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By MH Staff - Posted on 8th October 2013
We asked MH Girl Next Door to lead a champagne-fuelled conversation with four beautiful, outspoken women about what they like – and don’t like – about what’s sitting in our cupboards
Gotlhokwang Angoma, writer: When it comes to grooming, basic hygiene is key. Don’t be a caveman! They had to club a woman to get laid. Mari Groenewald, fashion editor at Women’s Health: Vanity is such a turn-off, but a man needs to care enough to moisturise, smell good and look after his hands and feet . Elodie Venece, model: Exfoliate – it gets rid of dry skin and helps combat ingrown hairs. Keri Miller, radio DJ: I love the five-day beard look at the moment – facial hair is super-hot, but say no to the mo’. Amelia, MH Girl Next Door: I wish guys would just work with what they've got – don't dye your hair an obviously fake colour; don't grow a beard if it's a totally different colour to your hair; if you're balding, keep your hair short like Jason Statham. Ultimately being cool with who you are is a turn on.
Amelia: I hate thumb rings! Men and jewellery: yes, or no? Elodie: Okay sometimes, but only if it’s sentimental and subtle. Gotlhokwang: Classic watch only! No bling. Mari: Depends on the personality – something that means something to the guy is cool, like a tag around his neck, leather thongs around his wrist or a beautiful understated ring.
Mari: I love a man who wears scarves and hats in winter. I also really like leather or canvas satchels, no small "man-purses"; just put it in your pocket. Amelia: Yes, scarves are an underrated winter accessories – but men tend to forget that they need laundering too. There's nothing worse than hugging a guy and getting a waft of stale smoke, old cologne and mustiness from an overworn, underwashed scarf. Keri: Sunglasses are one thing, but I think a guy should keep it simple. Gotlhokwang: I agree, women accessorise, not men.
Keri: First dates are awkward enough, don't try too hard – nice jeans, cool sneakers, a well-fitted blazer and some sexy cologne is all you need. When in doubt, consult at least two of your female friends or colleagues before making any rash decisions. Elodie: In cooler weather, go for more interesting layers rather than one bulky thing – not only do you look less like the Hulk, there's more versatility with colours and textures to express personality. Mari: Keep it classic, but modern. Make sure your shoes are in good condition and "up to date"; girls really judge a man by his shoes. Amelia: And his jeans! More men need to wear slimmer cuts – I didn't say skinny, just tailored. Give us an idea of what we're working with! Elodie: I agree – a well-fitted pair of jeans separates the boys from the men.
Amelia: Overpowering underarm deodorant, is about as unattractive as poor hygiene, so how do you want your guy to smell or not to smell? Keri: Not like day five of a music festival, but not like he bathed in cologne either! Something subtle is great – I love a man to smell like a man. Mari: I really don't like sweet smells; leave that for the girls. I prefer a fresh, manly smell, something current not old and dated. Gotlhokwang: I like fresh smelling scents too like Acqua di Giò by Giorgio Armani Elodie: A slight hint of spice or cinnamon like Paco Rabanne 1 Million works for me, or the classic Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male with the sharper vanilla coming through.
Amelia: Sandals or flip-flops that are so crusty they could be fossils are such a turn-off. Why do guys wait for their shoes to fall apart before they replace them? It's not a competition. What's the worst thing a guy can wear? Gotlhokwang: Ill-fitting clothes – either too big or small – is just plain wrong. Keri: Soft jersey polo necks and, on the opposite end, heavage – both need to come off, off, off (and not in a sexy way)! Elodie: For me, dry skin and lips is such a turn-off. Mari: Ugly, clumpy black shoes with thick soles and a round nose. Not matter how well a guy is dressed, if he's wearing a pair of those, I want to run a mile!