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Looking back at classic films involves more than just the acting performances, musical scores, and cinematography. Costuming of the film your watching can be so iconic that it’s remembered more than the plot of the movie itself. These 8 outfits are timeless examples of how movies style can impact our culture and modern fashion.
Jim Stark’s Jacket and Jeans in “Rebel Without a Cause”
Jim Stark’s Jacket and Jeans in “Rebel Without a Cause”
Rebel Without a Cause follows a group of teenagers who felt emotional confused about the state of their changing world. The film truly captured the moral decay of American youth in the 50’s while exploring the differences and conflicts between generations. James Dean plays Jim Stark, a teenager who is arrested and taken to juvenile division of the police station. His Red jacket, white shirt, and long cuffed jeans screamed rebel and had many teens of the time adopting his signature hair and attitude.
James Bond’s Blue Suit and Tie in “Dr No”
Simple yet classic. No one wears this classic look better than James Bond himself. When Bond first appeared on the big screen with a shot of silk, turned-back cuffs leading up his slim armed dinner jacket topped with a satin shawl collar, we knew this outfit was going to make history. Contrary to popular belief, Connery wasn’t wearing a black suit, but a dark midnight blue with a white handkerchief neat in his pocket. Try to imagine yourself looking this good while walking into the casino of your choice, or even playingat an online casino if you prefer to roll the dice digitally speaking.
Tyler Durden’s Red Leather Jacket and Sunglasses in “Fight Club”
When Fight Club burst on the scene asking provocative questions like what makes a man a man, and why we involve ourselves in a meaningless rat race we listened. Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Tyler Durden kept us at the edge of our seats – we were hooked on the idea of being wild and free. Tyler Durden also had a unique fashion sense devoid of all rules – all of his outfits were literally thrifted at various points throughout the movie. Although he changed his collared shirt a lot, his signature red leather jacket and sunglasses remained present on whatever he put on.
Jules Winnfield’s Black Suit in “Pulp Fiction”
American crime film directed and written by Quentin Tarantino tells a story of multiple stories of criminal Los Angeles. John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman give it their all in Pulp Fiction, but none are more memorable than Samuel L. Jackson as Jule Winnfield. He isn’t just the coolest MF in the movie, but he also sports the coolest threads. Jules Winnfield is also incredibly quotable and charismatic, and those qualities no doubt helped him pull off a black suit and tie.
Neo and others Black Leather Outfit in “The Matrix”
At the end of the 20th century, a unique movie came out called “The Matrix.” It perfectly captured the growing social anxiety over technology, and it’s rapid control over our lives. Keanu Reeves plays Neo, a man who is told he is living in a computer simulation. The sleek black outfits matched with a heel-length coat and dark sunglasses are so iconic that they’re instantly recognizable to anyone who sees them.
The Bride’s Homage to Bruce Lee’s Yellow Track Suit in “Kill Bill: Volume I”
The legendary yellow jumpsuit was first seen on Bruce Lee in The Game of Death; his final film. In both Kill Bill’s volumes, Uma Thurman plays “The Bride” who seeks vengeance on a group of assassins that attempted to kill her and her unborn child. This film combines sword fighting with martial arts. The yellow jumpsuit will forever be recognizable to fans of the martial arts genre.
Alex’s White Suit and Bowlers Hat in “A Clockwork Orange”
In Stanley Kubrick’s film “A Clockwork Orange” based on the Anthony Burgess novel of the same name, Alex is a hyper-violent maniac who enjoys going on crime sprees. Alex and his group of friends like to sport a white button-up shirt, white suspenders, white pants, and a black bowler hat. Most striking is the carefully placed individual eyelashes that are put under Alex’s eye. It’s possible that this outfit is the most “subtly scary” look of all time.
The Dude’s Brown Sweaters and Shorts in “The Big Lebowski”
Crime comedy/buddy comedy/stoner film The Big Lebowski follows “The Dude” who is an avid bowler and slacker. He is assaulted due to a mistaken identity and from there insanity ensues. All the other mentions on this list embodied a sense of style, but The Dude has a lack of one. If looking good is about pleasing yourself while pleasing others – The Dude simply doesn’t care, which is cool within itself. Who else but Patrick Batemean could pull off flip-flops and a dressing gown?
