Shoes are the base of our daily wardrobe, and if they’re dirty, scuffed, and/or in need of repair, your footwear will negate any effort you’ve taken to dress well. On the other hand, wearing magnificently cared-for footwear can actually excuse an otherwise sloppy wardrobe – shoes are powerful!
But, unfortunately, washing germs away will dry out your hands. Asking men to apply moisturizer can be a challenge, but think of it as an act of good business – no one likes to shake a rough hand. Try to apply several times a day, or at the very least, after your morning shower.
It doesn’t matter how big or small a man is, ill-fitting clothes visually change your body shape. Too-big means visual obesity, making us look small and insignificant, swimming in excess fabric. Too-small clothing makes bodies bulge, accentuating negative qualities and pushing us out of proportion. A correct fit accentuates the positive and helps hide areas about which we may be self-conscious, making us more confident.
People often don’t pay attention to the way they stand, but posture speaks loudly; it can diminish us in the eyes of others or boost our presence and mood. People notice confident people, and confident people stand straight. It’s such a well-known phenomena that even the people at TED have taken note – watch this excellent TED talk about how to turn up your testosterone and your confidence by assuming a “power position” for two minutes.
Leah Morrigan is the first woman in Canada to specialize in men’s image. She’s a certified image consultant with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in costume design (Theatre) and studied fashion design at Ryerson. Leah is an uncommon blend of designer, social researcher, colourist, textile junkie, and transformer of men. She is also the vice- president of the Irish Association of Toronto. Please visit her website: transformyourself.ca.