Pants

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Your slim and skinny-fit pants—not this year, gentlemen. A new fashion figure in town is stirring things up in men’s casual dressing and is prepared to grab the spotlight.

Wide-leg trousers are staging a fierce comeback. Oh, but not the ones of yesteryear—no, now we want style and comfort. It’s about time, I do believe!

This year, it’s all about pants that grab you from the knee down, allowing more room where it is needed, creating a sleek and contemporary silhouette without a heap of fabric.

Trench Coats

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Have you heard? The trench coat is back, but with some sexier upgrades!

Yes, you heard me right—long and classy, it boasts only one row of buttons without the shoulder strap in today’s fashion world. Made from hardy fabrics for strong durability, it’s a garment you don’t want to be without.

Many designers provide nuances to keep the trench coat stylish and up-to-date, such as technologically advanced materials, streamlined shapes, and minimalistic features. Their goal is to keep the trench coat new and enticing while maintaining its classic appeal.

Be sure to check out some exciting designs from Burberry, created by their talented mind, Daniel Lee.

Tank Tops

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Love your T-shirt?

Well, get ready to swap it out for something even breezier and more casual. Yep—it’s the tank top, my man.

This time around, however, the neckline needs to be low and chic, transmitting that cool and edging vibe.

Over this tank, pair it with a casual blazer, breathable jacket, or a button-down shirt to complete your fashionable statement. Cool, right?

Galactic Metallics

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Now, here’s when things really take a turn! Designers are now reaching for the stars by launching fashion into the galaxy with glittering galactic metallics.

Sparkling tops, futuristic pants, and menswear in metallic silver – on my!

This may not be your cup of tea, but who knows, it just might be the boost you have been looking for! Time to fasten your seatbelts, gentlemen, because this is a chic adventure to infinity and beyond!

Double Denim

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One fabric that never gets old is denim. So, how about double denim?

If one is good, two are, well, you know. To turn heads even further, why not go for triple denim?

Unleash your inner denim chicness. Fashionistas have made it perfectly clear—fusing denim ponchos with trench coats, matching cowboy-styled shirts with rugged denim, and blending sleeveless vests with edgy ripped jeans is ‘haute couture’.

Formal Shorts

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The spring of 2024 is the time for fashion to break many rules. Get ready!

This season, modernity and relaxation are fused to the extreme. Designers are introducing formal shorts. Valentino is the fearless leader in this regard by offering a bold cobalt look that marries tailored finesse with laid-back comfort.

Your chic blazer will be handsomely paired with a matching pair of formal shorts, promising a clean and striking appearance. The sleek lines and vibrant color demand attention, while the shorter length adds a youthful vibe. A perfect balance between class and cool!

Sweater Vests

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I bet you remember seeing your grandpa in a good old-fashioned sweater vest at least on one occasion or more. Once upon a time, they were considered unfashionable and put in the back of the closet like a dusty old rag. I have some fashion news for you, though: they have made a comeback!

So push them to the forefront of your clothes closet, and let’s begin rocking those vests once again. But how do you embrace this trend without looking like the days of old?

Simply pair your sweater vest with a relaxed T-shirt and some trendy jeans. Now, to take things up a style notch, don a pair of striking sneakers that scream, “I’m the coolest.”

Now you have gone from fashion zero to style hero!

Y2K

Who can forget the recognizable styles of the early 2000s? I hope you hung on to a garment or two from this era because, guess what?

That’s right—they are back in full force! There is a bit of a twist, incidentally. The baggy jeans and flamboyant rugby tops are in the limelight once again, but this time around, they are injecting new vitality and vigor into the fashion icon with today’s styles.

So, it is not quite the trip down memory lane you may be envisioning, but with an added Y2K charm that promises to be fabulous!

Tailoring Loosens Up

There has been a definite shift in men’s wear this year. The tight, slim-fitting styles we typically wear are no longer in style. Today, we are flashing back to the suave looks of the 1940s and 1950s. Classic and timeless have returned.

I believe most men would prefer comfort and style. Well, you are in luck because a more relaxed silhouette is all the rage starting now and hopefully will continue. After all, it’s not impossible to look both smart and at ease simultaneously.

Allow this vintage elegance to shine with a contemporary flair while enjoying the best of both worlds!

Final Thoughts

We have entered the modern world of men’s fashion. Let’s recap a few of the finer points discussed.

What’s old can become new with a few tweaks and modifications. Remember, there is no need to sacrifice comfort for style. Not anymore! The dynamic wardrobes of 2024 will have you feeling confident and sharp in no time.

For example, low-top basketball sneakers are back in a big way. Plus, they look really cool! Don’t forget to pair those sneaks with some baggy pants for a truly relaxed vibe.

For heaven’s sake, what about a timeless leather biker jacket? Also, a sleek trench coat will be popping up all over the runway, so be sure to grab one.

No, we are not quite done. Double denim, anyone? Don’t forget to invite your double and even triple denim outfits to today’s fashion world.

Okay, the formal shorts. I’m not kidding with this one! With its tailored finesse and laid-back comfort, it is the perfect combination. Why not give it a try? It really is a fashion statement. Play with textures and colors to achieve a look that is uniquely yours.

