Look around you. How many of your colleagues are wearing neckties?
All of them?
Some of them?
Maybe none of them?
It’s tough to assess the necessity of men’s neckties in 2020 when every man works in a different environment with different uniform expectations.
How can you tell whether wearing a necktie is necessary when every workplace and social event has its own rules?
It’s a polarising topic – and it’s what I’m covering in today’s style battle: Necktie vs No Necktie.
Let’s get ready to rumble!
According to ABC News – A Gallup poll found that 67% of men never wear neckties at work. Instead, they opt for more casual business attire.
And in a post I saw over on Reddit, one user stated:
‘I will always wear a tie. I legitimately look down upon people who don’t dress for the occasion. Someone’s getting married, and they can’t put on a tie?’ – u/AManofWealthandTaste
A strong statement, to say the least.
So how is it that the majority of American men tend to stick to casual business attire but public opinion still seems to rate the necktie as a valuable addition to any man’s wardrobe?
Today we’ll find out in the ultimate showdown between the popped collar and formal necktie.
Necktie vs No Necktie: Round 1 – Attraction
Pro: Women Love Neckties
Whether it’s wearing neckties at work or to formal events – the fact remains that women love neckties in 2022.
Why? It’s all about power and status, gents. A necktie gives you a professional-looking edge that stacks you up above the average jeans and shirt-wearing man.
But don’t just take my word for it – listen to the science.
Renowned Psychologist C. Nathan DeWall at the University of Kentucky surveyed 400 women and found that a man’s social status can directly affect a woman’s attraction level to you.
Does that mean all men have to live in a mansion and drive a Rolls Royce to find a woman? Absolutely not.
It’s all about the perception of class – dress the part, and you’ll instantly give off high society vibes. Wearing a tie can be a great way to achieve that as fewer men are seen donning them in 2022.
There’s a lot of science to back up the wearing of neckties instead of casual business attire. In fact, a 2016 study by bows-and-ties.com found that 72% of women are turned on when a man wears a tie on a date.
Now, I’m not saying that ties are gonna guarantee a successful end to a date night – but it seems they definitely help your chances with over 70% of women. With a success rate like that, you’d be an idiot not to go for a necktie.
Con: Men’s Neckties Are A Turn Off
It’s well known that a well-fitting suit does for women what lingerie does for men. However, a tie doesn’t have to be part of the equation.
Some would argue that a tie can actually ruin a man’s chances of getting a second date.
Picture this: you’re meeting a date for a drink. You arrive and see her standing at the bar looking great in a pair of jeans and a nice top. She’s working that smart-casual aesthetic like a pro.
But then it hits you. You’ve got a tie on and look like you’re going to a wedding.
Big mistake – you’re gonna stand out for all the wrong reasons. You look too formal, and she’s gonna think you’re fishing for attention.
It’s important to think smart when it comes to dressing for a date. The aim is to look cool, laid back, and relaxed – wearing a necktie presents you as the complete opposite of this. Instead, opt for casual business attire, so you still look smart but don’t seem as though you’re overdoing it.
Put simply; women want a sleek and modern man – not someone who dresses like their grandfather.
Round 2 – Confidence
Pro: Neckties Make You Feel Great
It’s a fact. Confident = attractive.
What’s more confident than a man wearing a bold and powerful necktie?
Men’s neckties are a symbol of a man’s confidence in himself. When you sport neckties in 2022, you’re telling the world that you’re not afraid to be bold. Doing this will mean self-confidence will ooze through everything you do subconsciously.
If you look great, you feel great.
If you feel great, then you will naturally hold yourself with more presence and power.
Once again, the necktie shines through as an awesome tool to leverage the power of public perception. When you wear one and walk with confidence, those around you will assume you possess higher powers and greater responsibilities.
How do I know this? Mark Richardson (one of my colleagues and guest poster at Artofmanliness) found that wearing a tie every day for a year gave him:
- Increased confidence
- Greater recognition among co-workers
- More responsibility
- More opportunities
By simply allowing himself to feel more confident while wearing a necktie in 2022, Mark improved his life chances and heightened his colleagues’ perception of him.