There are many things that should be considered when you want to be a better version of yourself. Keep in mind that there will always be obstacles that may come your way. It may greatly affect your progress towards achieving your goal. You may encounter people who will not believe in your capabilities, you may encounter personal problems— physical or mental, you might make some serious mistakes and bad decisions, you might as well encounter natural disasters on your way but these problems should not hinder your growth as a person. Instead, use these as a motivation to strive harder and be the best version of yourself.
In becoming the best version of yourself, you must become fully aware of your limits and capacity. Becoming the best version of yourself will not be possible without eliminating some bad habits that can affect you as a whole like always thinking about the fear of being a failure, the habit of pleasing people, the habit of judging and criticizing other people, procrastination, fear of judgment, and many more. When you constantly fear failure, you will not be able to move forward. Yes, it is normal to fear failure. It is normal to fail because you cannot grow with only having successes in life. As you age, you will fail not just once or twice but many times. It is normal and a part of life. You just have to stand up and try again. If you are continuously thinking about being a failure and let that stick into your mind then, nothing will happen. You will just be afraid to try harder and you will just be afraid of success. You will just be at the bottom for a long time.
Another habit to be eliminated is that you have to stop pleasing people and stop thinking about what others say about you. Their opinions matter, yes, but your decision is what matters the most. In the end, it will always be up to you and not up to them. You must strive hard for the benefit of yourself because the benefit for others will come after. You will be judged and criticized in your life and it will only affect you if you let them to. Learn to accept criticisms and do not take it against you. Instead, make it a motivation to become the best version of yourself. Show them that what they think about you is wrong and that you can achieve all of your goals. In relation to having the fear of being judged and criticized, another hindrance to self-growth is when you are the one giving over criticisms and the one being judgmental. Always remember the golden rule of Confucius: “Do not do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you”. Yes, we are only human and we make mistakes but, wouldn’t it be nicer to be the bigger person? It will not only make an impact on other people, but it will also a key to growth and self-actualization.
The tasks that we do in our everyday life varies from easy to hard. It may be categorized as urgent or something like “for later”. And even though we have it all categorized and organized, we still tend to procrastinate. Procrastination is what holds us back. Instead of moving forward and accomplishing tasks, we tend to “swerve” our way and think that the task could be done later, if not, tomorrow, or worse, never. Retaining this habit in our system makes us slow and, in the end, our performance is affected. Instead of giving out an excellent job, our performance will just be mediocre. People will be disappointed, and again, it will cause: failure — a situation in our life that is neither good nor bad.
Aside from eliminating the bad habits, there are also good ways to start improving our self, towards becoming the best man we can be. Many things can be considered towards becoming the best man you can be. You can start with your personal hygiene. If you are taking care of the body properly, you will be healthy and you will be able to fight against the diseases that may enter and affect the body. Practicing good hygiene does not just include having to wash and taking a bath every day, it also means having good oral hygiene. According to research, the mouth is the number one dirtiest part of the body. This is because millions and billions of bacteria are forming inside it. Toothbrushing and flossing are not enough.
A monthly visit to the dentist can help in maintaining good oral hygiene. There are many services that can be done to ensure the cleanliness of the mouth like extensive cleaning and brushing called oral prophylaxis, and full mouth rehabilitation. You can also ask the dentist to fluoridate your teeth for extra protection. The dentist can use fluoride varnish samples in different flavours you can choose from. They may apply it to you using different techniques like brush application, foam, and gel. As easy as it sounds, maybe just by having good dental hygiene will make us the best person we can be?! Kidding aside, when you hear the words “maintaining good hygiene” sound really simple — but in reality, it is the opposite. Maintaining hygiene is quite a challenge and that is why we must start making it a habit to include it in our daily task.
Next one is that there will be times that we might feel like we are at our lowest, so we might rethink about why are we in this situation in the first place. We might think of giving up and just stop everything. If this happens, just think about why we started everything. Think about the purpose and why we should continue what we started. If anything won’t work as it used to be, do not be afraid and start everything from scratch. It is better to start anew than continue a work that may just bring out rubbish results. Another step in becoming the best version is being patient. There are no shortcuts in life. Everything is going through processes and there are no easy ways. We will have to accept that the road to success is rough. It may be long and full of obstacles but, if we are patient enough, we will be able to reach and pass through. Of all the ways that we should follow in becoming the best man, the most important is motivation. Motivation is the drive that made us start a certain work. It is what we need to become a better person. It is one of the keys to success. If the motivation is lost, there will be no more drive to improve our work and our self. Our world will become dull, lifeless, and colorless.
