The Essential Guide: 3 Things Every Man Needs

There are a few very important things every man needs and should have in his life. Check out our brief but essential rundown of “the necessities.”


There are a few very important things every man needs and should have in his life. Check out our brief but essential rundown of “the necessities.”

The Essential Male

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1. Clippers/Razor/Shears

A grown man is going to have facial hair, be it on his head or on his face. It’s just nature, man. If he’s sensible, at some point he’s going to want to tame that beast.

The fact of the matter is, a guy should routinely have his face and head groomed.

Even if you’re a guy with a biblical beard like my dude pictured above, you’re going to have to, at some point, tame the monster taking over your face bottoms. If you don’t believe me, ask your girl if she enjoys her man looking like Sweetums from the Muppets.

Don’t get me wrong, I know sometimes it’s a great feeling to go hop into a barber’s chair and get the head and burd shaped up and looking crispy — but a man needs something for those in between times. Right? Like when your beard game is on mega fleek but wifey hates it and she calls and says she’s off early and your son need’s a sibling. You go’n take that chance, fam? Boy, you better have some safety scissors, an X-Acto blade , or something!

Conclusion: A man needs a set of clippers or, at the very least, a razor to keepeth himself kept.

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2. Nice Suit

Swag Tip: Beyond the doors of your local thrift store, past the area with the mildewy furniture and rusty pots, somewhere within the racks of musty flavored clothes, is a 3 piece suit just waiting for you. It’s got the flare bottoms, but that’s okay. You can work with it. But leave the vest. It’s not a requisite.

I am aware that a lot of you guys can’t really be going out and buying an expensive Italian cut suits. I get it. There are other (manly) things that you have to do with that extra loot.

Lucky for you, you can scoop a bargain suit from the Goodwill (yes, I said THE Goodwill) and get it dry-cleaned and/or take it to a tailor and get it all stitched up and dipped in butter. You can have something sharp enough for that job interview or for that date with the girl you thought was way out of your league.

Conclusion: A man needs a decent suit for those “only a suit will do” occasions in life.

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3. Decent Pair of Shoes

I really don’t trust a dude with murked out kicks. It’s just a principle I follow in life. A guy HAS to have at least one pair of what I like to call “Oh these?” shoes… The kind of shoes you pretend aren’t a big deal but look good with EVERYTHING, type shoes.

A guy needs a pair of “1st day of school”, type shoes. The kind of shoes you lay out with your outfit the night before. The kind of shoes you lick your finger to get the smudges off. The kind of shoes that make your grandma say “I like those, baby!”.

Conclusion: I don’t care if all the other kicks are jolaps, a man should have at least one decent pair of shoes to stomp around in. If he doesn’t, it’s time to step his game up.

It’s okay if you don’t check all the boxes here, bro. You’ll be fine. Take one step at a time. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a pair of really good shoes.

Just make sure you focus on grooming and cleaning, and above all maintaining your cool. The ladies are watching. And they’re taking notes.

This has been another PSA from your good friend Dexter Adams.

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