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What do rings on different fingers mean? Most guys don’t have a lot of experience with the finer points of ring-wearing etiquette.

That’s not a problem if you’re reading this. You’re about to learn more in 5 minutes than 95% of the population knows about rings.

There are many traditions regarding jewelry in general and rings in particular.
Rings allow you to make a statement without saying a word.

In this article, you’ll find what rings on different fingers mean:

  • Is It OK For Men To Wear Rings?
  • First – Right Hand vs. Left Hand
  • Finger #1 What Do Rings On Pinky Fingers Mean?
  • Finger #2 What Do Rings On Ring Fingers Mean?
  • Finger #3 What Do Rings On Middle Fingers Mean?
  • Finger #4 What Do Rings On Index Fingers Mean?
  • Finger #5 What Do Rings On Thumbs Mean?

Is It OK For Men To Wear Rings?

They can send the message you’re not available (married), that you attended the Naval Academy ( yes, I see your ring, Annapolis man ? ). Or a message that you’re from a culture not afraid to display wealth on the hands (think bling bling)

Now be aware – wearing a signature ring is not a statement everyone will get.

Like most fashion choices, they’re for the people who notice. And being part of the elite club that “gets it” is part of the fun.

So if you’re someone who’s considering wearing a ring purely for the style of it (rather than just a wedding band), here are a few of the traditional associations for rings on fingers.

First – Right Hand vs. Left Hand

There aren’t any steadfast rules about which hand you wear your ring (s) on for the most part. What do rings on different fingers mean on the different hands?

Engagement and wedding rings are exceptions. There are many specific cultural traditions. But at the end of the day, there are so many cultural traditions that it becomes an anything-goes situation.

For example, most American men will wear their wedding band on their left ring finger. But a man married in an Eastern Orthodox church could end up using the right hand instead. I do this – watch my videos, and you’ll see! And engagement rings are rare enough on men already that there is no set tradition.

Some schools or organizations may have rules about how to wear their rings (in which case they’ll tell you). But most will leave it up to their members.

So for pretty much any ring, don’t worry about right-hand vs. left-hand rules. As far as symbolism goes, the right hand represents the “physical” hand; the active, dominant one that makes most of your gestures. The left is thought of as the “mental” hand, representing your character and beliefs.

Those are based, unsurprisingly, on a right-hander’s view of the world. A left-handed man might personally find it appropriate to reverse the whole thing. We’re talking about some very general concepts here — don’t be afraid to go your way with jewelry.

Finger #1 What Do Rings On Pinky Fingers Mean?

This finger is often the first choice for a man who wants to wear a “statement” ring.

Pinky rings have a couple of advantages. They don’t have religious or cultural associations in most cultures (unlike the ring finger). And, like rings on the fourth finger, they don’t touch or interfere with the index/pointer finger at all.

It also isolates the ring from your body a bit, making it more of an eye-popping statement. As a result, pinky rings tend to be among the “busiest” or flashiest of designs. It’s where you wear things when you want attention paid to them.

People who like astrological or palmistry-related symbolism will associate the little finger with intelligence and persuasion. It represents Mercury, which was (for obvious reasons) related to the element of mercury. So you’re not going to have a ring made of the relevant metal here. Mercury is liquid at room temperature and highly toxic to humans.

Finger #2 What Do Rings On Ring Fingers Mean?

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In the US and much of North & South America, the ring finger is most commonly associated with wedding symbolism. A band on the right fourth finger indicates engagement, while a band on the left fourth finger indicates marriage.

That said, nearly all men opt for a simple gold or silver band for their wedding/engagement rings. A large ring with a jewel or a three-dimensional design on it is less likely to represent your marital status.

That’s not to say that people don’t wear some bizarre and artistic things as wedding bands. A distinctively decorative ring on the fourth finger probably won’t be assumed to be a wedding or engagement ring. While a plain metal band or one with minor, same-tone etchings or designs probably will be.

Symbolically, the ring finger is associated with Earth’s moon, creativity, and beauty. As well as its apparent associations with romantic relationships. The moon’s metal is silver, making silver rings a natural choice for non-wedding-related rings worn on the fourth finger.

