16 Things Every Man Should Know How To Do


This is an essential thing to master. You do not want to wait 7 hours for AA to reach you just because you have a flat tire. In a nutshell, put the parking brake and hazard lights on; get out your lug nut wrench and car jack; remove the hubcap; loosen the lug nuts; jack up the car; remove the lug nuts followed by the flat tire; put the new tire onto the wheel studs; put the lug nuts back, and make sure they’re screwed on tight. 



So you can tie your shoe laces? Cool, but what a bout a tie? Every man should know how to tie a tie and look the part at every formal occasion.  

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It will save you hours on the phone over the course of your life. No more struggling with ‘n’ and ‘m’.

Phonetic NATO Alphabet



Asking your mother to do the laundry for you because your a single man is not okay. It’s not rocket science, so you can easily wash your own clothes. If you need a bit of guidance, follow this link. 




Nothing wrong with having the occasional pint, but sometimes only a bottle of champagne will do. And that’s when you want to be able to open it without firing the cork into someone’s eye. 

  1. Chill the bottle to at least 7.2 C.
  2. Hold down the cork with the palm of your hand and remove the wire cage.
  3. Place a towel over the top of the bottle and grasp the cork


If you want to try something a bit more advanced, learn how to sabre a bottle of champagne.



No doubt one of the most important things a man should know how to do.



You may only attend a couple of black tie events a year and think that wearing a clip-on is okay. Nope. Learn how to tie a bow-tie. Just remember practise makes perfect. Do not attempt to do this for the first time 5 minutes before you are due to leave the house.




A woman always judges a man by the state of his shoes. Take good care of them. Both the shoes and the women.




Any man who thinks that this is only the work of a woman is just that; a man. A gentleman knows how to sew a button on in a matter of minutes and whenever emergency strikes.

Lisa Comfort, founder of the Sew Over It sewing cafe, gives easy step-by-step instructions and stitching tricks. Read more.



Knowing the difference between red and white is not knowledge. Also, you do not make Rosé by mixing red and white. When faced with a wine list in a fancy (or otherwise) restaurant, a gentleman should know what to pick with ease and confidence.

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Every gentleman should have his own signature dish. And not something really simple like pasta (unless the sauce is home-made). Also nothing microwavable, please. Ideally, this is a dish you can cook to really impress a date. 

nice meal fine dining


Making the people around you feel good is a trait of a proper gentleman. People enjoy being complimented, although not in a sleazy way and not just for the sake of it. Be genuine, charming and honest. 



There is a surprisingly high number of men who do not know how to iron a shirt. In the same way dirty shoes ruins an otherwise great outfit, so does a wrinkled shirt. It doesn’t take you long, and a lot of people even find the act quite therapeutic. 



You can tell a lot about a man from his handshake, or in some cases the lack of one. When meeting someone for the first time, nothing ruins a first impression like a clammy, limp squeeze of the hand, or a nerve-damaging bruiser of a grip. Not too soft, and not too firm. And maintain eye contact.

 Master the firm, masculine handshake and you’ll instantly improve your business credentials.



Imagine this. You are driving around in your car looking for a parking space. Sat next to you is your date for the evening. It is a busy night thus most spaces are already taken. “There’s a space!” she says. You slow down and turn on your indicator only to realise you will have to parallel park. “It’s okay” you tell yourself. “I can do this.” Liar. 15 minutes later you step out of the car and watch your date park it for you.

Moral of the story: learn how to parallel park!

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How to parallel park a car


16. CPR

CPR is something absolutely everyone should know.

If you’ve been trained in CPR, including rescue breaths, and feel confident using your skills, you should give chest compressions with rescue breaths.

  1. Place the heel of your hand on the centre of the person’s chest, then place the other hand on top and press down by 5-6cm (2-2.5 inches) at a steady rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute.
  2. After every 30 chest compressions, give two rescue breaths.
  3. Tilt the casualty’s head gently and lift the chin up with two fingers. Pinch the person’s nose. Seal your mouth over their mouth and blow steadily and firmly into their mouth for about one second. Check that their chest rises. Give two rescue breaths.
  4. Continue with cycles of 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths until they begin to recover or emergency help arrives.

Note that there are separate techniques for children and infants. Learn more here. 

75 Rules For Being A Man

Being a man isn’t always easy, and sometimes we need a bit of guidance. Below are 75 rules brought to you by the Twitter account @GSElevator. Apparently overheard in the lifts of the Goldman Sachs offices on Wall Street.