As mentioned above, there are no shortcuts to success. We all have to go through pain, disappointments, loss, and many more. But in spite of this, we have to remain positive. We have to keep the energy flowing and we have to maintain a positive aura. We must keep in mind that these are just words and should not affect our whole being. Keep on smiling like how the doctor in the wonderful dental clinic taught you. Remind yourself that you are stronger than all of your worries. Yes, it will take time, but you can be the best man or woman you can be!
As one of the strongest fashion trends right now, top brands are constantly launching new streetwear collections. Although it’s been around since the ’70s, it’s only recently grown in popularity. And, despite originally being addictive to the young generation, people of all ages are now adopting the style. You’ll find luxury brands or celebrities such as Kanye West promoting the trend across all age brackets. Streetwear has become a signature trend for 2019 with celebs sporting anything from graphic tees to ripped jeans.
But where did streetwear begin and how did it get to where it is today? Here’s a brief on the evolution of men’s streetwear to help you understand how it has developed throughout the years to include high-end brands such as Kanye West’s Yeezy, Louis Vuitton or Ralph Lauren or affordable brands such as O’Neal, Brandit, Course, Dainese or West Coast Choppers, which are available on 24MX.
Streetwear began in Los Angeles’ surf and skateboard subculture out of the need for comfortable and loose clothing. Shawn Stussy, who’s considered the father of the trend, came up with the term streetwear to describe the clothing trend in those days. And, the Stussy brand, which is famous today for street fashion, began with surfboards and logo tees.
In the 70’s men’s fashion was informal and relaxed. Most wore sweaters, t-shirts or jeans made by various designers. Leisure suits accessorized with gold chains, Khaki chinos, vintage clothes or oxford shoes soon became popular. And during the mid-70’s men started to wear velvet jackets with informal pants when attending formal events.
Huge Popularity Beyond the 70’s
Street fashion slowly started to reflect the cultural movements in the US and reached New York where, in the 80’s and early 90’s, it identified with the hip-hop culture. It became more of an attitude rather than just a fashion trend. Artists started wearing tracksuits with chunky white trainers, oversized watches and gold chains. Sportswear became more popular than the standard jeans. But during the 90s, when alternative rock music and grunge were trending, hip-hop fashion or Big Fashion emerged. Men would wear baseball jackets, overalls, Baja jackets, baggy jeans or tracksuits as standard wear. And brands such as Supreme, Gap, Old Navy, Abercombie and Fitch, BAPE or Off-White helped streetwear gain a strong position in the fashion industry.
Major Brands Promote the Trend
In the early 2000’s streetwear turned towards military and sportswear clothing as a rule of thumb. Men started to wear cargo pants, tracksuits, boot cut jeans, khaki chinos and rugby shirts. Brands such as Sketchers, Nike, Puma and Adidas started producing Rockport boots, sneakers and baseball caps. Celebrities introduced slim fit jeans and graphic hoodies to the fashion arena and men started sporting spikey haircuts, long surfer hair or frosted tips.
Wrapping It Up
Streetwear is making a strong comeback from its origins dating to the early 70’s. You’ll find both high-end and luxury brands producing fashionable streetwear collections for men of all ages. Hip-hop street fashion is continuously evolving and adapting to each era as an expression of freedom.
You know the story. It’s Friday night, you’ve been out late, drinks may have been drunk.You get home, snuggle up, turn on Tinder and promptly fall in love with the first person you swipe right on. Dates set, your out to impress, but what to wear?
You’ve committed to this date and plan to meet up, even though you probably can’t remember her name! So first off, where are you going? Local pub? You want your date to be so impressed that she wouldn’t want to change anything about you – including your clothes. Until the third date that is, when who really lies behind that perfect hair, well-groomed face and impeccable style will surely come out. And by then it’s, well, too late.
So on your first date, when it comes to impressing her, it can be hard to work out what you want to wear – two possible mistakes you can make; not dressing up enough or the other is overdressing. So, keep it smart casual then add a splash of not-too powering aftershave and you’re on your way.
A pair of smartly-cut jeans in a soft shade of faded blue will look great with a pair of white Adidas/New Balance or your fave trainers/sneakers. Just make sure they’re clean.
A smart summery shirt, maybe floral, plain or patterned, but don’t go all garish and loud, and don’t undo all the buttons. No one wants to see full front chest hair, if you’ve got any. Keep your hair smart and clean, and less like you’ve just woken up from a hangover.