Finger #3 What Do Rings On Middle Fingers Mean?

Apart from the obvious hand gesture, the middle finger is your largest, boldest finger.
Rings worn on the middle finger are surprisingly uncommon. In part, because it’s adjacent to the index finger, and anything bulky can be a hindrance to delicate manual tasks. It’s best to keep things small and simple if you’re wearing them on your middle finger.

That said, a lot of first-time ring-wearers might feel more comfortable with the middle finger. Purely because it feels so central, sturdy, and frankly, “manly.”

Because of its central location, the middle finger symbolizes balance and responsibility and is associated with Saturn. Since Saturn’s metal is lead, simple gray metals like steel are typical to middle finger choices.

Finger #4 What Do Rings On Index Fingers Mean?

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There’s an instinct to keep this finger clear since we use it more than any other digit (except the thumb). But a ring on the finger doesn’t interfere with it as much as one on the finger next to it.

If you go back hundreds of years, the index finger was the most common location for a man’s ring. Generally a signet or a crest; in some parts of Europe, people below a certain rank were forbidden from wearing rings. They denoted specific family status and were reserved for the elite.

That makes the index finger a good place for things like class rings, fraternal rings, or family and membership crests. Although many men (especially younger, unmarried men) opt for the ring finger out of habit instead.

Anything you want to use frequently and emphatically in your gestures can go on the index finger. It’s not as isolated as something on the outer digits (thumb and pinky). But its prominence in our essential manual dexterity makes it noticeable.

The astrological association for the pointer finger is Jupiter, which symbolizes power, leadership, and authority. The metal association is tin, which you won’t find many of those rings. However, bright silver tones are standard for the index finger.

Finger #5 What Do Rings On Thumbs Mean?

Thumb rings have a slightly outlandish feel to people from traditional North American culture, but they’re reasonably common worldwide.

In most societies, a thumb ring on a man is a sign of wealth or influence, and they tend to be broad or bulky to reflect that (also to fit comfortably on the thumb, of course).

A thumb ring is also often the natural choice for men who want to wear multiple rings on the same hand since it creates distance from the others. A wedding band plus a pinky or middle finger ring can get quite crowded, both visually and physically, whereas a thumb ring gives everything some space.

Thumb gestures are associated with interaction and friendship (think “thumbs up”).
Wear a ring that you want people to like — big and chunky is fine, but nothing incredibly gaudy or expensive-looking. It’s already going to be bigger than most rings, so if the design is extravagant as well, it just becomes this massive anchor dragging your hand down. Keep it bold but simple.

The thumb doesn’t have an astrological association. Still, in classic mythology (and pre-scientific medicine), it was believed to be an indicator of character: solid and straight thumbs meant an authoritative personality. In contrast, crooked ones showed wickedness or dishonesty.

How Many Rings Can a Man Wear On His Hand?

What’s the maximum number of rings a guy should wear?

It’ll depend on the rings. Generally, you won’t wear more than one on any given finger, but then you’ll run into things like clusters of four or five wire-thin bands that are worn together by design.

But assuming only one ring per finger, two or three spread out across both hands, is usually a safe max. Even that’s going to be very striking — go too much beyond that, and you’re just a caricature.

Often, you’re best off with a single bold “statement” ring on one hand and nothing else, or nothing more than a plain wedding/engagement band if it’s relevant.

Quality matters more than quantity, at the end of the day — no matter what finger you’re displaying your rings on.

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Summer Scents: 18 Of The Best New Fragrances To Wear Now

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Can you feel it? There’s a shift in the mood. It’s time to overhaul the cabinet: chuck out the empties and the flash-in-the-pans, and get rid of the ones that no longer serve. It’s time to elect a strong leader and move in a fresh direction.

Taste is subjective, so Ape would never dictate who to choose. Still, we can steer you towards our honest selection – guaranteed free from any snake oil, stinkers or false advertisers – of the very best candidates worthy of your vote. Usher in a new era with 18 quality scents that guarantee good vibes only.

BOSS Bottled Triumph Elixir

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Timed to coincide with Euro 2024, BOSS has made a bet on Eduardo Camavinga, Phil Foden and Kai Havertz to score for BOSS Bottled Triumph Elixir.

