Too much jewelry for men?
The further away you go from wedding rings, the more iffy guys start to feel about accessories.
Can you still wear a bracelet and feel masculine?
When the female bracelet market outweighs the men’s, it’s easy to get into the mindset that bracelets are pretty much just a feminine thing and leave it at that.
But like any jewelry, bracelets can be a part of a stylish man’s wardrobe.
They’re an accent and an option, not a necessity — you can get through life just fine without one — but they’re certainly on the table.
Bracelets And Men‘s Style
Once we start with the basic premise that yes, guys can wear bracelets if they want to, the question becomes “why would they want to?”
The role of a well-chosen bracelet isn’t that different from the role of any other piece of jewelry, like a necklace or a ring. It’s there to be a noticed accent — not the centerpiece of your outfit, but definitely a distinct part of the look.
What form the bracelet takes will depend on the outfits you like to wear. If you’re in a suit and tie on the regular, something metallic and upscale looking is a natural fit. If your wardrobe tends more toward wrap pants and tropical shirts, you’re probably going to do better in leather, rope, and bead sorts of bracelets with a rough-edged, natural look.
In both cases, however, notice that the role of the bracelet is the same: it’s emphasizing your overall look. Like a lot of good accents, it functions as a sort of social “proof” that you mean to look the way you do. You’re not just some guy who put a suit on because he had to — you’re a guy who’s taken the time to make a suit look good, and the bracelet helps make that clear.
As with necklaces, it’s good for a bracelet to look a little well-worn and broken in. Too much bright, shiny metal looks gaudy. You want people to think you’ve owned the bracelet for years, and been on strange and exotic adventures with it.
A last note that’s going to be true for any bracelets here – get it sized right. A big clunky metal bracelet sliding back and forth gets old fast. Anything with significant weight should be fitted fairly close; lighter stuff like rope-and-bead pieces can have a little more play in them if you want.
How to Wear and Display a Bracelet
Part of the problem with bracelets on men is that most classic menswear doesn’t leave room for it.
Unless you’re getting your sleeves tailored with bracelets in mind, suit and shirt cuffs are going to be competing for the same wrist space as bracelets (and as watches, if you wear them).
That makes bracelets mostly a summer phenomenon when short sleeves leave plenty of room to show them off. But you can work them into long-sleeved outfits too — just use a little common sense.
Here are our basic guidelines on how to wear a bracelet without looking awkward:
- Treat bracelets like wristwatches – they stay against the skin, under any sleeves long enough to cover them.
- Stack up as many thin cord bracelets on the same wrist as you like, but don’t go for multiples of thick, metal bracelets.
- Similarly, a wristwatch looks okay with thin cord bracelets, but not with a thick metal one. Don’t mix more than one big metal band on the same wrist.
- One wrist bare always looks better than both wrists occupied. Matching bracelets on each wrist is definitely a no-no, unless you’re going for a bondage cuff kind of look.
Like any set of “rules” in fashion, there are exceptions here, and there are going to be guys who make the occasional exception look great. But for the most part, stick to jewelry wearing guidelines, especially when you’re just starting out.
It’s easy to look awkward if you’ve got a misplaced or mismatched bracelet — like you’re trying to accent stylishly, but don’t have it quite down yet. Keep it simple and understated until you’ve got the hang of bracelets.
Types of Bracelets for Men
You can probably identify a bracelet that’s definitely not meant for men without any style education: slender metal bands set with precious stones are pretty much exclusively female jewelry.
But that leaves a surprisingly varied field of options, not all of which are things that the previously un braceleted man is necessarily going to think of. Here are some of the major styles that are still in use today:
Broad Metal Bands
This is probably the most upscale style of bracelet for men, and it’s the kind you’re most likely to see paired with suits and ties.
The variety of flavors available here is pretty limitless, but the overall effect is the same: a single solid, bold statement on your wrist. It’s uncluttered, masculine, and a little bit in-your-face.
A single metal bracelet is good when you want something with a little flash and swagger. Pair it with simple but elegant (and dressy) clothes and let it speak for itself every time it flashes from underneath your cuffs.
