Patrick Bateman is monstrous. He’s the white collar, white privilege, Ivy League, misogynist, serial killer from Bret Easton Ellis’ book, American Psycho. It was written a few years after the 1987 Wall Street crash and the greed-is-good decade that birthed the ‘yuppie’: affluent young professionals who splash their cash on status-chasing cars, clothes and watches. You know the type: always having to be seen in the right places, with the right people.
The 27 year old has a healthy bank balance and leaves a hefty body count. His homicidal hatred of his rival, Paul Allen, is driven by trivialities, such as Allen’s thicker ‘off-white’ business card. Patrick Bateman is vile, he’s disturbed, he commits unspeakable crimes.
Patrick Bateman deserves to be cancelled, even the author killed him off in a later novel. So, why are we still interested? Part of the fascination with Bateman comes from Christian Bale’s note perfect performance of the wealthy murderer in the star studded film adaptation. With more than a tinge of black humour, and omitting the most depraved scene from the book, Bale’s Bateman is a marginal notch above the irredeemable print character.
Bateman is an empty vessel and lacks taste, so he borrows his identity from aspirational magazines; the honed Men’s Health physique, the luxury Italian suits from the pages of GQ and Esquire, the Manhattan apartment peppered with the Architectural Digest approved items, the Mies van der Rohe chairs, the Paolo Piva coffee table and the MoMA art work. His Instagram feed, if he had one, would be full of the shiny things – whisper it – that we secretly want too.
While Bateman represents the dark side of our consumer culture, in Bale we got to see the modern man’s grooming routine represented on the big screen; from his spa mani-pedi, to his peel off face mask and his ‘salon’ tan (Paul Allen had a home tanning bed, naturally). What’s mainstream now was lot more exotic back then. And for that, Patrick Bateman gave men everywhere the permission for unapologetic self-betterment, if we just gloss over the awkward, narcissistic sociopath part.
“I believe in taking care of myself and a balanced diet and rigorous exercise routine.” Patrick Bateman
If he were a real person, and in many ways, Patrick Bateman does exist, he’d be the first to brag about his lunch-hour face lift, his dental implants, his vitamin drips, his hardcore detox retreat and his Coolsculpted abs.
Patrick Bateman’s 10-Step Grooming Routine Updated
Forget the Koreans, Bateman was already boasting a 10-step skin care routine back in the early 1990s:
“In the morning if my face is a little puffy, I’ll put on an ice pack while doing stomach crunches. I can do 1,000 now. After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower I use a water-activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub.
“Then I apply an herb-mint facial mask, which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an aftershave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturiser, then an anti-ageing eye balm followed by a final moisturising protective lotion.”
He neatly regurgitates the wisdom of a lifetime of grooming articles, so, we know the joke is partly on us. Yet it still begs the question, and yes, we will ask the question: just what would Patrick Bateman use on his face and body today?
“In the morning if my face is a little puffy, I’ll put on an ice pack”
In the film, Patrick Bateman takes a wraparound eye pack straight from the steel refrigerator in his industrial kitchen – the height of Y2K cool. Today, he’d be all over the YA-MAN Medi Lift Eye – a rejuvenating eye mask from Japan that uses electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to shock the slack eye area into firmer touch.
Keeping certain products in the fridge is still a worthwhile hack, so leave at least one SOS under-eye treatment to chill, and feel the benefit on those sluggish, hungover mornings.
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“After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion”
Bateman’s commitment to maintaining a clear complexion would be best served by Paula’s Choice Pore-Reducing Toner. He would appreciate the gentle exfoliating niacinamide in this alcohol-free solution, which minimises enlarged pores and balances oily areas, while adding lightweight hydration thanks to hyaluronic acid.
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“In the shower I use a water-activated gel cleanser”
In this scene, he reaches for a discontinued Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme shower gel. These days, he’d use Saunders & Long Moisturising Body Wash, because it has a scent composed by a French perfumer and a glycerin-based formula that helps keep the skin soft.
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“Then a honey almond body scrub”
In the shower stall, he grabs a L’Occitane bottle, but today he’d prefer Aesop’s Redemption Body Scrub. A salve for his troubled conscience? Hardly. He’s beyond redemption, but not beyond a good buff with Aesop’s finest exfoliator. Thick, paste-style scrubs often work better when applied to dry skin first, so put this on just before getting into the shower and then massage to rinse off.