Now that’s what I call a power tie.
Con: Neckties Oppress Self Expression
How can a man express himself when he’s dressed the same as every other guy in his office?
Losing the necktie is a far better way of presenting yourself as unique and interesting as you break away from the norm and demonstrate your confidence through the ‘art of underdressing.’
The art of underdressing doesn’t mean dressing inappropriately. Instead, it means to test acceptable work/formal attire boundaries and demonstrate your personality through a more relaxed wardrobe choice.
If you still want accessories – there’s always the option of fashionable men’s accessories like Darkknot’s lapel pins to add variety to your casual business attire.
The fact is that ties are becoming less common in the workplace and at formal social gatherings. So much so that wearing a tie can often make you stand out from the crowd and decrease your confidence. It’s hard not to feel self-conscious when all eyes are on you for being the odd one out.
Nothing looks more insecure than constantly checking and fiddling with your tie because you think people are judging you for it. Keep that in mind, gents – it might be best to lose the tie and not have to worry about people’s opinions of you.
Round 3 – Career
Pro: Men’s Neckties Improve Your Professional Appearance
In both work and personal life, a man must command respect when the need arises.
The necktie has a long-running history as a garment that men wear when they want to be respected by those around them. Regardless of whether you are the boss of a multinational company or an intern trying to kick start your career, the tie is vital to the art of ‘dressing to impress.’
Typically, the first judgments made about a man are not on his personality but on his appearance. We live in a shallow world, guys, but the fact is your appearance is the first thing people notice before they’ve even had time to greet you and shake your hand. Casual business attire can give off the wrong impression almost instantly.
So the rule in business is to dress to impress – particularly if you are going for a meeting or job interview.
Zachary Kevorkian, in a 2020 blog post “Why I Wear a Tie Every Day (Even Though I Don’t Have To)” on osmosis.org, found that:
- Wearing a tie every day makes him “feel confident and professional.”
- Wearing a tie established a certain expectation among his colleagues.
- As his relationship with his peers improved, so did his work.
- On a day to dad basis, he was getting more done and not staying up late to finish projects.
Donning a men’s necktie indicates that you hold yourself to a higher standard – you don’t want to simply meet your career expectations. Instead, you aim to exceed them.
Think about the process of a meeting or job interview. Your client or potential boss will be meeting with multiple men and will have to choose which candidate is at the top of his game. You have the option to either wear a tie (and potentially look overdressed) or to lose the tie (and potentially look underdressed).
The overdressed man shows an eagerness and willingness to strive for the very best.
The underdressed man looks like a slob who doesn’t understand how to dress appropriately.
Which of these two guys would you rather be? I think the answer’s pretty obvious, but I’ll let you decide.
Con: Neckties Make You Look Too Conservative
Businesswear isn’t a black and white topic. Depending on the company, dressing in a suit and tie can look just as inappropriate as coming to work in sweatpants.
Businesses that operate in creative industries like fashion, advertising, and media production want to find candidates that can think outside the box.
Considering that the tie is a very traditional accessory within the world of hard-headed businessmen, opting for a tie when attending an interview in a creative industry can make you seem antiquated and unapproachable.
‘Ties can be left behind, replaced by a snug, fine-gauge sweater in a block color, layered peacefully under the jacket.’ – Dmarge.com
A great point considering that many industries are becoming more open to more casual business attire.
The lesson to be learned here is that ties are not the go-to interview accessory for every job on the market. Some positions are more likely to judge you negatively for wearing a tie than see it as a sign of professionalism, so make sure you do your research and consider a necktie alternative if the occasion calls for it.
Round 4 – Physicality
Pro: Men’s Neckties Make You Look More Appealing
One of the key benefits of wearing a tie is its ability to frame and draw attention to the face.
A man’s face is his best tool for communicating with the world around him – so the more attention that is drawn to it, the better.
The tie helps with this by complimenting the jawline and literally creating an arrow that points from the waist to the face. It’s natural for people’s eyes to follow lines of interest – so having a tie that leads directly to the face is a great way of commanding the attention of those around you.
Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself!
