Fashion Style


Spring is upon us and that means it’s time to brush up on your fashion sense. Being stylish isn’t about following a bunch of rules, but it does require a bit of knowledge. Now that you’re a grown-up, here are 10 things you should know to dress better:

1. Know your neck size.

You should be able to fit one finger between your collar and your neck when your shirt is fully buttoned. Chart taken from here.

2. Tie Stripes


A tie’s stripes should always be bolder than a shirt’s. It looks so much better and makes your tie stand out even more.

3. Don’t Wear Socks in Summer


It’s ok to not wear socks in summer, but only if you give your sweaty shoes a break every other day.

4. Black Tie

An invitation saying ?black-tie optional? implies you can choose between black tie and a suit, but it really means black tie.

5. Don’t Roll Up Khaki Pants

Know the nuances of khaki pants ? don?t roll up the cuffs to your calves like clamdiggers unless you are actually digging for clams.

6. Pocket Bulge

Never put eyewear, your cell phone, an ink pen, or a bulging key chain in your pants pockets.

7. Carrying Cash


A wallet is for credit cards only. Cash goes in a money clip in your front pocket.

8. Sunglasses Tip

Your eyeglasses should contrast, not mimic, the shape of your face.

9. Hairstyle Tips

The five terms your barber will understand are thinned out, layered, choppy, razored, and texturized.

10. Re-wearing Jeans

It is acceptable to wear your jeans five to ten times between washings but fewer if they get visibly dirty or baggy at the knee.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll be looking better in no time.

Have you started the year as you finished it? Do you look like a haggard old mess with smelly breath and hair that the hobo down the street would be proud of?

If your answer is yes then you need a grooming schedule my friend.

While I regularly talk about improving your physique and becoming more manly, there are occasions when more modern, metro-sexual principles are appropriate. In this case – grooming. Now I’m not saying that you need to stock up on fake tan lotion and start painting your toe nails (both of those are entirely personal choice!) but what I am saying that timing is everything when it comes to your grooming habits.

So let’s look at the best time to groom yourself and why.

Scrub your face the night before shaving.

A lot of men use facial scrubs right before they shave, not knowing that shaving itself actually ex-foliates the skin. A better idea is to use a scrub the night before and avoid the extra aggravation to your skin.

Shave 10 minutes after waking up.

When you wake up, your face is puffy due to a build up of fluid overnight. Leave it 10 minutes to subside and you’ll have a smoother surface to work with. Also, the ten minutes will give you enough time to wake up properly so you don’t cut your own throat with the blade.

Apply your fragrance before you moisturise.

To ensure your fragrance lasts as longer as possible don’t simply spray it on with a crop duster – you’ll just make women gag! Instead, apply a normal amount to your skin first. Leave it a few minutes and apply your moisturiser. Well hydrated skin holds the fragrance for longer – which leaves you smelling fresh as a daisy all day long.

Style your hair before it’s dry.

The best time to apply your new extra-strong wax is when your hair is damp. Too wet and you’ll dilute the product, making it look crap. Too dry and you’ll look like you got out of bed on the wrong side! Towel dry your hair and wait 10 minutes before waxing it up.

Brush your teeth before breakfast.

Most people, myself included, have grown up brushing their teeth after breakfast. That was until I discovered that drinking fruit juice with an acidic pH value damages the tooth enamel. Now I brush before breakfast. Although I do have to leave it for ten minutes because orange juice tastes vile after you first brush your teeth

Moisturise last thing at night.

Water loss through the skin is greatest at night so you’d be better off applying your cream or lotion before going to bed. It’s also more beneficial when you’re crawling into bed because the cream will be better absorbed in a warm bed.

Treat a spot before bed.

Got a zit? Apply your cream or treatment before going to sleep. This gives it time to go to work without the skin having to deal with pollution and UV exposure.

Use an anti-aging cream at night.

Yeah, yeah I know it’s girly but the skin switches to repair mode at night, which makes it the best time to reverse skin damage. Plus, we’ll all be old one day, but we might as well make it look good!

If you’ve got any great skincare tips or secrets that keep you looking hunky and masculine then please drop us a message in the comments so that we can all benefit from your wisdom. After all, there’s nothing much more satisfying than being a wingman to a less fortunate guy.


Another great way to look better day to day… GET TO BED.  You can moisturize all day long, but its not going to help the bags under your eyes like a good 8 hours will!

