Month: December 2013

To Bow or not to Bow? That is the Question…

Hey Fellow Dappers, I’m back! And today I will be tackling a sometimes controversial topic for menswear today and I’ll tell you why it needs to become a staple in your dappering arsenal. I am talking of course about the one and only bow tie.

“I don’t look good in bow ties!” “I can’t pull it off” “They look weird” are some of the many excuses heard when it comes to rocking a bow tie, but it is a tie that can elevate you fashion-wise. Allow me to explain why.

1. It comes in a variety of materials, colors, and patterns so it can be dressed up or down, as seen by yours truly here:

                

(both ties did not cost a whole lot by the way, $15 for the one on the left courtesy of The Tie Bar  and $10 for the one on the right via a sale at Simons.)

2. It’s been a staple of every well dressed man throughout the years. Think Sinatra, Dean Martin, JFK, hell go as far back as good ol’ Abe Lincoln!

3. It’s the only tie to wear a tux with! Seriously, when did wearing a standard tie with a tux become acceptable in society?

4. It makes you stand out. Who wants to dress every day just to blend in and be part of the crowd, be daring, be bold! Dare to be dapper 😉

There is one rule I have regarding the bow tie however,

DO NOT BUY A PRE-TIED ONE, SELF-TIE! SELF-TIE! SELF TIE!

Be a man, buy a self-tie bow tie and learn how to tie it. Took me a while but practice makes perfect and trust me people will notice! Here is one of the many youtube videos to help you out

And if you are worried that the knot doesn’t look “perfect” or as tight as a pre-tied, don’t be! A little bit of imperfection is part of the self-tie’s charm 😉

So go ahead don’t be shy, you CAN rock this look, all it takes is a deep breath of confidence, you’ll look awesome, seriously.

Stay dapper,

The Don

The Don Reviews…..

Good day to all, today I will be doing something a little different, giving a quick review of a couple of my favorite products. The products of the day is Murray’s Pomade/Murray’s Hair Glo.

Now if you have the same style hair that I do (which you should! let go of that same style you’ve had since high school already!), that is a good ol’ classic side-part or slick look, you need to have these products in your arsenal. Let me explain why.

The texture and composition of these products will not leave the hair feeling hardened or stiff, but soft and pliable. These products were originally made with the idea that they will stay in for days, and this is especially true for the original pomade product. You can wash your hair out and still be able to style it the next day without re-applying. Another reason why I really love these products is because it leaves that nice slick wet-look. What I like to do it mix in both, using the pomade for hold and the hair-glo for that wet shiny look of the 50s.

The results of using both the Hair-Glo and Pomade mixed

Ingredients: 

As for the ingredients of these products, the original pomade consists of 3, petroleum, mineral oil and fragrance (which is a sweet, yet manly smell). 3 simple ingredients which have stayed the same for over 80 years. The Hair-Glo contains coconut oil and lanolin, no wax, it has a soft texture easy to rub in the hair. 
How to use: 
For the original pomade, use best on towel-dried or damp hair. Take a small amount and rub palms together to heat and soften the product (or melt it with a blow-dryer). Apply it by massaging it into your hair and use a fine-toothed comb to take out the excess. If you like, run some warm/hot water in your hair to help remove the excess. Comb and style as desired. (Tip: to wash it off your hands, use dish soap, this stuff really sticks!)
For the Hair-Glo, use on dry or damp (I prefer damp) take a small amount, rub between palms and run through hair, style with a comb. Or just use it to give a shiny coat over your hair after using the original pomade. 
Cons: 
Now of course these products are not without some downsides. For one, if you’re like me and have sensitive skin, the ingredients in the products may cause minor breakouts on the forehead. Another, for the pomade is that to use it, you need to hold a blow-dryer over it to kind of melt it in order manipulate it with your hands which can get a little annoying. 
Final thoughts:
These are both great products which have been around since 1925, so they have withstood the test of time. For the price (around 3-4$) they offer great value in comparison to modern hair grooming products I have come across so even if you try it and don’t like it, not much is lost. You can buy online directly at www.murrayspomade.com  or if you are in my area of Montreal, Pharmaprix carries it in the ethnic hair care section.
Hope you all had a great weekend and as always, stay dapper 😉
The Don