“Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.” – Charles Hix
Greetings barbarians! Warning ahead! This post may contain things that when executed perfectly will make you explode with sexiness. So beware, compliments are coming! I don’t see any reason to make a lengthy introduction to it, so let’s just get down to it.
A few days ago, I was rummaging through my closet; thinking of what to wear to my daughter’s school affair. I went for a white casual shirt, a pair of slim fit jeans, and a pair of really good shoes; I was pretty OK but a tad simple if you ask me. So on the day of the event, I have thrown in a leather bracelet along with my usual everyday watch and a pair of sunglasses for good measure. And guess what happened? It worked, it took a tad simple outfit into something that looked fantastic.
Details often could make or break something whether it in life or in style. A minute late at work is often counted in your overall employee rating; a creased shirt still looks bad despite how well it is tailored or the price tag. But a nice cufflink or a tie bar can turn a nice suit into something even nicer. But for us barbarian, it is not everyday wear-a-suit day. So today I wanted to give to you 6 simple accessories to level up your style game. The devil truly is in the details, and for us barbarians, there is no rest for the wicked.
Wearing a watch gives out the impression that you are a man who values time. Given the rise of smartphones and smartwatches, I still do not see any reason to ditch a classic wristwatch. Sure, it could not do half of what a smartwatch can do but it sure is more elegant than a smartwatch. Now, to be elegant does not mean it has to be a Rolex or a Patek Philippe but rather a more classic design like a dress watch, a dive watch or a chronograph. There are tons of budget-friendly options too, like the Pro Diver by Invicta or a SUP880 by Seiko among many others. Being a stylish man does not really have to cost you an arm and a leg. Sure, if you have the money to spend; then I do not see anything wrong with buying luxury but like the rest of the guys like me who aims a little bit higher and look like someone who has not given up on life. It is better to go cheap than to go for knockoffs or worst, be in debt in order to just keep up.
Jewelry is not only stylish but also symbolic, may it be a ring, bracelet, or necklace. Jewelry is worn to represent status and affiliation, but also a great way to spice up your style. A simple metal ring or a leather/bead bracelet can already set you apart from the rest of the pack. Keep it simple, slick, and minimal. Avoid wearing over the top accessories (think Mr. T), Remember that its purpose is to accentuate your style not to serve as its centerpiece.
Want to add a layer of mystery on your look? Try wearing sunglasses. Not only that it is a stylish option as well as eye protection, but it could also instantly make your outfit way cooler. Eyes really are a window to your soul, and almost all of your emotions can be expressed through the eyes (why do you think poker players wear sunglasses during a game). By shielding your eyes, you are shielding minuscule emotions which in turn make you appear more in control or cooler in some sense. Just go for a more classic design like Wayfarers, Aviators, and Clubmasters, and avoid looking like a douche by wearing sports sunglasses when outside doing sports. Another thing, unless you are blind; avoid wearing sunglasses indoors. Nothing screams “Hey, look at me! I’m a major douchebag!” by wearing shades indoors, it just makes you look you so full of yourself and devoid of manners.
Unless you are still in college, it is time to ditch the backpack (or at least go for a leather backpack) and time to invest into a more mature type of luggage like a briefcase or a messenger bag. Leather could be nice, but canvas in a neutral color would suffice. There is great luggage depending on your needs, and a great way to carry your stuff with style. A piece of good quality luggage would cost you, but it would definitely last for years and would be definitely worth the investment.
Imagine this; you finally got that date from that sexy woman from Accounting. Both of you went to this fancy restaurant to have dinner and experience life and its potential. You ask the waiter for the bill, and you pull out this bulky and nasty Velcro wallet from your back pocket. Both your date and the waiter were awestruck with the sight as you fumble through your wallets content. I don’t know about you, but if you ask me that’s not a pretty sight. Moral of the story? Grow up and get a respectable wallet! But Mr. Barbarian, isn’t the contents of the wallet more important than the wallet itself? Absolutely! But the thing is, your wallet also tells me how you handle money. Not only that a good sexy wallet is a style upgrade but it also develops a mindset that no matter how much you have, you got to stay on top of your money. I would recommend a bi-fold wallet or a money clip, or something that has a minimalist design like this card holder (not technically a wallet) from Astrid Leather.
A good fragrance can easily upgrade your style, depending on how you wear it. Avoid bathing in fragrances, a good 2-3 spritz on different hot spots on your body would suffice (e.g. nape, chest, inside of your wrist). Using fragrances is not a substitute for a shower and would strongly advise you not to do so, fragrances are used to enhance your own natural smell not to substitute it. Fragrances are the most intimate of all the accessories since, in my opinion, one should be intimately close for them to smell what you are wearing. If the whole room could smell it, then you have been using it incorrectly. As for recommendations, I would recommend something popular like Armani Acqua Di Gio when you still have not figured out what fragrances compliments you. Personally, I use Boss Bottled Night, Dior Sauvage, Versace Eros, and both CK Euphoria and Obsession. Try to experiment on what fragrances suit you.
Now that we are armed with the necessary upgrades, please be aware of how to use it properly. Or as Uncle Ben says it “With great power comes great responsibility”, and we should all be responsible to our own sexiness. I know it is a lot of hard work, but don’t let that stop you from being the barbarian you wanted to be. You may or may not take my word for it, but at the end of the day, I am just someone who wants you to be happy and to be the best version of you.
So, go forth my faithful barbarians, slay in style and be the sexy beast that you are!
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