And it won’t cost you a fortune.
If this isn’t the best fashion news ever, we don’t know what is.
Give your dad the gift of good taste this Father’s Day on Sunday, September 7, with these stylish, yet manly grooming products. Here, in SHESAID’s first of a series of Father’s Day Gift Guides, we show you how to spoil your dad and give him no excuse not to have sensational products in his man bag. Besides, you can always say that Brut 33 had “had its day” after it “accidentally” found its way into the bin. All manscaping items are available at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.
Business class: Is your dad a bit of a jetsetter? Or does his job require him to regularly travel? He’ll love this Natio Men’s Travel Skincare Kit, $24.95 – the perfect companion for any trip. What’s more, it’s no fuss and compact for dads who like to travel light. The kit contains Natio’s Daily Shampoo, Daily Face Wash, Firming Face Moisturiser and its Smooth Shave Gel. These products suit all skin types.
Animal instincts: Your dad may find shaving a new, sensory experience, with this Mason Pearson Pure Badger Shave Brush, in regular, $185. Actually made of hair from the belly of badger, this gentle brush performs a double duty of exfoliating his skin. Its ultra soft tip creates a rich foam, is gentle to the skin and softens skin for a smooth shave, apparently. I don’t know, I don’t shave my face, but it sure looks nice.
Hairy situation: Does your beloved dad sport facial hair in places he shouldn’t? Help him manscape those hairs into submission with the Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer in bahama blue, $19.95. A smaller version of Tweezerman’s award-winning slant tweezer, it’s so efficient and handy, you might find yourself wanting one too. This baby is made from stainless steel and is said to grab every hair, every time.
A good sport: Your dear, ol’ dad doesn’t have to be David Beckham to enjoy a sporty man fragrance. The Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Sport Eau de Toilette, 75ml, $99, will have him feeling fresh and manly in no time. The citrus fragrance has top notes of green apple, mint, mandarin orange and cedar; middle notes of sage, ginger and green notes and base notes of fern, amber, musk, sandalwood, patchouli and oakmoss. Basically, he’ll smell bloody good.
Smooth operator: Is your dad the type who needs some help when it comes to classy manscaping products? Hopefully, he’ll dig this posh beauty: the L’Occitane Eau Des Baux Deodorant, $26. This alcohol-free stick deodorant is said to glide on easily, dry fast, and prevents bacteria from developing. What’s more, its long-lasting scent is said to be “woody and mysterious” – very James Bond.
Perfect gentleman: A gentleman always has fresh breath: help him be at his best with the Aesop Mouthwash, $25. This alcohol-free formulation is said to provide a solution to the sensitive problem of oral malodour without disturbing saliva production of the natural pH of the mouth. Plus, anise and spearmint will leave your dad’s mouth cool, refreshed and hydrated. No doubt, your mum will thank you for this one too!
Emily Chantiri, author of The Savvy Girl’s Money Book, shares some insider secrets on how to look chic while saving cash.
1. Set yourself an annual clothes allowance
It’s fine to buy clothes and shoes but set yourself a limit. A savvy girl knows she has planned for her annual allowance and can spend this when and how she likes, with no nasty surprises when the bill comes in.
2. Don’t be a trigger-happy shopper
We all get pleasure from buying new things, but don’t shop in an emotional state or it will prove costly. Be aware of your state of mind, and if you are stressed, call a friend or go for a walk (in the opposite direction to the shops).
3. Take a friend shopping, not a group
It’s great to go shopping with a girlfriend who will tell it to you like it is, but shopping with a group is not a good idea. It slows you down and you’ll be bombarded with a whole lot of conflicting opinions. Even if your friends mean well, you’ll end up with mixed messages and end up buying unwisely. Leave the group experience for the nightclubs.
4. If you like designer clothes, train yourself to wait for the sales
I swear the seasons begin earlier and earlier each year! To keep track of when they start, get onto the mailing list of the fashion houses to keep informed of upcoming sales before the general public.
5. For basics, aim to pay a basic price
If you find a good-looking white T-shirt at Target or Just Jeans, stock up and save a heap. Several years ago Sharon Stone caused a stir as she walked down the red carpet at the Oscars. The paparazzi asked who had designed her outfit, which included an elegant body-hugging, basic black T-shirt. She stunned them with the news that she’d bought it at the inexpensive US chain The Gap.
6. Buy to fit your real body – not your dream body
This is tough for any woman but it’s time to come clean about your body image. Whether you are think, plump, tall or small, choose the clothes that compliment your body. You will get so much more wear out of them than in ill-fitting piece that you hope to fit into ‘one day’.
7. If in doubt, leave it out
Wait 24 hours or at least until the end of your shopping expedition for something you’re not quite sure about. If you’re still unsure either bring a friend for a second opinion or don’t buy. They might be sold in the meantime but that is a risk worth taking. There will always be another item around the corner.
What are your tips for staying stylish on a budget?