1. Never date an ex of your friend.

2. Be a regular at more than one bar.

3. You probably use your mobile phone too often and at the wrong moments.

4. No selfies. Aspire to experience photo-worthy moments in the company of a beautiful woman.

5. Staying angry is a waste of energy.

6. Never fly an airline where your checked bags might cost more than your seat.

7. When the bartender asks, you should already know what you want to drink.

8. It’s ok to trade the possibility of your 80s and 90s for more guaranteed fun in your 20s and 30s.

9. Rebel from business casual. Burn your khakis and wear a suit or jeans.

10. Be spontaneous.

11. Never stay out after midnight three nights in a row… Unless something really good comes up on the third night.

12. Always carry cash. Keep some in your front pocket.

13. You will regret your tattoos.

14. Do 50 push-ups, sit-ups, and dips before you shower each morning.

15. People are tired of you being the funny, drunk guy.

16. When in doubt, always kiss the girl.

17. Statistically speaking, you shouldn’t worry about what your first wife’s mother looks like.

18. Act like you’ve been there before. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the end zone at the Super Bowl or on a private plane.

19. Always bring a bottle of something to the party.

20. If riding the bus doesn’t incentivise you to improve your station in life, nothing will.

21. An online IQ test should just be one question: Would you be willing to spend twenty minutes taking an online IQ test.

22. Hooking up with an ex is like a dog eating its vomit.

23. #StopItWithTheHastags

24. Life is too short to do your own laundry.

25. If you abstain from drugs and alcohol, you don’t actually live longer. It just seems longer.

26. Checking your phone after someone else pulls out their phone is the yawn of our generation

27. Don’t gamble if losing $100 is going to piss you off.

28. Pretty women who are unaccompanied want you to talk to them.

29. When people don’t invite you to a party, you really shouldn’t go.
 And sometimes even when you are invited, you shouldn’t go.

30. Don’t wear shoes memorable enough to be recognized under a bathroom stall.

31. There’s always another level. Just be content knowing that you are still better off than most who have ever lived.

32. People who are too nice are way creepier than people who are assholes.

33. If you perspire, wear a damn undershirt.

34. Hookers aren’t cool, but remember, the free ones are a lot more expensive.

35. Learn how to fly-fish.

36. A glass of wine or two with lunch will not ruin your day.

37. Tip more than you should.

38. Ask for a salad instead of fries

39. You can get away with a lot more if you’re the one buying the drinks.

40. If you are wittier than you are handsome, avoid loud clubs.

41. Place-dropping is worse than-name dropping.

42. Yes, of course you have to buy her dinner.

43. The best revenge is not giving a shit.

44. One girlfriend at a time is probably enough.

45. Buy a tuxedo before you are 30. Stay that size.

46. If you can only be good at one thing, be good at lying… Because if you’re good at lying, you’re good at everything.

47. Remember, “rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.”

48. Date women outside your social set. You’ll be surprised.

49. If you find yourself using the ‘crazy ones, misfits, rebels’ Steve Jobs quote, odds are you are none of the above.

50. Guys who mime golf swings in the office never break 100 on the course.

51. If you’re not dead to at least one person, you’re not living right.

52. Start every cell conversation with ‘my phone’s about to die’ so people don’t waste your time.

53. Find a Times New Roman in the streets and a Wingdings in the sheets. She exists.

54. Buy expensive sunglasses. Superficial? Yes, but so are the women judging you. And it tells these women you appreciate nice things and are responsible enough not to lose them.

55. Own a handcrafted shotgun. It’s a beautiful thing.

56. Don’t split a check.

57. Desserts are for women. Order one and pretend you don’t mind that she’s eating yours.

58. No-one cares if you are offended, so stop it.

59. Never take an ex back. She tried to do better and is settling with you.

60. In life, as in sports, the boos always come from the cheap seats.

61. Measure yourself only against your previous self.

62. Your ties should be rolled and placed in a sectioned tie drawer.

63. Read more. It allows you to borrow someone else’s brain, and will make you more interesting at a dinner party — provided that you don’t initiate conversation with, “So, who are you reading…”

64. Work hard. Eat right. Exercise. Don’t drink too much. And only buy what you can afford. It’s not rocket science.

65. The grass is greener on the other side because it’s fertilized with bullshit.

66. Throw parties. 
But have someone else clean up the next day.

67. It is what it is.’ The prevailing crutch of the stupid and inarticulate.

68. There’s no such thing as a hopeless situation, just hopeless people in situations.

69. If her profile pic’s an 8, she’s a 4. Move on.

70. People who always fly business class don’t post photos of themselves flying business class.

71. Wanna stay together? Spend a lot of time apart.

72. ‘Sorry, I’m bad with names’ is the most polite way of telling people that you are also a fucking idiot.

