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Eye candy men

The soft ‘chocolate box’ or ‘school boy’ look is back for men – even the toughies.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2008 10:37 IST
Yatan & Jojo

Just when we were beginning forget boy bands and candy-faced pop icons, and brace ourselves for the macho super hero image, the baby-faced look makes a big revival. So much so that it’s the desirable new look for


men – even those who don’t have it naturally.

Face forward

Hair: Add some spunk to it. Mess it up, texturise it or add some colour (just to the tips) for a trendier feel. Style your hair using hard or soft wax, a wet look (strong hold) gel or a long-lasting styling crème.

Ears: Sport a single stud in either of the ears – this could be in
silver or white metal. Set it with a small diamond that catches light when it has to. Take our word for it: at the rate are men wearing them, diamonds may soon become a man’s new best friend.

Eyes: Ensure you drink sufficient water, have an iron rich diet and get at least eight hours of sleep daily. This will prevent dark circles and make you look a lot fresher and younger. Splash ice-cold water whenever your eyes look puffy or feel strained and tired.

Cheeks: Don’t worry about defining the face as a fuller and healthier look is preferred to the chiselled, sucked-in type. Scrub and exfoliate your face a minimum of once a week to keep your cheeks and skin looking fresh and clean.

Jaw: Clean shaven is the way to go. Ensure you do not sport
either a shadow or daylong stubble. Shave daily (even twice if you have to) but ensure you moisturise well to keep your skin feeling soft and supple.

Lips: Do not ignore the lips – nourish and buff them on a regular basis. A nightly lip care regime will make them look cleaner, fresher and fuller – all the elements you need for this look.

Chest: It’s back to hair removing crèmes, wax strips and other hair removing methods. Trends favour a smooth defined chest and clothes that help flaunt it.

Wear Your Innocence
What you should wear to accentuate the look:
Tops: Choose from an assortment of T-shirts, cut sleeve tops and vests. Besides the staple black, grey and white, you can wear colours like red, blue, green, orange, yellow and pink. The deeper and stronger the colour – the better your chances are of looking younger.

Shirts: Wear shirts on their own or layer them over a fitted T-shirt, but do leave them out if you are doing so. Undo the first few buttons and roll up the sleeves to shorten them further. You can wear shirts that are plain, printed or coloured – most styles and colours will work. Our tip: checks are hot and will be so for a few seasons more.

Jeans: Blue jeans over black and white. Comfort or snug fit over loose and plain over textured and embellished. These are important points to consider whenever you buy your next pair. Wear them with the types of tops and shirts listed above.

Trousers: Comfort fit trousers in soft fabrics with a subtle self-design are highly recommended. Colours you should be seen in are grey, beige, white and brown. Avoid the use of belts as they can add a more mature or grown up feel to your look.


Back to school
6 quick steps to play the part Even if you are older or have a naturally rough and masculine look:

Step 1. Flatten the hair and shave the stubble: Wet your hair and douse it with a strong hold gel (and no, using gel does not lead to hair fall). Neatly comb back and then sideways, creating a distinct parting on the scalp and ensuring that no hair falls over the ears or rises up at the centre of your parting. Shave your stubble or growth (on the face) well and try achieving as smooth a shave as possible.

Step 2. Wear half sleeve shirts: Wear plain, short and half sleeve shirts in colours like white, light grey and
brown. Ensure the collars are small and the sleeves fit close to the arms. Button up your shirt at work and ensure it’s neatly tucked into your trousers.

Step 3. Sport bright and slim ties: Wear a slim, coloured or printed tie – one that contrasts with your shirt and breaks the monotony of your entire look. Fasten with a small single knot instead of a thick double one. Allow it to end just above your waist and not any lower.
Step 4. Get into a waistcoat: Fitted short waistcoats are a strong trend at the moment and work well to create this look. We suggest wearing either a black, dark blue or brown one. Contrast the colour of your waistcoat with the shirt you wear under it and ensure it fits you well (has a snug tight fit).

Step 5. Put on a pair of straight fit trousers: Forget the trends you followed from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s (whichever was your decade) and update your wardrobe with a ‘school uniform style’ pair of simple straight trousers. These could either be plain or in checks (as long as they are subtle and small and do not have a very retro look about them).

Step 6. Take the right step forward: Buy a pair of schoolboy style, simple laced (rounded at the front) shoes in either a matt or high gloss finish. Replace the pointed pair in your shoe rack with these. Try and ensure that your shoes look clean and well polished at all times.