Picking the right outfit for an occasion like a masquerade ball can be daunting, and there’s things to remember when the weather’s hot. Here’s seven essential style tips for guys attending a masquerade party this summer that’ll keep you looking dapper throughout the night.
If the invite says tux, wear a tux. If you’re unsure about the dress code, or the invite doesn’t say, don’t be afraid to call your host and ask. You can casually slip this into conversation when you call to RSVP: “So, is this a suit and tie kind of party?”
Not all masks are created equal. Once you know what you’re wearing, pick a well-made masquerade ball mask. These are handmade with the fine materials, and the way they are crafted ensures breathability. We’ve got an excellent selection in our men's mask collection, and our three favorites for summer are the Colombina Barocco Cavalli Silver, the Fantasma dell’Opera White, and the Colombina Musica Stucchi Gold.
Opt for cottons and linens in summer. Unless you live somewhere particularly cold, avoid wool, and always, always avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester, nylon, and rayon. These will not only cause you to sweat more, but they also won’t smell very nice when you do.
You’re not fifteen years old anymore. If it’s a pool or beach party and your host has informed you that the dress code is casual, keep it stylish by wearing light colored chinos, loafers, and a pressed shirt that you can roll up at the sleeves.
Unless the party is indoors in an air-conditioned room, you’ll likely be feeling very warm about ten minutes into the festivities. A tie will just make you feel warmer, and if the occasion isn’t all that formal, ditch the tie in favor of a sexy, slightly unbuttoned shirt.
Seriously, never. Nobody wants to talk to—let alone dance with—someone who has bad breath or BO. Shower before going to the party, use deodorant, brush your teeth, and don’t overdo it with the cologne (guys: girls don’t care whether or not you smell like the Abercrombie store when we meet you. Clean-scented and neatly presented is what we look for). Also, make sure your nails are filed, your hair combed, and your face neatly shaven. Focus on getting these basics right.
If you know you have a sweating problem, unruly hair, or iffy breath, pack single-use towelettes, breath mints, and a little comb in your suit pocket. Make sure everything is compact so it isn’t heavy and doesn’t look awkward.
Now, enjoy the party ;)
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