“Style is the answer to everything.
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing.
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it.
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.” -Charles Bukowski
Here’s a few ramblings of my own regarding what style really is. While I’m not as eloquent as Bukowski, if you read these you’ll get an idea of what having style really means. It’s not just about knowing how to match a tie and shirt, or what a french double cuff is; it’s much more than that. It is you in it’s finest form.
Style isn’t merely the suit on your back, it’s how you bring life to the suit and cut a figure of masculinity when you enter a room.
Knowing good fashion is leaving your house looking like a million bucks. Having style is returning in the morning in the same clothes feeling like a million bucks.
Show me a man who always leaves his suit coat buttoned when sitting down and I’ll show you a gent with style.
Guys ask me “How do I become stylish?” and I say, “Every single man has his own unique style. The key is uncovering it and how do you do that? By stealing looks from stylish men. Eventually you’ll see what works best for you and you’ll steal a little of this and a little of that and then you’ll create your own style. Then men will steal from you and you’ll know you have style.”
A pocket square to a suit is an engine to a car. The car might look powerful, but the pocket square takes you from average to commanding. From a used car salesman to a CEO. From just another 9-5 cat rushing to catch the subway to the guy in the backseat of a chauffeured Rolls Royce.
The biggest myth is that you’re either born with style or you’re not. Style can be learned, but you have to lose your ego and ask for help. Or do it like I did. I’d go into the library and read GQ and Esquire until I got a semblance of an idea. Then I went into thrift shops found the closest pieces I could find to the ads and got em tailored for a few bucks more and learned how to wear a suit, not let the suit wear me. Where there is a will, there is a fucking way.
When guys ask “Why would I wear a suit?” I say, “Dress for success. It’s that simple. If it’s good enough for Jay-Z to ‘graduate’ to, then ditch the baggy jeans and join the men’s club. It’s no mistake that Jay went from hanging out with fellow rappers to hanging with the President. Maturity isn’t just about your attitude and outlook, it’s also what you display for the public to judge you on. If you think people don’t judge you based on how you’re dressed, then get your head out of the sand. First impressions really are everything.”
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