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Not every exercise will help you build mass. Some exercises are better for building mass while others are great for building strength. To help you achieve your goals, you need to plan your workout and do the correct type of exercises. Keep in mind, though, that building muscles and getting a huge upper body doesn’t happen overnight. Depending on how big you want to get, it may take months or years to build a huge upper body.

Below is a list of exercises for a bigger upper body. These exercises won’t require much of your time. In fact, you can achieve a bigger upper body in under 30 minutes a day! Taking this little time out of your day is well worth the results. It’s great for your personal health and body image. Its also a great way to start and energize yourself for the day.

If you want to beef up your back, shoulders, and traps, these are the exercises for you.

Dumbell Bench Press

Dumbell Bench Press

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Dumbell bench press is a staple in every athlete’s training arsenal. This exercise is great if you’re training alone. You don’t have to bother your fellow gym-goers for the occassional spot. The dumbbells can easily be dropped the moment your arms and chest begin to fail you.

If you want to blast your core and increase your overall shoulder and chest strength, you should spend a lot of time performing the traditional bench press.

  1. Lie down on a flat bench with your feet flat on the floor. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, just to the side of your shoulders. In the starting position, the palms of your hands should be facing towards your feet.
  2. Once you’re in position, take a deep breath and press the dumbbells to lockout at the top. Hold for a few seconds and then begin coming down slowly.
  3. Contract the chest and push the dumbbells back to the starting position.
  4. Repeat the movement for the prescribed amount of repetitions of your training program.

Tip: Ideally, lowering the height should take about twice as long as raising it. Also, breathe in one the descent and breathe out forcefully on the ascent of each repetition.

Incline Barbell Bench Press

Incline Barbell Bench Press

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When the bench is set at 15 to 30 degress, you activate your shoulders. This exercise is aimed at developing the upper portion of the pectoral muscles.

  1. Load the bar to an appropriate weight for your training.
  2. Lay on an inclined bench with your feet flat on the ground, driving through to your hips. Your back should be arched and your shoulder blades retracted.
  3. Take a medium, pronated grip covering the rings on the bar. Remove the bar from the rack, holing the weight above your chest with your arms extended. This will be your starting position.
  4. Lower the bar to the sternum by flexing the elbows. Maintain control and do not bounce off of your chest. Your lats should stay tight and elbows slightly drawn in.
  5. After touching your torso with the bar, extend the elbows to return the bar to the starting position.

Tip: Do not bounce the bar off of the chest. Lower the bar with control. Also, do not lower the bar to the neck. Instead, bring the bar to the upper part of your chest on the descent.

Dumbbell Shoulder Press

Dumbbell Shoulder Press

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The dumbbell shoulder press can produce significant growth of the upper chest, triceps, and shoulders. Certain aspects of the anterior, posterior, and overall shoulder region can be highlighted depending on the grips used, angles, and variations of the shoulder press. You can build bolder shoulders with this powerful exercise.

  1. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and sit on a bench with back support.
  2. Plant your feet firmly on the floor about hip-width apart.
  3. Bend your elbows and raise your upper arms to shoulder height so the dumbbells are at ear level.
  4. Pull your abdominals in so there is a slight cap between the small of your back and the bench.
  5. Place the back of your hand against the pad.
  6. Push the dumbbells up and in until the ends of the dumbbells tough lightly, directly over your head, and then lower the dumbbells back to the ear.

Tip: Hold your breath briefly at the bottom to maximize core stability. As you pass the sticking point, then you can exhale. Breathe in on the way down, puffing out the chest and bringing the shoulders up to meet the dumbbells.

Barbell Shrug

Barbel Shrug

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Barbell shrugs are an effective way to build mass in your traps and shoulders. If you want to give an impression of power, then training traps using barbel shrugs is what you want.

  1. Position the safeties just below waist height in a rack.
  2. Assume a standing position with the bar in front of your body.
  3. Hinge forward, inhale, and grab the bar with a double overhand grip.
  4. Stand up tall and ensure your spine remains neutral.
  5. Contract the traps to elevate the shoulders. Squeeze hard at the top and slowly lower the bar back to the starting position.
  6. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tip: Refrain from trying to lift the barbell by using your biceps. Slowly return to the starting position as your breathe in. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Standing Military Press

Standing Military Press

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This old-school exercise has been around since the advent of barbells. The military press will whip your upper body into shape in a hurry.

If you want to build a muscular, strong upper body and push your shoulders to their limits, then you want to do the military press.

  1. Start by placing a barbell that is about chest high on a squat rack. Once you have selected the weights, grab the barbell using pronated grip. Make sure to grip the bar wider than shoulder width apart from each other.
  2. Slightly bend the knees and place the barbell on your collar bone. Lift the barbell up keeping it lying on your chest. Take a step back and position your feet shoulder width apart from each other.
  3. Once you pick up the barbell with the correct grip length, lift the bar up over your head by locking your arms. Hold at about shoulder level and slightly in front of your head. This is your starting position.
  4. Lower the bar down to the collarbone slowly as you inhale.
  5. Lift the bar back up to the starting position as you exhale.
  6. Repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.

Tip: Never go straight into heavy overhead presses. The ball and socket joint of the shoulder and the muscles that surround it are easy to injure. This is one of the quickest ways to do that.

The old methods of walking on the beach or dinner and movie are most guys go-to options for a first date. After all, these are classic, tried and tested dates ideas, and women love them. But if you want to stand out from the other dates she’s been on, go for first date ideas that are out of the ordinary.

Not sure what to do on your first date? Here are 9 cool first date ideas that will help you get a second one.


Go for a bike ride

First date ideas: Go for a bike ride

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Cycling is one of America’s most popular hobby. The number of people who ride a bike has increased significantly over the years. There’s a good chance that the woman you’re interested in knows how to ride a bike.

Cycling is a cool first date activity. Not only is it fun, it is also out of the ordinary. There are no set rules and involves minimal small talk. You can go on a nice, relaxing bike ride or explore the great outdoors. Who knows, you might discover a cute little village together. Don’t forget to ask your date to grab a drink or a bite to eat along the way.  


Visit a board game cafe

First date ideas: Visit a board game cafe

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You might scoff at the idea of spending your first date playing silly board games, but it’s actually a lot of fun.

Board game cafes and bars are cropping up all over the country. They are perfect for a casual rendezvous or a first date, especially if you like competition.. Since your attention is focused on the game, it gives you an opportunity to unplug, even for just an hour or so and bring. Drop your phones, have fun, and bring your A-game.


Watch an outdoor movie

First date ideas: Watch an outdoor movie

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We don’t usually recommend watching a movie on your first date, but if you’re planning to take here to see a movie under the start, then we’ll make an exception.

You can also do some stargazing once the film is done. If you happen to know something about astrology, that’s even better.


Attend a comedy night

First date ideas: Attend a comedy night

Laughter is the best medicine, they say. We totally agree. Did you know that it’s also a great way to connect with your date?

It’s the perfect way to let loose and have fun. Plan your date and get ready to make her laugh like crazy. Hopefully, you’ll laugh your way to true love.


Karaoke date

First date ideas: Karaoke date

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Karaoke is like happy hour, but better. This is probably on top of your to-do list if you have perfect pitch. Go ahead and impress your date with your karaoke skills.

You don’t have to be an amazing singer in order to pull off a karaoke date. Come to think of it. Being willing to get up there and show your date that you’re not afraid to make a fool of yourself is straight up cool. Someone who is brave enough to sing for his date is worth dating. And it might be the perfect way to get that sought-after second date.


Watch a concert

Watch a concert

First dates tend to be awkward. More often than not, you run out of things to talk about. Sometimes, it ends in an awkward pause or silence. Music will prevent any awkward silences. You can use this as an opportunity to discuss about the band and your type of music. In case you run out of topics to talk about, you can just focus on the music.

Before buying tickets, make sure that you both love the band or at least heard of their music. Even if you realize that she’s not your type, which happens more often than not, you’ll still go home with a smile on your face.


Play video games

First date ideas: Play video games

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The point of a first date is to get to know the person. The problem is that small talks can be awkward. Playing video games may help ease any possible tension between you two.

Some of you may think it’s a silly idea, but it’s actually a great way to show your date that you have a sense of humor and you know how to have a good, old-fashioned fun.


Go hiking

First date ideas: Go hiking

If you’re both into outdoor adventures, why not ask her to go on a wilderness adventure with you.

Taking your date on a hike can definitely bring you closer together. Beautiful scenery, peace and quiet and nothing to distract you from each other. It allows you to really get to know each other and see your date as she is.

Hiking also gives you an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and explore the local countryside. Plus, it is a great way to set yourself apart from the countless other potential romantic interests your date has gone out with.


Do an escape room

First date ideas: Do an escape room

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If you’re looking for unique first date ideas, you may want to consider going on an escape room date.

First dates aren’t usually the serious ones. Escape rooms are designed to be fun, but challenging. The thrilling process of navigating the escape room offer opportunities to be creative, play, and have a good time.

Once the date is over, you can go out for dinner and rehash the exciting experience you’ve had together. We bet your date won’t soon forget about the great time she had with you.


