Here's a very simple tip for average guys who have set out to kick up their everyday style several notches. Best of all, it's inexpensive and easily accomplished. Are ya ready Steve? Andy? Mick? All right fellas. Let's goooooooooo!!!
If you are one of the legions of people who insist on having a wad of gum stuck in the side of your mouth -- and if no one has told you before, it's a pretty tacky and cheap habit to begin with -- chew it quietly and keep it in your mouth. Anyone over the age of seven who cracks and pops his gum is annoying in the extreme, even if others around you are polite enough not to say anything. That sort of thing is not even cute in children if we are perfectly frank with ourselves. And it's also just plain gross for us to treat people to the sight of that chewed up, rubbery, neon wad of stuff in our mouths. As inconsiderate and offensive as, for example, taking off your shoes and socks on an airplane and resting your feet against the nearest bulkhead.
Nope. Where Bazooka, Juicy Fruit, and Dentyne are concerned, my maternal grandmother used to advise, "If you insist on chewing gum, then go to your room and close the door where no one can see or hear you." And that's not just solid advice for job interviews and office etiquette either. Fewer things spoil the overall effect of a handsome and well-dressed man than when he tosses a piece of gum or five into his gaping maw and begins chewing vapidly away on his cud. Yep. Cheap and tacky. And you don't want to venture anywhere near that territory.
Since we take a holistic approach to everyday style here at The Average Guy's Guide to Classic Style, and acknowledge that the somewhat nebulous concept of style is about much more than our clothes, accessories, and hair, let's make a concerted effort to keep that gum in our mouths where it belongs and keep it quiet, guys. Assuming we refuse to kick the habit altogether. But I hope, Bazooka Joe, that you might try.