It doesn't take a lot to make a good first impression. Check out Modern Manners Guy's 3 easy tips for looking great.
Although I don’t remember smelling anyone the last time I voted, maybe I’ll have to pay more attention next time. But the point is that the study results demonstrate how powerful our sense of smell and our sensory experience is when it comes to attracting a potential romantic partner.
See also: Why Can’t You Smell Your Own Breath?
The good news is that, just like in Tip #1 about clipping nails, this is a very easy fix. A $3 stick or can of deodorant can be found in just about any drug store. And if you don't like the artificial scent of the deodoratnt, you can get an unscented one that simply keeps you from getting rank.
Tip #3: Is That a Beard or a Bird's Nest?
This tip is specifically for the gentlemen. When it comes to hair, you can get away with having bad hair on your head, or none at all, but you cannot pull off shabby facial hair.
Although nowadays the thick lumberjack-style beard is in (and when worn well, it looks awesome), there is a thin line between maintained facial hair and being mistaken for one of the Duck Dynasty crew. In fact, an article from Esquire.com called, "The Greatest Shave in the History of Shaves" discussed what some of the most famous bearded men of all time could have accomplished, if only they'd been properly groomed.
Facial hair – no matter how thick - should never flail out from your face like the snakes on Medusa’s head. It should be one smooth, clean shape all around. As well, it should only be on your face, not your neck. Never go south of your Adam’s apple. And if your facial hair is not working out for you, ditch it! It's not a requirement. For some guys, a clean-shaven look works best. Patchy spots here and there look ridiculous...and prove that you can’t grow facial hair.
When you have disheveled facial hair, people assume that there are other things about you that are unkempt. It also makes you look unprepared and that you don’t care. And don’t give me the whole, “I don’t care what people think” excuse. You do - and you should. It’s called being an adult. We live in a world where appearances matter. Deal with it.
As always, if you have a manners question, I look forward to hearing from you at email@example.com. Follow me on Twitter @MannersQDT, and of course, check back next week for more Modern Manners Guy tips for a more polite life.
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