It’s all about the fit, and what matters isn’t how much money you’ve spent of your clothes it’s how well they fit on your body. Typically, a fitted, not-skin-tight-so-you-can’t-move silhouette, where your clothes hug but don’t constrict your body is the way to go. Look for items like soft-feel sweaters that you can wear around your neck if it’s warm, and throw on later when the weather turns. Team with tailored trousers or chinos if you feel like dressing up a little and even a lightweight jacket.
Get it wrong and you’ll be finding your self a sorry contender on the next season of First Dates.
The weather is finally starting to heat up, and with a new season, comes to the perfect excuse to invest in a new wardrobe. Bold, fresh shirting is an effortless way to rework the basics and key pieces you already own, elevating any jeans and jacket look for the new season – and PHIX Clothing are a key emerging brand shaking up the menswear market on this front. The distinct shirting offered by PHIX can also invigorate your work wardrobe and formal attire, adding a twist to your day-to-day shirt and suit looks, or for making a statement at that all important summer wedding.
This season is all about easy-to-wear styles that will take you from hot summer days by the pool to cool nights at the bar, with exotic prints and bright colours. PHIX hit the nail on the head with their unique, bold range of shirting and outerwear for SS19, encompassing key summer trends to keep your style current, whilst maintaining a classic and timeless retro rock ‘n’ roll inspired aesthetic. The entire range is limited edition, with only 100 pieces of each style in production, ensuring your look remains distinctive and won’t be found anywhere else – merging a level of luxury bespoke tailoring with affordability. This independent British menswear brand pride themselves on premium products, but without an excessive runway price-tag, and have dressed music icons like Miles Kane.
A key emerging silhouette for spring-summer this year is the Cuban collar shirt, with printed resort shirts, hawaiian prints and vintage bowling styles hitting the catwalks. This style is perfect for days by the beach, festivals and gigs with it’s loose boxy fit and lightweight material. PHIX have taken this classic retro style, popularised as a key menswear style in 1950s America, and created unique pieces featuring contrast panelling, in-house hand drawn motifs, and their exclusive metallic skull buttons. Their long-sleeved Arabella Shirt also offers a bold, statement Cuban collar twist on classic white cotton shirting, making it the perfect piece to layer under a casual suit look.
PHIX’s casual Cuban styles and more tailored shirts often feature bold animal print designs, both upholding the brand’s ‘for the rock ‘n’ roll soul’ motto, reflecting key influences like The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and incidentally blending into one of this year’s key trends in both menswear and womenswear. The brand mix leopard and snake prints with unusual luxe materials like velvet and silk, and feature interesting detailing including piping, workwear pockets and statement collars – keeping you on-trend but with an individual spin.
As well as classic rock ‘n’ roll, the brand are heavily influenced by the sixties retro mod and early seventies woodstock culture – featuring a broad range of exclusive paisley, Beatles-style prints, and kaftan shapes with grandad collars. These bold, indie pieces are difficult to come by at a premium quality level, and infuse any look with retro nostalgia, perfect for summertime and completely workable in any man’s wardrobe this year, mod or not, thanks to the woodstock and seventies influence infusing high-end runway styles in recent years. One of our favourite’s on offer is their Strawberry Fields print, available in a cool contrast revere collar – as seen on model Bill Huxley – Cuban or a long-sleeved cotton Kaftan.
Striking candy stripes are another emerging trend for SS19 that PHIX get just right, with their original vertical striped velvet shirting, a style they’ve been rocking for years and refreshing in new and distinct ways for every season, becoming bang on trend for menswear this summer. These retro striped velvet pieces are great for cool evenings and dress up any casual or simple look.
Wild western looks are all the rage with YSL, Tom Ford, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, and Balenciaga hitting the runways in cowboy hats and spurs this season. PHIX offer a subtle homage to this trend, and fuse it with that rock ‘n’ roll edge and premium materials, making the Western Shirt wearable, whilst still making a statement. Their Roxx Western Shirt is a serious contender this summer, with satin leopard panelling and gold piping on premium lightweight material, perfect for warmer weather.