73. Nothing says ‘fuck you’ to your family & friends like a destination wedding.

74. 80% of lottery winners go broke because 100% of lottery players are fucking idiots.

75. Some of the best moments in life are the ones you can’t tell anyone about.

Male Style Icons

Just saying that they have “that certain something” isn’t really an explanation of why it is. And let’s face it, having that “that certain X Factor” is really becoming a well-worn phrase as every wannabe in the country tries to get their 15 minutes of fame!

So, when you’re sat round the dinner table discussing your top male style icons, who would be top of your list? Who do you look to for style inspiration?

I try to take a balanced long term view because it’s sometimes all too easy to see the latest rock or pop star take the music world by storm and then have them disappear from view. When it comes to music they either need to stand the test of time or, when you look back, they need to be an individual or group that defined an era even if they only shone brightly within it for a relatively short space of time. Obviously groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones will always be regarded as icons but then you have individuals like Marc Bolan and Jimi Hendrix who have been really influential, even though sadly they only graced our planet for a short time.

The Beatles. Photo: BBC

When it comes to the silver screen, then it’s those men who defined a particular genre of film and are remembered for their effortless style that shines through – Cary Grant, Paul Newman, Robert Redford all spring to mind and there are many others.

A moment in history

The history of men’s fashion can be tracked via its “style icons” as these are the men who illustrate so vividly that particular moment in history.

Sadly, one sure fire way to rise to icon status is to die young and Elvis dying at 42 means that he will forever be in this category. When it comes to movie stars, Steve McQueen and James Dean also fit into this category very easily.

James Dean. Photo: Warner Brothers

Everybody is going to have a different view on what makes a style icon. Here is GQ’s take on who they consider to be the top 50 male style icons of all time. Which ones do you agree with?


Instant Celebrity

These days of instant celebrity via reality TV and one hit wonders exploding on to the scene so quickly makes it all too easy for the press to build up ‘Z’ list celebrities so rapidly. Long term though, will any of these men leave their mark on the fashion world? Are they really the sort of men who dress in a manner that says something serious about masculinity and today’s modern world?

Often, it’s those that don’t try too hard that stand out the most, as too many wannabe celebs look impeccably well-groomed to the point of obsession.

A real icon is never frightened to grow into themselves over time rather than trying to force the issue.

The Male and Female point of view

Male style doesn’t come under the microscope anywhere near as harshly as women’s fashion does but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t big business. The feedback by men and women towards fashion is different. Most ladies, even if they don’t admit it, have a fascination with the latest designs they see on the catwalk whereas men will generally pay less attention to male fashion shows. What they are more likely to do is notice what the star striker from the football team they support is wearing and use that as a style guide.

David Beckham. Photo: Getty Images

Men will notice what good looking movie stars and top sportsmen are wearing and they will try to replicate that look. Guys will take on the whole persona of a male icon they admire and rather than just seeing them as a mannequin with clothes on, they try to emulate that person the best way the can.

Which guy over the last twenty years hasn’t dreamed of being David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman, or George Clooney for example?

Never out of Style

If you go back through history, male icons have that sense of style that never really goes out of fashion. For example, Cary Grant’s sophisticated and relaxed look is synonymous with the golden years of Hollywood and he always will be. David Bowie epitomised the 1970s and his icon status has not only stood the test of time but time has enhanced it even further.

Cary Grant Photo: themanhasstyle.com

With the instant social media world we live in, the topic of men’s fashion does have the tendency to get blown out of all proportion and we get over run with second rate “style icons”. Although one thing is clear, when we look back at this decade twenty years from now it will take more than turning up on a red carpet wearing a designer suit to be remembered as a style icon. Only the ones that define the era we currently live in will truly be remembered.

This is why the words of Coco Chanel still ring true. “Fashion fades, only style remains the same”.

What do you think? What defines a male style icon and where do you take your inspiration from? It would be great to hear from you.