Fresh and vibrant, this ambery-green fragrance is ostensibly made with just three ingredients: top notes of violet leaf and heart notes of vetiver essence layered over a base of patchouli essence.

Smooth and smokiness with a touch of sweetness and long projection, this unexpected scent hits the back of the net for us.

Buy now at John Lewis

Montblanc Legend Blue

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Montblanc, on the other hand, has opted for the more mature footballing hero, Zinédine Zidane, to put the ‘legend’ into its new scent, Blue.

The fragrance is a refreshing dive into spearmint and lavender, cedar wood and sandalwood, with depths of ambroxan and moss that would suit any occasion.

Buy now at Lookfantastic

Acqua di Parma Crystal Incense

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Looking for something with a little more depth? Acqua di Parma’s latest scent will take you to church. The central feature of Crystal Incense is olibanum, or frankincense, which is an aromatic resin derived from the Boswellia tree.

In this case, the notable olibanum is obtained via CO2 extraction, where the resin crystallises on contact with the air, preserving the essence in its purest form.

The packaging is decorated with gold brush strokes in a design by Central Saint Martins’ graduate Ellen Huynh, as part of Acqua di Parma’s collaboration with the prestigious London College for Creatives.

It is wrapped in Atlas cedarwood oil and cardamom and underscored by patchouli, benzoin Siam and musk. The spicy depths are lifted by the ginger oil in the opening notes, giving it a freshness to temper the earthiness—it’s a religious experience.

Buy now exclusively at Selfridges

Louis Vuitton LVERS

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As Men’s Creative Director of Louis Vuitton, Pharrell Williams’ fingerprints are all over LVERS, a fragrance created with the house Master Perfumer, Jacques Cavallier. His brief? To bottle sunshine.

Cavallier turns the abstract into the olfactory, using green, earthy and smooth notes. It opens softly with galbanum and bergamot and lifts with a heart of ginger.

Grounded in cedarwood and creamy sandalwood and housed in prismatic glass, LVERS radiates warmth and positivity.

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Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò Profundo

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Dreaming of the ocean? Immerse yourself in the latest offering from Giorgio Armani, Acqua di Giò Profundo, composed by Alberto Morillas.

Master of the marine scent, some of Morillas’ greatest hits include the original CK One, Bvlgari Man and both Versace Pour Homme and Dylan Blue.

A deep love for the sea is evident in Profundo, which opens with fresh marine notes, zingy bergamot accord and lemon essence, violet leaf absolute and Saint Jean lavender in the heart notes, over an amber base of cistus absolute, patchouli, vetiver essence and a woody mineral accord.

This refreshing fougère conjures up salty skin, surf and sun, as worn by the campaign’s frontman, Aaron-Taylor Johnson.

Buy now at Lookfantastic

Burberry Hero Parfum

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A new parfum to intensify the Hero story, this woody, spicy number from Burberry plays on the original composition of Atlas, Virginian and Himalayan cedar wood, by adding layers of depth using notes of amyris (an intensely scented flowering citrus tree) and cypriol oil, which lends a woody, earthiness with a trace of spice.

Fresh and masculine, it has a moderate performance, so it won’t swamp your style or wilt in the heat.

Buy now at John Lewis

Ferragamo Red Leather

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Salvatore Ferragamo’s Red Leather is coming in hot for summer, with a spicy arrangement of ginger, vetiver and leather.

The opening fizz of Italian bergamot, mandarin pulp and fresh ginger gives way to a soft, green heart of jasmine absolute Egypt, orris ultimate and rosemary, revealing Haitian vetiver, soft leather and New Caledonia sandalwood in the dry down.

Light and leathery, with just enough spice, it’s a go-to everyday scent.

Buy now at Harrods

Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc Eau Intense

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Embrace the inevitable wave of Wimbledon fever with fresh tennis whites in the form of Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc Eau Intense. L.12.12 is the name for the brand’s original piqué polo shirt style.

Blanc Eau Intense offers an energetic blend of mandarin orange, warming turmeric, lavender, cardamom and clary sage over a base of white leather, sandalwood and vetiver. This combination echoes the leather shoes, wooden racquets and clipped grass of the court.

