Our society has a thing for bad boys. Genghis Khan, Teddy Roosevelt, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Clint Eastwood, John Travolta, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Ozzy Osbourne, Eminem, P Diddy (Bad Boy Records), Nicholas Cage, Colin Farrell, Gene Hackman, Bret Michaels, Robert Downey Jr., Russell Brand, and let’s not forget Charlie Sheen. We probably couldn’t even count all of our “bad boy” songs on two hands.
According to one AskMen.com article, bad boys can catch the eye of a woman by not doing every little thing she expects, therefore piquing her interest. But being a bad boy isn’t just about playing the part. You have to dress the part, too. Here is some bad boy gear to get you started. Now all you need is a barbed wire tattoo. #Winning!
A. Who’s the Boss?
Every bad boy needs some leather duds, and a leather jacket sends a message that you’re rugged and you keep it classic. The BOSS Orange “Jendrik” exudes effortless cool with a tab collar, snap epaulets, a zip pocket at the chest and grommet detail at the waist. The material is a lamb leather/wool/polyester mix (that means dry clean only boys). $595 www.Bloomingdales.com
B. Safety Switch
Bad boys like danger, and straight razors can be pretty scary if you don’t know what you’re doing. The traditional safety razor from MÜHLE is designed with high-quality chrome plating and an extremely fine engraved finish, and it comes in two versions (closed and open comb) to suit your beard growth and skin type. Instructions and one blade included. $61 www.Muehle-Shaving.com
C. Keep it Brief
You can’t feel like a tough guy wearing Fruit of the Loom undies mom bought you for Christmas. Try a pair from ExOfficio, the coveted brand that boasts “17 countries, 6 weeks and one pair of underwear.” Made to fight odor, dry quickly and keep you comfortable all day, the Give-N-Go® lightweight mesh briefs come in five colors. $25 www.ExOfficio.com
D. Straight Up
There’s a reason 505® Original Straight LEVI’s have defined the American man since their invention. This classic denim line is loved for its comfortable style, which fits straight through the seat, thigh and leg, as well as its straight-cut waistband that sits evenly front and back. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Get yourself a pair or two. From $40 www.US.LEVI.com
E. Leather & Lace
Chukkas, bucks, desert boots, whatever you want to call them, these lace-up ankle kicks can take you from the office to happy hour and back again, while providing lasting comfort and endless compliments. Made by Thorogood for Steven Alan, these feature a around toe, leather lining, padded insoles, speed laces and black Vibram soles. $198 www.StevenAlan.com
F. Pomp it Up
That mop isn’t going to style itself. Get the perfect pompadour (or other style of your choice) using Aveda Men Pure-Formance™. This pomade makes short to medium length styles extremely manageable with its built-in style control agent that provides lasting hold and shine, without the greasy look. It also has a rich, spicy aroma with kunzea, citrus and certified organic essential oils to refresh your scalp. $22 for 2.6 oz. jar. www.Aveda.com