It has officially been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, bringing along with it a slew of government-mandated quarantine measures and social distancing guidelines. With holiday parties and social gatherings canceled, and many people either losing work or being forced to work from home for a year, it may feel like you’ve put your personal style on the back burner for a while. Now that vaccines are ramping up and safety measures are beginning to wane, it’s time to refresh your look and get ready to step back out into the world. If you’re feeling a bit rusty, these 3 tips will help you start to get back in style.
Get A Fresh Hairstyle
Without the ability to socialize in public for a year and with many barber shops or salons closed for the majority of the time, you may find yourself looking like you’ve spent the year trapped in a mine shaft. Not to worry, now you can safely go back in and get a fresh cut and style. Think of it as an opportunity to try something new, and reinvent your look. Maybe your hair has grown out enough that you can try a different style than you normally would. Or on the other hand, if you feel that your hair is thinning, consider exploring hair loss treatments to address it. A fresh new look will likely give you a confidence boost for meeting new people again.
Start Working Out
If you haven’t been exercising during isolation, you aren’t alone. With the gyms closed for the majority of the year, and the cold weather during the winter months stopping you from being active outdoors, it was easy to let it slide. You may have gained the dreaded “quarantine 15” or “COVID 19” (as in lbs) unwittingly. Check your local area to see if gyms are open and be sure to follow any existing safety measures such as wearing a mask. If the gyms are open, but you’re not keen on wearing a mask while you work out, consider purchasing some home gym equipment so you can work out on your own terms.
Update Your Wardrobe
The urge to throw on your most comfortable joggers is probably strong, maybe even habitual at this point. Put them away until your next Netflix binge, hopefully a long time from now, and put together an outfit that reminds you how polished you can be. Again, this could be a time to reinvent yourself, so if you’re not used to wearing more thought-out looks, start with the basics and build from there. Check out a few of our recent posts for inspiration, or this list of clothing essentials for every man.
All it takes is a little more time, effort, and consideration to emerge from the pandemic looking and feeling your best. For many men, it may seem like a big change to get fully ready every day and start taking better care of themselves. These basic steps are a great starting point to help you not only “get back to normal,” but also step into your best self.