Being a man doesn’t always mean you’ll know the fastest or best way to get a job done. Manuals and following rules tend to evade us and we’re natural born doers. With that said, it’s 2015 and the regular hack or two can do absolute wonders on your quest to becoming a magnificent bastard.
Here are ten of the best to keep you ahead of the pack in the style stakes. As young Edward Furlong would say in T2, “Easy money”.
#1 Maintain Your Denim By Freezing It
This one’s a controversial one that’s been floating around for a while but we reckon it does carry some substance given the CEO of Levi’s has discouraged throwing your jeans in the washing machine himself. Washing your jeans too often can degrade the natural colour but not washing them is also a non-option (unless you like being that guy on public transport). Solution: whack it in the freezer overnight. It kills the odour causing bacteria and will help retain the denim’s natural dye. We still recommend you wash your jeans once every two months or so though depending on the frequency of wear.
#2 Folding & Packing A Blazer Without Wrinkles
Consider yourself the stylish jet-setting man? This is a serious hack that will ensure your blazers make it half way across the world with you in your luggage without looking like Steve Tyler’s face when you pull it out. Inside-out is the key. Watch and learn, young Jedi.
#3 Determining If Pants Will Fit Without Trying Them On
No changerooms? No worries. One simple way to tell if your newfound favourite pair of pants will fit is to use the length of your forearm. The length of an arm from your fist to the elbow roughly correlates to your waist size. Ensure the button and fly are done all the way and if your arm slides in comfortably, so should your butt. Try this with an existing pair of pants if you’re still sceptical – clown pants not applicable.
#4 Using Ice To Remove Gum From Clothes
Ah, the old gum on the pants trick. Most of us have been there but short of torching your favourite garment after such a dire incident, not many know that gum can be removed by simply freezing it. Some say use ice cubes for fifteen minutes but we say just go all out and whack in into the freezer as per #1. You won’t have to deal with melting ice, numb hands and once the gum becomes hard and brittle you can simply peel it off.
#5 Remove Red Wine Stains With White Wine
White wine is understood to dissolve the anthocyanin that gives red wine its colour. This has been proven by some internet geniuses already but we must stress that you should wash your garment immediately in stain-removing detergent after using the white wine to avoid bleached stains. This will show even on a white shirt so be weary on how long you leave it soaked to avoid permanent damage in the name of cleaning.
#6 Abolishing Short Lived Summer Scents
Everyone loves summer but when it comes to pricey aftershaves, your favourite summer fragrance can simply evaporate on your skin as quickly as you apply it. The solution here is to apply in the less conventional areas on your body to ensure the pleasant waft lingers for longer. The chest and biceps are usually good places to start as opposed to your neck and wrists as the rate of evaporation is slower. Using a fragrance-free moisturiser before applying the fragrance will also help keep the scent hanging about on your skin for longer.
#7 How To Tell If An Off-The-Rack Blazer Fits
#8 Determine A Shirt Fit With A Simple Sit
This one may come as obvious to some but hey, we’re men and the most obvious sometimes evades us. When it comes to button down shirts, choosing a slim fit is all good but how it looks when you’re sitting should be a determining factor on whether you should go ahead with the sale. If your buttons are pulling when you’re sitting and you can see skin from the side, it’s time to move up a size division.