How to Be Suave

Written by noreen wainwright
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How to Be Suave
Perfect grooming is essential for the suave man. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

There was a time when it was easier to be suave. For many men today, coolness and a cynical attitude has replaced the art of suaveness. You have to believe in what you are doing to be truly suave; playing a part will backfire because any connoisseur will be able to spot the deception instantly. Film stars of the past such as Cary Grant, Leslie Howard and David Niven had it made because theirs was the true era of suave. And any man who attempts this image today could do no better than to study the king of suave himself --- James Bond.

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Things you need

  • Convertible sports car
  • Cuff links
  • Leather jacket
  • Suede jacket
  • Polo-necked shirts
  • Suede and leather slip-on shoes

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    Review your wardrobe, and ditch anything that looks casual. This is not the image you want to create. Donate all jeans, denim jackets, T-shirts, sportswear and sneakers to a charity shop. Go shopping. Buy leather and suede jackets, well-pressed slacks and slip-on shoes. Stock up on manly, powerful colognes and aftershave.

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    Flash your jewellery. Expensive cuff links and a good-quality watch are desirable. Wear a cravat if you dare. Otherwise, the polo-necked sports shirt worn inside the leather or suede jacket will enhance your image. Do not wear casual shirts. Wear handmade shirts whenever you can.

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    Shave frequently, and splash on plenty of aftershave. Have your hair cut regularly, and smooth it back with gel or scented oil. Cut and clean your nails regularly. Have your slip-on leather shoes polished until they shine. Drink martinis or gin and tonic. Refer to women as "the ladies" with a smile. Carry plenty of cash and a platinum card.

  4. 4

    Perfect your chat-up lines. Never rush anywhere or allow yourself to appear frazzled. Learn to smile enigmatically. Drive your sports car smoothly --- and with the top down whenever possible.

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