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Streetwear isn't dead, but it sure has calmed down these days. And you know what? Maybe it's time to take it beyond the J.Crew chambray and Redwings. Maybe you should go all-in The Playboy Club style—slick hair, proper suit, hard drink. Don't ditch the Nikes, but take a few cues from one of the great eras of men's style and get yourself some proper fitting behavioral and sartorial calling cards. Click on to see five elements from the Playboy era that the modern gentleman should apply to his style routine.
A gentleman is noticed for his appearance and behavior, but it is the details that make him stand out. So stand out with your accessories! If you wear a tie, wear a slim tie. If you use a wallet, spend some time to find one of quality leather. If you wear a suit or blazer, buy a pocket square and make sure it is nicely pressed and only slightly showing from your pocket. Now go get 'em.
There's a reason Bond took his vodka up, and why John Wayne had his whiskey poured into a glass with no fuss—it makes it difficult to mess up. Find and pick a type of alcohol that you like, and order it consistently. It's classy, and it will work. Just make sure you learn how to handle your drink—a good gentleman doesn't get fall-down drunk.
Today's kid can learn a thing or two from the Playboy Era gentleman. File "open the door for the person behind you" under "manners." It's common sense, but you'd be surprised by how few of your present-day counterparts are aware of who is behind them when entering an establishment. Trust us, it goes noticed, and is noted.
Yeah the DJ with the fro and neck tattoo gets girls. But that's not going to last forever. A timeless cut shows that you mean business and that you have your act together (even if you don't). Now, more than ever, is the time to class up your coif.
Yeah, really. It worked for the mad men of the 50s, and it's working now. Sure it helps if you just came from work, a wedding, or a really really fancy birthday dinner, but point out a lady who doesn't prefer a man in a suit, and we'll point out a liar. It works as well now as it did back in the day.
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