Who can forget about the futuristic galactic metallics? These sparkling gems are truly out of this world!

Now, here comes Y2K all over again. For a completely retro-chic look, embrace bold colors and funky patterns from the early 2000s. It really was a fun time, don’t you agree?

Here comes the most amazing part—flexibility and comfort reign supreme—no more stiff ensembles with tight stitching. Instead, say hello and welcome to easy-fitting that allows you to move and breathe.

No matter where you are going – to the office or to a summer barbeque – these 2024 trends have your back. (and front)!

If you want to keep the classics, that’s no problem. Infuse them with a few modern updates, and you will be the talk of the town.

Are you looking for a new style? Go ahead and go for it. Creativity is what it’s all about, so don’t hold back! After all, there is an aesthetic style for man, so let’s see your personality shine in 2024 and beyond!

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Published Date: Fri, 05 Apr 2024 12:49:28 +0000

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How To Buy A Suit For Short, Skinny, & Small Men

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Every body type has its challenges.

Short, thin, and petite men, however, have the challenge in that they have less room for error as their proportions have to be balanced just right.

Tailoring and fitting to the half-inch matters.

Pattern, silhouette, and cut are all critical to avoid looking like you’re wearing your older brother’s clothes.

Suits For Short Men 1. Get A Close-Fitted Suit

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A custom-made men’s suit is your best option if you can afford it — next to that, you’ll want to go with a designer brand that not only specializes on classic lines, but also has a slim silhouette.

Always have the tailor fit the suit snugly. As Americans, we normally wear our clothes too big – this is the worst thing you can do to your body type. You want as streamlined a profile as you can get with no extra cloth billowing or hanging.

If you’re shopping off the rack, focus on getting a close fit in the shoulders, chest, waist, and crotch even if the sleeves or trouser legs are a little too long or short.

Those can be adjusted much more easily than the fit on the body. Any local tailor (and some of the better dry cleaners as well) should be able to do the small adjustments for you quite cheaply.

Suits For Short Men 2. Wear Longer Sleeves & Legs

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Most men want their suit sleeve to end a little high on their wrist, exposing about a half-inch of shirt cuff beneath it.

A shorter man can go a little bit longer, leaving just a small band of cloth visible; this makes the arm appear longer and makes the visual impact of that band of cloth less distracting.

Don’t, however, let the sleeve hide the shirt entirely — that makes the suit look too big for you.

The key is proportion — more than any body type, you want to nail this on the head.

Trousers should sit high on your waist to make your body appear as long as possible. Avoid a belt. Wear suspenders instead; that way there’s one less horizontal line dividing your body up into shorter segments.

The trouser legs should be long enough to form a “break” on the tops of your shoes: this is where the cuff rests on the shoe leather and pushes out very slightly.

Anything that bunches up on the shoe is too long and should be shortened; anything that doesn’t make it to the shoe at all will look badly-fitted and draw attention downward rather than letting it sweep up your body for a better impression of height.

Similarly, avoid any excess detailing on your trousers. Un-cuffed hems will make your legs look longer than cuffed, and close-fitted plain fronts will look better than pleats.

Suits For Short Men 3. Get The Details Proportional To Your Size

This one can be a bit tricky. If you’re not having your suit custom-made, shopping around for a while before making the final purchase is recommended. You want the little details that adorn the suit to look like they’re in the right place on your body.

Generic off-the-rack suits in S or XS might not not need those adjustments — if you’re having trouble, look for brands that cater specifically to smaller men.

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Some key details to watch for:

  • The lower pockets on the jacket should sit above the hips, not down where the coat widens over them. Shorter men will want a slit pocket with no flaps — less distracting.
  • The upper breast pocket should be firmly over the front of your chest and not wrapped around the side of your body at all.
  • Lapels should match the width of your torso — if you have a slender chest, you need skinnier lapels.
  • If the back is vented, the vent should not rise significantly higher than your waist. You don’t want a split all the way up the back of your coat.
  • The front of the coat should button directly at your waist. On a two-button, single-breasted jacket that’s with the top button; on a three-button it’s the middle.

Suits For Short Men 4. Wear A Vertically-Oriented Pattern

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If the suit has a pattern, it should be a minimal one and one that orients the viewer’s eye upward.

Small stripes are ideal; solid monochrome works well too, especially in a fabric that has some up-and-down weaving of its own.

Narrow herringbone is very good on short men; so is a corduroy suit for more casual settings.

Avoid any kind of check — the horizontal lines will just draw the viewer’s attention to the sides and make you look shorter and wider.

Suits For Short Men 5. Draw The Eye Upward

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Smaller men will, in general, want their look to be less cluttered with details — the smoother the path for the eye up your body is, the taller you’ll seem. But don’t shy away from helping draw the eye upward with a splash of bright color on the upper body.

A pocket square that really stands out against the jacket can help keep people’s attention up toward your face. Keep their eyes moving with a crisp, peaked fold making a triangle pointing up!

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Published Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2024 14:20:31 +0000

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