Final thoughts

Let’s face it. First dates are one of the most terrifying things in the world. In addition to enduring the awkward small talks, you also have to figure out where to go. This is one of the most difficult things about planning your first date.

Rather than relying on the old dinner and move date, give her a new experience. Consider one of the 9 first date ideas above to ensure you kick your first date on a high note. Remember, the key to a great first date is to separate yourself from all the other guys she’s dated in the past.

There’s never been a better time to be a fan of the anime genre. Growing from a niche genre that had a single aisle in video stores and late-night TV slots in the 80s and 90s, today the latest anime can be live streamed directly from Japan to your laptop.

With this increase of accessibility, an increase of availability of titles and genres has come. There are only so many hours in the day, though, and with such an overflow of content to choose from what is an anime lover to do? Much as you’d love to watch every show, that would take up all your free time.

Comparison Table

Anime

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Dragon Ball

It is certainly one of the most influential and well-known anime shows of all time

Bleach

There’s a huge cast, and an easy, strong balance between dramatic and comedic elements

Trigun

Trigun is a space-western-steampunk-spaghetti show with both a religious and spiritual sensibility

Cowboy Bebop

It was based on the manga of the same name that consisted of two volumes

Persona 4 The Animation And Persona 4 The Golden Animation

Adaptations of the best-selling game by Atlus

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Is the second adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga

Neon Genesis Evangelion

An anime about human-controlled robots fighting monsters

1. Dragon Ball

If you are new to anime, or a geek who’s lived under a rock for the last twenty years, you’ve got to watch Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. While Dragon Ball hasn’t always had the most consistent quality of content, it is certainly one of the most influential and well-known anime shows of all time.

For many anime fans outside of Japan, the Dragon Ball franchise was their first exposure to anime. Dragon Ball initially began as a serialized manga that was published from 1984 to 1995. In 1986 the manga was adapted into an anime television series.

Dragon Ball

This anime was broadcast from 1986 to 1996 and was split into two separate shows: Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Later, in 1996, the much-derided sequel series by the name of Dragon Ball GT was released.

The over-arching story of Dragon Ball is inspired by Chinese folklore and depicts the adventures of a boy called Goku. The series follows him from his childhood through becoming an adult as he trains in martial arts and seeks the seven legendary artifacts called the Dragon Balls.

When the Dragon Balls are gathered together, they summon a legendary dragon capable of granting a wish. Much of the series is based around the attempts to gather the balls and protect the artifacts from being taken by an evil person. As the story progresses, Goku grows in maturity and power, and is able to defeat mighty enemies.

A common theme throughout the whole series is defeating the enemy and then befriending them and gaining new allies. You know, like two boys in high school having a knock-down drag-out, then becoming best friends. The original intended audience was boys aged 10 to 18, but the fandom has grown to include pretty much anyone of age, gender, or background.

2. Bleach

Bleach is an anime that ran from 2004 to 2012 is based on the manga of the same name that ran from 2001 to 2016. Since Bleach has run well over 300 episodes, it’s no surprise that there’s a huge cast, and an easy, strong balance between dramatic and comedic elements.

Bleach

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Along with Naruto and One Piece, Bleach has been one of the longest-running manga/anime series. The plot of Bleach follows the life of a Japanese high school student by the name of Ichigo Kurosaki who gains the power of a Shinigami – a being whose job is to guide spirits to the afterlife – from a female Shinigami by the name of Rukia Kuchiki.

Because of this accidental gifting of power, Rukia becomes a normal human and Ichigo takes up her job of directing good spirits to heaven and defending his hometown from evil spirits. As the story unfolds, many of Ichigo’s friends discover they have powers and use them to help him protect their home and unravel plots to destroy both human and the spirit world.

The one drawback of Bleach is that it’s currently incomplete. But while the final arc of the manga was never adapted into the anime, there is still a great run of 16 seasons to enjoy. It should be noted that the creator of Bleach, Tite Kubo, cites Dragon Ball as being one of his major influences when he started drawing the manga for Bleach.

3. Trigun

Trigun is a space-western-steampunk-spaghetti show with both a religious and spiritual sensibility. The 26-episode anime aired in 1998 and is a partial adaption of the two series of manga that ran from 1995 to 2007.

Around halfway through the anime, the story begins to diverge from the manga and follows a partial outline that the manga creator, Yasuhiro Nightow, created at the time.

Trigun

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The over-arching story is set on an alien planet in the far future where the survivors of a cataclysm of the earth have settled and developed a society like the American Old West. The most infamous outlaw on this planet is a man called Vash the Stampede, who has a 60-billion-dollar bounty on his head.

As the story unfolds, it’s revealed that despite being the most wanted man alive, Vash is an ardent pacifist with a love of doughnuts and a philosophy of preaching “Love and peace.”

Doing his best to avoid gunfights with the endless amount of bounty hunters after him, Vash and his friends gradually uncover the mysteries of the world on which they live and the spaceships that brought their ancestors there.

4. Cowboy Bebop

The best way to describe Cowboy Bebop is to think of a space western meets film noir with a jazz soundtrack created in heaven. Cowboy Bebop had a 26-episode run that lasted from 1998 to 1999. It was based on the manga of the same name that consisted of two volumes.

Upon its release, the series was both a critical and commercial smash hit in both Japan and throughout the world. The series won numerous awards and has been called a masterpiece, often considered to be the pinnacle of the anime genre.

Cowboy Bebop

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Because of the amazing storyline, incredible soundtrack, and wonderful characters, some critics have deemed Cowboy Bebop the best anime “gateway series” for introducing not-yet-fans to the anime genre as a whole.

The story of Cowboy Bebop takes place in 2071 and follows the lives of a bounty hunting group on their ship called Bebop. Earth has been abandoned and people have taken to colonizing the planets and moons in the solar system. As crime rises in the solar system, the police bring back the concept of wild west bounty hunters and call them “cowboys.”

The main characters are part of this group of bounty hunters, and the story follows their exploits throughout the solar system. Besides containing an obscene amount of musical references, the story is notable for being dark, and gritty, and for deep exploration into the concepts of existentialism and loneliness.

As noted above, Cowboy Bebop’s soundtrack is famous for its incredibly diverse and colorful sound. This is thanks to the composer, Yoko Kanno.

Yoko Kanno is an extremely versatile composer and musician who has put together the soundtracks for an extensive list of anime, video games, and films, and has composed pop music for various artists. Due to her unique ability to compose in practically any genre and her body of work, she is one of Japan’s most famous composers.

5. Persona 4 The Animation And Persona 4 The Golden Animation

Persona 4 the Animation and Persona 4 the Golden Animation are adaptations of the best-selling game by Atlus. Persona 4 the Animation was released as a 25-episode run in 2011, with a movie to wrap up the story in 2012. Persona 4 the Golden is a 12-episode series which presents a twist on various scenarios and introduces new characters into the Persona 4 story.

Persona 4 the Animation and Persona 4 the Golden Animation

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Persona 4’s story is about a teenager by the name of Yu Narukami who moves to the rural Japanese town of Inaba. Within days of arrival in the town, a serial murderer begins killing people. During their daily lives, Yu and his friends discover a mysterious world that exists behind televisions.

The teenagers discover a link between the murders and the TV world and take it upon themselves to investigate and try to find the culprit. As the investigation goes on, the teenagers confront their personality flaws and fears as they unlock the mysterious power of Persona.

It should be noted that the music was composed by the Persona video game composer Shoji Meguro. Like every other soundtrack Meguro has worked on, the music for Persona 4 is a genre-hopping joy to behold – and one of the absolute best anime soundtracks you’ll find anywhere.

If you enjoy collecting soundtracks, then this is one to keep an eye out for.

6. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the second adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga. The anime is a 64-episode series that ran from 2009 through 2010. It is an adaptation of the 27-volume manga that ran from 2001 through 2010.

The first anime adaptation was simply named Fullmetal Alchemist and was a very loose adaption of the original story. The second series was conceived with the intent of being a more faithful adaptation.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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The story of the anime is set in a world reminiscent of the European industrial revolution where the strongest power is the magic of alchemy. Two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, are orphans who are both prodigies at the art of alchemy.

After losing their mother to an illness the brothers travel the world to grow in power. Eventually they return home to try and bring her back to life. Due to a mistake in the alchemy, Alphonse loses his body and Edward suffers the loss of his left leg.

To keep his brother alive, Edward sacrifices his right arm to place Alphonse’s soul in a suit of armor.  Eventually, Edward acquires magic-powered prosthetics for his missing limbs and the two brothers set out on a quest to become state-sanctioned alchemists.

7. Neon Genesis Evangelion

To simply call Neon Genesis Evangelion an anime about human-controlled robots fighting monsters is akin to simply calling Apocalypse Now a popcorn summer blockbuster. From the outset, this 26-episode anime was intended to delve deep into both psychology and examinations of Abrahamic religions.

The story of Neon Genesis Evangelion takes place fifteen years after a global cataclysm. The main character is a teenage boy named Shinji who is recruited to pilot a giant cyborg called an Evangelion to help combat invasions from giant alien monsters called Angels.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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The series examines the emotional states of the teenage pilots as they wage war and begin to uncover the hidden agendas of the government agency that trained them to fight.