You may need to keep your shirt sleeves a touch shorter than most men, depending on the thickness of the bracelet and where you position it on your wrist. Don’t wear it on top of a dress shirt, however – you’ll get an absurd-looking little fringe of cuff poking out beyond the bracelet.
Steer clear of anything too flashy. One or two colors of metal is plenty, and you definitely don’t need gemstones as well. Most of these bracelets are too chunky to pair with a wristwatch – it’s an either/or choice, not an and/or.
Strings and Rope Cords
Go to the opposite end of the scale from metal bands and you’ve got rope cords, in various thicknesses.
Some of these are decorated and some aren’t. Macramé hemp bands with beads woven in are classic surfer-dude adornments while celebrities like Ashton Kutcher have recently been flashing Kabbalah strings (a sort of New Age/Jewish hybrid that takes the form of a knotted red thread).
These have the advantage of being very easy to personalize – if you take an hour or two to practice, you can make your own without too much effort. They’re relaxed and slightly counter-culture, but only in a trendy sort of way that won’t ruffle feathers in most settings.
You probably can’t wear a rope bracelet to a board meeting in a conservative business (unless you’ve got a very successful reputation already, in which case you can push boundaries a little), but in most other settings it’s just a quirky personal touch. You’ll see them all over the place at a business that wants to cultivate a more creative feel, like graphic design studios or software companies.
Rubber “Cause” Bands
LiveStrong is one of the biggest icons of the “cause” band phenomenon.
As far as style goes, these tend to be brightly-colored and a little cheap-looking, meaning you should wear them more for fun than for artistic value. Throw them on when you want a splash of color, and when you’re going to a relaxed social event where they might make good conversation starters.
Wearing the same cause band every day, no matter what your outfit is, is not recommended. Some guys are gonna do it, but try to find a better way to support your cause of choice. The wristbands don’t actually do much in terms of practical support, and wearing them day in and day can come across as a little preachy and/or obsessed to guys that aren’t as invested in your cause.
It’s every guy’s choice, and you should do what you think is right – but, at least, put some thought into other forms of activism, if there’s something you really care about and give your style a chance to vary it up a little while you work on it.
Rock & Roll Jewelry
This one’s a broad category, but be thinking chains of silver skulls with red rhinestone eyes, curled scorpion motifs, and other “badass” symbolism – that’s rock & roll jewelry in a nutshell.
As a broad style, it comes in and out of fashion all the time. Ignore the trend of the moment and wear it if you like it – it’ll be back “in” soon enough, and most people don’t care about that sort of thing anyway.
You probably don’t want to wear the chunkier stuff with suits and ties, but other than that it’s pretty flexible. Some guys can even pull off something like a chain of chrome skulls worn with a suit, so long as they’ve got their collar open and their hairstyle has some attitude.
Solid or braided, the black leather cuff is a classic punk style. It goes great with Doc Martens and some army surplus gear, or with black jeans and a black T-shirt with a band logo, and looks kind of weird with anything else.
Colored leather is a slightly different creature, and can be worn by guys who want the width of a big metal band without the flash and weight. Braided “Turk’s head” style cuffs in brown leather are a classic take on the style and have a little bit of prep culture cache with the blazers-and-boat-shoes crowd.
These were issued to soldiers in WWII and became a civilian style in the 1950s. Because of the classic heritage, they occasionally make reappearances, still in the same basic style: a thin metal chain with a rectangular plate centered on the top of the wrist, like the face of a watch.
The only real reason to wear these is if you want a retro look – but it turns out that guys do want that, and pretty regularly. Have one around if you like the style, and pull it on with some fitted jeans and a white T-shirt for the postwar American icon look.
If it was good enough for James Dean, it’s good enough for you – once in a while. Don’t make too much of a habit out of it.
Bracelets with purported health benefits come in and out of fashion among the more New Agey crowd all the time. They’re usually a single band, not very wide, made from whatever metal is fashionable, and often capped with round balls at each end (these are often magnetic, as well).
