It’s easy to get bored of your appearance. The same clothes, the same haircut, day in and day out can get tiresome really fast. It always seems like there’s some other guy out there with a slick suit and a picturesque beard who’s getting all the girls and the promotions. Screw that guy.
Most guys don’t have the time to drop everything and completely overhaul their appearance or spend hours primping in front of the mirror every morning. There are, however, a few tricks that you can try to improve your appearance without spending too much extra time or money. Here are 10 easy, quick style and grooming hacks that can enhance your appearance right now.
Throw Out Your Old Clothes
Shave Or Trim Your Facial Hair
Regular facial hair maintenance is one way to radically improve your appearance, and all it costs is the price of a razor and some shaving gel. If you’re rocking a beard, be sure to keep it regularly trimmed — long, scraggly caveman beards can make even the most stylish guys look unkempt. It’s important for fresh-faced guys to shave regularly too — there’s a fine line between a five o’clock shadow and the fifth day of a bender. Incorporate a shave or trim into your daily morning routine and keep yourself looking your sharpest.
Get Some Hair Product
If you’re anything like me, every morning is an uphill battle to shape your hair into something other than a boring, limp mass on the top of your head. Product (whether it’s wax, pomade, putty or gel) can help give you that just-stepped-out-of-the-barbershop look — without, you know, actually going to the barbershop every day. A once-over with a comb will leave your hair looking sleek. Spend some time figuring out what products and styles work for you. For instance, moisturizing products are good for dry scalps, but should be avoided if your hair is already naturally greasy.
Get An All-Purpose Pair Of Dress Shoes
Crappy shoes can totally ruin an otherwise great outfit. I’ve justified wearing many pairs of ugly shoes by claiming that they were more comfortable, but the truth is that it’s possible to find footwear that’s both stylish and practical. A classic pair of dress shoes made from a sturdy material will provide the comfort you need without making you look like a slob. A classic dress shoe is also versatile — you can easily wear them to the office or out on the town.
Get a Suit That Really Fits You
If the last suit you bought was for your cousin’s wedding when you were seventeen then you have a problem. A well-fitting suit is a staple for every guy’s wardrobe. A lot of suits come in a generic cut that isn’t actually super flattering for most guys. It’s possible to find a more custom-fit suit without spending an arm and a leg. The solution to this problem could be as easy as taking an old or less expensive suit to the tailor to have it revamped. It’s a simple process that could help your formal wear look a little less junior high dance and a little more Mad Men.
Upgrade Your Crappy Backpack
Why are you wearing some dumpy backpack like an acne-soaked 10th grader? A sure-fire way to improve your look is to ditch the old double-strap backpack for something a little more adult, like a briefcase or messenger bag. These alternatives have the same storage capacity as most backpacks with an added touch of class. If you’re loyal to the backpack, consider investing in nice leather or canvas one — the solid material will hold up better than your average department-store bag.
Get A Few Accessories
Adding accessories into your wardrobe is a great way to improve your appearance. A simple bow tie, a pocket square, suspenders and cufflinks are all good accessories to spruce up a boring suit. The key here is subtlety — don’t just dump all your accessories on at once (unless you’re auditioning for the circus). Less is always more, and the small gesture of a single accessory will show off your sartorial savvy without being a showboat about it.
Invest In Some New Socks
The only thing that can ruin an outfit more than crappy shoes are crappy socks. Repeat after me: If a sock has a hole in it, it has to go. Ditto if they droop because the elastic is too worn-out to hold them up. If you can smell them from across the room, it’s time for a new pair. Refusing to buy and wear new socks shows laziness and a lack of consideration for personal hygiene. It’s only a couple of tiers below dingy underwear on the gross-out scale. If you want your appearance to impress, you should start with nice socks.
Update Your Glasses
Glasses have the power to totally alter your face. If you’re unsatisfied with your appearance and wear glasses, the answer may be as simple as changing your frames. If you’ve been wearing the same pair since high school or have been taping up the cracked nose bridge, it may be time to buy some new ones. Horn-rimmed glasses are usually a stylish bet, but shop around until you find the ones that are best suited to your face.