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Dudes, let's talk. Do you really think George Clooney defines "adequate grooming" as toothpaste and a shower? Can you imagine Denzel Washington wearing a pair of baggy pants — or being caught in public pairing white sneakers with black socks? Of course you can't! That's why I've come up with half a dozen style moves, from subtle to overt, designed to make you look and feel like the hunk you really are.
1. Go short or go home. Make your mantra WWBWD: What would Bruce Willis? This much is certain: The man would never resort to the sort of stringy ponytail, comb-over or hipster goatee that too many older guys adopt in compensation for aggressive hair loss. Instead, say it long, say it loud: "I'm bald, and I'm proud!"
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I'm willing to make an exception, mind you, for any guy capable of a "cool hat" look. Kangol, San Diego Hat Company, J. Crew Men, Zara Men, Urban Oufitters and Borsalino offer models that will make you quietly stylish. Just promise me you won't rock a topper that's too tiny for your tête or that sits too far back on it; you don't want to resemble Ben Stiller in While We're Young. In short, if you can't pull off the look, pull off the lid!
2. Details, schmetails? Little things really do mean a lot — especially when they are "sproinging" from your nostrils or ears, so keep all errant facial hair trimmed. Any distraction on a date is going to be the subject of conversation with her girlfriends later on, I guarantee you.
As long as we're on this ticklish topic, whiten your teeth, groom your nails and apply moisturizer, a.m. and p.m., head to toe. And no matter what pride you take in your hairy chest, save it for the beach. That means crew necks, not V-necks. Finally, to obviate a couple of issues that are normally hushed up, wear thicker, looser or textured T-shirts to minimize nipple show-through and "man boobs" that appear when you don't do your daily push-ups.