The health claims are dubious at best, and the bracelets are usually too slender to look good at any distance, so don’t wear these unless you’re a big believer.
If you find that a magnetic bracelet really does help you with your seasickness or whatever, great – throw it on when you’re on a boat, and otherwise leave it in the drawer. There’s not much else to say on that subject, other than to let guys know that the style exists and that it’s not really meant for fashion.
At the end of the day, a good bracelet does what any other good accent does: complements the outfit you wear it with.
Since your outfits change from day to day, you want to shop for bracelets that will work with your preferred personal style. Whatever you wear most of the time, look for bracelets that are going to seem like natural complements.
That might mean big, bold bracelets of solid metal for one guy, and braided strands of colored leather for another guy – or one man might want both in his collection, for wearing in different settings.
Start with a few simple pieces that pair with your favorite outfits, and see if you like being a guy who wears bracelets from time to time. If you do, you can always expand the collection further.
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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: A Man’s Guide To Wearing A Bracelet | When And How To Wear Men’s Bracelets
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/bracelets-wearing-guide/
Published Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2023 14:34:00 +0000
The Complete Guide to Growing a Beard at Every Age
Beards are not just a trend; they’re a journey. A journey that evolves with you as you age. The process of growing a beard is a fascinating blend of genetics, hormonal changes, lifestyle and personal grooming habits. Each age brings its own set of challenges and opportunities. In this comprehensive beard growing guide, we’ll explain what to expect and explore how to grow and maintain a healthy beard at any age, backed by scientific insights and grooming expertise.
Before we dive into age specifics, it is important to understand the fundamental drivers of beard growth. Some of these we can control, others we cannot.
Genetics and Beard Growth
Genetics determine the number of hair follicles a person has, including those for beard hair. The density and distribution of hair follicles are largely determined by genetic factors inherited from your parents. These factors influence not only the number of follicles but also their responsiveness to hormones like testosterone, which affects beard growth and density. Thus, the ability to grow a thick or full beard is significantly influenced by one’s genetic makeup.
Hormones and Beard Growth
Testosterone, along with its derivative dihydrotestosterone (DHT), plays a pivotal role in beard growth. These hormones are responsible for kickstarting the beard growth process during puberty and maintaining it throughout life. Testosterone stimulates the hair follicles, transforming the soft, fine vellus hair into the coarser, darker terminal hair that forms the beard.
DHT, in particular, is critical for initiating and maintaining facial hair growth. However, the sensitivity of hair follicles to these hormones varies among individuals, explaining why some men grow thicker beards than others. It’s a complex interplay between genetics, hormone levels, and the body’s response to these hormones that ultimately determines the characteristics of your beard. This is why some guys with “low” testosterone can still grow amazingly thick and full beards and some men with “high” testosterone struggle.
Diet, Exercise, and Their Impact on Beard Growth
A balanced diet rich in vitamins (like Biotin, Vitamins A, C, E), minerals (such as Zinc and Iron), and protein plays a crucial role in promoting healthy hair growth, including your beard. Foods like eggs, nuts, leafy greens, lean meats, and dairy products are excellent for supporting hair health.
Regular exercise boosts overall health and improves blood circulation, which can positively affect hair growth by delivering more nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles. Additionally, weight training can increase your testosterone levels which positively impact beard growth.
Conversely, certain factors can negatively impact beard growth. Poor nutrition, stress, lack of sleep, and smoking can all inhibit beard growth. A high stress lifestyle can particularly take a toll, as stress hormones like cortisol can adversely affect testosterone levels and, consequently, beard growth. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and a healthy lifestyle are key to promoting not just a healthy beard, but overall well-being.
Now that we have the fundamentals, let’s dive into the age specifics!
Beard Growth in Teens and Early 20s
It seems like there is always one guy in high school with a full beard that would make any man envious. Just like that one 7’ tall guy at school, this is not the norm! So if you are in high school and struggling to grow your face fur, there is not need to worry. Your beard is just getting started. This ramp up stage typically lasts until your early 20s.