Part of what propelled the series to its height of popularity is the controversy surrounding the original ending of the series. The trifecta of parents complaining of the series’ violence, budgetary constraints, and the series director’s battle with depression led to the creation of an extremely abstract ending that mostly consisted of still images, photographs, simple line drawings, and voice-overs.

In 1997, two animated feature-length films were released in order to restore the ending that was originally envisioned. The original run of Neon Genesis Evangelion was from 1995 to 1996 and was a critical and commercial smash.

At the time it aired, the anime industry was in a slump and Neon Genesis Evangelion has been credited with helping revive the industry. The series has had a significant cultural impact around the world, helping to spread Japanese otaku culture, and to also establish anime as a subject worth taking seriously.

Anime Worth Investing In

As you can see, there is a variety of different anime out there to watch. These seven are the best anime because of their story, themes, and great character development. You can’t go wrong with streaming these anime, or buying the DVDs from online retailers, stores like Best Buy, or selected bookstores.

We all want to make a good impression. Since appearance has become an asset of today’s lives, most people strive to look good. Paying attention to your hair and skin is a must if you want to become more attractive. Great looking hair meant proper hair care for men.

Healthy hair is important to make any hairstyle look great. Use these hair care for men tips to maintain the health of your locks. Treat it right and you’ll have healthy and awesome mane for years to come.

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Don’t overwash your hair

Shampoo works like a cleanser. It washes away the grime and product buildup. However, excessive shampooing can be bad for your hair. Daily washing can strip natural oils off your scalp, leaving your hair dry, brittle, more prone to breakage.

No one wants greasy hair. As it turns out, a little bit of hair grease is actually healthy. Every time you wash your hair, you’re washing away your natural sebum. Your body responds by producing more of it. The more frequently you wash your hair, the more oil is produced. It’s good to shower daily, but you’re not supposed to shampoo your hair daily.

You want some oils to remain in your hair and scalp. Sebum keeps your hair soft, easy to manage, and protects your mane from the environment. As such, we suggest that you limit shampooing to three to four times a week.

Condition, condition, condition

We all want soft, shiny, and healthy hair. Unfortunately, most people would describe their hair as dull, dry, and unhealthy. To improve the condition of your hair, you should make regular conditioning a part of your hair care routine.

Make sure that you condition your hair every time you wash it. Not only will it make your hair softer and more manageable, it also prevents tangling and breakage.

Use clarifying shampoo

You may think you have no need for hair detox. But if you usually apply some styling products on your hair or if you color your hair, then you may want to consider adding a clarifying shampoo to your hair care routine.

If you use styling products regularly, the wax, silicone, and other ingredients may coat your strands. Over time, they could build up on top of the other and may clog the pores in your scalp; thereby, leaving you with dull, lackluster locks. In this case, it would be beneficial to occasionally work in a clarifying shampoo into your hair care regimen to remove product buildup.

Hair care for men must include a good clarifying shampoo. It will remove impurities in your hair, making it look full of life again.

Take a cold shower

Nothing is more relaxing than a long, hot shower. However, hot water can dry out your scalp and ruin your hair. When you wash your hair with water that is too hot, you’re removing more oil from your scalp, making your hair more brittle and prone to breakage.

If you want your hair to appear shinier and healthier, we suggest that you wash your hair with cool water. Cold water temporarily tightens skin and prevents it from being stripped of its healthy natural oils too quickly. Not only will it make your hair stronger, healthier, and shinier, it will also improve your skin.

If you aren’t comfortable with cold showers, then go ahead and bathe with warm water. Make sure, though, that you rinse your hair with cold water.

Less is more

Styling products like gel and wax can help keep your hair in place. But too much of it will leave your hair messy and greasy. Plus, it can weigh your hair down.

When it comes to hair products, less is more. Place a pea-sized amount in your palm and then add more as needed. Always rub the product between your hands before applying it to your hair. This is to ensure that your locks are receiving equal attention and that the product is more evenly distributed.

Dry your hair gently

Thin is a word most people don’t want to associate with their hair. Although heredity and stress are the most common causes of hair fall, some bad habits may also ruin your hair. One good example of which is how you dry your hair.

Most people have the habit of drying their hair feverishly with a towel upon stepping out of the shower. It is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get rid of excess moisture. However, it can damage your hair and can possibly make it fall out. Our hair is at its weakest when wet. Meaning, it is more susceptible to damage. Rubbing your wet head with a towel can potentially lead to breakage. Plus, it can rough up the cuticle, causing it to look frizzy.

Towels are made of tough fibers, but the towel itself won’t cause harm to your hair. If you rub it too hard against your hair, it can cause tension and eventually lead to breakage. To prevent damage, use an old shirt or a microfibre towel when drying your hair. Most importantly, do it gently.

Eat healthy

Your hair is a reflection of your overall health. Although good hair care for men practices can help improve the condition of your hair, you also need to eat healthy maintain strong, shiny, and healthy-looking hair.

Proper nutrition is important for healthy hair. Your hair cells need a balance of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals for better hair and scalp health. Make sure that your diet is composed of lean meat, poultry, fish, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Nourish your hair inside and out by eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods. A healthy diet combined with proper hair care for men are a must for healthy, luscious locks.

Essential hair care for men

Good grooming goes beyond following a skin care routine. Besides taking care of your skin, you also need to take care of your hair. Follow the tips above and you’ll see the difference on how awesome your hair looks.

Having your own workout space with home gym equipment has its advantages. It takes a lot of resolve to stick to a routine that might include dragging yourself out to the local rec center where you have to battle with senior citizens for a 15 minute slot on the rowing machine.

If you have the hardened determination to get your butt to the gym every other day without fail – or a swanky gym one floor down in your apartment, then this article isn’t for you. I don’t have either of those, and it’s for that reason that I’ve started a collection of gear for my own home gym. I find that I have less of an excuse for sitting on my butt when there’s a TV downstairs with the same channels on it.

Here are home gym equipment you may want to invest on. These equipment won’t cost you a huge sum of money. Plus, they are easy to use and won’t take up too much room in your home gym.

Chin up bar

Home gym equipment: Chin up bar

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This is probably one of the better purchases you can make. Don’t be discouraged if this home gym equipment is difficult to use at first, especially if you’re not too great at this kind of thing. Seriously. If you can do 3 sets of 12 on your first try, let me know and I’ll be very impressed.

Get one that’s a little more complex for additional exercise possibilities. Try to do 25 reps every morning and evening, and you’ll be suitably impressed with your investment.

Bosu Ball

Home gym equipment: Bosu Ball

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Flip it upside down and do push ups on it. Lay it flat for core exercises and squats. Or better yet, go for any of many, many different uses that I won’t get into right now.

The Bosu might be one of your later investments if you see yourself developing a need for it. Until then, maybe stick with the huge range of equipment-less core exercises that there are out there. Of course, you could always structure your entire workout around it.

Skipping Rope

Home gym equipment: Skipping Rope

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Skipping rope is one of the easiest ways to burn calories. In fact, you can burn at least 300 calories in half an hour of skipping. It helps if your roof isn’t too low. Otherwise, you may want to do it outside. It’s a great workout option during the winter months, when the weather is frightening and you can’t go out for a run or ride your bike. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than a treadmill.

TV

Home gym equipment: TV

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I said it earlier… it’s a lot easier to get yourself moving when there’s no reason to stay on the couch. It’s always best to have a separate room for your TV/workout room combo. But if you can’t, then store all of your equipment in an easy to reach location in your regular TV room. Let it call you when you’re feeling lazy.

Push up grips

Home gym equipment: Push up grips 

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This was one of my first purchases on the home gym front. Although you don’t need them to do push ups, they really get your whole arm involved in the process. It feels like you’re doing more than when you do traditional push ups. Plus,they’re a lot easier on the wrists.

Adjustable dumbbells

Adjustable dumbbells

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Pretty much indispensable, you can use these for the traditional curls and raises, or maximize your value and combine this piece with your others. You can also use them in tandem with your pull up bar, the bosu ball or the bench. That will allow you to get a full body workout on the cheap.

iFitness pro app

iFitness pro app

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What are you going to do with all these home gym equipment? Want to expand repertoire of exercises? This handy little app contains a massive, cross-searchable catalog of exercises, the muscles they target, and the equipment needed to do them. Want to target the chest from your pull up bars? The shoulders with your dumbbells? Enter in the info and get exercises tailored to your desire. It’s a must-have app, especially if you’re a beginner.

Workout Bench

Home gym equipment: Workout Bench

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One of the less common home gym equipment, a workout bench allows you to lie down or sit while doing exercises. It offers you more options when it comes to working with your dumbbells or while doing body weight exercises. I got my hands on one specifically so I’d be able to really work out my chest with elevated pushups and dumbbell chest presses.

Mirror

Mirror 

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Congrats dude! you’re well on your way to getting in shape for the summer. Be sure to remind yourself of your progress by stroking the ego and flexing ’em every so often in the mirror. It might feel a little vain, but feeling and looking healthier is a noble goal. And seeing the results for yourself can be a huge motivator. Oh, and I didn’t offer up any tips for designing your workout , but I will say this: make sure you’re putting in a well-rounded full body workout from home, or you could end up looking like Johnny Bravo. And stay safe!

