The second great economic depression is upon us whether we like it or not, but this doesn’t mean guys need to look terrible or resemble the train hopping vagabonds of the last global fiscal calamity from the 20s and 30s era. No, in fact with a few head to toe tips, looking middle/upper class has never been so easy. It’s worth it!
1) Cheap Hair Maintenance
Hair, or how a man embraces the lack of it says so much about him, not objectively mind you, but in the minds and eyes of those that judge a man by his appearance. This includes potential dates, friends, family, and prospective employers. There’s no reason to spend extreme amounts making hair look appealing when there are simple and cheap things like eggs around.
Yep, eggs, beer, lemons, and water. When mixed together at about a 50/50 ratio, lemon juice and water (with a little sunlight mixed in), can lighten and freshen up hair at almost no cost. Furthermore, when applied correctly, it smells terrific, clean, and spring fresh.
Eggs are composed of all the right nutrients and proteins to give hair a silky finish like most brand name conditioners. There are two things two remember though a) Use the yoke! Hair doesn’t worry about cholesterol or saturated fat, and b) If the water is too hot the egg whites will literally cook in the hair which looks rather bad.
2) Skin and Nails Details
Drink tons of water and look after your nails. Water is going to make your skin look great, even if you’re famished! Hopefully you’re not starving. If not, think about the skin tone, and compliment it. Furthermore, take care of your nails! This doesn’t mean having them professionally done, but taking a few minutes a week to keep them looking trim and polished. It works wonders!
3) The Almighty Thrift Store
Not enough can be said about thrift stores when it comes to the economically challenged and looking stylish. Why spend so much money on designer or trendy clothes, when thrift store gems have so much more personality for a fraction of the price. Furthermore, because of the economic crisis, looking overtly bourgeois can be a bit isolating.
4) Accessories Mean a Ton
Drop the fake bling, it’s tacky and everyone can spot it. However, a cheap knock-off watch looks about the same to everyone except those with a well trained eye. Choose simple delicacies like cufflinks, because they speak volumes while being subtle. Accessories are the small details, like the finger nails, that the human mind uses to make judgment calls, not necessarily the big picture. These can be obtained for cheap, but work fashion miracles!
5) Attitude Brings it Together
No matter what the hair looks like, no matter how well done the thrift store ensemble, and no matter how stunning the choice of accessories, unless a poor guy acts like a successful man, he isn’t going to come off as anything else but what he in reality is. Fake it till you make it! Act like a man made of money, believe in it passionately, demonstrate it to the world through fashion, and prepare for doors to start opening.