During these years, genetics play a pivotal role in determining how your beard will develop. You might notice patchy areas or uneven growth, which is entirely normal. The key during this phase is patience.
Your body is still adjusting to the changes brought on by puberty, including fluctuating hormone levels. To support your beard’s development, focus on a healthy lifestyle. A diet rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals can boost hair growth. And while a healthy lifestyle promotes better hair growth, it won’t override genetic factors.
Proper skin care is crucial. Gentle cleansing and moisturizing can provide a healthy foundation for hair growth. Avoid over-trimming or using harsh products that could damage your developing beard.
At this stage you likely won’t need a beard oil but should definitely be using a beard friendly moisturizer like HYDRATE that supports healthy skin and beard growth without clogging your pores…you’ve got enough acne to worry about.
It is also important to use a pH balanced cleanser like CLEANSE that properly cleans your face without over-drying which can lead to a vicious cycle of excess oil production and breakouts.
Beard Growth in Mid-20s to 30s
Your mid-20s to 30s are often considered the golden years for beard growth. As a matter of fact, most men don’t hit peak beard growth until their early to mid thirties. This is when testosterone, the hormone primarily responsible for facial hair growth, peaks. You’ll likely notice your beard becoming fuller and more robust.
This is the perfect time to experiment with different beard styles and find what suits you best.
Establish a beard care routine that includes regular washing, exfoliating, and and moisturizing to keep your beard and the underlying skin in top condition. We’ve created a skincare line specifically designed for men with facial hair that takes all the guess work out of your grooming routine. You can learn more about our beard care products here.
Grooming tools like a good quality trimmer, a boar bristle brush, and scissors are essential for maintaining the shape and health of your beard.
Beard Growth in the 40s and 50s
As you enter your 40s and 50s, you might start noticing some changes. Your beard may grow slower, and gray hairs may begin to appear. This is due to a natural decrease in testosterone levels and the aging process affecting your hair follicles.
Adjust your beard care routine to these new changes. If you experience thinning, consider using gentle supplements designed to support hair health.
Embracing the gray can add a distinguished look to your beard. If it is not your vibe, there are beard dyes available. And while there are no pills or supplements proven to reverse the graying process, there have been several scientific breakthroughs that will hopefully lead to products that actually reverse graying.
If you’re not already using a beard oil in addition to your moisturizer, now is the time to add it in. This is because your body will start producing less sebum (oil) which leads to dry, coarser facial hair.
Beard Growth in the 60s and Beyond
In your 60s and beyond, the rate of beard growth might slow down further, and the texture can change, becoming coarser or wirier. This is partly due to decreased sebum production, leading to drier hair, and changes in the hair follicles themselves.
At this stage, comfort and health should be your priority. Opt for softer grooming tools to accommodate more sensitive skin. Keeping your beard and skin hydrated is more important than ever. If you prefer to keep the grays at bay, choose gentle, natural coloring products that are kind to your skin and hair.
Growing a beard is a personal and evolving journey unique to every man. From the first signs of facial hair in your teens to the distinguished look of a mature beard, each phase of growth brings its own challenges and rewards. Embrace each stage, care for your beard with patience and dedication, and enjoy the transformation. Remember, your beard is a reflection of your life’s journey – wear it proudly!
By: Nicholas Karnaze
Title: The Complete Guide to Growing a Beard at Every Age
Sourced From: www.stubbleandstache.com/blogs/blog/the-complete-guide-to-growing-a-beard-at-every-age
Published Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2023 22:09:27 +0000
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Horizontal vs. Vertical Stripes | Fact and Fiction About Striped Clothing
Q: I’ve heard in the past that horizontal stripes make someone look wider and vertical stripes make them look taller and thinner. But I keep seeing studies going back and forth whether this is true. Who do I believe?
A: Three decades or so of research on this question have yielded inconsistent results. A more recent study seems to show that this is because the answer is actually more complicated than we all would like.
There’s a famous optical illusion called the Helmholtz Illusion, discovered by a man named Helmholtz in 1867.