It’s game, set and match for this summer scent.

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Akro Smile

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Comprised of three headline notes of bergamot, raspberry and musk, Smile does exactly what it says. This bright summer cocktail, which contains ambrette seed and sage, was originally composed by Olivier Cresp for his daughter, Anaïs.

In a bid to spread the vibes, Smile is now available to all. If you like fruity, upbeat fragrances, this one walks the careful line of not being overly sweet.

Buy now at Harrods

Fornasetti Giardino Segreto

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The fragrance collection from Fornasetti is everything one would expect from the playful surrealist and design icon. The bottle is a work of art, with an octagonal shape, green malachite style cap, and the face of Lina, the house Tema e Variazoni motif, etched on the back.

Giardino Segreto matches the artistry on the outside with a lush, fruity green scent on the inside. Akin to wandering through a secret garden in full bloom, brushing past the rhubarb stalks, tomato leaves, blackcurrant and wild black raspberry in the top notes, walking through galbanum, petitgrain, geranium bourbon and carnation in the heart, over a base of opoponax, myrrh, sandalwood, ebony and agarwood.

It’s an immersive experience.

Buy now at Harrods

Montblanc Black Meisterstück

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With our mixed summer weather in the UK, it’s easy to forget that the searing temperatures in the rest of the world often require something a little stronger than a floaty cologne.

Citrus and herbs might seem the default choice, but there’s always a yin to the yang. In this case, the Meisterstuck Collection from Montblanc is a refined set of scents that draw on the craftsmanship behind the famous writing instruments.

Black Meisterstück is a masterstroke of absolute incense, nutmeg and vetiver with a rich, inky signature.

Buy now at John Lewis

Michael Kors Pour Homme

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Marking a new era for Michael Kors fragrance, Pour Homme aims to serve the same jet-set aspirations as the New York-based fashion house.

Adorned with a hefty chain link, the men’s scent carries a marine theme, with top notes of bergamot, lavender and pink pepper, heart notes of geranium, sage and sea wave accord, with a dry down of patchouli, vetiver root and grey amber.

It’s got the warmth of the sun and the spray from of the sea – private yacht sold separately.

Buy now at Lookfantastic

Rabanne Invictus Parfum

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It’s an Olympic summer. While only the very few make it to the podium, there’s every chance you’ll get the opportunity to raise the Invictus cup.

Cast in gold and deep blue, the parfum edition of the ever-popular scent takes a darker, more intense route with fresh lavender, bright pink pepper and a hazy marine accord, a heart of sensual black soap, myrtle essence and violet leaf accord with final notes of cashmere, musk and sandalwood.

Soapy and aquatic, it’s a comfortable scent for everyday wear.

Buy now at John Lewis

Hermés H24 Herbes Vives

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There’s nothing like the reprieve offered by a shady tree when you’re trying to escape the punishing heat of the sun.

H24 Herbes Vives captures the cool greenery of a temperate wood using just three ingredients: herbal bouquet, pear granita and Physcool®, a high-tech molecule that lends a long-lasting cooling sensation.

It’s like carrying the feel of the forest wherever you go.

Buy now at John Lewis

Jo Malone Orange Marmalade Cologne

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Nostalgia is a powerful drug, and nothing brings joy like something we remember from our childhood. This limited edition Paddington collection from Jo Malone is for fans aged 9-99.

Orange Marmalade captures the Peruvian bear’s favourite sandwich filling, with bitter, zesty orange peel and sparkling orange biogarade in the heart notes, along with soft cashmere woods in the base.

Clad in red gingham, it’s juicy, woody and more-ish, like a summer picnic in a bottle.

Buy now at Jo Malone

Eight & Bob La Musique de Christie

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From Eight & Bob’s luxury Les Extraits Collection, La Musique de Christie is inspired by the symphony of the open-air opera at Glyndebourne in Sussex.

Crafted with notes of Greek saffron, nutmeg, leather, patchouli, and moss over a musk base, like donning a tuxedo, it conjures a real sense of occasion with every spritz.