The year is young but the ever evolving world of men’s hair moves fast. Trends come and go quickly which is why we are going to jump in and show you some of he best fade hairstyles. The type of fade you get has a dramatic effect on the way your fresh haircut is going to look. Here’s a few styles you can ask your barber to give you at your next visit. If you want a super clean men’s haircut then you will want to get a cool fade. Outside of the area of your hair that gets faded you can go with short hair on top, or a medium to long length that will create more contrast. A longer length of hair will also give you more options on how to style your look. You can slick back your hair, keep it more natural and dry looking, mess it up, or style it neat with a comb over. Just because it’s such a timeless look it never really went out of style but it’s much more in style now.
Box Fade Haircut
More of a rounded box shape on top cut and clipped to perfection, a box fade hair cut on perfection seems as if a rectangular box is placed over your head. Famous amongst black guys, the make use of it well as it brings their youthfulness out. An easy-to-create haircut that can alter your total outlook dramatically. You can get fade variations as you wish, suiting to your look, with high, medium and low fades that are available from your nape area that extends to the head.
Low Drop Fade
Another great example of the drop fade with a view from the back. A drop fade is similar to a regular fade haircut but it gradually lowers at the back of the head and around the front hairline. This allows for more depth around the crown and a sharp outline to the face. This means that while you can expect something neat and orderly with the latter, a drop fade packs a more notice gradient as it tapers to your hairline.
This shadow fade blends nicely from very short to short at the sides. Can be low/mid/high like the skin fade. A shadow fade is any haircut that starts off lighter on the sides and blends into longer hair on top. There are many variations of a shadow fade, just like with a skin fade the barber can start the lens low, medium or high and you can choose to keep the length on the sides light, medium or dark.
Skin Fade + Disconnected Top
An awesome contrast in they haircut. The longer hair on top is disconnected from the mod to high fade. The undercut involves short back and sides while the hair on top is left much longer.The longer hair on top allows for a variety of style to be created, making it an extremely versatile cut. When worn with a longer hair on top, a disconnected undercut’s min use is to remove weight, where the undercut is designed to be hidden. For medium-to-shoulder length hair go for a grade four undercut. For a more noticeable standout look, go even tighter.
One of the cleanest fades combined with a hair design. Look so cool with the disconnected beard too. The mohawk crest is up to your liking and it can be flat or wildly shaped, To get a more defined look, ask your barber to taper the hair upward into a crest. They may do this by either cutting or buzzing your hair, it’s up to you. The hair should form a triangle shape, going up toward the middle.
High Fade + Long Textures
An even higher fade combined with longer textured hair the almost gives a mohawk look. High fade haircuts cut hair ultra short or down to the skin around the sides and back of the head. This gives the appearance of thicker hair and focuses attention to the style on top, whether it’ shirt or long. A high fade can be added to any men’s haircut from a buzz to long hair that can be styles into a pompadour or comb over, it also works for curly hair and creates a textured mop or high top style for tighter curls.
High Fade + Long Textures
An even higher fade combined with longer textured hair that almost gives a mohawk look. High fade haircuts cut hair ultra short or down to the skin around the sides and back of the head. This gives the appearance of thicker hair and focuses attention to the style on top, whether it short or long. A high fade can be added to any men’s haircut from a short buzz to long hair that can be styled into a pompadour or comb over. Of course, it also works for curly hair and creates a textured mop top or high top style for tighter curls.
Pink really is an exceptional colour for men. Particularly in the summer months when you can pair it with just about everything and every contrasting colour. Pink really does look good in the warmer months, it seems to be one of those colours that make your tan look even better and gives you a healthy glow, and can be vibrant or soft, smart or louche, dressed up or down – it really is that versatile. But it also looks just as great in the autumn-to-winter months too, if you choose wisely and go for classics that will last, like, forever.
Want to wear pink to work? It’s an easy colour to slot into what you already wear. In tailoring, it plays very well with other traditional masculine colours, and there’s a reason that your pink shirt and navy suit has become a modern power dressing staple.
Want to wear pink as workwear? You don’t need to think that anyone wearing pink needs to ‘man up’ is a little old in the tooth. You can put the colour to work on rugged workwear pieces, like bomber jackets, denim jackets and sweatshirts, it’s an easy way to get those looks for all the right reasons down at your local pub or bar.
Want to wear pink as streetwear? If you need any further proof that pink is infiltrating into your everyday streetwear, and man, does it look good. On saying that, streetwear may have gathered acceptance for whatever you feel like, or want to wear, but it’s been ahead of the pack when it comes to pink. Commonly used on t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies either plain pink is something that sits very neatly under a denim shirt or jacket.
