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Signs you’re a douchebag

We’ve all seen them – guys that are so in love with themselves and their image that the only person that doesn’t realise they carry on like a prat is them. Now, it’s not in the nature of this site to be judgmental about how people live their lives – people are free to do what they want as far as I’m concerned as long as they aren’t hurting anyone else. However, considering we get ahead in our careers and life in general not only by our own hard work but by the good grace of others, it probably pays not to be seen as a douchebag by everyone around you. Below are some telltale signs that make up our typical modern douchebag. If you are more than a couple of these things, time to take a look in the mirror buddy because you aren’t doing yourself, or masculinity in general any favours by acting the way you do. Continue reading

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Old world style that is due for a comeback


When it comes to dressing up, things have become pretty plain for men. Women take pride in their appearance and go to all sorts of lengths to obtain the right jewelry and accessories, and even a dress can come in a wide variety of styles, lengths and colours. Men on the other hand wear a suit. To be truthful, a well fitted, quality suit really does make a man look good and more importantly feel confident, but there is little in a suit to distinguish it from every other guy out there. There is no need to despair, however, as there are several things that can be done with a suit to give it originality and some flair. No, I’m not talking about picking yourself up one of those hideous, shiny, boy band abominations that are passing for suits these days. What I am talking about are a few trimmings that once upon a time were commonplace but have now fallen out of favour – the hat, the pocket square, the waistcoat and the French cuff shirt. Continue reading

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All about shoes

If there was one piece of clothing that was really doing men a disservice over the last decade, it would be the dress shoe. Men’s shoes already had some great, timeless designs fit for every dress standard and social situation a man might encounter. For some reason, however, designers conspired to lump us with a truly hideous style of shoe. Yes people, I am again speaking of my most hated item, the square toed dress shoe. Apart from the fact that it was a redundant addition to mens shoes, they are just downright ugly. The black version I see paired with suits make the wearer’s feet look like Frankensteinian stumps and are far too chunky. A suit demands a shoe that is sleek and elegant, not something shaped like a brick. In an effort to pull any of you that consider these shoes a great fashion statement back to the light, I’ll go through the shoes that every man will need at some stage in his life and that will actually make you look good. Continue reading

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Gentlemanly behaviour for the modern man

Today I had an article of another online publication pointed out to me that was about gentlemanly gestures. While its heart was in the right place, it was somewhat archaic and did not make much sense for the modern man. Things like walking on the street side of the woman you are with really doesn’t apply today, likewise holding the umbrella for both of you (considering these days we have small umbrellas) just doesn’t really qualify as gentlemanly behaviour. So, after speaking with a number of women I know as well as a few guys, here is a list of gentlemanly behaviours for the modern man. Continue reading

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Style vs fashion

Photo: Colin Chau (www.colinchau.com)

In the near future I will be publishing a few articles focused on style and how to wear certain pieces of clothing properly. Before I did that and lost a whole lot of readers because they thought it was a load of pretentious, metrosexual garbage, I wanted to write an article on why style is as important for men as it is for women. Men, especially Australian men, tend to dismiss fashion and how they dress as something not worth wasting time on or simply too much trouble. The problem with this is something we all know to be obvious: the fact that we are judged every day of our lives based on how we are dressed. Think about when you are walking around a shopping centre or a busy street and how many people you walk past. What thoughts run through your head? Generally they will be along the lines of are they good looking, are they well groomed, are they well dressed. The last two you might not think of consciously, but your brain is processing all that information in the background and influencing what you think of that person. This is why the saying “you never get a second chance at a first impression” is so true and important. If it weren’t, dressing well for a job interview wouldn’t be an issue. All it would require would be a good resume and a bit of personality, but we all know that isn’t the case. Continue reading

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Getting the best wedding possible

It’s supposed to be the day every woman dreams of since she was a little girl. The day she dons a beautiful dress and is the complete and utter centre of attention, a day she will remember for the rest of her life. So the question must be asked: where is the man’s place in all of this? Continue reading

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The call of duty


When I think back on the last 4 years of my life, I realise just how much I have grown and changed as a man. While I would have changed regardless, I believe I am who I am today because I have spent the last 4 years of my life as a soldier. I am not going to extol to you the reasons you should join, or the virtues of service or anything like that because I believe a lot of it to be misguided at best and downright propaganda at worst. Having said that, I do believe the recent calls we have had in our country for national service or at the very least compulsory boot camp straight out of high school are a very good idea. Below I am going to outline, from my own experience, not why you should necessarily join the military but the benefits one gains and the things I have learned. Continue reading

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