Buy now at Harrods

Prada Infusion de Gingembre

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The style of Prada’s Les Infusions is to let the idea of the named ingredient take centre stage without hogging the limelight. Ginger has an appealing hot-cold quality, and in this scent, it’s overladen with thirst-quenching notes of green mandarin and wrapped around geranium and earthy vetiver.

Warm, spicy and woody, for a unisex scent, it leans masculine.

Buy now at Boots

Ralph Lauren Polo 67

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Preppy outfitter Ralph Lauren hopes to hit a home run with a new scent, Polo 67.

Sporty and youthful, it performs well. The opening features a fruity pineapple accord and Calabrian bergamot, followed by geranium and sage in the middle and vetiver, patchouli and sandalwood.

Buy now at John Lewis

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10 Things Your Son Will Learn From You (Without You Even Knowing It!)

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English Proverb Says:
Don’t Teach Your Children.
They Will Still Be Like You. Teach Yourself!

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Fatherhood is a great responsibility. Not only do fathers have to provide for their children, but they also have to teach them how to be good people.

The way you act, speak, dress and treat others all have an effect on how your son learns to be a man. The question is, does that make you proud or worry you?

If it’s the latter, then it might be time for a change. In today’s article, I’m breaking out the top 10 personality traits a son will inherit from his father.

#1 How To Be A Man

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One of the most important things a son will learn from his father is how to be a man. This includes everything from being respectful and treating others well, to knowing how to provide for his family and dress sharp.

You might not think that your actions have much of an impact on your son, but trust me, he’s watching you. As he grows, he will use you as the benchmark of what being a man means. If you act like a pumped-up jerk who belittles femininity and chugs beer, chances are that’s what your son will think makes ‘the perfect man’.

Avoid this at all costs. In the 21st century, being a man is all about being respectful, hardworking, and being there for your family – both emotionally and physically.

If you want your son to be a good man, then you need to lead by example. Show him what it means to be respectful, sensitive, and hardworking. Let him know that it’s okay to show emotion and that being strong doesn’t mean being

#2 How To Provide For A Family

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One of the most important things a father can teach his son is how to provide for a family. In today’s society, it’s still pretty common for fathers to be the primary breadwinners.

While it’s not a necessity for men to bring home the bacon, it should be an aspiration for every young man to be able to support a family if he so chooses.

The best way to teach your son how to provide for a family is by leading by example. If you’re the primary breadwinner, let him know that it’s important to work hard and be responsible for budgeting the money.

If you’re not the primary breadwinner, show him how to be frugal and save for a rainy day. No matter what your situation is, the most important thing you can do is instill a good work ethic in your son.

#3 How To Treat Others With Respect

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It’s essential that a man knows how to treat others with respect. Your son needs to learn this lesson early so that he grows up to be a respectful teenager and a good man.

This includes everyone from family and friends, to strangers and authority figures. Be it his 80-year-old Grampa or the young barista at your local coffee joint, it’s vital that your son knows that everyone deserves kindness.

Teaching your son how to be respectful is one of the best things you can do for him, because it will make him a more well-rounded person. If you’re not sure how to instill this quality in your son, the best place to start is by setting a good example. Be respectful to everyone you meet, and your son will learn from your actions.

Does that mean you need to be a push over? Absolutely not. Having respect is very different to being a doormat. It’s important that your son knows how to stand up for himself, and also how to treat others with kindness and consideration.

In today’s society, there is a lot of focus on being assertive and aggressive. While it’s important to know how to be these things, it’s equally as vital to be understanding. At the end of the day, nice guys usually come out on top.

#4 How To Dress Sharp

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One of the things your son will learn from you is how to dress sharp. This doesn’t mean that he needs to wear a suit and tie everywhere he goes, but it does mean that he should know how to dress for any occasion.

As a man, it’s important to know how to dress for success. Whether you’re going on a job interview or meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time, it’s essential that you look presentable.

The best way to teach your son how to dress sharp is by leading by example. If you’re always slouching around in stained clothes, chances are he’ll do the same. On the other hand, if you’re always dressing to impress, he’ll learn from your actions and end up dress inappropriately on the other end of the formality spectrum.

