I’m not a Catholic but I like the idea of participating in Lent (which starts tomorrow). If you are, please correct me if I err in my description but my understanding is that it is a time wherein Catholics “fast” for the 40 days before Easter in simulation of Christ’s fast for 40 days and 40 nights, after which he was tempted by Satan.

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Thankfully Lent does not mean giving up food and water for 40 days, but it is a chance to sacrifice something we enjoy and practice the masculine quality of self-discipline,

I got a little soft over the holidays and have yet to get back to an ideal form so I’ll be giving up sugar for Lent.

So what does this have to do with a style blog?

Well, Lent is the perfect opportunity for men who are on the fence about certain style aspects to give up their prejudices and try something new. While it may be nowhere near the kind of sacrifice most people make and especially Christ’s fast – a bad, or even not-the-best clothing fast will be good for you.

Here are some examples.

Don’t wear a T-shirt until Easter

Rather than just wearing a shirt and tie to work, wear a blazer or a full suit every day as well

Get a more grown-up hair cut and try parting it for 40 days

Refuse to wear white socks

Never leave the house without a sport coat

Never leave the house in a baseball hat

Stop eating out and use the money to take your baggy shirts to the tailor

These are just a few ideas and it’s all going to boil down to each man’s sartorial weaknesses. Whatever your excuses are for not dressing one step better, give them up for Lent. When you get razzed about it by other guys at work, just tell them the reason and ask them what they’re sacrificing. Most won’t be doing anything and they’ll be impressed by a man who still believes in the principle of sacrifice – even if it’s sacrificing to improve your own life instead of someone else’s.

The cool thing is that after Easter, you may not want to go back to your previous clothing safety nets. I’m hoping to get my serious sweet tooth under control so I’ll be able to stay in better shape throughout the year. Who knows, maybe you’ll throw away those cross trainers and reward yourself with a good pair of bucks.

Let me know in the comments what you plan on giving up.

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  • http://manly-reviews.com Manly Reviews

    This is an awesome idea. I guarantee that even if you don’t give up poor clothing habits for lent, but instead just use the period of time to work on your discipline, you come across as more masculine after. Discipline is definitely a manly skill. I met a guy once who gave up speaking for lent – wow.

  • Liam

    Refraining from sugar isn’t a bad idea. I, too, have had some difficulty keeping off the extra bit I’ve been carrying around since the holidays, so I need to make a more concerted effort in my daily diet.

  • Carlito

    The original idea is to fast but in the catholic tradition the idea is ti give up meat (and that’s why today is Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, the last chance to eat abundant fatty meat for the next 40 days).
    And is also 40 days because of the 40 years wandering in the desert searching for the promised land

    • sam

      40 comes up dozens of time in the scriptures but the key significance is Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert before entering Jerusalem, where he was killed.

      As with most of these long held religious traditions there’s a historical practical angle: Back in the day the larder would be getting pretty bare come March.

  • http://letitrideleague.com Dan

    Soda, bread, beer, beanie baby pants.

    • http://masculine-style.com Tanner

      Haha. I lol’d. Thanks.

      • Dan

        4 weeks to go. Still on the no-sugar wagon?

        • MasculineStyle

          Yessir. Still going strong. You?

          • Dan

            Beer and porn, still perfect. Soda and bread, slipped a bit. Not sure how those gluten-free people do it.