One of the greatest things about being a guy is getting our mitts on ? Boys Toys? Everyone loves a good gadget, and if they’re actually useful as well then that’s just an added bonus!

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite 7 gadgets that I’ve seen while looking for Christmas presents in the last couple of weeks of December and I’m pretty sure James Bond would be as happy as a pup with two tails if he?d received any of these gifts from Saint Nick.

Most of these gadgets can be found over at Spy Catcher Online, and I Want One Of Those is worth a look too!

  1. MP4 Watch ? Picture this scenario. You?re at the airport, or you’re visiting your grandparents and you find yourself bored with nothing to do. How awesome would it be if you could just push a button on your watch and instantly have access to 2GB worth of MP3?s, movies and pictures? With a 1.5inch color screen and support for MP3, WMA, MP4 (NXV) and JPEG formats, the MP4 watch is a fantastic gadget that any red blooded male can enjoy. The price is affordable too, setting you back just £59.95 ($108 approx).
  2. Wireless Audio Transmitter ? This nifty little device allows you to transmit your music wirelessly to any device in your house which has a phono input! If your music collection is on your desktop PC upstairs, you may want to listen to that new album you just downloaded in the living room! MTV on the TV downstairs and you’re having a bath? Transmit the audio to the bathroom radio. Another brilliant device for the low price of £49.95 ($90 approx).
  3. Transmitting Camera Pen ‘Nothing says spy quite like a discrete pen with an inbuilt camera and transmission function! This working pen can take images and transmit them to a TV, video recorder or security monitor up to 100 meters away. It’s not cheap at ‘295 ($586 approx) but the thrill of undertaking spy work could be considered priceless!
  4. Wooden Picture Frame with GSM Transmitter ? This trendy wooden picture frame would look great in the home or the office. The beauty of this is that nobody can see the built-in GSM module which allows you to silently dial into the unit from anywhere in the world and hear exactly what is being said within 4-5 meters of the picture frame. It won?t work in the USA but this device is completely legal in the E.U. Want one? That’ll be £170.38 then please.
  5. UV Pen ? This pen is ideal for hiding information from rogue agents and enemy spies! The writing is invisible and is only revealed once highlighted by the ultra-violet rays. Perfect for those nuclear launch codes you?ve just obtained from the wooden picture frame you gave to the Prime Minister! At just ‘8 ($16 approx) this is a fun gadget that is ideal for kids and adults alike.
  6. Disintegrating Paper ‘The perfect writing material for you to display a message for your contact. If the mission is aborted or compromised, just put it in water and the paper becomes illegible mush! No water around? Saliva works just as well to help you destroy the evidence quickly and efficiently! A steal at just ‘8 ($16 approx).
  7. Handheld Mobile Phone Jammer ‘ This device is best suited to covert operations when you?ve got a tail and you need to prevent them from reporting your position! It?s not cheap at ?229 ($455 approx) and it?s not legal in the E.U. (unless you’ve had clearance from MI6) but it?s a brilliant bit of kit which will disable all mobile phones within a 15 meter radius.

One For The Geeks!

For all you budding Q?s reading this and thinking, ‘James Bond is an over-rated, sorry excuse for a spy! Actually making the gadgets is what all the cool kids are doing!? then I have the perfect thing for you.

Electronic Gadgets For The Evil Genius equips you with complete plans, instructions, parts lists and sources for the following amazing gadgets:

  • Infra-red viewer
  • Object levitation device
  • Laser listening system
  • Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) generator
  • Sonic phaser cannon
  • Electromagnetic launcher
  • Object projector
  • Traveling plasma wave generator
  • Multivortex plasma tornado
  • Laser beam cutter
  • Ion ray projector
  • Pyrotechnic blaster and shock wave pulser
  • Lightning bolt generator
  • Working light saber
  • Magnetic pulse can crusher
  • Ultrasonic shock projector

Suddenly that amazing hoverboard from Back To The Future doesn’t seem to be the impossible dream!

Note ? It goes without saying that should you decide to purchase any of these items, you must adhere to the laws and regulations of your country. These gadgets are not toys and should be operated both ethically and responsibly!

Of course, just having the type of gadgets that James Bond has is only half the equation. Subscribe to my RSS feed today and catch next weeks Dress Like James Bond Guide to make sure you look the part.