Everyone wants to be cool, but what does that word actually mean? It's surprisingly hard to define because there are so many factors that contribute to someone's coolness that seem to contradict themselves, and yet somehow totally work when you see it in person. Funny and charming, yet reliable and trustworthy; attentive and understanding, but still a bad boy at heart; always looks good without judging or looking down on others. So, what's their secret? It's not as difficult as it seems, but you do have to work hard to achieve and maintain your cool status. Therefore, in the interest of giving you a starting boost, here are the top five tips for always being the coolest dude in the room.
Look the part
If you wanna be cool, you gotta look cool. That means grooming should become second nature to you while sloppiness goes out the window. The concept of an attractive man has changed a lot over the years, and now longer beards and hair are making a comeback after a long period of favouritism towards short haircuts and clean shaven faces. But that doesn't imply you can just grow out your beard and forget about it, or be content with a simple comb through your hair. Regular trimming and maintenance is a must in order to achieve that signature polished-but-scruffy look, and the best way to do that is to invest in quality products for grooming your hair and beard.
Stay in shape
A fit and healthy body elicits an automatic response of approval and attractiveness, so it should be one of your top priorities. In short, it’s all about cutting out the junk food and hitting the gym at least two or three times a week. But it's not just your muscles you need to be working on; it's also your dexterity and athleticism, which is achieved by playing a team sport like football or basketball. You don't need to be on the level of professional athletes, but you should be able to hold your own against most other people. Plus, competitive sports are a great motivator to keep working out and getting better at the game, in addition to numerous other benefits.
Have the best gear
Fashionable clothes? Check. Designer sunglasses? Check. Smart watch? Check. It's not enough for your body and face to look good if your clothes and accessories make you look like a slob. The key is to follow the latest trends and match your look accordingly, and not just at work or when you go out at night. For example, skateboards are undeniably cool (and functional) accessories, but you shouldn't settle for any old battered and faded board, but aim to get your hands on some awesome cruiser skateboards with bold designs.
The way you talk
Looking good is all for naught if around other people you just stand there and talk about the weather or some other inconsequential things that add nothing to the conversation; or if you try to act cool, but end up singing your own praises for 30 minutes instead. Talk about culture, music, science, current events, things that matter, and engage other people in the conversation. If you are unfamiliar with such topics, thanks to the internet you have a whole world of information at your fingertips, so we suggest you make the most of it.
It's all about respect
Respect, both for others and yourself, is the crucial aspect of being a cool guy and carrying yourself like one. It's what stops you from being rude or obnoxious towards other people because you know that you have to give respect before you can receive it. But, it also makes it clear to everyone you are not going to put up with any nonsense. Respect is what drives you to do the right thing, even when it's hard...especially when it's hard. And it's that hard to define the quality which separates the cool guys from the pretenders and the wannabes, but we hope we’ve helped you with it.