- Which of these squares looks thinner and taller than the other? Most people would say the left square looks thinner and taller.
But that seems to go against the conventional wisdom that horizontal stripes make a person look fatter/wider. Wouldn’t it be the other way around?
- A number of studies have tested this effect and have found conflicting results. Why would fashion work differently than this famous optical illusion?
- Three Japanese researchers noticed some interesting patterns in the previous research. They all presented pictures of models wearing either horizontal or vertical stripes. However, they weren’t using the same models: some were fat and some were thin. Additionally, they were all shaded differently. And finally, they were presented in various orders.
- These researchers decided there were multiple factors at play here and published a study testing their hypotheses in the journal i-Perception in 2013.
- The researchers did a number of studies testing the possibility that three factors were influencing all the previous research on this subject that has been conducted:
Whether the model is slim or fat.
Whether previous judgments of other people influence later judgments of different people.
Whether judgments are so varied between people that the whole thing isn’t very useful.
- 31 undergraduate students (63% female) were recruited for the study.
- The students were placed in a chair and put their chin in a chin rest that ensured that their eyes were a certain distance from a computer screen.
- A number of computer images were flashed in the screens depicting people wearing clothing with either horizontal or vertical lines.
- The size of the images was digitally altered to be either slim or wide.
- Two figures were shown side-by-side for 1.8 seconds. One had horizontal stripes and the other had vertical stripes. Then, participants were to judge which of the images were fatter and press a key indicating their response.
- This method was done 20 times with slim figures and 20 times with fat figures, or with the fat figures first and then the slim figures.
So what do you think – is conventional wisdom true for fashion, or is the Helmholtz Illusion the main driving factor?
- The conventional wisdom was not found to be true. Horizontal stripes don’t make people look fatter and vertical stripes don’t make people look slimmer and taller.
- BUT sometimes the stripes didn’t really make a difference at all.
Which factors influenced whether the Helmholtz Illusion held true for the figures?
- Size of the Model:
- YES. Slender models look even thinner with horizontal stripes (supporting the Helmholtz Illusion and going against conventional wisdom).
- But this effect was not as strong for the wide models – for wide models, the type of stripe BY ITSELF actually didn’t have as much of an influence at all.
- Order of Presentation:
- YES. Here’s an interesting result. When SLENDER models were shown first to people, and then wide models, the Helmholtz Illusion was strongest of all (Horizontal stripes make people seem taller and slenderer) for both groups. This applied to both fat and slender images. Again, conventional wisdom does not seem to hold.
- When the wide models were shown first, the type of stripe did NOT seem to matter for anyone.
- Variance Between Observers:
- YES. Significantly, the researchers found that, even though there were noticeable results when they compared averages, there was a wide variety of results across all participants.
So how do we interpret the results of this experiment? Here are some important conclusions that can be inferred from the results:
In no case was the conventional wisdom found to be true. Horizontal stripes did not, on the whole, make someone look wider. Vertical stripes, on the whole, did not make a person look taller and slimmer.
In fact, where there was an effect, it supported the opposite conclusion.
Horizontal stripes made slender people look taller and slenderer.
On the fatter models, the kinds of stripes made much less difference.
People’s judgments seemed to be more influenced by what models they had previously judged.
For some reason (that the authors did not fully understand) when participants judged a large group of slender people first, the Helmholtz Illusion got very strong.
What does this mean for laypeople?
It means that when we view a person, we are mentally comparing them to people we have already seen.
Here’s the (very strange but scientifically supported) bottom line:
- If a fat person is going to an event full of thin people, horizontal stripes may actually make them look slimmer and taller.
Why? The researchers weren’t sure.
Finally, there was another big take-away:
There was so much variation between participants in the study that the researchers concluded that stripes may not really, on the whole, make that huge of a difference.
This would explain why all the previous studies since the ‘80s were inconsistent.
This makes it seem like, unless you want to make a calculated, complex decision based on the results in this study, you might make your fashion selections based on other factors instead of whether the stripes are horizontal or vertical.
Whenever science doesn’t seem to go one way or the other, I say trust your own personal judgment.
