The Quintessential Man’s Guide to Grooming

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As men, we all want to look good. Every one of us has a dream of looking like the quintessential man. But it’s hard to be as suave as Brad Pitt and look as intellectual as Leonardo DiCaprio when there are so many confusing rules to fashion and grooming.

Don’t worry, in this guide we’ve explained some of the most forgotten rules of fashion. The little things that are easy to forget, but go a long way if remembered. Follow this guide and we will have you looking like a quintessential man in no time.

Shoes

You’d be surprised at how quickly an outfit can be ruined by wearing the wrong pair of shoes. Sure, it’s pretty easy to match sneakers or tennis shoes with just about any outfit, but do you want to be the sneaker guy all the time? Think about when you want to take a client out for lunch or when you want to take your partner out to dinner. There’s just something different about wearing an outfit that feels complete. You stand taller, you feel stronger, and you are more decisive. Nothing wraps an outfit up more than a good pair of shoes.

The most important thing to remember about shoes is that they should always match your belt and your watch, especially if your watch is leather. Even if you think you are someone who wouldn’t notice when a person’s belt, shoes, and watch are mismatched, you probably are. Even if you couldn’t put your finger on it, something would just seem off.

If you are a minimalist and you don’t want a million dress shoes taking up closet space, don’t worry. Just pick a pair of shoes that you love and dress the outfit up from there. It’s easy to match a belt and a watch to a pair of shoes, it’s hard to do it the other way around. Think of it as literally building your wardrobe from the bottom up. Find a good pair of shoes, and the rest of the wardrobe will follow.

Socks

Gentlemen, if you are wearing shorts, please never wear anything higher than ankle-length socks. We get it, you don’t like having too many pairs of socks to get washed up in the laundry, but every man should have at least two kinds of socks: ankle length and shin length. Ankle-length socks are great for any occasion that requires shorts, be that something sporty, or just going out on a summer night.

Socks are also where you get to have a lot of fun. If you’ve made sure to match your shoes and belts, then you can be as expressive as you like with your socks. For example, If you have a dark brown suit and matching shoes, then a deep blue pair of socks would stand out in the best way. On more casual occasions you could wear brightly colored socks with your tennis shoes to add some extra energy to your wardrobe.

Watches

Watches are a bit more complicated than shoes and socks because there so many different styles you can choose from. If you aren’t particular, then a leather watch with a white clock face never goes out of style, just make sure you pick a watch that matches your belt and shoes. If you would rather ditch the leather and opt for something a bit more durable, then there are plenty of affordable metal watches on the market.

If you do choose a metal watch then we urge you to think about any other jewelry you might have, be that earrings, necklaces, or rings. Do you tend to lean toward silver or gold when it comes to these things? If you’re more of a gold person, then a silver-plated watch would stand out in all the wrong ways. On the contrary, if all of your accessories from your necklaces to rings to your watch are the same shiny color, your entire outfit begins to glow.

If you like boating, fishing, or diving, then we highly recommend you to get a watch with diving protection. Many watches are waterproof these days but a diving watch can withstand pressures of 100ft or deeper! This means that if you’re ever out on the boat or at the beach you don’t have to worry about hiding your watch anywhere to take a swim, you can just take it with you!

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