Stand in front of the mirror wearing a tie and observe how it directs your sight upwards. Now, remove the tie. Your focus is suddenly off, right? That’s because your eyes have lost their line of attention, so struggle to find a focus point.
Additionally, ties also focus attention on the center of your body by leading the eyes away from your hips – which for our dad-bod readers will be a great tool for looking slimmer and fitter. When someone’s eyes focus on your tie, the sides of the body seen in your periphery are blurred out, improving the wearer’s perceived size.
The same goes for height – a skinnier men’s necktie can make you look taller by drawing the eye up and down the body, giving the illusion of a more elongated torso.
Basically, gents, it’s all about creating optical illusions that heighten and thin out your physique. A tie can achieve both of these things through careful styling, making it a fantastic accessory to leverage people’s perception of your physicality. Achieving this with casual business attire is trickier as there are fewer ways to create attention-grabbing lines and shapes.
Con: Men’s Neckties Damage Your Health
A 2018 study in the National Library of Medicine by Robin Luddecke called “Should you stop wearing neckties?” found that wearing a tie can result in a 7.5% drop in cerebral blood flow to the brain.
What does this mean in layman’s terms? Simple: although a 7.5% drop in blood flow doesn’t seem too drastic, it could end up causing more frequent headaches, dizziness, and nausea if you wear a tie for too long.
I don’t know about you guys, but those little inconveniences annoy the hell out of me. If losing the necktie can prevent me from reaching for the Aspirin every five minutes, then count me in.
Luddecke’s work isn’t the only flag being flown for the abolishment of neckties.
In fact, a 2003 study in the British Journal of Ophthalmology called “Effect of a tight necktie on intraocular pressure” found that wearing a tie can end up causing a backup of blood through the jugular vein, which leads to the eye.
If the pressure builds up towards the eye, medical conditions such as Glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve) and Cataracts (patches in the eye’s lens that reduce the quality of sight) become far more likely as time goes on.
It’s shocking to think that the simple act of tying your necktie in the morning has the potential to lead to both daily inconveniences and some pretty serious health conditions later in life.
I wonder how many men would consider looking ‘smart’ more important than their health and eyesight. Wouldn’t it be better to go for casual business attire and save your long term health?
Final Round – Authority
Pro: Men’s Neckties Command Respect and Symbolize Strength
Think about the sorts of people who wear neckties regularly.
- Company directors – think Kevin O’Leary or Tom Ford
- High ranking military officials – General Mark A. Milly (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
- Presidents and Royalty from around the world – Prince Charles (The Prince of Wales) or Emannuel Macron (President of France)
Coincidence? Absolutely not.
All of these men need to command respect in their places of work. They’re at the top of their game and need to demonstrate a certain level of authority to stay there.
How can a men’s necktie help to achieve this? A psychological study by Stanley Milgram proved that people obey those they perceive to hold authority as a result of their looks.
The Milgram Shock Experiment – conducted in 1963 – set out to test the extent to which humans obey orders from those that look as though they hold knowledge and authority.
To do this, Milgram conducted several rounds of experiments in which participants delivered increasingly high-voltage shocks to a patient in a separate room.
Every time the participant shocked Milgram’s ‘patient’, an actor was instructed to scream in agony. Despite the screams, the majority (65%) of participants obeyed the doctor’s orders and continued to shock until the patient fell silent.
Were all of these participants blood-hungry psychopaths? No.
The reason they obeyed the doctor’s orders was simply a result of his authoritative appearance. His participants recognized a lab coat as a symbol of knowledge and power in his field, which influenced them to obey his every command.
A tie can also have this effect – it creates the perception of power and will subconsciously influence those around you to take you seriously.
Con: Authority? It’s Just A Fad
Over the course of the last century, the necktie has come to symbolize many different statuses and opinions among men.
Sure – in the 1980s, a strong-looking tie was a symbol of power and high fashion. Men who wore power ties (ties with bright patterns and bold colors) were perceived as having superior business and financial success – perfectly captured in Christian Bale’s portrayal of Patrick Bateman (The American Psycho).
