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10 Lifestyle & Dating Secrets of European Men


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After living in Europe over six months and traveling to a few countries (Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland), I’ve noticed some major differences. More importantly, this includes some European fashion and lifestyle tips that I think American men should steal. There are some generalizations, but here’s my top 10 (tongue and cheek) lifestyle & dating secrets of European men…

1. Get a Cool Coffee Machine ~ You know when George Clooney is the star of your commercials, it’s going to appeal to women. Nespresso is a Swiss brand of coffee makers and Clooney is in all their Euro ads. Here’s why it’s better than Starbucks: Less expensive per day, stylish, super easy to use, and perfect for entertaining. Plus, how much more romantic is it to give her a little Parisian escape right in your own city? Bring her a cappuccino with a shot glass of water and chocolate on the side to make it Euro style. We have this Nespresso (on sale at Macy’s now) and love it.

2. The Hair, Don’t Forget the Hair ~ You know those women who spend an extra 15 minutes in the bathroom using gel, hairspray styling each hair just-so. European men are kinda like that. They definitely put time and effort into styling their hair when they go out and women notice.

3.  Downsize Your Style ~ Swimming in that extra large T-shirt or still wearing faded stretched out Silvertabs from college? Ditch them for slim, tailored clothing that will make you look stylish and fit. Not that I’m a fan of skin tight v-necks here in Europe; but there is a happy medium. (Style Tip) The photo above is Bonobos, from their 2013 gift guide. If you’re holiday shopping for him, I love John Varvatos for men, Nordstrom because of their amazing return policy, Replay Italian jeans or Onassis New York which is one of my new faves. 

4. Get in Touch with Your Emoticons ~ There is something that Europeans and American teens already know and that is emojis are fun, harmless and cute. Yes, the little smiley, winky, kissy, silly faces you can add in texts. European guys use Emojis and you can too. I think more women like it than you’d expect especially in the new flirty stage of a relationship. If you want to test the water, send her an innocent flirty text followed by a ‘smily’ or ‘giggly’ face. If she texts back using one Emoji or more you’re good to go. 🙂

5. Make Your Bed in Seconds ~ There is a major time-saver Europeans have in the bedroom. They don’t use a top sheet. That’s right, it’s just a couple pillows (hopefully with Savvy Sleepers), the fitted sheet, and a duvet covered comforter. It saves so much time that I actually make the bed every day now. Forget ‘accent’ pillows and tucking every sheet corner. Lay the cover over the bed like this and you’re done. For single guys trying to keep their pad looking neat, modern and mature; this is a must have home décor trick.

6. Channel Your Inner David Beckham ~ No, you don’t need to be a soccer star or cover your upper body in tats. Just ditch boxer shorts and tighty whities forever. Boxer briefs, specifically trunks are flattering, attractive and technically you can show just a sliver of the waistband above your jeans to be stylish.

7. Beverage for the Lady ~ Try to have a bottle of French wine or champagne on hand. You never know when there will be a reason to celebrate, like your first kiss at sunset. Whether you can pronounce the region in France it came from or not, she’ll think you’re fancy.

8. Show Her How Worldly You Are ~ Okay, it’s not fair in the US. You can fly 90 minutes from SF and be in Vegas. In Europe, you can fly over five different countries in that amount of time. Don’t worry if you’re not a world traveler, yet. Frame a cool, edgy map in your house or put a globe on a bookshelf. Subtly mark all the destinations where you want to travel. Tell her each spot marks all the places you want to see with her one day, then pull her close and give her a sweet little kiss.

9. Skip the Speedo, But Show Some Thigh ~ Perhaps the most confidence boosting shorts on the face of the earth for men are Chubbies. If you haven’t seen Chubbies Shorts, the SF brand of short shorts for him are everywhere now. I featured them last year on myself here.

10. Walk in His Shoes ~ Shoes are a big deal in Europe for guys. Sneakers are for the gym and flip flops are for the beach. Work, going out or walking around on the weekends is entirely more dressed up than American footwear. Maybe a more detailed post on men’s footwear at a later date. 

What do you think about the differences? Do you agree or have any other to add? Thanks for reading!


