A Swell Guide to the Men’s Undershirt

I came across this post from one of my favorite blogs thin morning: The Art of Manliness. I thought it was perfect for the summer season, and great advice for all you men aspiring to dress swell. So, I am re-blogging it here, for that reason, and because Antonio did a great job compiling and writing it, and shhh, to give me a break for a busy week in the summer. Here it is, follow the advice in this guest post and your summer will be guaranteed to be cool comfortable and swell: Continue reading

How to Buy an Enagement Ring

engagedYou’ve been courting this girl for some time now, and things have progressed to the point where you know what is next… She has probably looking at you with arms folded and tapping her foot in anticipation for some months now. Uh Oh what do you do?! You have been wanting to buy her a ring and make her an honest woman, but where on earth do you begin? Being a Gemologist, I can’t believe it took me this long to post about this. Continuing the Every Swell man should learn series, here it is all you swell gents, a crash course in buying an engagement ring. Now, put on some antiperspirant, and wipe the sweat from your brow, it can be complicated, but I will help you through it. Continue reading

I Propose a Toast

The toastHere is a quick nod to the Every Swell Man should Learn series, and this is something that can show how swell you really are to those around you. There comes a moment in many mens life where he is asked to toast another; whether it be a celebration of a career advancement, a retirement, a birth, or marriage, you should be ready to shower your mate with praise. There are a few simple tasks to composing and delivering the perfect toast. Not all of us are public speakers, and delivering a toast in a crowd can be daunting, so I will give some tips to quell those fears as well. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Aston Martin…100 years

AstonMartinLogoThe British car manufacturer and racing legend, Aston Martin turns 100 today. I have always loved Aston Martin. With their rich racing heritage, consistent styling, and hand-built quality, whats not to love? And what better day to write about this brand than their 10oth anniversary.

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Rules to being a Gentleman

I “borrowed” this from one of my favorite blogs, The Effortless Gent. I thought it was important enough to share with the How to be Swell readers too. The blog post it came from is very good and recommended reading as well, For now this is just a quick post from me, but there is more swell stuff to come. In the mean time … stay swell.

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Happy New Year

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Yes it’s that time again. Time to dust off the clichés’ of  turning a new leaf, and starting fresh. Time to get out last years resolutions and update your list to try them again this year. I am well aware that we are inundated with these types of messages for the new year (especially from your local health clubs), but I do want to make a challenge to you. Continue reading

Merry Christmas

1921-12-17-The-Country-Gentleman-Norman-Rockwell-cover-A-Drum-For-Tommy-no-logo-400-DigimarcMerry Christmas from How to be Swell. This Christmas think back to those wonderful Norman Rockwell pictures for the Saturday Evening Post, and the warm feelings  that they evoke. I hope that your Christmas is the embodiment of those idyllic pictures, I wish for all of you great fellowship, good food, celebrations and long embraces from your loved ones. Stay swell  plym50xmas

How to Jump Start a Car

I had some experience with this recently. Even in today’s modern age people still make mistakes and machines still fail. I am still getting used to my new car as well as all of the sounds and buttons that are part of the experience. So, when I left my parking lights on recently I was comforted that I am well prepared to face a dead battery. If you own a car it is imperative that you have jumper cables in your tool kit in the trunk of your car, and that you know how to use them.

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Happy Thanksgiving from How to be Swell

Happy Thanksgiving to you all out there on the interweb. I hope that all of you are enjoying wonderful food and fellowship with your friends and family, or maybe even a down on their luck stranger, a friend you don’t know yet. Most importantly take the time to reflect on the things that you are truly thankful for, as you count I am sure you’ll find there are many. Don’t get caught up in the commercialism and greed that follows this holiday so closely, but celebrate it for what it truly is, a day to be thankful, and being truly thankful is swell.

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