On Etiquette

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Dressing for the Occasion: Your 60 Second Visual Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

This illustrated guide made possible by Life Khaki by Haggar – Talking Men’s style. What’s this? Got an invite to a party that has a dress code have no clue what “black tie optional” means? Here’s an illustrated guide to help you decipher that dress code.

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How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party–Part II: Guest Lists, Invitations, and Planning

by Brett & Kate McKay

This post is brought to you by Heineken. What’s this? Once you know what kind of party you’re throwing, it’s time to begin planning the event: drawing up a guest list, sending out invitations, and getting ready for the shindig. Here’s how to do it.

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How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party–Part I: Choosing a Party Theme

by Brett & Kate McKay

This post is brought to you by Heineken. What’s this?While throwing parties is often seen as the responsibility of our female counterparts, men—particularly bachelors–have a long history of throwing memorable shindigs. So today we begin a four part series on how to host a great party. Lesson the first: picking your party type or theme.

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Being a Gentleman at the Office: The Dos and Don’ts of Business Etiquette

by Brett & Kate McKay

The rules of business etiquette are very similar to the rules of social etiquette. But there is a difference between the two sets of manners. In the social sphere, the assumption is that you and your associates are equals, with some allowances made for age and sex. The business world, on the other hand, is […]

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Lose with Dignity. Celebrate with Grace. (Part II)

by Brett & Kate McKay

Miss Part I? Read it here. On December 31, 1967, the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys met on Lambeau Field for the NFL Championship. Later dubbed the “Ice Bowl,” temperatures hovered at 13 degrees below zero, the turf was as hard as rock, whistles stuck in referees’ mouths, and members of the halftime […]

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A Manly Handshake: An Illustrated Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

Illustration by Ted Slampyak I’ve been wanting to incorporate a more visual element into the Art of Manliness, but I have no artistic talent whatsoever. But lucky for us, former So You Want My Job interviewee Ted Slampyak does. Ted’s a super-talented illustrator based out of Albuquerque, NM (Go Isotopes!). He’s done some amazing webcomics […]

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Lose with Dignity. Celebrate with Grace. (Part I)

by Brett & Kate McKay

“I cannot describe it. I cannot give you any idea of the kindness, and generosity, and magnanimity of those men. When I think of it, it brings tears into my eyes.”  -Charles Marshall, Aide de Camp to General Robert E. Lee General Lee was wearing a new dress uniform, complete with a red sash and […]

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A Gentleman Never Arrives Empty-Handed

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Raymond. It’s a sultry summer night, and you’re on your way to an elegant dinner party given by your boss and his charming wife. You arrive at the appropriate time, impeccably dressed in casual evening wear and greet your hostess with a smile—and nothing more. Imagine your […]

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Being a Gentleman in the Age of the Internet: 6 Ways to Bring Civility Online

by Brett & Kate McKay

“All u need is one shell: for yourself. Done.” “Nothing says survival like a tube of Carmex. Add a little to that condom you stored and protect the world from more people like you…” The above comments were left on Tuesday’s post about building the Ultimate Survival Shotgun. That post was a big hit, quickly […]

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The Ins and Outs of Opening a Door for a Woman

by Brett & Kate McKay

Readers email us surprisingly often with questions about opening doors for women. AoM readers are interested in being gentlemen and obviously understand the basics of this traditional act of chivalry: when you get to a door before a lady, you should open it for her. But they wonder about scenarios where the set-up isn’t as […]

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What to Wear on a First Date

by Antonio
This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at Gillette.com.

If you’re going out on a date with a woman, dress like a man. In this article we focus on how to properly dress for a first date.

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Dressing and Influence: The Right Look for Different Meeting Types

by Antonio

In this article I address the question, “Can the way we dress for these interactions, these “meetings” positively affect their outcome?”

I argue yes, it can. In my experience, understanding the type of meetings you are headed into and having the forethought to dress in a manner that plays to your advantage is just plain smart.

This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at Gillette.com. What’s this?

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The Art of Conversation: How to Avoid Conversational Narcissism

by Brett & Kate McKay

Last month I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in forever to have lunch. Having both read and written about how to be an effective and charismatic conversationalist, I followed the old dictum of listening more than talking and asking the other person engaging questions about themselves. This is supposed to charm […]

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The Art of the Dinner Date

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Weber. Eating is instinctual. And like a lot of instinctual things (ahem… the bedroom) men often go on autopilot when there’s food in front of them. Now that’s all fine and good when you’re standing over the sink eating cereal by the handful and straight from […]

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The Art of Conversation

by Brett & Kate McKay

I think we’ve all encountered men who have a knack for good conversation. They can talk to anybody about anything in a laid-back, casual manner that sets people immediately at ease.  A complete stranger can walk away from these conversational maestros feeling like he’s known known them for years. It’s easy to think that the […]

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How to Make Introductions Like a Gentleman

by Brett & Kate McKay

Have you ever been at a party with a guy who runs into somebody he knows and starts yammering away while you stand there awkwardly, holding your drink? Man, I hate when that happens. You’re left in social limbo. I usually have to just take things into my own hands and introduce myself, which is […]

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A Man’s Guide to Dining Etiquette and Proper Table Manners

by Antonio

“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” -Clarence Thomas Why Table Manners Matter Share As a young Marine Corps Officer, I was dumbfounded one afternoon when after training on the Mark19 we transitioned into a class on proper table manners.  Taught by a petite older woman, the class covered the basics of […]

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A Man’s Primer on Funeral Etiquette

by Brett & Kate McKay

“How we treat the dead says an awful lot about how we live. For the strong and able to serve the helpless dead, to honor frail remains, reaches deep inside us to something basic to humanity.” -Paul Gregory Alms Share Funeral etiquette. Unless you’re preparing to attend a funeral, it’s a subject that almost never […]

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The Art of Letter Writing: The Sympathy Note

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Life Of all the letters you will write during your life, the sympathy note is arguably the hardest to pen. It can be very difficult to find the right words, or any words really, to say. We worry about saying the wrong thing , or we feel awkward talking about such a serious matter. […]

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