author: “Vincent Chase”
date: Sat, 16 April 2006 12:52:00 GMT
subject: Vincent On Fashion … Train with free weights three times per week. Avoid weights machines as these lock you into a fixed range of movement and do not fully utilise your muscles…
VC Swagger: Style
I don’t know you. If I did I could give you instant feedback and help you look your best. But, I don’t know you, so all I can do is give you tips to help you get your own confidence, your own individuality, your own swagger. This is the second article to help you get youe own swagger, just like me Vincent Chase. (The first article can be found here: VC Swagger: Sexual Zones) So without any further ado, let’s get started.
I’ve written fairly extensively on Fashion, taking care of yourself, grroming and etc, links to some of this may be found below, so I won’t go in depth, and may not even touch on, thing’s I’ve stated before. I’m one of the biggest proponents of comprehensive guides, I love being able to find every thing in one source BUT on such a broad topic as fashion it IS impossible. If you truly want to become super suave then you have to do reasearch, watch the trends, be aware of your identity, keep in mind the identities which you wish to attract and NEVER EVER doubt yourself. If someone sends a barrage of tiffs at you just lut it roll like water off your well oiled skin. You cannot at any point think that you look like a fool, if you do then you will effectively become a fool, you have just created a self fulfilling prophecy, way to castrate yourself. I’m writing this after coming back from Miami and I’ve got a story to tell you about the confidence of what you’re wearing; Imagine this, i’m wearing a button up shirt, pink, blue and white underneath a brown and gold micro suede T-shirt. The fabrics both feel great, even though the colors clash horribly, an outrageous faux pas. My black belt didn’t match my ristinely white shoes and my blue sock’s only vaguely complemented my fluorescent orange, pink and blue shoe laces. My dark blue jeans, tan leather blazer and brown sunglasses completed my un-fashion look. I cannot tell you how many guys tried to heckle me,
“Dude, when you woke up this morning, could you see or did you just grab at clothes?”
“Yeah, I could see but I had to turn away quick… your grandmother has terrible morning breath, lucky for me she soaked her dentures in mint.”
I’ll admit it was childish but it was fun too, why? Because, I knew I looked good, I walked around that town like I was banging the mayor’s daughter, and for all I know I did. The attention I got from women was ASS-tounding, I’ve never had more women approach me, EVER, than in that get-up and to use a term it was a viral tipping point (credit to The Daddy,) I had confidence i my outfit, the women saw this confidence and were drawn to me and that fact alone gave me all the more confidence.
Had I walked outside with no strut,no swagger WHAT SO EVER, I would have been AMOG’d so much I might as well had stayed inside and whacked it.
Now, i’m not preaching confidence here, all i’m preaching is assuredness, you have to know 100% in your head that you are the shit, you look and feel like one million crispy bills. Don’t think you’re looking good, know it, know it and you’ll have no problems. I’m so sick of guys telling me, BUT THAT’S JUST IT, I DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF CONFIDENCE… Shut up, you do, you’re lying to yourself and THAT is the first problem, say this out loud and when I say out loud I mean shout at the top of your lungs (I’m dead serious, shout this 3x and feel it course through your veins… Trust me guys, just do it.)
“I AM fucking cocky!”
My good buddy Dalian was having trouble with confidence, he calls me up in a panic, practically crying about how he’s not ready to go out yet, I had Slade turn the car around and go to the public library. I find him sitting there in a heap of sales books and self help persuasions and dating tippers. I sit down next to him and I finally arrive at the point where I tell him to do this very thing, shout out “I am fucking cocky!” the librarian didn’t say a word and he’s never been the same.
Know thy self. Beautiful words, but let’s take it one step farther. A lot of you guys are hiding behind facades that ARE NOT YOU! You are not that guy afraid to go out, that is a shell, a shell you must break, a membrane a carapace trapping you within. So let’s not recitee know thy self, let us recite “Be thy self.” Be the person you ACTUALLY ARE, Mystery say’s be you but be the best you. I agree and disagree, I think you SHOULD be the best you… unfortunately a lot of people reading this aren’t themselves, you hear that? I know that you are not you. Become the man you are.