 

 

Fall and winter call for sterner footwear. As the temperature starts to drop, you need shoes that will help keep your feet warm on a cold weather walk. It’s time to trade in those oxfords with a pair of men’s winter boots. Those shoes are not going to cut it in this chilly weather.

Having the right boots can make all the difference in keeping your feet warm in freezing temperatures. We ransacked the internet to find the best men’s winter boots.

Whether you need sturdy footwear for your day-to-day errands or something that will look nice with your suit, these boots have got you covered. These boots are sure to keep your feet dry, warm, through the winter weather. Hopefully, you can find a good pair of winter boots to spend your hard earned money on.

UGG Hannen TI Men’s Winter Boots

The boots are stylish, comfortable, durable, and waterproof. The seam-sealed construction is an integral part of waterproofing of the boots. Wool lining keeps your feet warm when you’re out and about in the winter weather. The Treadlite Outsole provides optimal traction on all surfaces.

With this men’s winter boots, you can slog your way through slush and puddles of ice or blast your way through snow.

Cole Haan – Warren Waterproof Chelsea Boots

Great winter style boils down to a great pair of shoes. Just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean you should wear clunky winter boots all the time. You need boots that don’t just hold up to the elements, but work seamlessly with a dressier wardrobe as well.

These Cole Haan boots are polished and put-together enough for any suited look. Feel free to wear them with jeans on the weekend.

Dr. Marten’s Vegan 2976 Chelsea Boots

Dr. Marten’s are one of the most classic boot brands out there. They’re durable, stylish, and comfortable. Often, people would conjure up images of big, lace up boots when we talk about Docs. But Dr. Martens have a dressier side.

2976 is a slick, fashion-forward boot that works with everything. Designed in the early ‘70s, this is a style that has stood the test of time. The patented AirWair rubber soles provide comfortable, non-slip traction. The elasticized ankle makes it easier to put on. They may not be cheap, but these boots are built to last.

Palladium Baggy Army Training Camp Boots

If you need a pair of boots that is hearty, yet provides a lot of mobility, look no further than the Baggy.

Perfectly rugged-looking, the boots have a distinctive military-inspired look, which adds a contemporary spin on this versatile style. They can be worn as boots or sneakers. Wear the flap all the way down, halfway or down as desired. Overall, the Baggy is a sturdy pair of laidback boots that is perfect for when you want to take it easy.

Tecovas The Johnny Cowboy Boots

Cowboy boots are attention-grabbing. They can add some flair to your wardrobe.

The Johnny is an elegant and timeless boot that features Tecova’s signature toe stitching, angled heel, and beautiful roughout leather. These suede boots are 100% handcrafted; they are bound to become your favorite.

Don’t worry about the weather. The boots are waterproof so you can take them anywhere.

Timberland 6-Inch Premium Waterproof Boots

Timberland is synonymous with durability and good build quality. These men’s winter boots mean serious business. They won’t crack, breakdown or stain under the season’s harsh conditions. Come to think of it. What would winter be without a fresh pair of Timbs?

Ever Boots Ultra Dry Insulated Waterproof Work Boots

Our toes are the hardest part of our body to keep warm. With temperatures well below zero, winter brings new challenges to those who work outdoors. Work boots like the Ever Boots ensure the winter weather won’t slow you down.

The boots are made with high-quality materials and are designed to keep your feet protected from the elements. Durable polyutherane midsoles keep your feet comfortable all day long. Water-proof leather will keep your feet dry and insulated, but not so heavily insulated to make your feet sweat. Plus, they are also one of the most durable and affordable work boots out there.

The cold weather is officially upon us. As temperatures start to go down, most people would bury themselves in bulky coats, gigantic ski-gloves, and frumpy scarves. They’ll do anything to keep themselves warm, style be damned. You need to remember that your clothes are a visual extension of your personality. To help you dress sharp for fall and winter, we riffled through the biggest men’s fashion trends for fall/winter 2018 you need to know about.

Here are some of the men’s fashion trends to take straight from the runway to your closet. Let’s bring these men’s fall fashion trends 2018 to life.

Layering

Men's fashion trends: Layering

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Winter weather can be unpredictable. One day it’s as cold as hell, the next balmy. Since it’s hard to tell what the weather will bring, you need to dress smart to stay warm throughout the season. Layering is key to protecting yourself from the outside elements. But there are some pretty adventurous layering ideas going on in the upper echelons of the fashion industry right now.

2018 menswear sent a clear message this year: more is more. In fact, the models were wearing so many garments, they appeared five times bigger than usual.

The trend may be difficult to emulate. But if you’d like to wear the layered trend, grab a trench coat in a neutral tone and mix it with other items already in your closet. This will give you quick and dirty layered look. Hugo Boss topped suits and tailored blazers with their traditional gray oversized trench.

80s men’s fashion trends are back in style

80s men’s fashion trends are back in style 

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Men’s fashion trends come and go. This season, the 1980s fashion is back in a big way. In fact, power suiting, wild animal prints, sequins galore, and even shoulder pads were all over the Fall 2018 runways.

Love it or hate it, there is no doubt that 80s fashion is coming on strong. Whether you opt for power suiting and oversized shoulders from Givenchy and Versace or oversized outerwear from Marc Jacobs,

big and bold is the name of the game this season.

Brown is the new black

Brown is the new black 

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Brown has been shunned by the masses for years. Most people think of it as drab and ugly. But things are taking an interesting turn as more and more people are starting to embrace this under-appreciated hue. In fact, brown is the new black for men’s autumn fashion 2018.

The beauty of the chocolate takeover is that brown brown looks good on everyone. From chocolate, to beige, taupe, walnut, and tan, there is something to suit all taste. The key is to find the right shade for you.

Get on board with this season’s hot chocolate trend. You’d be surprised what this low-key earth tone can do for your style.

Winter brights

Men's fashion trends: Winter brights 

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Neon is a trend no one can ignore this season. Designers like Armani, Louis Vuitton, Jeremy Scott, and Brandon Maxwell lit up the runways as they showcased a colorful selection of ultra bright pieces. Their collection made a very strong case for ditching neutral palette in favor of some vivid hues. Now, neon is one of the biggest men’s fashion trends for fall and winter.

Winter is often full of dreary shades of brown, black, and gray . Winter fashion will no longer be dull and boring this season with the introduction of bold and bright colors into everyday outfit. It is best worn as a standout pop of color against a beige, gray, navy or black outfit.

Add a pop of neon detailing to shift the entire feel of an outfit. Choose one clothing item and let it shout. Don’t overdo it. One is enough.

Leather is in

Men's fashion trends: Leather

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Patent leather is one of the biggest men’s fashion trends this fall 2018. In fact, it is the most dominant of all fabrics this season.

Leather comes in so many shapes, silhouettes, and looks. It can be boots, jacket, pants, vest, or any other accessory. Big designer brands such as Givenchy, Hermes, and Valentino featured the material in different colors and silhouettes.

Leather jackets are a great way to toughen up your look. Pair it with a black shirt. This works well for an evening or going out look. If you’re quite fancy and you want to smarten up your look, try mixing your leather jacket with tailored trousers.

Shearling

Shearling 

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Shearling jackets are crafted from the actual skin of a sheep or lamb. It is the perfect way to embrace the colder months in comfort. But if cost and ecology plays a part in your decision making, faux shearling is a great alternative. They look as good as the real thing, and save you money in the process.

Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, and Gucci all featured luxurious faux options. They pledged not to use real fur and lived up to their promise.

For a versatile, off-duty look, consider a shearling curduroy jacket. The darker color of the exterior comands less attention, but still retains that classic style. You may also wear it with a classic pair of denim jeans, alongside a crewneck shirt.

Logomania

Men's fashion trends: Logo Mania 

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We’ve received a memo that logomania has returned. This time, it’s bolder than ever. It’s the perfect way for referencing the season without the need to deveop new lines.

Following the success of Gucci side-striped tracksuits, big fashion houses are assuming the style heritage they rejected for so long. This time, the runways were packed with slogans and brands positioned vertically on jackets or running down the side of pants.

If you’re looking to change up your look a little bit, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a new wardrobe or fancy accessories. Sometimes, something as simple as a new facial hair style can take you leaps and bounds when it comes to looking and feeling your best.

But with so many different facial hair styles out there, which one should you go with?

10 Best Facial Hair Styles

While there are a number of different facial hair styles you can rock at any given time, here are 10 that may be the best for you.

1. The Few-Day Stubble Beard

This is one of the easiest styles to pull off in that it’s pretty simple to grow and maintain, and it’s perfect for all face shapes. To achieve this look from a clean-shaven face, all you have to do is go about a maximum of three days without shaving (depending on how quickly your beard grows), and then use a trimmer to maintain.

When rocking this look, you will want to make sure that your neck is cleaned up (trimming or taking a razor to any hair that grows below the Adam’s apple is a good rule of thumb) and that any hair that grows just above your cheekbone is shaved or trimmed.

