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A Fashion Statement

The tie is absolutely essential to men’s fashion—it is the difference between a regular old suit and an amazing get-me-noticed look! Men sometimes don’t quite see the importance of fashion. They think of it as a pain in the rear that women should worry about. But let me ask you this: have you ever walked into an interview or important meeting and been complimented on your style sense? It will add that little bit of confidence you need to own it! So the next time your running to the department store, do me a favor: avoid those geometric shapes and bland colors. Compare it to a watch—you want something that is classic with a hint of personality to make it your own. Here are a few pointers when shopping for a tie:

1. If you must get a pattern, opt for stripes or the Burberry pattern. These have just enough interest without being wacky or just plain ugly! And another thing, you can very seldom pair a patterned shirt with a different patterned tie. Chris Harris’s stylist made him wear a gingham shirt with a polka dot tie—this is neither modern nor stylish and it made him look as if he had dressed in the dark.

2. Be playful with color. Just because you have to wear a boring suit does not mean you cannot stylize the conservative look with color. Burgundy, royal blue and dove grey are extremely fashionable this season. So if you are looking for a gorgeous way to amp up a plain black suit, wear a burgundy button down with a silver two-toned tie. This is going to look sharp with a nice contrast between the darker hues and the brightness of the silver.

3. Know the right size. If you are a thicker gentleman, do not go for the skinny ties. A small tie on a big man will make him look even bigger. If you have a lean frame, the tie should mirror that.

4. Bowties. These can be tricky and not everyone can wear them. Tim Lincecum helped aid in the bowtie coming back into fashion. His quirky personality makes this tie ok in my books. There are three different types of bowties: bat-wing, diamond tip, and butterfly. I would suggest opting for the bat-wing as it is more triangular in shape and does not have the volume of the butterfly bow tie (this one will make you look like a clown). When picking colors, I would suggest getting a solid color or a very subtle pattern.

It may seem trivial to less fashion-obsessed men to worry so much over a tie. But deciding on a tie is not a life-altering decision; however, it will make the different in whether you look like a run-of-the-mill guy or a sophisticated gentleman. And when you have a look that’s pulled together, everyone from your boss to that sexy Marketing Director will notice! Own your style like you do the world, gentlemen!

 

Have a wonderful Wednesday, the week is almost over!

Sincerly,

VIP Club Scene Magazine Team

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The Credit Card Dance

We live in a modern society where women are equals in both the workplace and the relationship. Women are more independent than ever and have obtained more and more leadership positions in the corporate world. But many argue that, because of this, chivalry has died. The first date is always awkward—you eat and talk and it’s perfectly
wonderful. And then the check comes…and you basically stare at each other trying to figure out your next move. Whitney Cummings, a Comedy Central comedian jokes that she does the awkward purse dig: she dips her hand into her purse, “searching” intently for her wallet until her date puts his card on the tray. It’s a move women admittedly use but it doesn’t negate that awkward moment! So I have written a list of factors to determine who should pay!

Factor 1: Is this the first date? If the answer is “yes,” I am going to get old school on you. A gentleman never asks a woman on a date then expects her to pay for her meal. For the most part, if she offers to pay for her own meal, she is testing you. And if you accept her money, you’ve failed the test!
Factor 2: Is there a huge gap in incomes? If you are the CEO of Google and she is a bartender, you should pay. Yes, I understand it is nice to have a woman offer at least once and not be expected to dish out your hard-earned cash every time. But, because you are obviously in a better financial position than she is, you should not expect her to pay for that $1,000 tab at your favorite seven-star restaurant.
Factor 3: How long have you been dating? If the two of you are on relatively similar financial tiers, I would say it is ok for the two of you to take turns paying after about four months. This is about the time you know the relationship is getting serious and the comfort level is established. If he pays for dinner, you should pay for the bar tab. If you are an independent woman and are offended by my suggestion, let me put it in perspective: there is not just a price to pay for independence. The way I look at it, the one who pays has the say. So if you equally share the financial responsibility, this is a partnership. If one person pays all the time, that person decided when and where the dates are.

 

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Sincerely,

VIP Club Scene Magazine Team

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The Pick Up Line

"Do I know you? Cuz you look a lot like my next girlfriend..." "Are you a parking ticket? Because you've got fine written all over you..." and the classic, "If you were a booger I'd pick you first!" Yes pick up lines...women cringe to hear some of these lines but guess what, if you play your cards right, they will work! There's a trick to it that will get the conversation started without any eye rolls from that gorgeous woman at the bar. What is it?

Find a pick up line that is so ridiculous its funny. There is no better way to enter into a conversation with a woman at a bar than to make her laugh. I can speak from experience and say that making me laugh at a bar is the only way to keep a conversation going. I've had the smooth talkers and the cocky single-eye-brow-raisers. I've had the touchy-feelies and the chronic number collectors. But if you make me laugh, I am not going to follow my friend to the restroom to escape; I will be keeping my butt planted to the barstool and be engaged in the conversation. Whether its the parking ticket pick up line or something a little more origin, this will definitely break the ice. Remember the, "Polar Bear. I just want to break the ice"? Yup, that'll do too. So here are some hints as to what not to do when delivering said pick up line:

1. Keep it clean. If you are mentioning "buns," "footlongs" or any other reference to body parts or sex, I am going to think you are just out for one thing...and that's not conversation. When you use these lines, you will get the definite eye roll and you will be leaving the bar alone. A woman does not want to feel like a piece of tail. By keeping the pick up line fun and playful, you are able to open a conversation with her laughing and curious about what you are going to do next.

2. Have a collection. Seriously, its a small world. I dont know how many times I've watched the same guy deliver the same line to a bunch of women at the bar. Even if its only two or three, keep the variety going. You are going to look like a total tool if women start to recognize that you are making your rounds.

3. Have a game plan. So you go up to her, deliver this god send of a pick up line and then you get tongue tied and dont say anything...fail! Know what you are going to talk about next. Dont be a stalker but make a study out of the girl you are going to approach. Is she with a bunch of friends? Has she been watching the baseball game? Does she keep looking at the door as if she were waiting for someone else? Are her and her friend constantly laughing? These are all observations that will help you in the end. If she is constantly laughing with friends, that is a sure indicator that she has a sense of humor, a good indicator that she is open to a silly pick up line. If she's looking at the door, I'd suggest waiting--she may have a boyfriend along the way. A definite mood killer.

4. Keep your sense of humor. It doesnt make sense if you were to deliver this silly pick up line and then be serious the rest of the conversation. The best way to attract a woman's interest is to have a good sense of humor and not take the situation so seriously. We want to have fun with you. We want someone who is humble enough to joke about himself. So stay consistent!

The weekend has finally arrived! So instead of sitting at the other end of the bar, admiring from afar, do some homework and find a pick up line that's funny and silly. Test the waters with a few small fish before going for the tiger shark. Because in reality, its not exactly what you say but how you deliver it...you need that confident swag that isnt cocky. And you need a sense of humor. Good luck!

 

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Sincerely,

VIP Club Scene Magazine Team

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