So whatever you do, don’t cast this colour side. Embrace the fact that you could easily look great, and turn a few heads for the right reasons.
It may not be the most thrilling of colours, but this versatile shade can end up being your best friend. It’s versatility, timeless nature and multiple shades of this trusty colour will become the easiest side you’ll ever have to wear. Now although grey is a classic colour, rocking it head-to-toe does take some skill and it may end up as not such a good look. The only time you can get away with double grey is if you’re earring a suit or tracksuit. in the case of a suit, you can break it up with shoes and shirt and tie, however, grey jeans, sweater and trainers is not.
Tip: your first suit shouldn’t be black. If you look around, grey is becoming the colour that is at the forefront of the office suit. Time to ditch the black or navy blue and go for grey, and as grey comes in so many different shades, you’ll be spoilt for choice. When you start you first office job, your first thought may go to looking at a black suit, as they assume this is the norm for office wear. It’s not. Black suits are for waiters, funeral directors, and guys that are their way to lose in court. If you’re not one of those things, don’t buy black.
Rather than just a pair of trousers or a blazer worn with dark denim jeans, match it with other shades of grey. Not every neutral hue tis, well enough to wear with everything else in your wardrobe. Grey is. It’s a cool, as in temperature, not teen approval, medium charcoal hue that looks good with a crisp white shirt and dark slim tie. And come autumn-to-winter a grey overcoat or jacket will save you a lot of headaches when trying to get ready in the morning, because it’ll go with everything.
Knowing what to wear to a poker tournament really does make a big difference. Whether you’re an experienced professional or new on the casino scene, dressing right for a poker event can change the way you play — and ultimately lead to bigger, and better, wins.
There are many different styles of playing poker. Here’s how to dress your best for the one that suits you!
Also known as loose-passive players, the carefree lot are there, for the most part, to sit back, relax and enjoy the game for game’s sake. They’re known to limp into lots of pots, call raises to see a flop, are rarely aggressive in their plays and would rather watch others take the risks.
Players in the carefree category are often beginners or otherwise seasoned pros with a non-committal attitude when it comes to make a win. They play with a ‘let the chips fall where they may’ mentality; which, with a bit of luck, can still lead to some big wins.
A carefree player should dress in a comfortable style that is smart enough to suit multiple venues. Dark jeans, brown polished shoes and a jacket will make the transition from the poker table to the restaurant, bar and back again an easy transition. This player needs to feel like they can float from the table to whatever tickles their fancy after a long session.
A single-toned shirt is a sophisticated look and appropriate for most occasions; leaving the tie out reflects their relaxed approach to the game.
Like the carefree player, a cautious player is passive — in this case, tight-passive — when it comes to their form of play. Typically, a cautious player won’t play many pots, will call pre-flop when they find a hand that suits them and fold quickly at any sign of aggression for fear of losing. Cautious players won’t take many chances and will play meticulously and with great care.
The best style for cautious players is a formal one. A clean-lined look with a smart suit and tie will signify how serious they are about the game — and potentially deceive opponents who might otherwise notice their timidness. It’s important for cautious players to dress to impress; the confidence their style can give them will help them take a few risks, that they might need when it comes to winning big.
For added success, bring along a pair of fashionable sunglasses. It’s a great way for new, or more cautious, players to hide their tells from the more experienced and aggressive players at the table. Once you’ve got your confidence built up a few rounds in, take them off for a dramatic – and effective – stare down.
The reckless player takes a loose-aggressive approach. They play a wide range of hands, have a tendency to raise or re-raise pre-flop and will often bet on most flops. These players are extremely difficult to read as they raise without much logic, use their chips as weapons in the game, constantly apply pressure on their opponents and are known to bluff most of the time.
For those that play poker with a reckless style, a ‘more smart than casual’ look will keep opponents on their toes. Start with a formal look and dress down with a more casual or quirky accent piece.
Try a pair of statement sneakers (white or black work best), or swap a blazer for a casual jacket — leather, bomber or Harrington will all suit the look. Swapping suit trousers for chinos is also a great option for a reckless player, as are more unconventional accessories like casino-themed cufflinks.
Whatever you choose, just remember to keep the focus on formal and add only one or two playful elements into the mix. If the outfit is too crazy, your opponents might identify, and take advantage of, their manic form of play. With the right combination, a reckless player can keep the bluff going until they get the results they want.
No matter how you play – and what you wear – it’s important to always be comfortable.