However, if you go back another 20 years to the swinging 60s, men’s neckties were a symbol of the ‘Establishment’ and made you come across as a ‘square’. To wear a tie in the 60s meant you were too uptight to go with the flow and probably had connections to the sorts of corporations many people were protesting against at the time. The Hippy movement of the mid-1960s did not favor government officials and big businesses.
The fluctuation in necktie popularity is only too evident in today’s society. Many men are once again questioning the validity of the necktie as a power garment.
It’s argued that soon it will once again fade into obscurity leaving wearers looking strange and out of place.
As for the Milgram experiment? Sure, it’s convincing on the surface but did you know many of its participants admitted afterward that they had suspected foul play all along?
I don’t know about you but that casts a lot of doubt in my mind as to whether those men truly felt obligated to follow the doctor’s orders simply because he wore a lab coat.
Post Fight Analysis – Are Men’s Neckties Obsolete?
Both sides put up a strong fight and presented us with some pretty convincing arguments.
Having counted the points, our panel of expert analysts are pleased to announce that wearing a necktie is far more stylish and respectable than casual business attire.
The necktie will forever be a statement of authority, dignity, and respect.
Regardless of fashion trends – the necktie has stuck around for better or for worse. It might get knocked down every 20 years or so, but it always gets back up throwing punches stronger than it did before.
At the end of the day, men’s neckties will always come to represent the very best in formal wear. Whether it be at a wedding or in the office, a man looks better when he wears a necktie. Period.
In the immortal words of Mr. David Gandy – British male model and Dolce and Gabbana frontman – when asked why he wears a tie:
“I think it’s important to show respect to the event or situation you are invited to be part of”
Do the smart thing, gents. Wear a necktie with pride and show the world you’re not afraid to dress to the nines.
Some people might judge you for it but, let’s be honest, the guys in their casual business attire don’t look anywhere near as good as you do in that necktie.
Good luck, guys.
Did you know there are at least 18 ways to tie a standard necktie? Click here to check out my ultimate guide to tying a tie.
Click Here To Watch The Video – Is The Necktie Obsolete In 2022?
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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: Are Men’s Neckties Obsolete? (Style Battle: Tie vs No Tie)
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Published Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2023 09:09:56 +0000
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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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
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Published Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2023 18:04:09 +0000
ONE Cologne Men Should Buy? Jeremy Fragrance Recommendations
If you’re a stylish man…
Could you own a single
- Dress shirt?
- Pair of shoes?
There’s no clothing item that’s good for ALL situations (color, pattern & formality come into play).
It’s different for colognes – or fragrances.
How many colognes does a man really need?
The answer? One.
One cologne can rule them all…just ask Jeremy Fragrance.
Here’s what he has to say about buying the perfect men’s fragrance.
Why Use A Men’s Fragrance?
Style isn’t just about clothing. True style encompasses everything about yourself that you show others: your confidence, your communication skills, and your smell.
Your scent is an invisible component of your personal style. It can influence how people – from strangers in the subway to colleagues at work – perceive you.
That’s where fragrances come in. Fragrance is the generic term for grooming sprays that improve one’s own scent. The majority of fragrances are perfumes.
Certain perfumes have a lighter, more masculine smell and are better suited for men. They’re commonly known as colognes (especially in North America). In the end though…they’re all types of fragrances.
But what’s shocking is the fact that 80% of males don’t regularly use a men’s fragrance. If you’re one of them, chances are your reason might be:
- You’re not familiar with the basics and terminology of fragrances
- You don’t know which product to buy (or where to start)
- You’re afraid of doing it wrong or smelling bad
- Fragrances are “unmanly” or only for women
Those reasons share a common ground – ignorance. So there’s only one solution to this kind of problem, and that’s getting information. You want good solid info on fragrances as well as how to choose the right fragrance for you. Great knowledge means great power.
Now I know this will take time. You can read up, watch a few videos, learn the opinions of experts. But you won’t immediately feel like making your own choice. You may not want to pay lots of money for a risky product…or products.
Maybe you’d rather play it safe and find a “universal” men’s fragrance. Why not? We all have busy lives. We spend enough energy deciding which suit, tie or dress shoes to wear every morning. Is it okay to stick with just one fragrance?
