You will never have to face any formal wear faux pas if you follow these guidelines
You should always dress to impress, but if you think dousing yourself in cologne, or wearing ripped jeans to a formal event fit the bill, then you’re highly mistaken.
Before going through the embarrassing ordeal of having others tell you, let us walk you through the basics. Formal grooming and dressing sense go hand-in-hand and are an essential part of corporate norms. While many men set examples with their ace style, others tend to dread preparing for formal occasions.
Here’s a guideline of dos and don’ts of formal grooming:
Pop a mint: You must always have a mint handy. Pop it right before entering any formal setup or gathering — stinky breath scores you negative points.
Shave/trim: A 2-inch thick beard looks hip and fashionable only if it’s kempt. If that’s too hard to do, then skip the beard altogether and shave. But make sure you don’t do it at the 11th hour or you might end up with scratches and irritation.
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Dress to impress: Well-fitted clothes elevate style and compliment a man’s physique. Your suit needs to be of the right fit and cut and your shoes should be well polished.
Haircut: All you need is a basic clean-up so you can look sleek during job interviews or meetings. Side-swept or back-swept hairstyles are all the rave these days and add a touch of grace.
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Sweat: The pressures to arrive on time or meeting expectations can increase perspiration. A 12 or 24-hour deodorant can keep you protected throughout the day.
Shower yourself in cologne: While it is advisable to keep a deodorant at hand you need to make sure you don’t overdo the cologne. Smell good, not loud.
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Wear jewelry: You MUST ditch your metal adornments when it comes to formal wear. An elegant wrist watch should be the only accessory gracing your arms.
Wear ripped jeans: Don’t dare to wear torn jeans and t-shirts to a formal setting unless you are Salman Khan.
You will never have to face any formal wear faux pas if you follow these guidelines.
This article originally appeared in MensXP.