Ashida, H., Kuraguchi, K., & Miyoshi, K. (2013). Helmholtz illusion makes you look fit only when you are already fit, but not for everyone. I-Perception, 4, 347-351. Link: https://ipe.sagepub.com/content/4/5/347.short
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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: Horizontal vs. Vertical Stripes | Fact and Fiction About Striped Clothing
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/horizontal-vs-vertical-stripes/
Published Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2023 15:29:48 +0000
Harvey Specter Style
There’s a lot to envy about Harvey Specter.
The outrageous confidence, the power, the prestige…
The sharp comebacks… and the ultra-sharp suits.
Harvey dresses like he does everything else – strategically.
“People respond to how we’re dressed…
So like it or not, this is what you have to do.”
Everyone’s appearance sends a message – and everything about his says loud and clear:
“I’m not about caring, I’m about winning.”
Of course, he does care – he cares about Mike, he cares about Donna, and he cares about his personal code of ethics. But that’s not the message he chooses to send. There’s nothing soft about his look.
”If they think you care, they’ll walk all over you.”
Read on to find out how to get the sharp and powerful Harvey Specter look.
Okay, let’s break this down. What are the main elements of Harvey Specter’s style strategy? Number 1, of course, has to be…
1. The Suit
Harvey is virtually ALWAYS seen in an expensive suit. Gabriel Macht, who plays him, says: ‘He’s a man of style… we really wanted him to be this man’s man. A real masculine, strong, Steve McQueen-type of guy who could pull off a three piece suit and make it a modern thing, wide lapels and all.’
How does Harvey pull off his suits? Using two things you can learn right here at RMRS – confidence and the style pyramid of fit, fabric, and function. The fit of his suits is always on point, which takes extra effort for men with a tall body type (Gabriel Macht is 6’0.5?/183cm.) The fabrics are top quality – early season suits were mostly dark high twisted worsted wool, but recently he’s wearing silk-wool blends that add an unusual shine.
And as for function (appropriateness for the situation)? As a workaholic hotshot lawyer, Harvey lives for high-powered formal situations where a suit is required. He doesn’t suit up when it’s outright inappropriate… which means we see him in something else a good 2% of the time.
Harvey has a medium contrast complexion and dresses well for it, most often pairing gray, charcoal, and occasionally navy or black suits with white shirts. Gray and white form a sleek, classic combination that shows he means serious business.
Where a man with just one or two suits might stick to solid colors and maybe a pinstripe, Harvey has a wardrobe of different suit patterns including sharkskin, Prince of Wales checks and stripes – he prefers the bolder rope stripes to pinstripes (pinstripes are just one thread wide, rope stripes are several.)
He wears a slim fit with high armholes and strong structured shoulders – highlighting his athletic physique. Wide peak lapels give him a powerful broad-shouldered ‘v’ shape – the key to wearing them like he does is to get the gorge of the lapel not too high and not too low. If it peaks out over your shoulders, it is too much, and if it is too low it looks too old school.
Peak lapels are more formal – he sets himself apart by wearing them (except sometimes when he’s in a three-piece suit, which is more formal anyway). Because they’re more common on a tuxedo, on a business suit they suggest authority and/or arrogance.
Taking a deeper dive into suit jacket details, the big flap pockets on his jackets are a little unusual with peak lapels; jetted pockets are more normal.
You might expect to see a three-button suit on him because he’s a ‘buttoned up’ character and it would suit his tall athletic build. However, Harvey knows TWO buttons are the best choice for a single-breasted suit with peak lapels. It’s a classic elegant look that’s been around since the 1920s – two buttons leave room for longer lapels and accentuate them more.
His jacket cuffs, on the other hand, are as formal and buttoned-up as they get, with four buttons on each. The more buttons on the cuffs, the more formal the jacket, with single buttons denoting a sports jacket.
Pants are slim but not tight, with an ironed crease down the front, no pleats, no break and usually no cuffs. This suits his strict character – very neat and no fuss.