Depending on how scruffy you want your stubble beard to look, you can either use a two-millimeter (short stubble), a four-millimeter (medium stubble), or six-millimeter attachment trimmer comb. If you want that shorter stubble look, you should trim about every two days, whereas a medium stubble look necessitates a trim about every week or so.

For that longer stubble look, you can go as long as two weeks before trimming, but make sure you’re getting rid of any longer hairs that pop up in the meantime.

2. The Balbo

Perfect for guys with more narrow chins, the Balbo is a beard without sideburns and that has a trimmed, floating mustache. Robert Downey Jr. has been known to rock this style from time to time, so it’s definitely fairly popular.

If you want to pull off this look, you will need to grow a full beard first. Wait at least about four weeks until you begin the beard sculpting process. Once you have enough beard to work with, you will need to utilize some quality razors, both of the electric and straight razor variety.

To get that perfect Balbo look, you need a steady and precise hand, so if this is something you’re willing to undertake yourself, be patient.

3. The Van Dyke

Perfect for guys with narrow chins, this facial hair style was popularized by 17th century Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyke and is a mixture of a goatee and a mustache. Achieving this beard type requires delicate care and precision.

First, wait until your beard gets a decent amount of stubble. Then, using a good razor, shave all of the hair off your cheeks, neck, and sideburns. Leaving the mustache completely unaffected, form you beard in the chin region by making what can best be described as an inverted T.

Next, allow the beard on your chin to grow until it reaches about two inches. Finally, be sure to trim every once and a while to get that ideal V shape.

4. The Imperial

Popularized during the 2nd Empire, the Imperial is a mustache style that is perfect for oblong or rectangular faces. While it is normally worn as a standalone mustache, it can also be incorporated with chin beards or sideburns. Just make sure that, if you do decide to have some accompanying facial hair, the mustache remains the focal point.

To achieve this look, go as long as you can without shaving, so that you have thick enough whiskers that can be properly shaped. Many growers of the Imperial wait as long as three months to get that perfect look.

You want to make sure that the hair near your mustache is shaved, but don’t trim the mustache itself. An untrimmed mustache is absolutely crucial to maintaining that natural look.

Finally, and this is the main feature of the Imperial, you will want to use either mustache wax or beard oil to curl the ends of the mustache. The end result will have you looking as fancy as ever.

5. The Circle Beard

Ideal for round and oval faces, the circle beard (also referred to as the “standard” beard), is a tidy and presentable mixture of a rounded goatee beard and a mustache.

For this look, you will want to go a fairly decent amount of time without shaving to ensure that your facial hair is properly thick. Once it’s time to sculpt that circle beard style, most guys will go to a salon to get it properly shaped, since it can be tricky to get that circle shape down pat.

But, with the right amount of precision and patience as well as the perfect combination of shaving and trimming, you can achieve the circle beard look on your own.

6. The Full Beard

Most guys who are looking to grow beards prefer the full beard. Unfortunately, not every guy can grow a full beard, since it’s pretty much dependent on genetics.

For those who can achieve it, it is best suited for triangle, inverted triangle, or diamond face shapes. To best attain the full beard look, allow your facial hair to grow until it’s at around a medium stubble length and then shape it with a razor. Wait until six weeks before shaving, and then trim to keep the beard at the appropriate length.

7. The Extended Goatee

Guys with either oval or square face shapes are best suited for the extended goatee, which is also known as the Hollywoodian or the tailback. A combination of a mustache and a goatee, this style is unlike the full beard in that it requires you to take the hair off of your sideburns.

Before shaping your beard into an extended goatee, be sure to grow your facial hair to medium stubble. Then, while making sure you keep your mustache completely intact, trim your facial hair to your preferred width.

8. The Mutton Chops

Also referred to as sideburns or side whiskers, mutton chops were popularized by famous Civil War general Ambrose Burnside (who gave us the term “sideburn” to begin with).

Best for square or circular face shapes, this facial hair style is achieved by allowing your mustache and sideburns to grow until they meet up. You will want to be sure that you shave all the hair on your chin until your lower lip region.

For added effect, let your sideburns grow out until they become extra fluffy.

9. The Garibaldi

Best for rectangular or oval faces, the Garibaldi has a wild and unkempt look to it, but it does work for some guys.

To accomplish this facial hair style, you’ll need to let your beard grow for a long time. We’re talking about four months, or until it gets to be around 20 centimeters. To give it that round look, make sure that you shape and trim the lower area.

Despite having so much beard to work with, it’s actually best if you don’t use any styling products, so that the beard keeps its natural look. You will want to make sure you keep your eye on your mustache length though, as a mustache that is too long will take the focus away from the beard itself.

10. Clean Shaven

Hey, technically being clean shaven is a facial hair style, despite there not being any hair on your face. Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to rock a clean look every once and a while.

Comparison Table

Facial Hair

Details

The Few-Day Stubble Beard

Pretty simple to grow and maintain, and it’s perfect for all face shapes

The Balbo

A beard without sideburns and that has a trimmed, floating mustache

The Van Dyke

Allow the beard on your chin to grow until it reaches about two inches

The Imperial

Go as long as you can without shaving

The Circle Beard

A tidy and presentable mixture of a rounded goatee beard and a mustache

The Full Beard

Best suited for triangle, inverted triangle, or diamond face shapes

The Extended Goatee

Requires you to take the hair off of your sideburns

The Mutton Chops

Allowing your mustache and sideburns to grow until they meet up

The Garibaldi

You’ll need to let your beard grow for a long time or until it gets to be around 20 centimeters

Clean Shaven

Technically being clean shaven is a facial hair style

Choosing The Right Style Of Facial Hair For You

When deciding on the right facial hair style for you, there are several things you should think about. For one, you want to take the shape of your face into consideration. Depending on if you have a more square-shaped face or a rounder face or more rectangular face, some facial hair styles may work better than others.

You will also want to take your beard-growing capabilities into account. Not all beard-havers are created equal, and while some guys can grow hair on pretty much every inch of their face, others might have particular spots that just don’t grow in. Obviously, not being able to grow facial hair in certain areas will disqualify you from pulling off certain looks, so be sure to keep that in mind.

Additionally, you will want to consider your budget. Some facial hair styles will require you to get certain products, whether it be beard oil or a full-on trimming kit, to maintain the style. Simply put, the longer the beard, the more time and money you need to put into grooming it.

Finally, you will want to choose the style or styles that look best on you. Suggest to a significant other or to close friends or family members what look you’re considering going with. If they react strongly one way or another, you should have a pretty solid idea public opinion-wise.

Bottom line though, it has to be a style that you feel confident rocking. If you think you can pull it off, then by all means give it a try. If it’s not getting the reaction you were hoping for, then you can just shave it all off and start from scratch.

The holiday season is something we look forward to every year. The season is filled with social gatherings, delicious foods, and festivities. During this time of the year, many of you probably receive a number of invitations. Sometimes, the invite doesn’t even mention any dress code, so you have no idea how to put together your holiday party outfit.

Need help getting your party attire ready for the holiday season? Then you came to the right place. Whether you’re attending an office soiree, a Christmas dinner with your family or a New Year’s bash, these holiday party outfit ideas that are sure to stun.  


Casual Get-Togethers

Holiday party outfit for casual get-togethers

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The holiday season gives us an opportunity to spend time with our family and friends. Since most of these events are just casual gatherings, you want a holiday party outfit that looks great and feels comfortable at the same time. In this case, you are free to bring out the denim jeans. Make sure, though, that they’re in dark wash.

Show off a bit with a cool, but casual look. A chambray shirt is also a great option for this occasion. It’s a classic, versatile shirt. Plus, it’s a more relaxed version of your standard blue dress shirt. You can easily dress it up depending on the jacket or blazer you wear over it.

With freezing temps and chilly wind, you’re going to need something to keep you warm. Stick with rugged essentials and opt for a canvas field jacket or a leather jacket. For a more sophisticated look, throw in a plaid blazer. You’ll get bonus points for one with seasonal green weaved into the pattern.


Holiday Party Outfit for Office Party

Holiday party outfit for office party

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Office parties provide an opportunity to mingle with your colleagues in a more casual setting. Keep in mind, though, that it’s still a corporate party, so it is best to keep it professional. Also, your outfit should include a balance of comfort, style, and versatility.

Your holiday party outfit largely depends on where you work. Start by taking cues from your co-workers and what they wear on a daily basis. If the occasions calls for dressy casual, opt for a marginally refined version of your day-to-day work outfit. In this case, an Oxford shirt and dress pants would be a great option. Leave the tie at home.

Amp up your holiday party attire by incorporating some accessories like a statement watch to your holiday attire. But if you work for a company that favors high class cocktails, then a more formal outfit is in order.


Outfit Idea for Cocktail Party

Outfit Idea for Cocktail Party

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Most men would wear a suit to a cocktail party, but there are other holiday party outfits to choose from.

