Now more than ever, being a well rounded human is all about the details. Here are 30 lifestyle-enhancing items that will upgrade your looks, tastes, smells, trips and vibes for years to come.
Even if a few of these things are beyond your reach for the moment, it’s all about progress, not perfection. Start in whatever area is most interesting to you and curate your own adventure.
Remember: a few subtle tweaks can really add up in the aggregate, young bucks.
BOOZE + BAR
A beautiful scotch is for sipping and entertaining guests, not slamming. Find the best bottle you can afford, throw on your velvet slippers, add a fancy big ice cube and indulge your inner Hef.
Keeping a great bottle of (not too) expensive wine, like Prisoner, in the house is a great way to guarantee that something worth celebrating will happen for you very soon. Just be sure to store it in a cool, dark place (seriously, under your bed is the best spot) and away from your booze hound roomies.
RAISE A GLASS
Does your cupboard look like a mess hall? Toss those mismatched cups and glasses and invest in one, uniform set of glassware, like our Playboy whiskey glasses. It’s the only civilized way to dine post-college.
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
Take the party poolside with this deceptively booming waterproof Bluetooth-enabled speaker from Ultimate Ears. If you want to be the ultimate entertainer, you have to be able to provide the tunes.
RECORDS ARE BACK
All music sounds better on wax. Treat your inner audiophile to a convenient bluetooth-enabled record player and nail the retro-futurist thing like a real pro.
KIND OF BLUE
A classic blue blazer should be your go to for dates, meetings and any other times you need to pretend that you are an upstanding citizen. This piece is a real work horse in your wardrobe, so we recommend investing in the best.
A SERIOUS SUIT
If you only own one suit, this should be it. While solid grey wool suits are great for serious stuff like weddings, funerals and court appearances, a little texture adds some nice pop while stylishly subverting convention.
A DRESS SHOE FOR ALL OCCASIONS
A black derby-style dress shoe is the perfect union of dressy and casual. Not only do they look great with a suit, you can also pair them with jeans or chinos for a more upmarket weekend look.
As you probably know, plain jane sneakers are definitely a thing right now, and with good reason. A nice minimal sneaker can add some polish to even the most scruffy ensembles. In fact, they look even better when paired with scruffy ensembles.
Thanks to a relaxing (downward spiral?) of office dress codes, it’s now totally cool to wear jeans to work—so long as they are dark blue and well fitting. Don’t forget to get them hemmed so they fit you perfectly and gently graze the very top of your shoe.
A SKILLFUL SKILLET
When it comes to a skillet that will last your entire life and season your lifestyle with swagger, Le Creuset is the gold standard. Get the 12” version and look forward to your next 10,000 meals turning out awesome.
THE SHARPEST KNIVES
Any respectable chef will tell you that you only really need two knives in your kitchen: a big one for slicing and dicing, and a small one for skinning and pairing. Go with a trusted brand like Global (from Japan, natch) and start chopping.
A CHILL GRILL
Get your junior grill master on by getting a small, bachelor pad-appropriate mini grill. It’s portable, and perfect for small balconies and porches.
Not only do spices wake up your palette, they can also improve your circulation, thinking and digestion. Grab a starter kit, start sprinkling, and be sure to save a bit for your margarita bar. Plus, women will be impressed if you have these in your pantry, we swear.
Want to be the best roommate ever? Buy a big eight cup French Press for your crib. Not only can your mates enjoy a cup, you can save the rest for killer iced coffees.
ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS
We don’t need to tell you why you need a nose and ear hair trimmer, but we will gladly point you in the direction of a good one.
PLAYBOY MAGAZINES, DUH
Your coffee table will look better with an array of vintage magazines scattered across it.
Speaking of your coffee table: The best coffee table books double as handsome furniture. Find something with a dope cover and impress and inspire yourself with a deluxe book about art, food or arty food.
A PRIMO RUG
You can never go wrong with a cool Persian rug. Your best bet for finding one that checks all your requirements for size, color and price is to hit up eBay, where the selection is nearly unlimited.
An accent chair should do just what it says: add some flavor to your room. As a general rule, it’s best to get something light and small. Not only can it be easily moved, it will enhance, rather than dominate the space.
Spruce up your crib with a throwback tapestry print from Playboy’s awesome ‘80s archives.
A ROCKIN’ PLANT
House plants are awesome. Not only do they clean the air, they also prove to anyone who comes over that you have your act together and can take care of a living thing. Pothos are (nearly) impossible to kill, so start with a few of those.
PASSPORT, NO PROBLEM
Even if you are charming, well groomed and handsomely dressed, there’s no room for bargaining when it comes to an unexpected international trip with buddies. Be sure your passport is up to date by jotting down a date one year before the expiration in your phone so you can be reminded to get a new one.
BAG OF THE WEEK
A great weekend bag can and should be put to use any day of the week. Look for something with ample storage for weekday necessities like groceries or books, as well as typical travel stuff like clothes, your laptop and your passport.
When it comes to dopp kits, minimal is the way to go. Less distractions mean you can pack deliberately and have easy access to your most personal items.
If your car breaks down, a working pair of jumper cables can take you from “totally screwed” to “way less screwed” in mere minutes.
Every dude needs a tool box. Maybe light a few fancy candles when get yours to ensure your masculine and feminine energies are aligned. You could also break something just to fix it so you have an excuse to use your tools. Your call, man!
WRITE IT DOWN
Modern day journals are more than hip old school throwbacks. Writing stuff down (on, like, paper) helps to clarify our goals. Besides, it’s much more gratifying to cross something off your to-do list than it is to delete it from your phone.