One of the best way’sto develop your own style is to identify a skill you have. Some people bitch that they don’t have skills, well you do if VC says you do. You play video games well? That IS a fucking skill. Maybe you don’t like your job but you do what you do very well, THEN THAT IS A SKILL! Use it for you!
When I started going in field, close to two years ago, the only thing that I thought I did well was draw and play video games. So how did I work this into my style? Well, before I evolved any fashion sense I stumbled onto my own brand of peacocking! I would wear four arm bands, one of Mario, one of Pacman, one of Zelda and one of the Thundercats Logo. I would also draw in henna these elaborate flames on my entire arm, each line approximately one centimeter apart covering my entire left forearm, elbow to wrist. It would elvove to include other things that would become my style for that period of my life. My style has become more sophistocated but on certain ocassions, like in Miami, I LOVE to go crazy, and it works because I can go from slow and articulated to speedy, crass ‘n’ crazy, we’ll call it the difference between Vincent Chase and VC.
Use your skills to your advantage. Do Karate? Take your last belt, cut it down to length and tie it around your head like a sweat band if you want, maybe wear your Gi as a jacket. Sure it seems fucked up, but the idea is incorporating your identity into your style. (More on Identity coming soon!) I make my own clothes now and I wear them not only to showcase my clothes but so that if someone asks me about something i’m wearing that i made I can give them a story, one that just happens to be a DHV! Why? Because making clothes is a skill. So she asks about your Judo Pants, well you tell her that you’ve been taking Judo lessons for “X” amount of years and today you acomplished a great task, you were able to defeat your sensei so in honor of your success you are wearing your pants, it’s like a commorative thing, ya’ hear doll?
By this point you are probably getting frustrated, I CAME HERE FOR FASHION TIPS! Well before you assume that i’m a jerk off that doesn’t deliver I will stray from my vague and rambling tips into more crystal gems that you can apply to you life everyday! Let’s get cracking on it shall we?
Ogre’s are like onions… so is fashion
Metaphorically speaking fashion has many layers, may levels. Street fashion to haute couture and so one, but let’s talk literally for now. I posted on this else where but not to it’s full extent so here goes:
Layering is an important and useful tool in any man’s arsenal. You can stay warm or cool, add depth and texture and gain a sense of sensibilty and sturdyness all simply by layering, preferably well. Which OF COURSE leads us to the question of… What the hell is, and how do you, layer?
Well quite simply my friend, layering is using multiple garment to create a multi faceted look, it allows you to play with color, optical illusions and let’s you be preapred for any situation. Let’s me be prepared for any situation? Well, yes:
So you think it’s cold outside and you layer with a sweater on top of a polo shirt, ontop of an A-Shirt… but then you get outside and it’s a sweltering and sunny seventy degrees! What do you do? Well you take off the sweater and sling it over your shoulder. Then you get to work and guess what? The scretary has over estimated the power of the AC and has it turned to 50… The only kind of shrinky dink that no one likes, eh? So put your sweater back on and, ahhhhh, comfort again. 7 o’clock, time for a business meeting at an art gallery, okay, no sweat… actually, yeah it is. The gaalery owner apparently has a cold and subsequently turned the heat to a ball sack to thigh inducing 80! Well, take off the sweater and polo, drape them over your fore arm until you find a hanger, or set them behind your lower back when you sit. Now go home comfortable.
So now you like the idea of layering, wanna try it out? Okay, here are some tips to help you!
First select the items you are going to layer, each of these items should be a suave piece on it’s own and should look good on you (look at the color tips below.) Make sure that the quailty of each is relative to the others, you don’t want to match your $100 custom tailored shirt with a sweater vest you picked up at K-Mart, unless it looks and feels like $100.
Another thing to not is that you want to put the more skin comfortable items closer to your body, if you like the feel of cashmere better then silk then go ahead and wear the cashmere, just also keep in mind that lighter garments SHOULD be put on first, having a silk dress shirt over a cashmere sweaer is a bit awkward to some people, but if you like it then does it matter?
Try to avoid monochromatic schemes, in fact the more vibrant and varied the colors, generally speaking, the better. (More on color in a bit.)
Layering can be done simply by a long shirt underneath of a Tee, true this is a bit “teen looking,” but done right it can be a very good look. I know that there is a picture from Styles Annihilation Method Report of him wearing a collared button down underneath a Tee.