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“On the face an exfoliating gel scrub”
He’s so vain, he probably thinks this product is about him. Patricks FS1 Volcanic Sand and Crushed Diamond Face Scrub contains powdered diamonds, which has obvious appeal for those who like the finer things in life. It works to expertly refine the skin texture and reduce ingrown hairs, while multivitamins, AHA and anti-ageing peptides rejuvenate the skin cells and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
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“Then I apply an herb-mint facial mask”
Sheet masks have always had a whiff of Michael Myers from the Halloween slasher franchise about them. As a chainsaw wielding maniac who’s all over the latest skin care trends, Bateman would surely appreciate these slightly creepy but convenient face treats that perk up a flagging visage.
The Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask from 111Skin is as dark as his soul. ‘Herb-mint’ sounds positively basic, whereas this mask contains advanced active ingredients. Divided into three sections, the upper mask is formulated with glycopeptides to target frown lines, the lower mask is full of collagen to plump up the cheeks, lips and chin and the neck mask uses a biomimetic peptide to help firm and sculpt the jowl area.
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“I always use an aftershave lotion with little or no alcohol”
He’s absolutely right about alcohol drying out the skin, so he would get along well with Acqua Di Parma’s Refreshing After Shave Emulsion: a lightweight, fresh feeling, glycerin-based hydrator to help repair the skin after shaving.
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Here we get a glimpse of Bateman’s well-stocked bathroom cabinet, which includes plenty of recognisable high-end grooming brands. So he’s sure to love Tom Ford’s collection. The designer’s Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer will complement Bateman’s pore-perfecting goals while keeping his skin matte during those ‘stressful’ moments.
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“Then anti-ageing eye balm”
Patrick Bateman is a details man. You have to be when you’re planning to kill someone and get away with it. And for that, we just know he’d get along with one of those fiddly applicators that come with some luxury eye creams. The anti-ageing Eye Balm Intense from La Mer comes with a cooling silver-tipped stick (that should be stored in fridge) to increase micro-circulation, smooth out fine lines, puffiness and signs of fatigue.
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“Followed by a final moisturising protective lotion”
In the smoggy Manhattan air, his skin would benefit from a smart formula that offers an SPF or environmental filters. The Clima-Adaptive Anti-Pollution Moisturiser for Men from Beyl contains Vitamin C and micro-algae to screen out the blue light that’s emitted from all the screens he’d now be using.
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We can’t help thinking his daily personal care routine wouldn’t end there. Imagine the shampoos, the styling products, the tools, the supplements. He’d probably use a tinted BB cream or a light foundation to even out any redness, followed by a light touch bronzer. He’d tidy his brows with a gel comb or pencil, dab on a bit of under eye concealer, maybe add a slick of lip balm.
Patrick Bateman is so good at looking his best, worst self, that we may even shamelessly revisit his grooming routine in the future.
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By: Jessica Punter
Title: Patrick Bateman’s American Psycho Grooming Routine: Updated For 2022
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Published Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2022 09:53:51 +0000
How to wear your watch correctly
As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.
It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.
But how do you know which way is the right way?
Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.
In today’s article, I’ll be covering:
- Origins Of The Wrist Watch
- What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
- Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
- The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch
When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.
Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.
At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.
Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.
Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.
After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.
#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.
The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.
But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.
So how do you know for sure?
The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.
Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.
So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.
#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?
This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.
You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.
Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.
But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?
The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.
Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.
#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.
Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.
As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.
After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.
You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.
Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.
After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.
There you have it, gents.
Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.
There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.
If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000
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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)
We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.
So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!
Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
We’ll be covering:
- What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
- How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
- Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
- What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.
While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.
A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.
This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.
But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?
#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.
For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.
This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.
Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.
Keep It Simple
Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.
You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.
With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.
For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:
- A dark three-piece suit
- A light-colored tweed blazer
- A leather bomber or biker jacket
- An overcoat (dark or light)
- A formal button-up shirt (white)
- 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
- 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
- 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
- 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
- 1 pair of black dress shoes
- 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
- 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
- 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)
When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.
#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.
Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.
While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.
When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.
Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.
The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.
These big ticket items include:
- Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
- Overcoats and jackets
- Dress shoes and sneakers
These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.
#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.
For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.
When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.
Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.
The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.
When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.
Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.
A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.
Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.
A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.
For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.
Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.
So how do you find the perfect sweater?
You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.
Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.
Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.
That’s it, gents.
To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000
The Best Zara Fragrances
We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.
Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of
£100 for 50ml.
Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.
Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99
This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.
For Him 100ml – £22.99
My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.
Florence 100ml – £16.24
Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.
Written by Tom Loughran
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Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000
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