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Dear Mr. Know-It-All: Must I Ditch the Socks?

It's the fashionable man's worst kept secret.
Dear Mr. Know-It-All: Must I Ditch the Socks? It's the fashionable man's worst kept secret.

For our new column, Dear Mr. Know-It-All, our resident menswear blogger Gian Reyes tells you everything you need to know to be the kind of man we like. He knows all.

Dear Mr Know-it-all, I’m wondering if I should be paying for dates or is it ok to split the bill?


I think the man should always pay on the first date as I’m assuming you’re the one who invited her to go on a date to begin with. It’s just polite, and politeness and manners are qualities that she’ll be looking for that night. However moving forward, most modern women are happy to share the costs of dates so don’t feel the pressure of having to pay for everything throughout your whole relationship. Although, feel free to spoil her on occasions and more importantly, for no reason at all.

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Dear Mr Know-it-all, I’ve been seeing a lot of men going sockless recently. How do I pull off this look?

The secret to going sockless is wearing socks. Yes, you may have heard of people putting talcum powder in their loafers to combat friction, sweat and odours but that’s in the past. There are socks called invisible socks that you can’t see when wearing shoes but offers the comfort of regular socks. I tend to buy the ones with the gel caps on the back for extra comfort. Trust me, it’s the fashionable man’s worst kept secret.



Dear Mr Know-it-all, why doesn’t my boyfriend ever put the toilet seat back down?

This seems to be an age old problem for women and I don’t understand what the issue is. Sure, I’ve heard women complain about going to the toilet late at night and sitting down only to feel cold porcelain on their cheeks, or even worse, fall in. What I really don’t understand is why it’s so hard to actually look to check if the seat is down. After all, men don’t complain about you never leaving the toilet seat up for us. This is one of those things that shouldn’t be an issue, you’re in a great relationship if this is the only thing you have to worry about.


Gian Reyes is the Managing Editor of Wayward Son, a Filipino men’s lifestyle blog based out of Sydney, Australia. He wants to help men find their own personal style and kick butt along the way.


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