In your style choices, you are either be playing defense or offense. Defense means playing it safe. Dressing the way that you normally dress. Wearing muted colors, wearing simpler accessories, and in general taking the route that you know will be very safe, but also not make any statements. While defense is important and powerful to your overall style strategy, a football team never won a game without putting at least a couple points on the board, right?
In this episode, we’re looking at what offense means for the stylish man. How can you do something that is just a little bit out of the ordinary in order to make a specific statement, and portray the image that you really want to portray. It could be in your accessories, whether it’s a pinky ring, or earrings, or perhaps it’s in the careful use of bright colors, rather than all muted tones. Perhaps it’s times to start regularly wearing a fragrance rather than just deodorant.
In general, defense means dressing to fit in, while offense means dressing to stand out. A careful understanding of how to do both will allow you to leverage each strategy when it is most advantageous. Don’t neglect offensive thinking in your overall style strategy!
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- Most men are defensive when it comes to style, and think that defense will get them where they want to go in style
- If you know how to strategically employ offense when it comes to style, you will be able to use it to your advantage
- Too often, men dress to fit in, rather than dressing to impress with a specific message
- Dress like the person that you want to be in the future. If you want to be a CEO maybe dress like a CEO
- Most men only where deodorant, when an offensive strategy would be to wear a fragrance that sets you apart
- Look at the ways that you can use color to actually draw strategic attention to yourself, and not just detract attention through all the normal colors
- Wedding rings, conservative watches, and simple watches are all defensive style. Look into something that is a bit more headed toward personal adornment. Pinky ring, earrings, necklaces. All carefully
- Understand that offensive style has the potential to offend very occasionally. Be cautious, but understand that it is part of the game
- Simple patterns are defensive. You can pretty much wear as many patterns as you want, as long as they are not the same and right next to each other
- Patterns allow you to use common colors, but in a unique way
Think about the ways that you are playing defense with your style currently, and the ways that you could be playing a bit of offensive in your choices.