You, sir, are a man. Your PlayStation is no longer your most prized possession. Air Jordans have moved from everyday attire to casual wear. Most of all, you’ve started doing things for yourself. That means there are things you need, tools you require. We’ve done the leg work. Some items you might have already and others might be on your wish list. Here’s a rundown of everything a man simply must have.
As a matter of both utility and principle, every man needs at least one suit in his closet. But do it right. Make sure the suit is tailored to fit your body and show off the hard work you’ve done in the gym. Go for a neutral color, like navy, grey or black.
A nice pair of shiny leather shoes can upgrade any outfit.
You wash, dry, dry-clean, and iron your clothes. Are you giving your shoes the same attention?
Here’s a general man-law: If your pants have belt loops, wear a belt. Another tip: Always match your belt with your shoes.
A sports jacket or blazer can upgrade just about any outfit. Whether you’re wearing a T-shirt and jeans or a dress shirt and pants, a sports jacket will stamp some maturity on it.
Here’s something you already know: Women like a man who smells good. If you’re just starting out picking a fragrance, find one scent you like. Then build on that. Just don’t bathe in it. Spray a little on your chest and the base of your throat.
We’re all too old now to just shove things in our pockets. Just remember, this isn’t your father’s giant, bulging leather wallet that protrudes from his back pocket. Go for a thinner version with simple card holders.
You’ve graduated from backpacks and gym bags. Toss your things into a more respectable carrying case that’s perfect for a weekend getaway or business trip.
Yes, you could check the time on your cell phone or your tablet, or your laptop or the positioning of the sun. But a nice watch says a lot about your taste. Consider it the grandfather of all accessories.
Unless you have a live-in barber, consider this an essential tool kit for your face.
It’s your bus pass to see the world. Get a passport. Get some stamps in it.
Yes, it’s easier to take all your clothes to the cleaners, but that’s not always practical. You never want to leave home looking like you slept in your clothes. And you’ve passed the stage where it’s okay to iron your shirt on the kitchen counter.
Find a pair that complements your face. Aviators and wayfarers are safe bets if you’re looking to add a little flair.
It doesn’t need to be a solid color or classic navy stripes. Find a tie that speaks to your own personal style, whether that’s a loud check or two-toned check tie or maybe even a knit. Once you’ve found that lucky tie you love, you’ll feel comforted coming back to it year after year.
There’s an old saying about motorcycles never being seen in front of shrinks’ offices. If you ride one, you know why. If you don’t, about time you got started.
So here you have it, the things every man should have. They are the tools that make us feel complete and make us men. Why are you still reading?