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10 Ways to Improve Your Appearance

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Improving your appearance doesn't need to be a daunting task, nor does it necessarily entail an expensive overhaul of your closet or a grooming makeover. In fact, there are plenty of easy, simple tricks that every guy can use to enhance his appearance. To find out how to make the most of yourself without shelling out tons of cash, read these 10 tips.

1. Shine your shoes
Nothing can ruin an otherwise fantastic ensemble faster than a pair of dirty shoes, so once every couple of weeks, take a quick glance at your shoes to determine their scuff factor. If they look anything less than nearly new, it's time to break out your cleaning kit and buff them until they're soft and lustrous-looking once again. For those with a tightly packed schedule, as well as those unmotivated to undertake this maintenance task, dropping your shoes off at cobbler is a great option to keep your shoes in top condition as it doesn't cost much and the end result will be superior to what you can achieve at home

2. Part your hair
Parting your hair signifies a certain level of pride in your appearance and is universally flattering when done correctly. And though it takes only 10 seconds to do, it makes a dramatic difference in your appearance, imparting a clean-cut, well-groomed vibe to your look. Right now, the hottest way to wear your part is with a short, classic cut that's maintained with a trim every four to five weeks. For men who already part their hairstyle, try moving it around a little to see if an alternative can further improve your appearance.

3. Wear dress shoes
Particularly if your footwear of choice for daytime is sneakers, switching things up and donning dress shoes will really make you stand out. Slipping on some dress shoes will result in a more professional, gentlemanly look, making you more popular both with your boss and the ladies. Bonus points (read: a promotion, more dates) for upping your game and adding dress pants and a button-down once a week.

4. Use fabric softener
A surprisingly versatile product, Bounce fabric softener sheets not only make your clothes more touchably soft than using detergent alone, it also gives them a long-lasting scent of clean and even help repel unwanted lint and hair from your clothes. Layered here and there between the clothes in your dresser, it's also a smart, easy way to keep your drawers smelling fresh. Other clever places to keep a few sheets include your running shoes, gym bag and even a suitcase when you're traveling.

5. Wear a shirt with a V-neck
The chief way that a V-neck shirt can improve your appearance is by shifting others' gaze away from the lower half of your body. Because V-necks draw the eye upward, the emphasis is on your face so that you're at your most handsome no matter what your body type. To further increase the flattering effects of your V-neck, try one in a bright shade or in a hue that complements your eyes as pops of color tend to enhance your complexion.

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6. Iron your clothes
It's a shame how many men regularly wear wrinkled clothing. Sure, it takes a couple of hours out of your schedule to properly iron your clothes each week and dress shirts can be particularly tricky, but the payoff is worth it as it will take your appearance from sloppy to polished. To make this chore a little more fun, use the time to simultaneously catch up on your favorite TV show. If you're really bad at ironing or have a time-crunched schedule, cut down on the amount of time you have to spend at the board by sending your shirts to the dry cleaner to get pressed.

7. Pluck stray hairs
Getting rid of unsightly hairs on and around your face is a quick way to enhance your appearance. Women, especially, will appreciate your effort as obvious nose and ear hairs are a major turnoff to them. Also, tweeze unruly eyebrows or eliminate your unibrow if you've got one. For best results with your brows, go to a salon — spending $10 to $15 here will mean you'll always look sharp rather than goofy.

8.  Stand up straight
Proper posture improves your appearance in so many ways. Not only does it make you look taller, it also pulls in your belly so that your stomach is more taught and your body seems leaner. Additionally, you come off as more confident when you stand up straight. To correct your posture, imagine a rope running through your body and pulling you up by the top of your head.

9. Smile
It's seems so simple, but putting a smile on your face will completely revolutionize how others interact with you. People are naturally drawn to those with positivity, so it's worth it to make an effort in this department. Try playing some fun tunes or listening to your favorite comedian before you leave your house for the day (or night) to enhance your mood.

10. Throw on a blazer
There are some pieces of clothing that instantly make you look and feel more classy and confident, and a blazer is one of them. No matter what you're wearing, a blazer will take your ensemble to the next level, even if you're just dashing out to buy beer at the convenience store. What's more, a blazer's structured style means you also appear more dominant, which will score you points at work and in your social life.