That’s why it’s important to teach your son the difference between casual and formal wear. He should know that there are certain occasions when it’s not appropriate to wear jeans and a t-shirt and also occasions where a suit will make him look out of touch and weird.

For example, if he’s going to a wedding or a funeral, he should know to dress more formally. However, when attending a casual family BBQ, your son needs to understand that a polo shirt and shorts is probably a better option than fine tailoring. By teaching him these things early on, you’ll set him up for success in the future.

#5 The Importance Of Education

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While it’s not necessary for every man to have a college degree, it’s still important to stress the importance of education to your son. After all, knowledge is power.

The best way to do this is by leading by example. If you value education and are always learning new things, your son will pick up on your behavior and learn from it.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you need to spend every waking hour studying. But it does mean that you should stress the importance of lifelong learning. Whether it’s taking an online course or reading a book on a subject you’re interested in, make sure your son sees you doing it.

In today’s world, there is no excuse for not being educated. With the internet at our fingertips should be easy enough for anyone to find information on any topic they’re curious about.

Who knows where we’ll be in the future – your son needs to be at the top of the pack when it comes to personal development so that he can take advantage of any opportunities that come his way.

Why not get your son to take part in education with you? There are plenty of online courses that you can do together. Not only will this help him to learn more about the world, but it will also give you some quality bonding time.

#6 The Value Of Hard Work

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In today’s society, it’s easy to take things for granted. With technology making our lives easier and social media giving us a false sense of reality, it’s no wonder that people are losing touch with the value of hard work.

One of the most important things your son will learn from you is the importance of working hard to achieve his goals. Whether he wants to get good grades in school or make it into a professional sports team, he’ll need to put in the hours to make it happen.

The best way to teach your son this valuable lesson is by leading by example. If you’re always working hard and pushing yourself to be better, he’ll see your behavior and learn from it. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you need to work yourself to the bone. But it does mean that you should stress the importance of working hard to achieve success.

There will be times when your son doesn’t feel like putting in the effort, but if he knows that hard work pays off, he’ll be more likely to push through and reach his goals. I guarantee you that your son will come to you asking whether he has to do his homework or not. Guess what, to teach him the value of hard work, the answer is always going to be yes!

But you do need to reflect on your own lifestyle too. What do you do during your days? Are you grafting to achieve your goals or sitting in your sweat pants on the couch? If it’s the latter, then consider what affect this lifestyle will have on your son and the sort of example you’re setting him by remaining idle and lazy.

#7 Discipline And Determination

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If there’s one thing your son will learn from you, it’s discipline and determination. These are two essential qualities that every man should have.

As with the rest of the items on this list, the best way to teach your son these qualities is by leading by example. If you’re always disciplined in your own life and determined to achieve your goals, he’ll see your behavior and realize the importance of persistence.

I’ll be honest, gents. We’re all human and having 100% discipline all the time just isn’t possible. However, when it comes to the things that matter (like our health, our relationships, and our careers), it’s important that we make a conscious effort to stay on track.

The best way to do this is by setting goals and then breaking them down into manageable steps.

For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you need to determine what sort of exercise regime you’re going to follow and what changes you’re going to make to your diet. Once you have a plan in place, it’s simply a matter of following through and being disciplined enough to stick with it.

The same goes for any other goal you might have. If you want to get promoted at work or start your own business, you need to be determined enough to put in the effort and see it through

There will be times when your son doesn’t feel like following the rules or sticking to his goals. But if he knows from you that discipline and determination are important qualities to have, then he’ll make the grade and succeed beyond your wildest expectations.

#8 Courage And Strength

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Another vital quality your son will learn from you the importance of courage and strength. Every man needs to be strong enough to stand up for himself and what he believes in. And he also needs to be brave enough to take risks, even when they might not pay off.

Again, the best way to teach your son these qualities is by leading by example. If you’re always standing up for yourself and taking risks, he’ll see your behavior and realize that it’s okay to do the same. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should put yourself in danger or do something illegal! But it does mean that you should encourage your son to be assertive and take chances every now and then.

There will be times when courage is confused with plain idiocy, so make sure that you demonstrate an understanding of when it’s appropriate to take risks. For example, if your son wants to quit his job and start his own business, that’s a risk worth taking! But if he wants to bungee jump off a bridge, that’s probably not the best idea.

