2016 UPDATE: I wrote this article in 2015 when I lived in Saigon and didn't have a big selection of clothes to choose from. As of this update I'm in California and after doin' some California shoppin' I changed my style up. I suggest you read Iron & Tweed and Casual Style 101 to develop your own style.
Style, boys. Style is what makes or breaks you.
Style is what makes the girls smile and giggle when you walk in the room (or sometimes they just open their eyes and drop their mouths). Either is fine with me.
From my website, to my wardrobe, to my house, to my electronic gadgets – everything must have style.
Classic style. I'm not trying to be a New York cosmopolitan spending all of my money on clothes. I want to look good.
When you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, opportunities seem to present themselves.
So what's Uncle Vic's rule?
I don't leave my house in sweatpants and dirty t-shirts. I don't leave my house with dirty shoes on. I don't leave my house unkempt.
I'm always on when other people see me. When you're alone, do whatever you want, but around people you need to be on.
First impressions, second impressions, and 37th impressions matter.
Always look good.
Some jokers are going to tell me you don't need to wear a suit and tie every day to look good. I would respond: no shit.
You don't need to wear a suit unless the situation calls for it. You dress for the situation, you dress for the event and you dress for your climate.
I've previously said you should dress your best all the times. Well, two things…
1) You should dress your best at all times.
2) I only wear t-shirts and jeans.
“But wait, Vic? I thought you wore a suit and tie everyday? Did you lie…”
I never wear a suit unless it's for business. Even though I wear a t-shirt and jeans every day you should still dress your best at all times.
It might make me a hypocrite but it doesn't make me wrong.
See, you dress up in the finest threads until you don't need to dress in the finest threads anymore.
I don't need to dress to impress anymore because I'm already there. I don't try to impress anyone, people try to impress me (but I still always look good).
Not to mention it's really damn hot where I live. Too hot for a suit. Remember, you need to dress for the situation, the event and the climate. The climate where I currently live (Saigon) is hotter than hell.
So how do you dress well without going overboard?
That's an easy answer but it might be a tough pill to swallow.
You can dress modestly but still be the most stylish guy in the room if you have a bold physique. I stand out because I have a physique. Clothes look good on me when they would look like slop on other men strictly because I have a physique.
Your physique is the basic element of your style. Everything you wear should be based off on and built onto your physique.
I dress modestly and I'm still the guy. The guy who walks in a room and everyone stares at.
I've got the style with a smile, but even better I've got the physique to pull it off.
If you're built like Adonis you don't need anything more than a form fitting t-shirt, nice fitting jeans, colorful sneakers, an expensive but understated watch and all of a sudden you're the guy who everyone looks at.
When I walk into a room people stare and girls start giggling and whispering to each other.
Why? Classic style and good physique.
I have a very modest and simple wardrobe but it's right for my physique and for my climate.
I also like to keep it simple. I wear the same clothes every single day. Currently, this is my entire wardrobe…
I have about 35 t-shirts that I go through. Typically I wear two t-shirts every day. I wear one shirt in the morning, typically I will wear the same shirt to the gym, then I will shower and change shirts. I wear…
- BADWEAR t-shirts (2016 UPDATE: BADWEAR offers blank t-shirts. These are the ONLY t-shirts I wear now. Very comfortable!)
Uniqlo t-shirts and tanks– (2016 UPDATE: BADWEAR has much better blank t-shirts than my old uniqlo shirts.) I buy single color t-shirts made by Uniqlo for about $7 apiece. I buy them in Bangkok, but if you did some digging your could probably find them online. I also like Calvin Klein tanks.
- Calvin Klein micro modal t-shirt. This is my favorite shirt because it's extremely comfortable. I like the fabric to be 10% lycra for extra comfort in hot climates. I buy from freshpair.com (they ship worldwide), you can also get this Calvin Klein shirt from amazon.
I have 4 pairs of jeans that I go through but I only really like one pair.
Levis 504 regular straight double stitch jeans. 2016 UPDATE: I only wear Diesel Jogger Jeans now. I wear Levis jeans size 34/34. I wear Levis because that's all I can find that fit my long legs and my muscular thick thighs. I really have no other options for Jeans unless I get on a plane and fly somewhere.I used to wear Buffalo David Bitton jeans and they looked fantastic and they were the most comfortable jeans I've ever owned. Unfortunately they are made in China and both pairs I have owned developed a hole in the crotch within a few months of purchase.
Socks, Underwear & Shoes
I have about 20 pairs of the exact same brand, color and style of boxer briefs.
2xist black boxer briefs. UPDATE: I don't wear these anymore.
I have about 25 pairs of the same socks.
- Hanes classic black low cut socks. (2016 UPDATE: I still wear these socks. Very durable!) I wear low cut or no show socks. Personally I hate seeing socks unless you're wearing slacks and dress shoes. With tennis shoes I don't want to see socks. I also don't wear white because white always appears dirty after a few uses. Black socks always look the same. You can get them from amazon or even Wal-Mart.
I have 4 pairs of the same brand of shoes, each in a different color.
Onitsuka Tiger sneakers. UPDATE: These shoes hurt my feet. I do not wear them anymore and don't recommend them.
At the gym I wear my regular t-shirts or I wear tank tops and I wear sweatpants from H&M.
Pictured: SPARTAN STARS Raglan
I use a sackpack rather than a traditional gym bag. In my gym bag I keep: one extra t-shirt, one pair socks, one pair boxer briefs, one bar of nubian black soap, one stick of deodorant, baby wipes (only animals use toilet paper), one razor and one tube of aftershave.
- I wear one mildly expensive black Vabene watch. The watch looks fantastic, it's understated and classic in style and the street thieves where I live don't understand it's value because it isn't gold. The right watch for you depends on your personal. Pick one that you like.
- Clark Kent eye-glasses at night (I'm blind from writing all this time for you), Ray-Ban prescription sunglasses when outside.
A baseball cap that was given to me.
2016 UPDATE: I only wear the B&D hat.
I keep a very modest wardrobe, but it's very effective in getting eyeballs on you…
You have the physique to go with it.
And if you don't have the physique it doesn't really matter how you dress, you'll still look like shit.
So fix the physique, then fix the wardrobe, then be the guy who gets all the eyes from all the girls in all the world.
Beyond the wardrobe you need to think about hair, skin, facial hair and teeth and all the other things that slobs don't worry about.
I keep two hairstyles. I'll call them shaved and classic.
I like a nice, clean style of hair. I'm often asked what the name of the haircut is, but I typically cut it myself so there is no name. I suppose you could call it the Victory haircut, but I just like it clean, simple, classic and stylish. To keep this hairstyle I use a light amount of American Crew pomade.
Typically I shave my head with a zero guard about 6 months out of the year. I do this for comfort and simplicity. To keep this clean look I need to shave my head one time per week on a zero guard (no guard). You can pick up some hair clippers from amazon.
Baxter of California After Shave Balm – The best after shave I have ever used and I never get those nasty red bumps on my neck any more. I live in Thailand and I pay double to have this product shipped to me.
Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Luxury Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin – The best shaving cream I have ever used.
For extra skin care tips see: What I've Been Using to Look Younger That Actually Works
I said style with a smile. Bad teeth, ugly teeth, is ugly style. I never liked my teeth so I got them fixed professionally. Now I have Hollywood teeth.
I try and carry the least amount of stuff I possibly can.
That's it. That's nearly everything I own.
Put it all together and what do you get?
PS – For more tips about casual style be sure to check out Iron and Tweed.