Think of layering like this: Texture & Type
You do not want two shirt of the same texture or type. Having two t-shirts, one on top of the other, is a pretty weird look, few can pull it off. Having two cashmere sweaters, one on top of the other, is not only a weird look but also a self made sauna. Combine different shirt types and textures (a.k.a. Fabrics/Weaves/Processes/Thread Count and etc.)
Cottons with animals cloths, polyester with alpaca and so on and so forth, varitaions in color texture and garment type!
That’s the base of layering, but there are many nuanances and such that the average joe needn’t be concerned with them, however, one thing you should note is that you shouldn’t layer more than 3-shirts, maybe try a Button Down Collared underneath a Suit Vest underneath a a nice sweater. Make sure that your colorsand patterns complement each other and that at least SOME part of each garment can be seen,in the image I have in my head the cuffs and collar are visible as are approximately two or so inches of the vest, the sweater is of course a V-Neck, something every man should have.~PH~
A lot of guys have issues with colors, for some reason they like to stick with neutral colors. Black and browns and navy’s and even… WHITE!!!!!
These people underestimate the power of color, did you know that you can make people more comfortable around you just by wearing the color yellow? Didyou know that you can achieve all the benefits given by the colors red, blue, pink and black simply by wearing the color purple? And do you know what goes great with purple? Green and yellow! Wear a purple hirt with accent of gold and green, (which complement each other great by themselves,) and you cover as many bases as possible! You heard it here first! Purple is the new pink! Throw out your pink shirts! I hear guys always talking about how guys are afraid to wear pink… unfortunately for them they didn’t read in cosmo that more than half of men between the ages of 19-27 have pink shirts. That’s a couple million, now think about the last time you saw a guy in purple? Exactly.
But again, I ramble! You want to know cool colors that would look good on you! well like I said at the begining of this whole ordeal, “I don’t know you.” If I knew you I could pick out your clothes and match color schemes to you… but I don’t. So, you and whom ever you trust will be the ultimate judges of what looks good on you, all I can do is offer a hand!
Good colors, good…
Turquoise [Complements blue eyes and blonde hair great.]
Mauve [Famous quote: “Mauve is just pink trying to be purple.”]
Baby blue [To be honest, this looks good on EVERYBODY.]
Brown [Stick to lighter hues of brown if possible.]
Beige [Khaki’s darker brother, a watered and grayed down brown.]
Off-white [Specifically creams and light blues.]
Vibrant/Fluorescent blue [Screams out confidence.]
Bad Colors! Bad!
Black [Even if you’re trying to look “Goth” black is a bad choice.]
Red [Anything besides a vibrant, rich red is going to make you look like a clown.]
Orange [My favorite color! It’s just going to exagerate how tan you aren’t.]
Medium Skin (Tan)
…You can pull of just about any color if you’re tan. Honestly. Try it out. Tan people look good in everything. (Which is why we all should get in the sun more.)
…I guess just stay away from horizontal stripes and baggy clothes…
The Dark Side… is the good side
Colors you look your best in:
Pink [Anybody can look good in pink, only you look great in it.]
White [Adds apop of contrast to those darker skin tones.]
Khaki [Beige works great too!]
Blue(s) [Any blue really, lights, vibrants, babys to navys.]
Gray [The only skin type that can pull of gray and look “Sexy.”]
Red [All shades again, bright reds to rich burgundys and vinos.]
Oranges and Yellows [Mix with reds for an extra Firery appeal.]
Light Purple [WARNING: You WILL get hit on.]
Obviously these colors are dependant on more than just your skin tone, and not every colors works for every man, so experiment, and remember that the final descion is up to you, why? Because you have to know you look good!
I planned on having more material but my hands are getting tired, and the “fasten seat-belt” sign came on, I’m heading back to the tundra, here i come Wisconsin! If you’ve got questions or comments then feel free to post them or PM me, i’m available on most popular chat and IM programs so you can probably reach me on there, and if you’re going to ask what the next VC Swagger article is, it’s on Initiating Kino so don’t ask.
Alright guys, good luck, and as always I hope I hepled! This is the segment where I hit “submit new thread.”
See you in the field.