30 Things to get you to age 30 ~ Men's edition

As a special request, I am writing this article in response to the 30 things to get you to age 30 Women's edition!

I always knew that in order to maintain looking young, I had to take care of what I already had (i.e. my skin), and purchase items that are classic.  Now, you know that not everyone fits into a "style", but owning classic pieces, that stand the test of time, will make sure that if you do splurge a little now, it will be able to be stretched across a decade or more and still be relevant.  

With all this in mind, the same holds true for men.  I know that most men, like my Mr., could really care less about taking care of his skin, his health, or his shoes, but with just a little effort, what you put in today will soon become the fruits of your labor tomorrow.

Skin Care Routine
  • Face wash
  • Moisturizer with SPF
  • Exfoliation Scrub
  • Shaving Cream
  • After Shave Lotion/Cream
I don't think it matters what you use, just that you are using it.  This basic system will ensure that your skin is: 1. getting taken care of and 2. combating simple signs of aging without really trying.  I would bargain to say that most men, without the instruction of a significant other, is not following a routine, and probably just using whatever is given to them.  But, the next time you got out to pick up something from the store, start to look at what you are buying.  Stay away from chemical ridden companies and stick with stuff that is basic.  Some companies are even making it easier by carrying "lines" of products from cleaners to after shaves and everything in between.

5 minute Out the Door Routine and a Dressed Up Dapper Routine

Men have it pretty easy when it comes to getting out the door relatively fast.  There is no makeup to apply, no lashes to be set.  So on any given day, you should be ready to go.

What comes into play here is having a Hair Stylist.  No, I don't mean some lady you pay $5 at snip n' clip to cut your hair.  I mean, a legit, hair stylist.  You may think that this is not needed, but this is where you are wrong.  Not only will a stylist provide you with a great cut, but they can show you how to fix your hair, and show you the products that you will need.  (It is usually like 1 or 2)  Next time your significant other goes to get their hair done, ask them if there is a stylist that specializes in men's cuts, and yes it makes a difference.  

You will find that when someone cuts your hair properly, there is little to no time spent fixing it.  And also on a day you don't want to fix it, a vintage baseball cap is always an attractive accessory.

  • Shoes
    • Black boots.  This is critical, especially when transistioning from spring/summer to fall/winter.  Again, this area, if played right, will give you years of wear.  Think low heel, or flat, classic lines, and leather.  
    • Dress Shoes.  Every man should have a classic pair of black and brown dress shoes.  Wing tip shoes, when done in a monotone color have a way of showing class and personality.  Whatever you find impressive, that is the direction you should go.
    • Weekend Shoes.  This is where a fantastically designed pair of sleek sneakers come in.  Converse, Puma, Adidas enter my mind.  I am not talking about running shoes.  In my opinion running shoes should ONLY be worn when, in fact, you are running.  Or if it fits your character, perhaps a pair of loafers or moccasins.  
    • Sandals.  No, not old navy flip flops.  Actual sandals.  They can come in a mulitude of colors and they should NEVER be worn with socks.
  • Pants
    • Black Trousers.  Whatever brand carries your favorite black dress pants, that is what I am talking about.  Make sure to stay away from trends in this department, as it will "date" you quickly.  Find a fit that is slightly wide, flat front, and if the length is not right, a tailor will change your life.
    • Jeans.  Here is a place where it is easy to get caught up in the trendy things to wear, but honestly, don't.  You don't need your jeans to be bedazzled, the stitching to be white and wide, ultra skinny, or strange rips/tears, or odd dye jobs.  Find your favorite brand and a darker wash denim and love them to pieces.  
    • Khakis. One rule when it comes to these types of pant.  Flat front, straight leg, no pleats.
    • Statement Pants.  Maybe they are tweed, plaid, or just brown.  You should find a great fitting pair of pants that have a pattern, and love them!  Men in madras takes a little bit of guts, but makes a very big impact when worn correctly.
  • Tops/Suits
    • Black Suit.  Every man should own at least one well fitted suit.  You never know when you will be asked to a wedding or a funeral.  Department stores, these days, even carry nice suits, that will not break the bank.  The key is to get the suit tailored to fit you.
    • Tailored Blazer.  A great fitting blazer will never go out of style.  If you need a reference look at any ralph lauren ad.  You can find blazers in different colors, just find one that is neutral and it will never be out of style.
    • Several Button Down Shirts in an assortment of colors.  If you are brave get some that have patterns, but if you want to make your life easy, go basic, bold, colors.
    • Get rid of shirts that have stupid "sayings" on them that you thought were hilarious in high school or college.  No one cares about your stupid clever shirt.  It makes you just look stupid, not clever.
  • Extras
    • Pick up a few ties.  Don't go crazy on patterns.  Also, learn how to tie a real tie.
    • Cold Weather Coat.  Even if you don't live in an area where freezing temps are the mainstream, chances are you may travel somewhere where you will need to have a coat to get your through.
    • Dress Coat.  This could range from a trench coat to a pea coat.  Whatever your style personality reflects, just find one that will look good on a date or wearing to a business function.
    • Dress Socks.  Wearing gym socks with your dress clothes is never, ever acceptable.
    • Leather Shoulder Bag.  Think streamlined. Think Simple.  You can carry your laptop, iPad, phone charger, etc and not look like a hobo.
    • Wallet.  Invest in a good wallet.  Besides, even if you don't have hundreds of dollars to place inside, you will at least look like you have hundreds of dollars inside.
    • Watch.  Invest in a good time piece.  Invicta is my go to purchase, for men.  Mid line prices and instant upgrade to your arm.
    • Weekender Bag.  Sometimes, on short trips, you don't want to look like you are moving in, but you shouldn't stuff all your things into a too small tote.  Get a nice looking weekender and impress your company.
    • Sunglasses.  Find your signature shades.  These will work wonders when you eyes are bloodshot from a party, or just tired from running your kids everywhere.
    • Vintage looking baseball cap.  Support your Alma Mater or simply your favorite team.  Just make sure it doesn't look like it has been left outside, in a storm, and drug around by a pack of feral cats.
If any of this intimidates you, grab your nearest friend that is a girl and make her help you.  I promise she will love to!

Stay Sweet,


  1. my husband is totally metro and has everything on the list.... LOL