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50 Rules To Being A Gentleman
For dudes who split bills on fast-food dates, KING offers a template for sophistication. Relax and take notes.
The Gentlemen Panel: Fonzworth Bentley, Pacino Bing, John Delgado, Gerrell Gaddis, Damon Gales, Claveria â€œJoJoâ€ Gumersindo, Rashaun Hall, Sheldon Hall, Grant Hill, Chris Mathis, Adam Matthews, Zach McCall, Mark Rooney, Jalen Rose, Anslem Samuel, Chiun-Kai Shih, Musiq Soulchild, Jamal Sullivan, Q-Tip, Greg Watkins, Pat Wilcox
49. â€œIf you buy one pair of shoes and one suit per year, youâ€™ll have a nice collection soon enough. Itâ€™s an investment. Also, know your measurements and sizes, because you might find a woman who wants to hook you up and get a suit made.â€â€”Chris Mathis, 36, barber
48. Wearing a fitted hat on your commute to work with your business suit or with just pants and a dress shirt isnâ€™t a good look.
47. â€œTone down the bagginess a bit without wandering into nut-hugger territory. Showing your ass and boxers is not appealing in any setting.â€â€”Anslem Samuel, 31, magazine editor
46. Find a good tailor.
45. T-shirts should fall just below your waist, and the seam of the shoulder should be right on your shoulder.
44. Wear a belt. Itâ€™s called underwear for a reason.
43. Donâ€™t try to outdress a woman. She should be the center of attention and should not feel that sheâ€™s underdressed.
42. â€œThe world is bigger than your hood and the places your favorite rappers represent. Try to travel to a place where your cell phone wonâ€™t work. Thatâ€™s when you know youâ€™ve actually gone somewhere. If you canâ€™t afford to put your passport on pivot, try reading a book or travel guide about the place youâ€™d like to visit.â€â€”A. Samuel
41. Barnes & Noble should be your best friend.
40. â€œ[As far as books], start with the classics: Catcher in the Rye, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Odyssey, Crime and Punishment.â€â€”Q-Tip, 38, rapper/producer/actor
39. If reading books the size of War & Peace seems daunting, peruse different types of magazinesâ€”ones covering art, architecture, design or photography.
38. Try not to go straight to the sports section of the newspaper.
37. Watch the news, preferably more than one channel. Suggestions: BBC, MSNBC, CNN and, yes, even FOX News.
36. Being open-minded and aware of the world around you shows class and sophistication, but avoid seeming pretentious by being modest instead of showing off what you know.
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