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"Stand Out In A Stylish, Handsome Way" / June 3rd, 2007

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Stand Out In A Stylish, Handsome Way
by Ray Devans of The Art of the Pickup
June 3rd, 2007

Sometimes in life you just need to get back to basics.

Like let’s say a team in the NBA has been doing poorly, the coach might dream up some fancy new plays with special names. But this seldom works; reinventing the wheel is always easier said than done.

Instead, what often works is getting the team back to work on just the basics of hard work and doing defense and passing drills, etc.

Now usually what we write about in these newsletters is comparatively advanced. So today let’s get back to talking about some of the basics, namely dressing and hygiene.

First let’s refresh on hygiene as this can kill your chances if you aren’t keeping on top of it. Let’s start with your face because this is where most attention will be focused in conversation.

The most important thing is to have good breath at all times. This of course means regular brushing and flossing of your teeth, but you should also never leave the house without some breath strips that are compact and easy to use when needed.

Next, make sure you have taken care of stray hairs, mainly nose hair and ear hair. You can buy little pen-sized trimmers for $10 that will make this job really easy.

Finally, skin and hair should be washed clean (no dandruff), and even though it seems a bit feminine you should know that using a skin cream will make you look just that much better.

Body odor is another huge killer, so use a deodorant always and shower daily. Same note goes for foot odor, so consider using some foot powder if your feet sweat a lot. A light touch of cologne is good but too much is worse than none at all, so go easy. My trick is to use a small bottle with a roll on applicator that I fill with cologne so that I can apply just a small touch here and there.

There are more tips but the above are some of the most important. You learn more in a video form on our “The Art of the Pickup»DVDs.

Now, as for dressing, this is an area subject to a lot more interpretation and depends on where you live, but there are still some basics.

The single thing I always try to remember is to “try to stand out in a stylish, handsome way”.

The emphasis here is on “stand out” because even if your clothes cost $1000 but you look like everyone else in the room, you won’t catch the interest of women. So you want to dress for your environment in a way that you stand out from other guys with a certain “edge”.

The catch though is that you have to still dress in a “handsome way”. That is to say that dressing randomly will of course make you stand out, but in a bad way. This is beyond the scope of this newsletter, but my suggestion is that reading magazines like GQ and books like “Style and the Man” can help you in this regard for more formal dressing.

If you can’t visualize what this all means, a general primer can be found on our “The Art of the Pickup»DVDs. Another suggestion is that you ask a woman who you find attractive to give you honest feedback on your dressing, or even better have her go shopping with you.

All this being said, some quick things I consider fairly universal are:

-Make sure your clothes fit well, not too big or too small
-Leather shoes are better than tennis shoes
-No cheap watches with rubber or Velcro wristbands, get metal
-Vertical stripes are bad if you are tall and skinny, horizontal are bad if you are overweight
-Belts match your shoes, socks match your pants, no white socks with leather shoes

There is a whole lot more to know, but only you can be the judge if you need to get back to basics and improve the way you dress. If you do, start with the tips I mentioned and get that area of your life handled!

Helping you dress for success,

Ray Devans

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