5 disheveled formal hairstyles for men

/ 05.21.2014
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  • Disheveled hair for a formal occasion
  • Disheveled hair for a formal occasion
  • Disheveled hair for a formal occasion
  • Disheveled hair for a formal occasion
  • Disheveled hair for a formal occasion
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For a lot of men, choosing a hairstyle for a formal occasion all depends on what they're wearing. There's a long-standing unofficial rule which says that a sharp suit requires an equally sharp hairstyle to go with it. However, if you style your hair with enough control, there's no reason you can't pull off something a little more low-key, however fancy the venue may be. It's all about creating a balance. You want your hair to generally behave itself but that doesn't have to mean pomading it to within an inch of its life.

We've put together a mini-gallery of five disheveled styles that could pass muster for a swanky soirée, so scroll through and get inspired!

Not set in stone...

To style disheveled hair, it's best to use a product that doesn't set hard. Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum stays flexible so you can shape and reshape your hair, even after you leave home for the evening. This gum also gives you something of a 'get out of jail free card' insomuch as you can take a comb with you and smooth your hair into slick submission if you feel absolutely obliged to upon arrival.

Allowing the hair to remain flexible also helps to create a more natural-looking style. A look that is at once tousled and carefully shaped offers you the best of both worlds, showcasing a good amount of natural texture without letting it take over.

Top tip – Apply the Deconstructing Gum then part your hair with a wide-tooth comb. Make sure it's well-defined then massage the roots on either side with your fingertips to increase volume and break up the smooth finish. A side part is, after all, a classic formal look. Alternatively, comb the hair back from your face then muss with your fingers – if Bradley Cooper can get away with it on the red carpet, you can manage it at a work party.

What do you think, are you brave enough to break a the rules?

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