It’s Women’s Day today! So let’s talk about men

It’s Women’s Day today! So let’s talk about men

It’s International Women’s Day today, but I’m not one to celebrate it. You can read my rant against Women’s Day here.

So to “celebrate” Women’s Day, I’ve decided to focus on men. This is a special post especially for men, based on inputs from girl friends and Speaking Chic readers. They’ve shared their views on what they like best about men (from the fashion POV). In short, they answer the question—when and how do men look their best?

This post is meant for the guys, so I’ve addressed the men, not the ladies.

Guys, here goes:

Start with the jackets: Women love men in dinner jackets, formal jackets and stylish casual jackets. My personal favourite these days is the light linen jacket like the one SRK wore in Don 2. Tres chic! (Below: Jacket from Zara)

 Zara jacket with buckle collar

Impress with your fragrance: Not one, not two, but three women told me they love fresh, clean, aquatic scents (I do too)! Which means CK’s Eternity for Men Aqua is a hands-down winner.

CK Eternity for Men Aqua

Dress down once in a while: While women love men dressed formally, they also like the guys to chill out once in a while. So wear casual shirts with sleeves rolled up, geeky tees with reference to popular culture and coloured polo tees. (Below: T-shirt from Guru).

Guru tshirt A/W 2011

Don’t forget to groom yourself: Well-groomed nails are a must. One reader even recommended manicures for guys. Also on the list are soft hands, shaven face and moisturised lips. (Below: L’Occitane Shea Butter hand cream, The Body Shop lip balm).

Body Shop lip balmLOcccitane hand cream

Hair is important: Shiny, glossy hair is awesome. So is the neat and clean gelled look. But not too spiked, thank you!

Accessorise: Sport classy belts with brands/ logos, and wrist accessories like bracelets/ kadas. My current favourite is an oblong dial watch with a leather strap. (Below: Watch from Fossil)

Fossil Roman Leather Watch Black

Rock those jeans: If a guy can pull off well-fitted jeans (not the skinny ones), the woman will be super happy! That’s because it shows the guy is healthy and fit. And we all like that, don’t we? (Below: Look from Diesel)

Diesel jeans

Try on new trends: Women like to see men who are “with it”. Think coloured shoes, boots, fresh colours, slim fits, grunge and lots more.

Health is wealth: Toned biceps, flattish abs, muscular legs. A good body and confidence can pull off almost every look. So being healthy and strong will make you look young, haute and happening! Drool… 😉

Models at LFW S/R 2012

Ladies, what are your fashion and style tips for men?

PS—Thanks to Florence, Tanveer, Harlein and Kanika for their inputs.

PS 2 —There’s a hidden message in this post. Can anyone find it?

Chic Fragrances: Romantic perfumes for Valentine’s Day

The best perfumes make for great indulgences— for yourself, or as gifts for your special someone. This Valentine’s Day, gift an exotic perfume to your special someone, or choose a fragrance that makes you feel gorgeous for your night out.

L’Occitane Fleur Cherie Eau de Toilette

This new fragrance has a heart of jasmine and orange blossom, with a lingering aroma of musk and patchouli.

L'Occitane Fleur Cherie perfume

Emporio Armani Diamonds

Adorn your dressing table with this diamond-inspired perfume bottle (Diamonds for femme). Though the fruity freshness comes from raspberry and lychee, the perfume has a floral heart built with rose, tinted by freesia and lily of the valley.

Emporio Armani Diamonds perfume

The homme variant has a woody signature, and is encased in a sleek crystal-clear bottle with a classy chrome spraycap.

Ralph Lauren Summer Romance

 

 

The latest offering from Ralph Lauren’s Romance collection, this fresh fruity floral perfume in a pink bottle will transport you to the nearest tropical island. The fragrance evokes romance with blooming flowers (hibiscus, tiare flower), exotic fruits (mandarin, passion fruit), and milky sweet musk (exotic woods, apricot musk).

Ralph Lauren Summer Romance perfume

Which is your favourite “romantic” perfume?