Cocktail party attire is akin to semi-formal. If you choose to wear a suit, go for a suit in a darker color palette . If you want a more laid back look, you can wear a blazer with a dark-wash jeans or chinos in black, navy or gray. Or better yet, wear a dress shirt with a pair of dress pants. Depending on the event, you may be able to go open neck. Add a layer by throwing in a wool vest. Ground your look with Brogue Oxford dress shoes.

For your cocktail attire, the key is to opt for more a more relaxed tailoring. The cocktails are flowing, try to loosen up a bit.


Formal Events

Holiday party outfit for formal events

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Suits are always the best option when it comes to formal parties. Go with a white formal shirt, black or navy suit, black bow tie, and black dress shoes. A charcoal, gray or a navy suit are also excellent choices.

If you want to incorporate some festive spirit to your holiday party outfit, you can do so but in moderation. Go for a light blue shirt and a forest green knitted tie. It will add a pop of color to your outfit, without looking tacky.

Accessories are the perfect way to elevate your look. Wear classic, quality accessories such as a classic tie and a nice tie. Don’t forget to shine your shoes. There’s no negotiation here.

You should always look clean and fresh when wearing a suit. Our advice is to head over to your barber or hair stylist a few days before the event to make sure that you look your best.

Ugly Sweater Party

Outfit idea for ugly sweater party

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Holiday parties are your time to show off your holiday spirit. You may be tempted to wear a Rudolph sweatshirt with flashing bulbs, but please the urge to do so. You can still show some Christmas spirit to your holiday party outfit without looking flashy.

Channel the festive season by sticking with seasonal colors. Instead of choosing bright, saturated colors, play around with darker and lighter colors of red, green, white, and blue. Keep your denim dark.

Men’s sweatshirt may not be the most fashion-forward item in your wardrobe, but it is a comfortable, versatile piece of clothing that you can wear all year round. You probably already have one stuffed down the back of your drawer. It’s time to get that hoodie out of the closet.

Not too long ago, hoodies have garnered a bit of a bad reputation. They were seen as a uniform of skate park devotees. But with more and more men adopting an elegant comfort approach to their off-duty attire, this humble cotton top has risen to an everyday wardrobe essential. In fact, it has become a fashion staple in recent seasons.

Rock your men’s sweatshirt in the right way, and you’re sure to gain appreciative glances. Use these tips for that ultimate laidback look.

Street style

Men's sweatshirt street style 

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There was a time when a hoodie was associated with angry adolescents. With designers putting their own twists on this comfy garment, you can just throw on a hoodie over a pair of jeans and still look good.

Hoodies are great for when you just need to throw something in a rush. Although it is perfectly fine to just wear a hoodie as the main piece of outerwear, why not go one step further and pair it with a bomber jacket or a light denim jacket. Keep the outfit together by wearing a beanie in the same color hue as your hoodie. The contrasting colors will make for an eye-catching look. Plus, it’s perfect for those chilly nights.

Dress it up

 Dress up men's sweatshirt

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A hoodie is an underrated piece of clothing that is not usually worn in a stylish way. People often think of it as too casual due to its athletic aesthetic. But a few minor tweaks can completely transform your look.

Sweatshirts can be dressed up or down depending on your mood. It is easy to use for both smart casual or street look. What you choose to team with your sweatshirt will shape the look you want to achieve.

Try wearing a gray hoodie with underneath a black biker jacket. Combine this outfit with dark-colored jeans and Chelsea boots. The hoodie can add some extra detail to your style. Plus, you’ll get more of a dressed up edgy look.

Sporty look

 men's sweatshirt sporty style

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A basic hoodie is ideal if you want a sporty look. It gained mass appeal when people started wearing them in Ivy League universities. Since then, it was adopted by sports apparel companies and even designers.  What better way to style a hoodie than with a sports luxe influence?

Over the years, menswear has treaded into more casual, sporty teritory. The good news is that you can incorporate men’s sweatshirt into your everyday looks without looking like you were too lazy to change out of your gym wear.

Go for a tonal look with head-to-toe gray and black hues. You can go for a white shirt underneath a gray zip up hoodie. Pair it with a pair of joggers and a classic pair of slip on Vans. If you want to accessorize, go for a simple black or white cap.

Men’s sweatshirt as part of a layered look

Men’s sweatshirt as part of a layered look

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As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, it’s time to start thinking about this season’s wardrobe.

Layering is important, especially in winter since you’ll often be moving between hot and cold environments. The best thing about layering is to be able to remove an outer layer without compromising the style of your outfit.

When layering, make sure that each layer is something you can wear on its own. The hoodie is a versatile, functional piece of clothing. You can wear it on its own or use it as a layering component.

Layer the sweatshirt by wearing an overcoat, a nice fitting top coat or trench with it. Just make sure that you choose a thin sweatshirt to avoid looking stuffed or overweight. The cardigan-sweatshirt combo also works just as great in colder months. You can get creative while layering your outfit.

Go for a monochrome look

Go for a monochrome look

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The key to choosing hoodie colors is to keep it simple. Choose neutral colors like black, white, ivory, blue, and gray. What’s great about neutral colored men’s hoodie is that it balances out bold and bright colors. That means, you can match your men’s sweatshirt with both neutral colored and bright colored clothing. Or you can go for a monochrome look.

Black and white may not seem like the most interesting color, but going for a monochrome look is a surefire way to look put together and stylish. You can go for a black hoodie and black skinny jeans. Add a black bomber jacket and a cap to complete the look. Keep your footwear simple if you already have a lot going on. Remember to keep the visual interest going by varying the textures within your look.

Proposing to the love of your life takes a lot of courage, creativity and ingenuity. It only happens once in a lifetime so you want to make sure yours is unique and special in your own way. You already bought the ring and are trying to keep it hidden as you scour the internet for marriage proposal ideas.

If you’re in a little bit of a rut for unique and creative ways to propose, we’re here to help you out. From simple and intimate proposals to the more complicated ones, we have them on the list. Put your own spin on one of these marriage proposal ideas and she’ll definitely remember it for the rest of her life.

Marriage proposal ideas

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Go on a vacation Marriage proposal during a vacation

It is not uncommon for men to propose to their girlfriends while on vacation. If you’re considering proposing during a trip, we recommend that you do a bit of research before you leave. There are tons of opportunities for you to pull off a romantic surprise for her. Find out what the venue has to offer. While you’re at it, you may also want to find the perfect spot for your proposal.

During the trip, you can go scuba diving, hiking, horse-back riding or any other activities you wish. What’s great about proposing during a vacation is that she won’t realize that you’re planning something. Rather, she’ll think they’re just a part of the vacation.

Seek help from family members

Marriage proposal idea: Seek help from family members

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If your partner is close to her family, odds are she wants to share this moment with them. Enlist the help of her family and try to get them involved in the proposal.

Tell her that one of her family members is throwing a party, so you’ll be going together. Since her family is on your side, it will be easier to make her believe that nothing is out of the ordinary. You can ask them to arrive at the venue earlier and hold a sign that says “will you marry me?” This will be the first thing she sees once you reach the venue.

You can also do the proposal in private, so she gets to enjoy the moment. Ask everyone to hide until the proposal is done. Once she says yes, you can give them the go signal to come out to surprise her and then you can all celebrate together.

Ask her favorite author to help with the proposal

 Marriage proposal through a book

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If your girlfriend is a book lover, nothing will make her happier than receiving a book as a gift. Buy her a book from one of her favorite authors. To make the proposal extra special, have it signed by the author and ask him/her to write “Will you marry (your name)?”

Take her out on a date and tell her you have a surprise for her. Once you’re seated, give her the book. Let her read the message to help build up all the emotions. Make sure that you’re down on one knee and holding the ring when she peaks up from the book. Any proposal that involves books and their favorite author is every book lover’s dream. Plus, they’ll have a keepsake to hold on to for the rest of their lives.

Propose on the beach

Propose on the beach

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There is something romantic and magical about a beach proposal. The waves give a serene sound. The views are amazing. The pristine stretch of soft white sand provides an excellent backdrop for giving her your heartfelt proposal.

After a leisurely meal, take your sweetheart for a stroll in the beach. As you walk hand-in-hand, take her to a spot, where you have written the message a few hours ago.  As you walk along, ask her to read what is written on the sand. Pretend you’ve never seen it before. Pull the ring box out of your pocket as she reads it so you have it ready for her when she turns around.

Scavenger hunt

 Scavenger hunt marriage proposal

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Scavenger hunts are fun and exciting. It provides an excellent marriage proposal idea for ladies who like an adventure.

To start with, think of 3 to 4 places that are meaningful to your relationship. These are the places where the clues will be. For this to work, you may seek help from her family and her friends. You can ask 2 of her friends to help her during the game; while other family members and friends will be waiting for her on the next stations and hand her the clues. You should keep yourself out of the hunt to ensure that you can flawlessly execute your plan.

As she reaches the final location, you’ll be there waiting for her. Now, it’s your turn to hand her the final clue. While she’s reading it, you pull the ring out of your pocket and ask her to spend the rest of her life with you. With such a creative and well-planned marriage proposal ideas, we can guarantee that your sweetheart is going to say yes.

