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Do you want to know how to become a tough guy? It’s not as difficult as you might think. 

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In this guide, we’ll help you become this tough guy who is respected – or even feared – by people. Not to worry, though; toughness doesn’t mean being violent or aggressive. Instead, being a tough guy requires three essential character traits. These are courage, discipline, and self-respect. 

So are you ready? What are you waiting for?

Let’s go and start discussing the step-by-step process of how you can be a tough guy yourself!

Have the Mental Toughness

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The most important part of being a tough guy is having the mental toughness to move forward in life with a greater purpose. That means every tough guy becomes one because of their strong belief in life. It also boils down to how they know how to stand by their beliefs. 

Mental toughness is all about not being overcome by fear. It’s also about knowing how to push yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

The point is that pushing yourself physically will help you become strong and tough. When you become physically strong, you can also become mentally strong to overcome the physical limits you must face. When that happens, you complain lesser and lesser and become better and better mentally, not just physically. 

Know-How to Build the Tough Guy Look

Once you have that mental toughness, the next thing you must work on is the physical aspect. Now there are many ways how you can build the tough-guy look. 

Here are some ideas to help you out:

Getting a stubbled look or a mustache

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It may not seem like a lot, but getting stubble or a mustache is one of the best ways to make you look rugged and manly. Growing out your facial hair, one way or another will make you look tough. A clean-shaven face makes you look younger, so growing your mustache or stubble will do the trick if you want to pull off that look of being a tough guy. 

Working out and going on a diet

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Of course, another popular method of being a tough guy is doing it the hard way: tough workouts and strict diets. 

The only thing with working out and going on a diet is that you must be disciplined to go through all the exercise routines and follow the strict diet to ensure your efforts will be fruitful. If not, achieving that ripped body and looking like a tough guy will take a long time. 

Another downside is that if you want to look like a tough guy quite fast, going this way is not the best way to do it since it requires much time before you can see results. 

Change your hair

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Another simple yet sure way to make yourself look tough is to change your appearance by getting a new hairstyle. As a rule of thumb, shorter hair makes you look rugged and manly. It also makes you look disciplined, hence the usual close-cropped hairstyle of guys in the military. You can go for the bald look if you feel like doing an all-out change for your hairstyle.  

Try to Dress Up Like Someone Tough

Another way to make yourself look tough is by dressing up. 


You can accessorize and wear clothing items like a leather jacket or even ripped denim pants. Thick chains and other similar accessories will also make you look, though. Also, if you have some hunting gear or have been into the military, old military clothing or equipment will make you look tough. 

The great ways to help you become a tough guy 

If you’re not a fan of waiting too long, here are some ways how you can become a tough guy:

Wear a muscle suit

One of the easiest ways to look tough is to wear a muscle suit, especially one made from high-grade silicone-like Smitizen. 

Muscle suits are getting all the hype right now because they can instantly turn you into someone who looks ripped and all muscles, aka a tough guy. 

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With a muscle suit, you get the realistic appearance of muscles in all the right places, and it gives you the confidence you need to be the tough guy you need to be. 

Since muscle suits are just like another piece of clothing you wear, they feel comfortable on the skin and are perfect for any occasion and daily wear. It doesn’t matter if you need to look tough for a photoshoot or some cosplay; muscle suits got you covered. 

Wear a silicone mask

Another way to look tough instantly is to wear a silicone mask. With a silicone mask, you can easily add a beard and throw in some chest hair to immediately get the look of a tough guy. 

With a silicone mask, you get a high nose and a masculine jawline without the need for plastic surgery or anything. 

Wear a leather jacket

Nothing screams toughness like slipping into this badass staple, whether you’re a hardcore biker or a rebellious rocker. Score a classic black or brown bomber jacket with a cozy fur lining for that retro vibe, or wear a sleek tailored cut if you crave modern flair.

Leather jackets always bring the cool factor!

Don’t sweat it if you’re a vegan or not into the whole leather thing. Most affordable leather jackets these days aren’t even real leather—they’re made from a clever combo of faux leather, cotton, and polyurethane. So, you can still look like a total badass without compromising your principles.

Do you know what adds extra swagger?

Snagging a used leather jacket. That worn-in, rugged look screams, “I’ve been there, done that”, and gives you instant street cred.

So, go ahead and rock that worn leather and show the world you’ve got stories to tell.

Rock your style with ripped denim


How about trying out some fresh new denim? It’s absolutely cool.But you know what’s even cooler?

Denim that’s worn out and has that effortlessly rugged look as if it’s been through wild adventures.

Imagine denim that resembles the aftermath of a shark encounter, all torn up and fierce.Whether jackets, shirts, or jeans, denim is always in style.But let me tell you, if you’ve got that slightly frayed and rugged look going on, you’ll exude some serious toughness.

Wear some sturdy footwear

Depending on the vibe you’re going for, many tough kicks can elevate your style, regardless of whether you’re a guy or a gal, rough or not. Surprisingly, shoes can work wonders in pulling off your desired tough image.

When it comes to sneakers, simplicity is key. Opt for plain black Chuck Taylors, classic white Keds, or those thickly padded skater shoes with long tongues and laces. They all exude toughness, especially when compared to some New Balance options.

If you’re into boots, go for chunky Doc Martens, Timberlands, or any other combat boots with a substantial presence. These will undoubtedly amp up your tough look and make a statement.

Remember, embracing your inner toughness starts from the ground up. So, put on those fearless shoes and strut your stuff with confidence!

Building Your Skills

To complete your tough-guy look, you must build skills like the following. 

Learn from your mistakes. Tough guys are the ones who own up to their mistakes. If you know where you went wrong, then you can change. Not a lot of people can do that. But as a guy, who knows when he’s made a mistake, apologizes, and changes for the better? Now that’s a tough guy. 

Speak with confidence. Tough guys may not have much to say, but they do it confidently when they speak. Faith is sexy even on tough guys, and knowing what to say at the right moment will make people look up to you and help you earn their respect. 

Build up your pain tolerance. As a tough guy, you should know that building up your pain tolerance makes you look stronger physically and builds your mental strength. Overcoming many challenges in life is a sure way to make you look tough, not just physically but especially mentally. 

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Take up a self-defence class. Boxing, martial arts, or even good old wrestling are all excellent classes to help you become a tough guy. They come in handy in situations where you might be attacked, but self-defence classes teach you to discipline and respect, which are two essential qualities of tough guys. 

Earn the respect of other people. Lastly, you can become a tough guy when you earn the respect of other people. In retrospect, respect is earned, not given. So if you respect others, they will also respect you as much as you do them. 


Being a tough guy is not easy. But it’s also not impossible. Besides, with the emergence of muscle suits and silicone masks, you can become and look like a tough guy in no time at all. You don’t have to undergo rigorous workouts or a strict diet to look ripped and tough. 

By following the step-by-step process outlined in this article, we hope you now know what to do and how to start your journey to becoming a tough guy.

Remember, more than just the physical aspect, being a tough guy requires a solid mental capacity as you overcome challenges and overcome every fear that might come your way.