THREE FREE WAYS TO LOOK BETTER IMMEDIATELY
by David Isle
Looking around style blogs and forums, you may find yourself coveting tens of thousands of dollars worth of clothing. The most beautiful pieces do tend to be the most expensive. While you’re saving for your next glorious conquests, here are three things that you can do in the next ten minutes that will make you look better at a cost of zero.
Stand Up Straight: Look in a mirror, change your posture from that hunched-over pout to a proud upright stance, and watch the pounds melt away. Many before-and-after shots in weight loss commercials are just the same individual photographed ten minutes apart with different lighting and posture.
Not only will you look better, your back will be healthier. Take out your keys. Hold one of them by the tip, parallel to the ground. Feel all that tension? Imagine if your keys weighed ten pounds like your head. That’s the stress you’re putting on your back when you hold your head in front of your body, as you likely will if you are standing with a curved back and hunched shoulders. Now turn the key so that it’s held straight up, perpendicular to the ground. Notice how much easier everything is to hold now? That’s the favor you do to your body when you balance your head on top of your spine.
Maintain Impeccable Personal Hygiene: Clip and clean your fingernails and toenails. In your bathroom. Not on the subway.
If your facial hair looks dumb when it grows in, shave. If you’re wondering if your facial hair looks dumb, it looks dumb. Shave it off.
Empty Your Pockets: You spend time and money to get clothes that fit you. Don’t ruin the silhouette by stuffing your pockets with a smartphone encased in military armor, a George Costanza wallet, Power Rangers keychain with keys to open every lock you’ve ever touched since your first piggybank, two hopeful condoms that expired in 2008, all three Swiss Army knives you were given for Christmas last year, and an emergency tin of vienna sausages. Carry a bag for all your crap or leave it at home.
I’ll admit there is something enviably defiant about spending huge amounts of money on clothing and still managing to look terrible. I understand that some parts of the internet call this “sprezzatura.” But if you don’t mind looking good, stand tall, clean up, and pack light.