It’s not just mums whose bodies get get affected by having a baby. A recent article from The Mail (I know…sorry!) stated that new Dads put on an average of 4lbs following the birth of their child. Combine this with the consistent smell of baby poo and sick lingering around, the poo permanently encrusted under the finger nails, the bags under the eyes, the lack of time to yourself for grooming and the baby food or milk stains on every item of clothing and you find yourself going downhill at a fairly rapid rate.
The once handsome, strapping man your partner fell in love with is now no more…
- Find a suit that is tailored and well fitted to you. A tailored suit can be expensive but if you use a suit a lot, see it as an investment.
- Polish your shoes more, than ‘never!’
- Collar stays are a great way of looking more professional and smart.
- Wear dark socks when wearing dark clothes and trousers.
- Brown belt, brown shoes.
- If in doubt, wear a pale blue shirt with a dark grey suit. Fool proof!
- If you usually dress pretty casually, dress up every now and again. (Especially on date night!)
- A tough one for me, but find a good moisturiser. Hands & Face!
- Aftershave is your friend. But not your best friend; too much is over kill!
- Stand up straight.
- Try your clothes on before you buy them and make sure they fit!
- Wear dark underwear. Saves a lot of embarrassment for whoever does the washing in your house.
- Wash your hair. Unless it’s flaky… then stop washing your hair.
- Comb your hair.
- Style your hair.
- Cut all your nails. Even your toe nails.
- Use mouth wash – the kind that gives your morning breath a run for its money. If you’re unsure if you need this, lick your hand and smell it!
- Hair in any of the following locations isn’t great:
– In-between your eyebrows
– On your toes
– At the top of your neck both front and back
– In your ears
– Poking out your nose
- Make sure your moustache doesn’t encroach onto your top lip. (Or bottom…!!!)
- Shave in the direction of the hair, not against it and use short sharp strokes. (So I’ve heard… I have a beard!)
- Vaseline in winter is a life saver. Don’t be scared just because it’s in your wife’s handbag.
- Walk more.
Follow some/all of these simple things and you’ll be swaggering round like David Beckham. On a semi serious note, looking good and feeling good really does have an impact on being a dad. If you’re feeling good about yourself, then you’ll be a much better dad.
DISCLAIMER: I would like to stress how frustrating I find it when people talk about dads as great big fat, bumbling idiots who were once trim and sexy and now are hideous beasts that make women sick. I’m certainly not saying that. The point of this post is to simply point out a few small things that are easy for any dad to do, to improve their appearance. I also can’t stand the term ‘DILF.’ I think it’s as derogatory to dads as it is when used for mums and wouldn’t usually use it. For me it means: Dad Is Looking Fine. :)