Believe it or not, getting dressed in the morning isn’t just a problem women face. In fact, a lot of men would look at their wardrobe and struggle every morning, not knowing what to put on. They want to make a better first impression, but there are only limited choices out there. Plus, most men’s street style revolves around whatever is trendy this season.

Mainstream fashion changes too fast. New fashion trends are being introduced almost every season. The average men can’t afford to change their wardrobe every season. That said, we highly recommend that you shop for pieces that isn’t specific to any given season. The good news is that men’s street style tends to lean toward staple pieces. They are versatile and comfortable, which makes them ideal for everyday wear.

For men who wants to keep it casual but don’t want to look lousy, this men’s style guide is for you. To give you an inspiration for your next look, we have collated some of the best men’s street style ideas you need to try.

Dark jeans

Men's street style: dark jeans

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Men’s wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a good pair of jeans. They are a staple in men’s street style. They are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own and works well with almost every outfit.

A lot of people see jeans and shirt as sloppy. Whether you like it or not, men’s street style plays a huge part of men’s fashion. That means, you don’t need to give up your jeans any time soon.

To upgrade your jeans game this season, we highly recommend that you invest in high quality jeans. That means simple, dark colored, straight legged, and free from wear and tear. Dress things up a notch by pairing your denim jeans with a short or long-sleeved shirt. If you want to keep things a bit casual, opt for plain-colored shirt and pair it with rugged accents. No logos or graphics. Also, make sure that it fits perfectly. Men’s street style is about looking rugged without looking sloppy.

Bold printed shirts

Men's street style: Bold printed shirts

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Printed shirts are a huge trend this year. In fact, almost every high street brand and store carries men’s bold print shirts. It’s impossible to walk down the street without seeing someone wearing a printed shirt. Floral prints, Hawaiian shirts, stripes, and even polka dot prints are everywhere.

If you are looking for a casual date ensemble that would give off a good impression, then look no further. Printed shirts are a great way to add a subtle edge or statement to men’s style. But if you decide to make it the center piece of your outfit, then we highly recommend that you keep the rest of your outfit simple. You don’t want to give people a headache. Pair it with denim jeans or chino pants and a pair of white canvas sneakers. This summer, you may also put on some sunglasses to complete the look.

When done right, printed shirts can transform an outfit. The key is to find the right shirt for you and wear it with confidence. Awkwardness is difficult to hide. Any kind of second guessing will make you look uncomfortable.

Monochrome prints

Men's street style: Monochrome prints

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For those who aren’t brave enough to rock the printed and patterned shirts, try monochrome.  Here, clothes are featured in traditional patterns like gingham and stripes, which allows you to make daring statement, but in a more subtle way. This creates a look that is classic and sophisticated, simple yet modern.

During the 17th and 18th century, monochrome pieces tend to be worn on more formal settings. In the modern times, however, monochrome is acceptable in both formal and casual settings. Last time, we wrote an article that highlights the changes in men’s fashion and style through the years. For those who are interested to learn how men’s fashion progressed through the century, click here.

For an eye-catching, yet understated look, try varying the textures within your look. Throw a plain white shirt and pair it with black jeans. You may also add in a leather jacket to add in an interesting twist to a plain outfit. Finish off the look with a pair of trainers. This is a great option since monochrome is one of the most wearable trends. Plus, it is not specific to any season, so you can wear them all year round.

White out

Men's street style: White out

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While everyone is busy making statements with bold patterns and eye-catching hues, others are taking on a minimal approach. White clothing is a staple in spring and summer men’s style. It creates a relaxed, laidback look. Plus, white reflects light, so you don’t feel too hot. Ultimately, it’s a classic and suits almost any occasion and situation.  You can’t go wrong with all white.

Some people are worried that all-white look may look like you’re wearing a uniform. Others are hesitant to give this look a try as it may come across as unimaginative or boring. For a more casual style, choose a white polo shirt and pair it with a chinos or white jeans. For summer, white linen shirts and breezy pants would make a great outfit.

White on white can be overpowering, so try to get a touch of color in there. You can add accessories like watches, sunglasses, handkerchiefs, patterned ties, and colored belts.

Men’s street style

Street style dressing doesn’t always translate to loose shirts, baggy pants and trainers. Given the amount of more complex designs and high-end designer clothing being introduced in men’s style, you’d be forgiven for thinking that.

Trends come and go. Over the years, we’ve seen significant changes with men’s street style. Today, men are no longer limited to shirts, jeans and sneakers. Rather, they are free to choose whatever type of clothing they want – something that would reflect their individual style. Be bold, brave and adventurous with how you dress. Remember, fashion is all about finding your personal style.

As the temperatures start to drop, your hunt for your perfect autumn, winter, and spring wardrobe begins. Every man’s wardrobe should have a suitable set of jackets. You want some men’s jacket styles that will not only keep you perfectly warm, but make you look good as well. After all, your jackets and coats are the first piece that screams style and the final piece that is carefully worn.

There are different types of jackets for men available in the market today. With a wide variety of choices, choosing the right outerwear can be a difficult task. In this blog post, we have listed down different men’s jacket styles that you can rock through the cold season in style.

Here are 6 men’s jacket styles every guy should have in his closet.

Hoodie

Men's jacket styles: hoodie

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The hoodie is typically worn for casual or sportswear. It may not be the most fashion-forward item in your wardrobe, but it is one of the most versatile men’s jacket styles. You can incorporate it in various outfits. You can be as bold or as simple as you want.

Depending on your mood, the hoodie can be dressed up or down. Not only does it look fashionably casual, it also helps keep your hair and face dry in the rain. You can wear it as part of an athleisure look, as part of a cool, casual weekend outfit or as part of a layered look. If you want to keep your look easy and relaxed, try wearing it with a pair of jeans and sneakers or boots. For an edgy and stylish outfit, try partnering it with a leather or denim jacket.

Denim jacket

Men's jacket styles: Denim jacket

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The journey of jacket began in the early 1900s. Originally, denim jackets were created to repurpose old scraps from jeans manufacturers. Since denim is known for being a durable, breathable utility garment, it was intended as an outerwear for miners, railroad engineers, and cowboys. It was created as a companion to work trousers. Today, however, the denim jacket is a staple piece that can add a rugged element to your style.

The denim jacket is a must for every guy’s closet. The good thing about the denim jacket is its durability. It retains its integrity even after years of wearing it. You are more likely to get bored of wearing it and it still looks great.

The denim jacket is one of those men’s jacket styles that are versatile. You can wear it with whatever outfit you want. It looks excellent with both casual and smart casual outfits. If you’re wondering, yes, you can pair it with jeans. Make sure, though, that the pants and jacket are two shades apart.

Biker jacket

Men's Jacket Styles: Biker jacket

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The biker jacket is a piece of clothing you would usually find hanging in the closet of fashionable guys. It may not be as versatile as compared to other men’s jacket styles, but it is worth investing on. Why? Because it’s durable and doesn’t go out of style. A good leather jacket can last a lifetime. Its tough-guy appeal is timeless. Plus, it gives the wearer a sense of edginess, competence, and toughness.

Keep things rugged yet relaxed by pairing your biker jacket with a printed t-shirt and slim fit jeans. If you want to add an extra luxury element to your outfit, consider pairing it with a chunky roll-neck.

Bomber jacket

Bomber jacket

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The bomber jacket can be identified by its defined neckline, front zip closure, and ribbed cuffs and hems. For years, it has been a classis menswear. It is a versatile piece and is considered as one of the most popular men’s jacket styles.

Bomber jackets come in a wide variety of fits and styles. It comes in almost every variety you can think of. Originally, bomber jackets were made out of thick, heavy duty leather and ends above the hip bone. Today’s modern styles come in longer designs or slim fit that will integrate perfectly within your current looks.

Rock a bomber jacket with blue ripped skinny jeans and a white shirt for an easy going look. Go for a pair of dark brown leather boots for a masculine aesthetic.

Trench coat

Trench coat

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The trench coat is one of the most functional, adaptable, and refined pieces of clothing you have in your wardrobe. It has remained a constant in menswear since it first debuted over 100 years ago.

Although a trench coat can be hard on the wallet, it is a sound investment. Not only is it durable, it never goes out of style. You can be sure that it will never become dated. In fact, it has changed very little in over 100 years.

The modern trench comes in all shades and colors. But the golden standard for trenches is beige, khaki or black. Keep it simple and manly by wearing your trench coat over suit and tie. Smarten things up with a pair of dress shoes. If you want an easy, outgoing look, try wearing it over a hoodie. This will give a sporty feel to the coat.

Pea coat

Pea coat

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A pea coat is a short, double-breasted overcoat that features large notch lapels and big buttons in front. It is the perfect seasonal coat to take you through fall and winter.

Pea coat is typically made with heavy melton cloth. While the name may not sound appealing, this coat can smarten up even the simplest outfit. It is also a great choice if you’re going for a sporty style. Simply pair it with a pair of dark blue jeans and sneakers. Opt for a dark blue pea coat and navy suit pants for a classic style.

 

It is normal to shed about 50 to 100 hair strands a day. With over 100,000 hairs on your head, losing 100 strands a day may not seem like a big deal. But if you’re shedding more hair than usual or you notice some thinning patches of hair, you are probably experiencing male hair loss.