Help him to understand the difference between courageous risks and foolish ones, and encourage him always to err on the side of caution.

At the end of the day, your son will need courage and strength in every aspect of his life. So it’s important that you instill these qualities in him from an early age through your own actions.

#9 How To Treat His Romantic Partners

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The way your treat your wife/girlfiend will have a huge impact on how you son treats his future romantic partners. He’ll be watching you closely to see how you interact with your wife or girlfriend, and he’ll use your behavior as a blueprint for his own relationships.

If you’re always respectful and loving towards your partner, he’ll understand that this is how he should treat any woman he’s in a relationship with. But if you’re constantly arguing or putting her down, he’ll think it’s okay to do the same.

Remember, toxic masculinity can be a harmful thing when it comes to romantic relationships. So, if your son sees you being overly manly and belittling to women, chances are he’ll think this is how men should act and mimic it.

It’s also important to demonstrate healthy communication skills within your relationship. If you and your partner are always talking openly and honestly about your feelings, he’ll learn that this is an important part of any relationship. But if you’re not communicating well, he’ll think it’s okay to bottle up his emotions and never talk about how he’s feeling.

The way you treat your partner will have a lasting impact on how your son treats romantic partners in his own life. So make sure that you’re setting a good example by being respectful, loving, and communicative.

#10 What He Should Teach His Own Son

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One day, your son will have a son of his own. And when that day comes, he’ll look to you for guidance on how to be a good father.

This might seem like a lot of pressure, but it’s actually a great opportunity to instill all the important values and qualities you want your grandson to have. When you think about it, the lessons you pass on to your son will be passed on through generations of men who all learned from their elders.

So, make sure you take the time to teach your son everything he needs to know about being a good father. Show him how important it is to be present and involved in his child’s life, and how vital it is to instill strong values in them.

Teach him about the importance of leading by example, and how crucial it is to be a role model for his son.

And most importantly, show him how much you love him and are proud of the man he’s become.

Trust me, gents – it’s okay to hug your son and more fathers should do it. After all, he’s your flesh and blood and he deserves your love and affection.

By teaching your son how to be a great father, you’re ensuring that future generations will be filled with strong, loving men. And that’s something we can all be proud of!

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Men’s Penny Loafers – The Ultimate Buyers Guide

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If you’re a man who loves shoes, then you’ve probably heard of penny loafers.

These timeless classics have been a part of men’s fashion for decades and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. But where did penny loafers come from? What purpose do they serve? And how can you make sure your first pair is up to scratch?

In today’s article, I’m breaking out everything you need to know about finding, buying and caring for your first pair of penny loafers for men.

Let’s get to it.

Penny Loafer History

General History of Mens Loafers vintage shoes

Penny loafers originated in Norway in the 1800s, when farmers would wear them as practical footwear. They had one piece of leather across the front with a strap that went underneath it and was tied on top with string or ribbon. This was so that the shoe could fit properly even if the wearer had wide feet.

The name “penny loafer” comes from an American tradition of putting one US Cent in each shoe to make a donation to charity.

In the 1920s, American shoe designer Alden created its own version of penny loafers, which started appearing in college campuses all over America during this time period.

Soon after, these shoes became popular with men everywhere as they were seen as fashionable yet classic pieces of footwear.

By the 1950s, penny loafers had become a staple item in any man’s wardrobe and have stayed that way ever since.

What Makes A Penny Loafer Different From Other Styles Of Loafer Shoes?

Infographic Penny Loafers

Penny loafers are different to other styles of loafer – they’re kind of a subcategory. But how are they different, and is their departure from other styles of loafers a good or a bad thing?

To answer this question, we first need to assess what those differences are. For starters, Penny Loafers usually have a low vamp, which means that the sides of the shoe don’t come up very high. This gives your feet more room to breathe and can be great for comfort in hot weather.

Penny loafers are also usually made from leather rather than suede. This makes them sturdier and more long-lasting compared with other styles of loafer, making them an excellent investment piece that should last you a lifetime if cared for correctly.

