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My buddies give me a hard time when I wear a tank top, but I can't think of a better way to beat the Hong Kong heat. Am I wrong?

Mr Dapper: That depends. Do you intend to expose said tank top to the general public? If yes, then you are indeed wrong. In my book, sleeveless shirts are a form of underwear to be worn under dress shirts. God forbid a man should become so overheated that he feels the need to strip down to his vest. Marlon Brando, you are not. But seriously, more often than not the garments to which you are referring simply scream "hipster". Cue Dandy.

Mr Dandy: Ha ha, very funny. There are tons of tanks out there that will prove you wrong. Neil Barrett and Sundek have teamed up on cool photo-print versions (HK$1,190 each; Harvey Nichols, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 3968 2668); Christopher Kane's, in intergalactic prints, are out of this world (HK$2,490; Harvey Nichols); JW Anderson has done a whole bunch with pop motifs and interesting cuts (HK$3,900 and up; Joyce, Pacific Place, tel: 2523 5944); and T by Alexander Wang has some great ones in pencil-thin stripes on a white or navy background (HK$850; Harvey Nichols). For some moody, avant-garde stuff, no one does it better than Rick Owens or Gareth Pugh, who've both made them extra long and layered (HK$2,100 to HK$3,590; I.T, Pacific Place, tel: 2918 0667). Want to reveal more with an open knit mesh? Head to Jean Paul Gaultier (HK$4,380; Pacific Place, tel: 2918 0374). For basics, take a look at H&M (HK$79.90 to HK$99; 68 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2110 9546). I would only add one rule: don't dress up in a basketball jersey. Leave that on the court! I've got bushy eyebrows. Is waxing the thing?

Mr Dapper: My instinct is to refrain from pruning unless your eyebrows are engulfing your face, connecting in the middle, or impairing your eyesight. Simply trim down any stray longer hairs and leave it at that. Overzealous hair removal will result in an unintentionally feminine look or equally embarrassing bald patches. Leave it to the ladies to look primped.

Mr Dandy: Duh. That's why I only let professionals touch mine. Most guys like the speedy sound of Fast Beauty (83A Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2517 0939), where a 10-minute eyebrow threading or tweezing costs HK$110 and up. The Mandarin Barber recommends eyebrow waxing for men to tidy up unwanted hairs (HK$200 for 15 minutes; Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, tel: 2825 4088). For sensitive skin, although slightly more painful, they suggest threading (HK$220 for 15 minutes). Browhaus (10/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, tel: 2845 0886) offers basic brow shaping with threading (HK$130) or tweezing (HK$150). Or you can add colour, with their Browgraphy offering a natural dye "tweak" in addition to threading (HK$270) or tweezing (HK$290). Where some guys run into trouble is not knowing how to ask for what they want. Your therapist is not psychic. If you want it to look natural, say so. Repeatedly.

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