This Is What It Takes To Qualify As A Modern Day Gentleman
There are many things associated with being a modern gent, but according to people from Britain, there is one defining trait in particular.
Gone are the days of hat, pipe, monocle and twisted tash, it’s a different time now.
We’re talking sharp suits, slick hair-dos, and, most importantly, a new study into what it is that defines the modern gentleman. The answer to what is most important…manners – being respectful, polite and kind.
The study found more than one third of people think a good sense of style is absolutely vital to today’s sophisticated man of the world.
Holding the door open for others, listening when other people speak and putting away his mobile phone at the dinner table were among the highest ranking behaviours believed to signal a gentleman.
According to 58 per cent of those surveyed, a modern gentleman can most likely be spotted wearing a perfectly tailored suit, and 41 per cent reckon they can pick a true gent out of the crowd by the way he grooms his hair.
Sotos Georgalli, Brand and Creative Director at Moss Bros., said:
It’s never been more important to make a fantastic impression, whether in the workplace, out on the town, or to a potential new romantic partner.
With a few behavioural changes, a mindful attitude and a modern tailored look, the aspirational lifestyle of the modern gent is within British men’s grasp.
We’ve seen a rise in dressed-down looks recently but most men still find it challenging to make a great impression in casual clothing. If anything, the trend towards sportswear worn as an everyday uniform has helped to elevate the status of the tailored suit.
Apparently, more than 63 per cent of men are most likely to turn to the smart attire of a suit when they want to present themselves at their best, and are willing to pay an average of £600 to guarantee a great first impression.
And it seems a suit’s a good bet if you’re going on a date, because 44 per cent of women think a man looks his most attractive when he’s dressed in a fine suit, with 42 per cent believing a tailored look makes a man appear more professional.
As for hairstyles, forget the man-bun, apparently because this survey says the modern gentleman sports a short back and sides or generally short do, while long hair, the top-knot and the quiff are considered ‘un-gentlemanly’, but whatever.
More than a quarter of people think the modern gentleman should keep themselves fit playing a sport, 28 per cent consider cooking skills a must, and a third of Brits expect a gentleman to keep a tidy home.
So there we go, do you have the attributes of a modern gentleman?
The Top 50 Behaviours Of A Gentleman
1. Holds the door open for others.
2. Listens when other people speak.
3. Puts his phone away at the dinner table.
4. Keeps good personal hygiene.
5. Arrives punctually to social events and meetings.
6. Keeps a tidy home.
7. Lends his jacket to his partner on a cold night.
8. Knows when to admit he is wrong.
9. Polishes his shoes.
10. Keeps himself in shape.
11. Greets guests at the door.
12. Tells the truth, even in difficult circumstances.
13. Knows when to ask for help.
14. Good at remembering names and faces.
15. Up to date on current events.
16. Never gets too drunk.
17. Walks on the road-side of the pavement.
18. Avoids gossip and gossiping.
19. Keeps a tidy wardrobe.
20. Wears a watch.
21. Generous in the bedroom.
22. Steps in to resolve disputes.
23. Refrain from social media over-use.
24. Tells witty anecdotes.
25. Tech savvy, but not overly so.
26. Brings his partner breakfast in bed.
27. Gives money to charity.
28. Knows how to set a table.
29. Knows how to change a tyre.
30. Can entertain your children.
31. Has opinions on the political landscape.
32. Knows how to give a toast at dinner.
33. Cooks a few signature dishes.
34. Knows how to host a mean BBQ.
35. Knows how to put up a shelf.
36. Good music taste.
37. Knows how to carve at the dinner table.
38. Knows how to tie a bow tie.
39. Has never taken a selfie.
40. Knows how to flirt.
41. Handwrites letters.
42. Reads a broadsheet newspaper.
43. Knows their whisky.
44. Reads the literary greats.
45. Knows a second language.
46. Has a signature drink.
47. Knows about flowers.
48. Knows the offside rule.
49. Knows how to make a range of alcohol drinks.
50. Knows how to camp/bushcraft.
Hats off to anyone whose bushcraft skills are on point…
So, how do you fair on the scale of nought to gent?