With the air conditioning on full blast in Las Vegas, it can be cold at a poker table, so dress in layers. A hoodie or light jacket is always great to have on hand for an extended poker session.
Long sessions means that tight or ill-fitted clothing can become uncomfortable over time; you don’t want to have to leave the table because of your attire! Discomfort is also a great way for opponents to read your tells, ultimately jeopardising your chances at a big win.
Some people enjoy poker table conversations — but it’s always good to have the option of drowning them out. Get comfortable and in the zone with a pair of headphones or earbuds through which you can listen to your favourite playlist. That way, you won’t miss a beat when it comes to game play.
Finally, bring a watch. Most casinos don’t have clocks, so pick out one that suits you — for both style as well as functionality!
If you like to take a pride in your appearance and care about how people perceive you, then you’ll be all too aware that the devil is in the detail. For instance, you may be wearing a sharp suit with a crisp white shirt but the whole look is ruined by the well worn shoes you are wearing. There’s an art to looking good and when you get it right it’s undoubtedly a confidence booster.
Clothes and grooming are only part of it, having the right accessories is also key. Many a time on my commute to work, I have seen smart looking guys carrying low budget bags and backpacks. You know, the kind of bag I mean, it’s the type you may have carried when you went to school, and I just think, why not invest into a quality bag and really complete the look. Not only is it a good investment because it will last for many years, it just looks so much more professional and is a real pleasure to use and carry on a daily basis.
What type of bag to get
There is no one answer for this. We all have our own personal preferences which are influenced by a number of factors such as personal taste, what type of job we do and of course what we intend to use it for.
If you’re a suited professional such as a lawyer, bank manager, accountant or maybe middle management for instance, you may prefer a briefcase as it is perfect for carrying paperwork and possibly a laptop and it just looks the part.
However for the majority of us, we just need a bag for the daily commute and generally to carry stuff to and from work. There are three popular options to choose from. Firstly a laptop bag if that’s the primary reason you need the bag for. Secondly a backpack if generally you carry loads of kit around and thirdly a messenger bag which for me is the sensible choice as it’s a flexible bag that allows you to carry a range of items, it’s easy to carry over your shoulder leaving your hands free but allows added security because you can swivel it around to the front of your body in cramped situations.
Size and practicality
This is just a question of thinking about what you are likely to carry. A laptop bag is perfect if you’re just carrying your laptop and documents but if you also intend to carry your lunch, it may not be so perfect for you. In this instance perhaps a laptop backpack may suit better but crucially check the size of your laptop before making your purchase. Also consider the practicalities of carrying the bag whilst you’re on the move. Backpacks are a sensible choice because you are spreading the weight over both shoulders but can sometimes be a little anti social in cramped spaces and a little awkward if you have to keep taking it off to access your tickets or maybe a map. A messenger bag may be more appropriate as they tend to come with many useful outer pockets which can be accessed easily without taking the bag off your shoulder.
Another important consideration is your own stature. If you are say vertically challenged, a big bag may become inconvenient and heavy.
Style and quality
You don’t have to break the bank to buy style. There are plenty of bags out there that are made from hard wearing nylon or a mix of leather and nylon that look very stylish. Avoid sloppy bags and choose one that is structured, it’ll look so much sharper and look much more appropriate when you are wearing smart clothes. This is especially the case with backpacks. Structured backpacks, look so much better than a sloppy ones.
If you can, choose leather. This natural material is very durable, waterproof and hard wearing. It has a natural beauty that seems to improve with age which gives it a timeless elegance. This is especially the case with Italian leather which is almost always tanned with eco friendly natural vegetable dyes which provides a real depth of colour and makes each bag so unique. Okay so it’s not the cheapest but it is a real investment as it will undoubtedly last for many years and the daily knocks and scrapes will just add to it character. A handcrafted leather messenger bagsuch as the one found at Attavanti that is made in Italy will, by default, be stylish.
A Colour to suit
We all have a favourite colour, mine’s red, although I wouldn’t necessarily choose to have bag that colour, I’m far too conservative for that. I’m not saying don’t have a bold colour, some people really love to make a statement and that’s perfectly fine. I just mean this is a bag for the long term and you are undoubtedly going to pair it up to lots of outfits over the coming years so it may be worth considering a more sober colour, say brown, black, blue or tan.
To sum up, it is definitely worth taking careful consideration before making a decision and as this will be your daily companion for the next few years, I would definitely recommend a well structured good quality bag.