Actually – yes! Take the advice of my friend Jeremy who runs the Jeremy Fragrance YouTube channel. Jeremy is a scent connoisseur with the ultimate passion for fragrances. He’s the first guy who’d tell you that men can use fragrance to come off stronger and more confident wherever they go, whoever they’re with.
Below are Jeremy’s nominations for the one fragrance you’ll need…
Jeremy Fragrance: Category #1 – All-Around Fragrance
Remember what fragrances are at their core…a group of chemicals.
You spray them at a distance of 3-6 inches from the skin. You let the fragrance strike the warm parts of your body (neck, shoulders, chest, forearms, inner elbows, etc.) so as to mix with your body chemistry.
But if a product isn’t versatile enough – you can’t count on it alone. It needs to survive in both extreme heat and cold…or else the aromatic chemicals may evaporate or lose their strength over time.
So when it comes to an all-around fragrance, you need a jack of all trades. It can pass as a date fragrance or fragrance for formal occasions. But it’s not top-notch in any particular area. That being said…it probably won’t matter as long as you smell awesome!
Jeremy Fragrance’s Recommendation: Sauvage Cologne for Men (Christian Dior)
This cologne has distinct notes of Calabrian bergamot and pepper. The scent isn’t too imposing and gives off the vibe of breezy, open fields. Johnny Depp has appeared in ads for this fragrance.
Jeremy Fragrance: Category #2 – Best Fragrance For Work
Most of us are pretty career-driven. We go to work each day with big goals and aspirations at the back of our minds. I’ll be CEO someday. I’ll be making six figures. I’ll be successful in this field.
That’s a good mindset. But doing the same menial tasks, not being challenged, earning points from the higher-ups…it can feel un-stimulating for now. It can cause you to lose focus. Or lose sight of the prize.
So what can you do to stay alert and excited while spending hours at the office? You’d be surprised. Certain fragrances can actually heighten your alertness during tasks that require a lot of concentration.
Those scents can also reduce levels of fatigue or anxiety. They let time pass more quickly for you as you’re no longer thinking about the time. You just do what’s required of you productively…thanks to an external stimulus.
Jeremy Fragrance’s Recommendation: Prada L’Homme for Men (Prada)
This is the fragrance to wear to the office during daytime hours. It’s a combination of iris and amber (classic Prada ingredients) which is similar to the smell of fresh fabric softeners. You can say it’s more “professional” since it’s not citrusy-sharp but an airy, powdery, and elegant scent.
Jeremy Fragrance: Category #3 – Best Fragrance For Dating
A man sees but a woman smells. That’s right. Studies in Europe prove that a man’s scent is the #1 factor for the ladies in a potential partner.
It does make sense. Women are known to have more complex senses of smell (whereas men tend to only categorize smells as either “good” or “bad”).
That can explain why women enjoy getting flowers for gifts. Or why they might have a variety of perfumes in their homes. In fact, a scent can do wonders for a woman’s mood when you interact with her.
One experiment reveals that women would more likely give their number to a guy they met in a pleasant-smelling area – compared to a not-so-pleasant area. So imagine how much more impact a man’s body smell has! You’ll want to take advantage.
Jeremy Fragrance’s Recommendations:
Versace Eros Cologne for Men (Versace)
This cologne is tailor-made for seduction and grabbing attention. It invigorates the ladies’ senses with a fusion of mint oil, Italian lemon, green apple, and geranium flowers. Put it on to give yourself maximum confidence when you approach women at bars or public places.
Spicebomb Extreme Cologne for Men (Viktor & Rolf)
You can call it a “big fat mass of sweetness” because that’s what it is – consisting of vanilla, lavender, tobacco, and caraway. It’s not as aggressive as the Versace Eros, but it draws women to you in more intimate settings. Picture yourself cuddling your partner by the fireplace inside a snow-covered wooden house. The Spicebomb will add to that romance.
Click Below To Watch The Video – Only ONE Cologne You Need?
Read next: The 30 Popular Men’s Fragrance Brands
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Title: ONE Cologne Men Should Buy? Jeremy Fragrance Recommendations
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Published Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2023 14:34:19 +0000
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