Hair loss is one of the most common symptoms of aging. Although hair loss in prevalent in older adults, hair loss can also occur in younger individuals as well. Both men and women tend to lose hair as they age, but the problem seems to be more apparent in male. In fact, studies suggest that 25% of men suffer from thinning hair by the time they’re 30. 50% of them will either be bald or are suffering from male hair loss by the age of 50.

There are a number of factors that play a part in the in the development of male pattern baldness in younger men. Here are some of the most common reasons why young men start losing hair.

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Genetics

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 80 million Americans suffer from hereditary hair loss. This is the most common cause of male hair loss. You may be more vulnerable if either your mother or father or both your parents had hair loss. In some cases, they start losing hair in their 20s or 30s.

Androgenetic Alopecia is a type of hair loss that is caused by a gene you inherited from your parents. The condition usually develops slowly. In most cases, it begins at the crown and temples and then progresses into an M-shaped pattern. It usually begins with thinning of the hair and then eventually progresses to complete hair loss.

Unfortunately, hereditary pattern baldness is permanent. Once you begin losing hair, there is no way you can reverse it. The good news is that you can slow down the process. Finasteride and Minoxidil solution may help slow further hair loss.

Stress and anxiety causes male hair loss

Stress is a normal part of life. In fact, several studies revealed that exposure to a moderate level of stress can push you to peak performance. It can build your brain power, boost memory, and improve alertness. Chronic much stress, however, can be detrimental to your health. It can weaken your immune system, rob you of mental clarity, and strain your heart. You may also notice some physical symptoms such as upset stomach, headache, tense muscles, pains, and even hair loss.

Typically, 80-90% of your hair follicles are actively growing, while the remaining 10-20% is in the resting phase. When you experience too much stress, your hair follicles can be pushed prematurely into the resting state. This condition is called Telogen Effluvium. It is often characterized by excessive hair shedding due to disruption in the natural growth and rest cycle of the hair.

Telogen effluvium doesn’t have to be permanent. You are likely to grow your hair back once you get your stress levels under control. Keep stress from reaching severe levels. Take time each day to relax and do things that make you happy. By taking care of yourself, you can restore your hair’s natural cycle and promote healthy hair growth.

Serious health condition

Hair loss is a normal part of aging, with over 95% of adults aged 65 and up suffers from thinning hair. But sometimes, it may be due to an underlying medical condition.

If you aren’t stressed or you don’t have a family history of early onset male pattern baldness, a medical condition may be what’s causing the problem. If you notice that you’re shedding more hair than usual or if you have sudden or patchy hair loss, consult your doctor. Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Anemia, Crohn’s Disease, and Lupus are just some of the most common illnesses that cause male hair loss.

Not only can serious illness lead to hair loss, some of the medication and treatment methods may cause your hair follicles to die and fall out. If you notice that you’re losing more hair than usual, you can ask your doctor to incorporate hair loss treatment into your treatment.

Scalp condition

There are some scalp conditions that can cause your hair to fall out. Most of these scalp conditions cause temporary hair loss and can be treated well.

Psoriasis is a condition that causes scaling of the skin. Roughly half of the people with Psoriasis have it on their scalp. It can pop up as s single patch or can affect the entire scalp. Individuals with scalp Psoriasis usually suffer from hair loss. This, however, is temporary. The hair will grow back once the condition has been treated.

Folliculitis is another scalp condition that causes hair loss. It occurs when viruses, fungi or bacteria invade the hair follicles. You may notice some small bald patches. Hair loss occurs due to the inflammation in the hair follicles. Hair may grow back once the scalp condition improves. But in more severe cases, hair loss may be permanent.

Poor nutrition

Most people want to get thinner, but the last thing they want to associate the word thin with is their hair. If you have dull, dry, and thinning hair, it may be time to examine what you put on your plate.

Most people fail to realize this, but your hair is actually a reflection of your health. What you feed your body will show on your hair. If your diet is usually composed of fast foods and processed foods, you shouldn’t be surprised if you have thinning and lacklustre hair. Lack of protein in the diet may also cause male hair loss.

Poor nutrition weakens the hair shaft, slows re-growth, and increases the shedding of the hair. Fortunately, your hair will grow back once nutrient deficiency is corrected. Make sure that your fill you daily diet with healthy and nutritious foods. Protein, Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, Calcium, Magnesium, and Folic Acid are a must for healthy hair. Supplements are also beneficial if you can’t get all the vitamins and minerals you need through your diet.

Smoking

We all know that smoking is bad for our health. It can cause fatal diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema, and COPD. But did you know that smoking can also lead to male hair loss?

Several studies have found a link between cigarette smoking and hair loss. In fact, the association is largely attributed to poor circulation. Your hair follicles need a generous supply of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in order to maintain healthy hair growth. Another cause is the toxins in cigarettes, which can harm hair follicles. Long-term smokers notoriously suffer from poor circulation. It reduces circulation to the extremities and pollutes the blood, which negatively affects the liver.

There is no shortage of reason to quit smoking. If you’re looking for one more good reason to throw that pack of cigarette in the trash, you may want to add saving your hair to your list.

Every guy dream of having his own space – a place where he can relax, be himself, and do whatever he wants. A man cave is a place where you can pursue activities they enjoy without worrying about making a mess. It is a place where they can escape from the stresses of daily living. After all, everyone needs a little personal space, including men.

The benefits of having a man cave is numerous. Here are 6 reasons why you should construct a space of your own.

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Alleviate stress

Stress is a normal part of life. A little bit of stress is good. It can motivate you to perform better. Too much stress, on the other hand, is bad for you. As such, you need to find a way to relax and unwind, especially after a stressful week at work.

Whether we like to admit it or not, it is the women who take over the home. They receive substantial power and authority in the home in terms of decorating and managing the house. Having a personal space you can call your own, you have a place to retreat to, especially during those times when you need to relax and recharge.

Studies suggest that most men feel less tense and more inspired to work after spending an hour in their nest. Here, they can hang out with their friends, indulge in their hobbies, and be away from all the responsibilities. You are free to be yourself and forget about the stress of everyday life.

Explore your interest

We all have hobbies. Unfortunately, in today’s fast-paced society, there seem to be no room for hobbies and leisure. They would wake up, rush to the office, work, go home, eat dinner, watch TV, and then go to bed. They’d do it all over again the next day.

According to studies, people who work less and do more fun stuff experience greater happiness than those who work all the time. We understand that you have needs. As a husband and father, it is your responsibility to provide for your family and put food on the table. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have fun.

Take some time off from your busy schedule and indulge in your hobbies more often. By setting up a man cave, you’ll have a dedicated space where you can proudly display all of your favorite things and pursue your hobbies. Remember, time spent in doing things you truly enjoy is not wasted time.

Embrace creativity, individuality, and masculine expression

Decorate your man cave

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Your house is a reflection of your personality.  Owning a house gives you the freedom to decorate your space. You can paint the walls with your favorite color, choose your own furnitures, accessories, and wall art. Plus, you have the freedom to decorate your home to suite your needs and lifestyle. But if you already have a family of your own, chances are, it’s your wife who do the most of the decorating.

A man cave is your home within a home. Here, you have complete control over the aesthetics. From the furnishings to wall color to flooring and accessories, you can be as unique, as crazy, and as creative with as you want. You can indulge in your hobbies and guilty pleasures with freedom. This is your chance to have fun and decorate boldly.

It’s nice to inject your personality into your man cave. You can paint the walls a fun color or keep it neutral to give the space a warm and cozy feel. If you are a sports lover, some sports memorabilia would be a great addition to your space. Go ahead and display the memorabilia from your top teams or highlights from your favorite game. If you love watching movies, make space for a large screen TV. A wine barrel coffee table or a denim ottoman will bring out the manliness of your place.

Host parties in your man cave

Sports fans would make sure they wouldn’t pass on a game day. Most of them would buy tickets and head to the stadium to watch their favorite team play in person. Others would just stay home and watch the game on TV.

On game day, you probably use the family room for hours on end. No one is allowed to change the channel while the game is on. Having a dedicated man space, you can invite your friends over, enjoy the game, and host your own killer party. You can be as loud as you want and have fun with your friends without anyone else caring or judging.

But before you call your friends, make sure that you have some comfortable seating. Also, don’t forget to prepare some food and drinks for your small get-together. Nothing ruins a Super Bowl party than inadequate seating or a lack of food and drinks.

A well-stocked bar and pantry makes having guests over easier. Make sure that your bar is stocked with the basic drinks like tequila, gin, whiskey, and vodka. Also, make sure you have some cold beer in the ref. This way, you have something for your guests, no matter what their preference is.

Store and organize gear

If you love fishing, hunting, hiking or cycling, then you need a space to store your gear. Unless your partner shares the same hobby, odds are, they don’t want to see your gear inside the house. Not only are they bulky, they are often dirty. Often, you would find them in the garage or a corner in the basement.

Since fishing, hunting, and cycling gears are expensive, you need to take good care of them. Otherwise, they may break prematurely. That said, you need to a space to properly store your things. A man cave would be the perfect place to store and organize all things related to your hobby.