2. The Shirts
Harvey mostly wears plain white dress shirts – again, the most formal color. He also favors pale blue, and occasionally a gingham or stripe. The tall semi-spread collars accentuate his ‘v’ shape.
His shirts are very well fitted and always let a sliver of cuff show outside his jacket. He usually prefers simple classic button cuffs, but occasionally goes for the fancier French cuffs and cufflinks.
3. The Accessories
“Get your skinny tie out of my face and get to work.”
Harvey’s ties are always silk – navy grenadine is a favorite. Dark purple and black are other favorite colors. His look is VERY monochrome – it’s part of the character.
His ties vary between 3 and 3.5 inches wide, a classic width. He doesn’t wear anything too young and trendy. His wider ties and lapels contrast with Mike’s skinny ones and make him look more powerful.
He favors the full Windsor tie knot – a powerful, formal, ‘serious business’ knot that marks him out as a guy who knows how to dress and looks great with his wide lapels and semi-spread collars.
He’s rarely seen without a dimple in his ties, showing he knows how to dress and pays attention to the details. The one time his tie dimple is off center, Donna notices something is wrong!
With a tux he wears a diamond-pointed bow tie instead of the normal shape. That’s quirkier than you’d expect from him, but it’s like the peak lapels – sharp and pointed – which suits his aggressive and incisive mind.
He always wears a pocket square in a square Presidential fold, usually white or gray. A white pocket square in a square fold is as formal as they come and suits his businesslike, no-nonsense image. You won’t see him with a flower in his lapel – this is a hard and sharp look, nothing soft or romantic on this determinedly unemotional guy. To finish the look, he chooses simple and bold metal cufflinks.
Earlier in the series, Harvey was seen wearing a bold statement chronograph watch with a leather strap – a status symbol meant to mark him out as a successful man. The watch has since disappeared because of the technical constraints of filming for TV. Gabriel Macht says:
‘As great as the show is, it really doesn’t lend itself to detail. Other than some necklaces you might see Jessica wear, you don’t see any jewelry.’
#4. The Shoes
Because of the nature of TV, you don’t often see Harvey’s shoes, and they’re not a big focus of his costume. He’s been seen in black cap-toed derbies, and black or brown oxford brogues – all classic smart dress shoes, although brown full brogues are a bit more casual than you’d expect from him.
5. Casual Clothing
Aside from the suit, he’s been seen in a classic black button-down shirt; well-fitting jeans; a white or heathered grey henley; beige chinos; and a navy v-neck and coat over a white shirt. (Not a casual shirt, by the way, just a dress shirt like he’d wear to the office – showing his wardrobe, like his life, is mostly work.)
6. The Hair
In 2011 Gabriel Macht said of Harvey’s original slicked-back do, “It’s supposed to be the modern version of the old-style man’s haircut, sort of like Gregory Peck or Cary Grant.”
But as more sides of the character have emerged his hair has evolved- now it’s more vertical, but still strict and structured, featuring a tight side-part (on the left side) with a subtle pompadour in the front.
To get this look, you need the sides cut short (not buzzed) and some length on top.
Run a strong hold gel (or pomade for less shine) through towel dried hair then blow dry on a low heat while combing the front upwards. The longer you blow-dry the front, the more volume you’ll get.
Then apply more gel and use your comb to cut the side-part and sculpt the front hair up and back. Fix with a little hairspray.
If you prefer his earlier slicked-back style, you want a similar cut with squared-off sideburns and a square neckline and shaved part. Again, apply some gel to your hair before blow-drying, then comb it back with pomade and set with hairspray.
I don’t recommend that every man dresses exactly like Harvey Specter. It’s a very stark monochromatic look, and for guys with more fun and warmth in their personalities, it might not suit you. You can emulate his confidence without exactly copying his look.
What I DO recommend is that you copy Harvey Specter in dressing strategically. Think about what YOUR message is, and make sure every stitch on your body and every hair on your head communicates it.
‘Get it through your head – first impressions last.’
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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: Harvey Specter Style
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/harvey-specter/
Published Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2023 18:04:09 +0000
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