TopNotch Rants?

I am considering introducing a mini-series entitled “TopNotch Rants”  in between episodes of TopNotch Male Style Tips.  In this series I will highlight whatever may be on my mind regarding fashion and style at the moment, usually something that I find funny or strange.  These videos will be usually very short so that they do not take time away from regular bi-weekly episodes.

What are your thoughts?

What your appearance says about you

Style is quite a fickle thing isn’t it? Some colors and trends look great on one person while on another person might look horrendous. However, no matter which way you turn this your style not only affects your physical person —  but also everything that you touch.

From your home, your car or your office cubicle — your style runs across all realms that you touch.  You can tell a lot about how one’s house may be kept by simply taking a look at their style and personal dress.  In addition, if a person presents themselves neatly and well dressed, might it be safe to assume that that person’s house is just as neat? Theoretically, the answer to that question is yes.

So your style does not stop at your ankles my friends; it is all throughout your life.  Your presentation tells a lot about many of your stylistic characteristics.

Looking Your Best

I have long been an advocate for dressing your best and always trying to look your best.  This is not in an effort to impress those around you; but to bring your esteem to new levels.  To quote the old saying, “When you look good, you feel good,” this is so true.

One thing that some have a hard time accepting is that looking good does not always require a lot of time or a lot of effort if you build it into your routine.  Below are a list of daily things that should be done before you leave home:

  • Hair grooming
  • Face wash/detail
  • Preparation of clothing for the day
  • Bodily grooming
  • Mind grooming (preparing yourself for the day mentally and having your confidence secured)

A routine is important not just because it can make larger tasks seem simpler; but because it forms a habit.  Before you know it you will have a self checklist etched in your brain that will help you look and feel your best before leaving your home.

Socks! Are they that Important?


Dexter Johnson speaks on the topic of men’s socks.  Socks are an item of importance; in fact, any item that is a must wear everyday is of importance.  Not only should socks coordinate with other items in your outfit like your pants and shirt; they must also be appropriate to the arena in which they are worn.  Please be mindful of when and how you wear traditional white socks.  Implement these tips into your fashion rotation and you will be bound for success.