A lot of men think it’s too much of a hassle to know about fashion and style. Of course, that is partly true, but one should think of it more as an investment than a liability. Let’s say you’ve been invited to a small event.

You’ve been told to wear simple, business casual but you have no idea what that is so you just wear a polo shirt and jeans. Simply put, knowledge about style will not only save you from embarrassment but you’ll also look more appealing and confident! So, here are some style tips you should consider.

Have a go-to tailor

Any piece of clothing will look better on you when it perfectly fits. When you’re looking for long sleeves or a suit, for example, you will most likely find some in a department store or a specialty store. But, if you do find one, 90% of the time it won’t fit perfectly. This is why you go to a tailor for adjustments. Better yet, if you become a loyal customer, you can get custom-tailored clothing that will always fit you perfectly.

Shop with a friend

Preferably a girl you’re comfortable with. This is because they simply have more basic knowledge about fashion already. Of course, not all girls will be good at this so if you were to bring a female friend, choose someone whose fashion you also like.

In addition, if we’re being real about it, salespeople will sell you items no matter if you look good in them or not. If you have a friend with you, he/she can give honest feedback and give all sorts of recommendations.

Shoes are underrated

Once you start paying attention to your style, you’ll realize that shoes are a big factor. Sometimes it’ll feel like everything looks good but only your shoes are out of place. This is because there are shoes that look okay with certain types of pants and there are also some that simply look horrible.

That’s why it will be better to buy more shoes. Not exactly a lot but one of each style like a pair of sneakers, a pair of running shoes, one pair of oxfords, etc.

Anything you haven’t used for a year, sell or donate

There are a lot of establishments in Singapore where you can donate clothes. If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing after a year, it’s better to just get rid of it. Chances are it doesn’t fit you anymore or you’ve just moved on from those designs and styles. You can reduce the clutter in your wardrobe and free up more space.  Plus, if you’re looking to make a little money, you can always sell those clothes online as well.

When you think about it, fragrances are important especially in Singapore where the heat can make you sweaty and smelly. If you’re one of the dudes who already wear perfumes or colognes, you’re already on the right track! But if you don’t do it yet, don’t worry! We got you covered with this basic guide to men’s fragrances.

Why should I wear cologne?

First of all, let’s discuss some reasons why you should wear cologne or at least any type of fragrance. This is because there are still a lot of men who think either think it’s a hassle or just make excuses saying it’s not necessary.

It’s easy to remember someone by their scent

Among the basic human senses, our sense of smell is the most powerful. Because of this, smell can trigger memories significantly better than our other senses. Think about it, how many times do you remember thinking about someone when you catch a whiff of a certain scent.

This is why it can be very advantageous to wear a fragrance. You can establish better connections with people because they can also remember you better. Of course, you wouldn’t want to be remembered as that guy who smells simply like body odor.

You leave a better impression

That being said, if you smell nice, you simply leave a better impression. When a man dresses well, it can be a big confidence booster. In addition to that, people will also see this person as sharp, confident, and put-together.

However, if you wear good cologne, man, that confidence will skyrocket! There’s just something about it that makes you feel better in your own skin. It won’t matter if you’re going on a date or just having a casual meet-up with friends, you’re sure to leave a good impression.

When do I put it on?

Actually, there are different types of fragrances and some will last longer than others. But as a rule of thumb, you can apply cologne immediately after taking your morning shower. Especially if you take a bath with warm water, the heat will help open up your pores and hold the cologne’s scent for longer.

Sometimes it’s also okay to put on a cologne if you’re a bit sweaty, but it’s not generally recommended because the combination of smells won’t be that pleasant.

Where should I apply it?

Around the base of your throat should be the best place, generally speaking. When you do apply the cologne, don’t spray it too near. Basically, just let the mist get on you instead of directly pointing it towards the base of your throat. Your wrists and the area behind your ears are also good spots since this is where our natural odors typically exude from. Remember though, when applying in these spots.