How to host a dinner party

April 15, 2010

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As the success of Come Dine With Me proves, not only is hosting dinner parties a national obsession, but we’re secretly critiquing our hosts throughout every course. So it’s important to get every step right. Establish your guest list. You can invite several people who all know each other well, or several people who know […]

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How to tie the perfect bowtie

April 15, 2010

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This is assuming of course, that not only have you foregone the services of a butler, but also taken brave steps into wearing the non-already-tied-bowtie, for which you should be commended. After all, you wouldn’t wear trousers with flies that had been done up by someone else, would you? Firstly, drape the tie around the […]

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How to polish your shoe to perfection

April 15, 2010

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All good programmes come with twelve steps, and stopping your shoes from looking scuffed is no different. 1 Wipe the dust off the shoes with a damp cloth 2 Using a soft cotton cloth, or fine natural bristle brush, apply the polish to the shoe 3 Use small circular movements to evenly cover the shoe […]

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Opening the door for your date – a modern minefield

April 15, 2010

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Men have always known that they should be opening doors for their dates, and women graciously allowed this easy show of chivalry. Now, though, it is as risky a business as daring to answer the question “does my bum look big in this?” and may even to offend no matter what you do. Leave your […]

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Does ironing your pants make a difference?

April 15, 2010

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A tightly starched shirt. A pair of crisp linen trousers. A washboard-stiff collar. These all make sense when trying to portray an image of yourself as perfectly presentable gentleman. Ironing your underwear, however, puts the “why?” into Y-fronts and implies that if you have time enough in your day to bother, surely there is nobody […]

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The art of sending a bunch of flowers

April 15, 2010

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Roses are red, violets are blue, send the wrong bunch of flowers and you could be eating microwave meals for one for the rest of the foreseeable. Everyone knows that carnations are naffer than plastic shoes, but did you know that roses are off limits too? Too predictable, too obvious, too like you picked them […]

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To chino or not to chino

April 15, 2010

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There was a time when the chino was the trendiest thing a man could wear. The baggy khaki trouser screamed that despite appearances, the wearer was only nodding to “The Man’s” requirement that he be dress up for an occasion, and that he was really a boyish follower of fashion underneath. Look closer and you’d […]

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