A first impression is important, but so is being comfortable. Luckily, men’s fashion includes enough variety to let you maintain your personal style. Give your wardrobe a quick update every season and you’ll be ready for any occasion. When it’s time to evaluate your wardrobe, start with your clothes. Make sure you have the basics in men’s clothing for work, play, and social events. After shopping for shirts, jeans, suits, and jackets, enhance your signature style with ties, scarves, sunglasses, and other accessories. The essential men’s accessories include everything from leather belts to watches. To dress right for any occasion, a guy needs at least two watches, one casual and one dressy, as well as any jewelry he chooses to wear. And remember, the objects you carry, such as wallets and business cases, also reflect your style. Now it’s time to check out your shoes. Men’s shoes define an entire outfit; just think of your favorite jeans paired with sneakers or oxfords. Whether you need new dress shoes, casual loafers, or sturdy and stylish winter boots, you’ll find plenty of options to fill out your closet.
Men’s fragrances can be an important part of any guy’s grooming regimen. Just like your fashion, your choice of cologne is part of your aura and becomes parts of the memory others have of you. Cologne is the most popular formula for men’s fragrance. It contains 5 percent essential oils and is less intense than eau de toilette at 10 percent or eau de parfum -- perfume -- which has a concentration of 15 percent essential oils. Wear men’s colognes and aftershaves during the day for a subtle scent. Increase the intensity for evening with the eau de toilette or parfum formula. Each brand of men’s fragrance has its own distinctive scent notes. The intense spicy, woody, and oriental scents are good choices to wear throughout the year, but especially on dark winter evenings. Consider switching to lighter colognes with fresh or citrus scents for summer. If you prefer to have one “signature” scent, probably a designer fragrance, find the one for you and purchase the parfum, cologne, and aftershave; some are even available as shower gels and lotions.
Grooming is an important part of your style, which is why we have a department devoted to shaving supplies for men. With the proper tools and the right aftercare, you can get the perfect shave while taking care of your skin. A good electric shaver gives you a close and comfortable shave, leaving skin smooth and free of stubble. On the other hand, many men learned to shave with a manual razor and blades and have remained loyal to this tried-and-true method. If you have a favorite brand-name razor already, be sure to stock up on plenty of razor cartridges; most are made for specific brands. Men who don’t shave need trimmers to groom their beards and moustaches. And all guys can use a trimmer to shape sideburns and clean up the hairline. Once you’ve chosen your shaving tools, shop for the tonics and conditioners that protect sensitive facial skin. Shaving creams, lotions, and soaps prep and moisturize skin for the razor. Aftershave soothes the face after you’ve finished your morning grooming. Choose an aftershave from a designer fragrance line, and it doubles as your cologne.
Fashion accessories not only help you look sharp; they’re also a wardrobe necessity. That’s why you’ll find all your essential men’s accessories here, all well-organized so you can find exactly what you want. When you’re shopping for men’s accessories, group them into categories according to your lifestyle. If you need clothes for the office, be sure to look at some new ties. You’ll also want a couple of men’s watches with metal or ceramic bracelets, sunglasses, and some understated jewelry, such as stud earrings and link bracelets. Pair your winter coat with a fine cashmere scarf and well-crafted men's gloves. Now choose a professional business or laptop case. If you’re a student or you work outside or in a casual office, choose a sturdy messenger bag or backpack in place of the formal leather case. Neckties may not be a necessity, but a good watch still is; find a durable sports watch for outdoor activities. You can get more creative with your look than the average office worker, so expand your jewelry selections, find colorful scarves, or add to your collection of slouch hats or beanies. And of course, every guy could use another pair of sunglasses.