Finally, Penny Loafers are typically far chunkier than the more slimline designs of other loafers. This means that they’re often considered less formal than other styles of dress shoes – particularly if the Penny Loafers you decide to wear have a thick sole and wide upper.

Can you wear them in a suit? Absolutely – but observe caution as to where you wear them, as they can potentially look a bit too casual for some occasions.

How To Choose The Right Penny Loafer For You

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So now you know what the differences are between penny loafers and other types of loafers, let’s take a look at how you can choose the right pair for you.

When shopping for your first pair, there are a few things that you should consider.

Firstly, think about which colour would suit your style best – black is always classic, but brown or navy can be great if you want something with more character.

Secondly, make sure they fit correctly by trying them on in-store – penny loafers should hug your feet without being too tight. Trust me, given how thick and tough these shoes can be, your feet won’t thank you if you end up buying a size that’s too big/small for your feet!

Finally, take a look at the soles. Penny loafers should have thick, hardy soles that can handle walking on all sorts of surfaces – whether you’re headed to work or out for drinks with friends. These will ensure your feet stay comfortable and supported, no matter where you go.

How To Buy The Perfect Pair Of Penny Loafers

How To Buy The Perfect Pair Of Penny Loafers

When it comes to buying the perfect pair of penny loafers, you’ve got to consider both style and comfort. Here are some tips on how to do that:

  • Choose leather: As I mentioned above, leather is the best option for longevity and will wear well over time. Choose good quality leather so your shoes last longer.
  • Look for quality stitching: Good stitching is essential for keeping your toes comfortable. Make sure all seams are even and check for any loose threads.
  • Pick the right design: Make sure you find a pair that looks good with your wardrobe. There are many different designs, so take the time to find one that fits your style.
  • Think about the sole: The sole should be thick and supportive and preferably made from either rubber or leather. This will help your feet stay comfortable while walking on different surfaces.
  • Buy a size that fits: Penny loafers should fit snugly without being too tight – so make sure to try them on before you buy!

All this adds up to an understated yet stylish classic that will never go out of fashion no matter how much trends change! Get it right, and your pair of Penny Loafers could see you through many years of regular wear and tear.

How To Care For Leather Penny Loafers

How To Care For Leather Penny Loafers shoe brush polish condition clean

Caring for any style of leather shoe can be tricky. If you don’t know how to appropriately care for quality leather products, they won’t remain quality for very long!

However, when speaking specifically about Penny Loafers, there are some extra steps you need to take in order to keep those bad boys looking their best!

As such, I’m breaking this section into two different guide:

  1. How To Care For Leather
  2. Penny Loafer Specific Care

After all – some of this information is transferable can be used to help you care for any leather product you own.

How To Care For Leather

leather penny loafers

Leather is skin, didn’t you know?

Just like the skin on your face, leather needs to be carefully cared for an maintained in order to look good for longer. To do this, you need to make sure you:

  • Clean your shoes regularly with a dry cloth.
  • Use leather conditioner every month or so – this will protect the leather and keep it soft.
  • Store them in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  • Make sure you don’t wear them in wet weather without drying them afterwards.

I know, that seems like pretty generic advice. For more specifics, I’ve gone into far more detail in my guide to caring for leather. It’s a whole article dedicated to this very topic!

Penny Loafer Specific Care

suede penny loafers

Leather Penny Loafers have an interesting construction. There’s a lot of stitching, layered material, and small spaces you’ll have to contend with when cleaning, polishing, and conditioning.

As such, here are some tips for keeping your Penny Loafers in tip-top condition while ensuring you clean every element of their construction evenly:

  1. Use a stitching moisturizer on the stitches that connect the sole to the upper and the upper to the vamp.
  2. Use a small, soft brush to clean the small spaces of the shoe. Get that brush in the folds of the shoe and layers of leather – these are the sorts of places where dirt can get trapped and do some real damage. A soft-bristled toothbrush will do the job nicely!
  3. When you’re not wearing your Penny Loafers, use shoe trees to keep the shape of the shoes.
  4. Finally, use a wax-based polish and buff them with a soft cloth as often as you can. This will keep them looking shiny and new!

By following these tips, your Penny Loafers should stay in top condition for many years to come!

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