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Over 30? Here’s the basic trimming you ought to be doing from now on

Dear reader, Body hair keeps on growing as we age. As a teenager, grooming mostly consists of beard shaving. And we get used to it. So used to it that we forget that other hair starts becoming messy: eyebrows, nose hair, possibly ear hair. Culturally, we all agree that this facial hair should be trimmed. […]

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Why I don’t wear short sleeves in the summer

Dear reader, When you think of summer, you think of t-shirts and polo shirts… … unless you’re me… I use short sleeves if I want to be comfortable at home, when I exercise, or for sleeping (sometimes). It would be stupid for me to wear short sleeves under the scorching sun. I would have to […]

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Read this before buying your next watch

Dear reader, The watch offering is polluted by fashion (just like with clothing). As a smart buyer, you’ll need to ignore trends so you don’t end up wasting your hard-earned cash. If you fall for a trend, you won’t want to wear that watch in 12 months. And no one else will either… So you’ll […]

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That beard…

Dear reader, We need to talk about your beard. I know why you’re growing one — you want to look older than you are. You want to look more masculine than you are. Maybe your woman encouraged you to grow one. However, please evaluate your beard density… honestly! … because most men have a patchy […]

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How often do you change clothes?

Dear reader, People don’t like to talk about this. It’s kind of implicit. But no-one knows exactly what’s what… So here we go: We change our underwear (trunks, socks and undershirt) everyday. Women can afford to change their tops every two days — though it depends on the season, and if they tend to sweat […]

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Please don’t wear your watch like this…

Dear reader, You have certainly seen men wearing their watch loose on their wrist. So loose it’s always sticking out. They usually come across as show-offs.  And I have to say it’s working great. While facing this type of men, I have noticed I cannot focus. I am always checking out their watch. It’s like […]

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Why I suck at buying ties (and I imagine you too)

Dear reader, Ties are more tricky than they appear. They’re incredibly hard to wear in turn. The occasion always seems to call for the same ties. I guess they too follow a Pareto distribution. So you end up owning dozens of ties which seemed “wearable” and not too extravagant when you bought them. But a […]

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Why you shouldn’t own a pair of derby

Dear reader, Derby shoes are usually second in a list of shoes styles. After oxfords, before loafers. With experience, I’ve noticed that derby are of less importance than other styles lower down the list: loafers, boots… In fact, I believe you dress for all occasions without owning a pair of derby. That’s me. I never […]

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Why white trousers are overrated

Dear reader, Growing up I looked up to men wearing white trousers. Truth be told, white trousers are fancy and crisp. Therefore I began thinking white trousers were a staple of the gentleman’s wardrobe. To be fair, I probably got the idea from a mens fashion magazine. Today, I know why they write that: they’re […]

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Does this jacket fit me? Let’s train our eyes

Dear reader, Ready-to-wear. We were born with ready-to-wear. And it will follow us to the grave — certainly. Bespoke used to be the norm. Now, it’s unaffordable for 99.7% of people. Why can’t we wealthy Europeans afford to have a fellow National cut and see a made-to-measure garment for us?  I mean, our grand-parents could […]