26 grooming and style hacks every guy should know

1. Roll your shirt sleeves the right way.

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Instead of rolling the cuff slowly up your sleeve, flip the cuff back and pull it to just below your elbow. Then take the bottom — inside-out portion — and fold it up so it traps and covers the bottom cuff. Your shirt sleeves won’t unroll again.

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2. Pack a suit without getting it wrinkled.

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4. There’s an extremely easy way to tell if your suit jacket fits correctly.


Lean your arm against a wall while wearing your suit jacket. Your natural shoulder should hit the wall before the shoulder of the jacket does.

If the jacket’s shoulder hits first, then it does not fit you. And as we all know, fit is the most important thing to consider when buying a suit.

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5. Learn what kinds of fabrics will keep you cool in the summer.


Wearing the same fabrics in the summer as in the other three seasons is not a smart idea. Summer demands lighter and more breathable fabrics. Cotton and linen are great choices, and they can be had in suits and shirts. If you like the look of seersucker, then that can help keep you cool, too.

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6. When you get dressed in the morning, start with your shoes.

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Many men see shoes as an afterthought when getting dressed in the morning, which is a mistake when attempting to dress appropriately for the day and weather.

Going to an event where there will be a lot of walking? You might want to consider more comfortable sneakers. Is it going to rain today? You might want to wear something waterproof.

It’s this functional mindset that can help you conquer the day, no matter what it throws at you. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

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7. Match your dress shoes and suits.

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8. When possible, always try to buy full-grain leather goods.

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It’s the highest-quality leather money can buy, it will last forever, and it’s far superior to top-grain and genuine leather.

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9. Invest in quality shoe trees.


A good pair of shoe trees will maintain the shape of your nice work shoes, prevent the leather from warping or cracking, and absorb any excess moisture from your shoes so they don’t change shape.

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11. Go sockless without causing a stink.


There’s an easy way to cheat that oh-so-popular sockless look. Loafer socks are undetectable, but effective at soaking up sweat, so there’s no funky odor.

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12. Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket.


Sitting on your wallet “creates an asymmetry or imbalance that distorts your pelvis and hips,” chiropractor Dr. Arnie Angrist told The Huffington Post.

This can apparently lead to all sorts of issues, including temporary pain, degeneration, and agitation of the nerve in your backside (the sciatic), which can cause discomfort. Over time, burdening these joints can even cause degeneration, leading to pain.

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13. Use leather soap and oil to preserve your shoes.

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After a tough winter, make sure to take care of your nice shoes. It will dramatically increase their lifespan and ensure that your footwear investment pays dividends for years to come.

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14. Let your shoes breath between wears.


You shouldn’t just slip on the same trusty pair of dress shoes day after day. Why? Because if you let them rest they’ll stay alive that much longer.

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15. Always tell a new barber how long it’s been since your last haircut.


Barbers know how long it takes for hair to grow, so if you tell them how long it has been since your hair was last cut, then they can imagine what your hair looked like way back when. From there, you can either tell them you want it to look the same or describe how you want it to be different from last time.

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16. Tailor your haircut to your face shape.


If you have a rounder face, get a haircut that’s tighter on the sides. If you have a longer face, ask for longer hair on the sides and around your temples.

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18. Keep your sides cropped short if you’re dealing with male pattern baldness.


Get the sides cropped close with scissors or clippers and the top short with the hair brushed to the side. Don’t get any kind of part, since you don’t want any hard lines drawing eyes to the “problem area.”

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19. Follow four simple steps to avoid razor burn.

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21. Realize the effectiveness of a washing bag.


Though a washing bag can be used for underwear, for men it becomes a great tool to wash loafer socks, watch straps, and anything else that might get lost in the tumble.

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22. Sunscreen does more than just prevent sunburn.

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Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects skin from harmful UV rays, which can also cause wrinkles and skin damage. Dr. Terrence Keaney, a dermatologist working with Dove Men+Care, recommends using moisturizer with a sunscreen component of at least SPF 30 for the best effect, but any kind of protection is better than none.

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24. You’re likely using antiperspirant deodorant incorrectly.

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The best time to put on your antiperspirant or deodorant is at night, before you go to bed.

That’s because it takes time for your antiperspirant to work its magic and close your armpit’s sweat ducts. After this process happens, good antiperspirants and deodorants usually last 24 to 48 hours, so you’ll have plenty of dry times ahead after application.

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26. Avoid drying your clothing at all costs.


Dryers do nothing but destroy clothing. Your clothes will last longer, look nicer, and not shrink if you air-dry them instead, if possible.


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