How to Look Your Best for Special Occasions
November 16, 2023
Are you racking your brain for what to wear to an upcoming event? You’re not alone. Roughly 28% of men struggle to dress for different occasions.
What you wear plays a big role in how you present yourself, but a tasteful outfit isn’t the only way to feel confident and well-put-together. There are multiple things you can do to step up your look. Some of them may be subtle, but together they can have a big impact.
Discover how to look your best leading up to a special occasion in this guide, so you can ooze ease and confidence.
Take Care Of Your Skin
Taking care of your skin is one of the most impactful things you can do to improve your appearance. A solid skincare routine will ensure you’re always looking your best.
Are you completely new to skincare? Don’t worry, here are the basics:
- Use a gentle, hydrating cleanser
- Moisturize twice a day
- Use active ingredients to address specific skin issues (such as age spots, lines, and laxity)
- Apply sunscreen every day
If you haven’t been taking care of your skin, and you have a big day around the corner, don’t stress; there are still things you can do to get a glow.
First, invest in a great moisturizer that will rehydrate the upper layer of your skin and plump it out. This can help improve the appearance of laxity and fine lines.
If you struggle with acne, clogged pores, and blackheads, you can also address these before the big event with acne-clearing products. Just be careful that you don’t dry out your skin, as a lot of anti-acne products can be quite harsh.
If you’re on the hunt for something that will combat acne without drying or irritating your skin, we’d recommend the Particle Mineral Face Mask for deep cleaning action minus the irritation.
Pamper Your Beard
A dry, untidy beard can make you look scruffy and unkept, no matter how much attention you pay to the rest of your look.
To avoid this, put some pampering into your beard. If you trim your own beard, take some extra time to get a really crisp outline, paying extra attention to the top line and lip line. If you’ve been noticing unruly ear and nose hair growth, now is the time to trim those scragglers.
Once you’ve tamed the mane with a trim, apply a good beard oil. Beard oil softens, hydrates, adds shine, and can make your beard easier to style.
Schedule a Hair Cut
Schedule a haircut in the days leading up to your special occasion. If you’re visiting a barber, let them know that you’re prepping for an event.
They might offer additional grooming services like:
- Eyebrow waxing
- Ear hair trimming
If you’re cutting your own hair and struggle to create a neat hairline at the back, get someone to help you.
If the special occasion is a romantic one, you could also consider doing a trim downstairs, but that’s a matter of personal preference.
Trim Your Nails
Speaking of trimming things, your nails should also get a cut before the big day. If your nails are discolored or stained, you can try soaking your fingers in lemon juice or a hydrogen peroxide solution.
Whitening toothpaste can also do the trick.
Whiten Your Teeth
While we’re on the topic of whitening, if your teeth are looking yellow, whitening them can make a huge difference in your overall appearance. Research shows that people with whitened teeth are perceived as younger.
If you don’t have much time before the event, an in-office treatment will get you the quickest results.
The way we smell can have a huge impact on how we come across to other people. Study results show that scent can influence the way people perceive our age, attractiveness, and health status.
Making a great impression isn’t just about looking your best, it’s about smelling your best too.
If you have yet to choose a cologne, here are a few tips:
- Look for something balanced and not overly sweet (sweet colognes can smell cheap)
- Opt for a niche cologne brand to make sure you have a unique scent
- Choose a long-lasting scent
Not sure where to start looking for a scent? Check out Gravité by Particle.
Iron Your Clothes
Ironing your clothes might be a hassle, but it’s critical if you want to look crisp and clean. The best outfits can be utterly ruined by creases.
Ironing your clothes is also part of an overarching tenet for looking well-groomed: attention to detail.
Looking your best isn’t so much about the big things, it’s all the little details that come together to create a flawless, effortless look. It doesn’t matter how expensive your blazer is. If it’s covered in lint and cat hair, it won’t be a good look.
So invest in a lint roller and a steamer for your shirts, suits, and pants. Also, do a preliminary outfit check for things like hanging threads and missing buttons.
If you notice that your clothes aren’t sitting right, it might also be time to find a tailor.
Nail the Dress Code
The final step to looking your best is learning how to choose an outfit based on the occasion. Perfectly nailing dress codes is an art, but once you master it you’ll never feel out of place again.
Here are a couple of style tips and cheat codes:
- Start with well-fitting clothes made from high-quality fabrics
- Figure out what colors look best on you
- Invest in quality accessories (belts, watches, ties)
- Juxatpose formal and casual pieces for a confident look
If you’re dressing for a seasonal occasion, such as a Christmas party, feel free to get creative with your outfit, but always keep the dress code in mind. A Christmas sweater might not be ideal for a December cocktail party, but a red tie would.
How to Look Your Best: It’s All in the Details
Now that you know the basics of how to look your best, it’s time for the execution.
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