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  1. I have never been to Europe. Crossing my fingers on being able to visit within the next couple years. I think these tips sound wonderful and would love for American men to adapt them.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  2. Great tips, I totally agree!


  3. I loved the duvets while I was in Europe! We should totally adopt that style in the U.S. I used to be so good at making my bed, and now I hardly ever make it in the morning.

    By the way, I have totally noticed that European guys wear much more fitted clothes than American guys do, and I think it looks really nice. They seem to think a lot more about how they look, which is a good thing.

  4. Very great blog, let us know more information, thank you very much

  5. Hmm..after reading your post, I kinda felt that my bf has a little European influence especially when it comes to hair. He don’t just spend 15 minutes, but I think it’s more like 30 mins! Sometimes, I felt ashamed of myself cos I usually leave my hair alone and it’s always the last thing on my list to deal with. But, my bf on the other hand…hmm..sometimes it frustrates me when I’m the one who has to wait for him to un-occupy the bathroom! LOL!!

  6. I agree doll! Men are different here than to American ones. Clothes are very tailored here and looking well is very important, I don’t think American men take enough time on themselves. And the baggy jeans and huge clothes are terrible over in America, am so glad it is not the way men dress over here. Nice fitting clothes should be for everyone – everywhere!! Have a gorgeous weekend doll xx

  7. love this list dale!! and i sooo so agree!! lucas has picked up a few of these tips since moving here.. i sometimes think he spends more time in the bathroom hairsprayin’/gelin his hair now then i do -___- hahaha. and i DEFINITELY agree about the fit thing guys clothes in the US is too baggy!

    and i lol’d at the making bed comment.. because i remember your bedroom when we use to live together lol!! :p

  8. Great tips, love this.


  9. Fabulous tips honey, I definetely agree with you <3



  10. I am living like a European with my bed… no top sheet 😉

    I dated men from Europe… they really seem more picky about their clothes, hair and shoes 😉

  11. Haha!! Yes, european men are unique for sure! I noticed some of these when I lived in France for a year =)

    Corinne x

  12. Hi Dale! This is so much fun and I think all men should be making an attempt to do some of these things. Confidence and having had lots of life experience (worldly) are huge. I think grooming is another one that is really important. Teeth, hair, smelling good:) Hope all is well! xxleslie

  13. This is quite interesting Dale. I’ve never used a top sheet and it’s a great time saver! I feel like European men are often more put together than their American counterparts.

    Rowena @ rolala loves
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  14. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. says:

    Such a fun, funny post! Ever since returning from Europe and drinking Spriz’s nonstop, I ALWAYS have a bottle of champagne on hand 🙂

  15. Honestly I loved this. I would love to see more men grooming themselves European-style and wearing slightly more fitted clothes. I hope that lots of girls print this out for their guys. Although I have to admit, I get every guy in my life doing emoticons right away–they’re just so silly I love them.

    xo Mary Jo

  16. I actually skip the top sheet too. It’s so annoying and makes the bed making process that much longer. Europeans had it right all along.


  17. I hate to say this but European men have it in the bag, hands down, compared to their American counter parts. They dress like they care about a women’s opinion, unlike American who seem to dress to actually repel women, or they seem to be saying ” I am not putting any effort in this for you” I think they think it is unmanly to try and impress a women through the way they dress. Which could not be any further from the truth.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

    • That is a really good point Allie. I never thought of it like that, but I think there is a lot of truth behind the differences in thinking about putting in more effort. I know I appreciate it. 🙂

  18. You cover a nice combination of topics on your blog, great reads! 🙂

  19. A really great post!


  20. hehe, i swear some of these are true, and some made me giggle!

  21. Amazing blog!!!! Lovely post.
    The Indian Savage diary

  22. Lol Dale, I’m European and I totally agree with you, you nailed it! Kisses dear, have a good week ahead! xo

  23. This was so funny to read, a few of my friends always say that they are major differences. I’ve actually never dated American guys … so I will take your word for it. 🙂 xx/M

  24. ah ah ah!! I couldn’t agree more with this post!!
    Don’t Call Me Fashion Blogger

  25. Nice tips, keep them posts coming!! (:

  26. Interesting tips- just what I needed to read really 🙂

  27. Great tips good article and thank you for this information

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