How To Hide A Hangover At Work
Illustration by Mr Davide Bonazzi. Portraits by Mr Joe McKendry
The MR PORTER team share their secrets to appearing fresh when you’re a little worse for wear.
At MR PORTER, we like to think we’re a professional bunch. But we also understand the importance of having a good time. And if that means sometimes missing the last Tube home on a Wednesday evening (or should we say Thursday morning) because “just the one” led to multiple pints and a couple of cocktails – then so be it. These things easily happen. What’s difficult is getting through the next day without raising suspicion. Here, the MR PORTER team explain how hiding a hangover is not all about greasy breakfasts and chewing gum. Styling it out can start from the wardrobe and the bathroom cabinet. We’ve got your back.
MR CHRIS ELVIDGEAssociate Editor
“While I’m no longer the reckless youth I once was, I do still occasionally find myself on the wrong side of four pints on a Tuesday night. And, thanks to the fact that our local pub is run by Scottish craft beer maniacs BrewDog, those pints can be anything up to 11 per cent ABV. I trust in the restorative powers of comfortable, colourful clothes, like this cashmere sweater from The Elder Statesman, or this Acne Studios electric-blue T-shirt. They’re just the thing for lifting my complexion. As for lifting my mood – well, that’s what the painkillers are for.”
MR OLIE ARNOLDStyle Director
“Drinking water is not always enough when avoiding the harshest hangovers. This facial mist from Lavett & Chin helps retain moisture, and tactical spritzes throughout the day perk me up no end. The coconut and honey extracts also help mask any scents from the night before. If I need extra coverage, I go for these trusty shades by Moscot, who have been making specs for more than 100 years. The dark lenses block out harsh light and suspicious stares from colleagues on the way in to work.”
MR DANIEL KOCHArt Director
“Once I’ve downed a gallon of water and had a shower, I always make sure I’m kind to my face by having a good cream to hand, like Aesop’s Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream. Throwing on a patterned shirt, like this one from Officine Generale, would be my next step. Not only does it distract attention from my face but its loose fit will keep me feeling relaxed while I wade through regret and self-pity.”
“I know it’s not exactly innovative, but having grown up in Sweden, the benefits of a full English breakfast when nursing a hangover were certainly a revelation when I moved here.”
MR JONATHAN DANNEditorial Assistant
“The morning after a night out, my mantra is ‘if you look the part, you’ll feel the part’, so I try to make more of an effort than usual with my clothes. A crisp, light-blue button-down Oxford shirt can be dressed up with a blazer to help offset any signs of dishevelment. To go a step further, I use this Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint which helps hide any evidence of the previous evening.”