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post #16 of 59
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Some good ideas here, the glasses and leather overcoat. Obviously I can't look completely insane at work, but I will take inspiration. Overcoats help in a big way I think. I can think of two examples of guys I have seen wearing leather overcoats in a work context. One was terrible but the other was good. The first one is a guy in his late 20s with your typical gestapo overcoat and a fashionably 1930s haircut with very short sides and long top - not sure what it's called. He is russian so that should help him but really he just looked like and idiot. The good example is a very senior guy in his late 50s who has a fur lined leather overcoat, with a big fur collar. It looked a little over the top and pompous but impressive. He is pretty tall, which helps with long coats.
Edited by decogeo - 8/16/16 at 6:46am
post #17 of 59
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Some good ideas here, the glasses and leather overcoat. Obviously I can't look completely insane at work, but I will take inspiration. Overcoats help in a big way I think. I can think of two examples of guys I have seen wearing leather overcoats in a work context. One was terrible but the other was good. The first one is a guy in his late 20s with your typical gestapo overcoat and a fashionably 1930s haircut with very short sides and long top - not sure what it's called. He is russian so that should help him but really he just looked like and idiot. The good example is a very senior guy in his late 50s who has a fur coated leather overcoat, with a big fur collar. It looked a little over the top and pompous but impressive. He is pretty tall, which helps with long coats.

Tall guys in long dark overcoats always look great and really intimidating. Like a monument.

Both Nazis and Commies were nurturing kind of soc-realist aesthetics which embrased the simbolism representing power and strenght. Hence, long leather overcoats are can't-miss :-)
post #18 of 59

Navy blue highly structured 3-piece suit. Think Chittleborough & Morgan or Huntsman. White shirt. Yellow or red tie of the sort that is not in favor on StyFo. Black captoe shoes. Grow a goatee. Frown a lot.

post #19 of 59
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Navy blue highly structured 3-piece suit. Think Chittleborough & Morgan or Huntsman. White shirt. Yellow or red tie of the sort that is not in favor on StyFo. Black captoe shoes. Grow a goatee. Frown a lot.

I can definitely picture that. Except perhaps the yellow tie, I don't know. I usually frown a lot and it does make people uncomfortable.
post #20 of 59

Okay, this is an area I am uniquely qualified to help you with, for reasons.

 

First off, a villainous look starts with black and red. I realize people say "black is for funerals", but if you're looking to up your dark side game, you have to bite the bullet and go with black suits. I like a white or red shirt, with either a red or black tie, respectively.

 

If you're pocket squaring, I like a triple point. The idea is to present menace and power. 

 

Shoes are where it gets fun. Classic black is fine, but I like to go with oxblood captoes, hold the brogue. In this case, I tend to ditch the red on the top half of the outfit, and use the shoes to suggest the "evil", so to speak.

 

But all of these things won't help you a wit if you can't carry the suit. Unless you can own that damn thing, there is a good chance you'll look like a clown, so buyer beware, I suppose.

post #21 of 59
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Okay, this is an area I am uniquely qualified to help you with, for reasons.

First off, a villainous look starts with black and red. I realize people say "black is for funerals", but if you're looking to up your dark side game, you have to bite the bullet and go with black suits. I like a white or red shirt, with either a red or black tie, respectively.

If you're pocket squaring, I like a triple point. The idea is to present menace and power. 

Shoes are where it gets fun. Classic black is fine, but I like to go with oxblood captoes, hold the brogue. In this case, I tend to ditch the red on the top half of the outfit, and use the shoes to suggest the "evil", so to speak.

But all of these things won't help you a wit if you can't carry the suit. Unless you can own that damn thing, there is a good chance you'll look like a clown, so buyer beware, I suppose.

Yes, the risk of looking like a clown is pretty high with many of the suggestions in this thread and your word of caution applies throughout. But I like the oxblood captoe idea. The black and red (and white) is a tried and true combination indeed. A very dark charcoal could work if I wanted to avoid black but I suppose looking like a villain involves breaking free of conventions.
Edited by decogeo - 8/16/16 at 10:33am
post #22 of 59

Indeed. True Villains™ need to be fully content with breaking all manner of convention and visual comfort. The idea is to intimidate people around you through purely visual means. Also, I *highly* suggest you step up your suit game as far as quality goes. I don't know what you're wearing now, but you'll want to step up to at least Canali or somewhere in that range. The quality of the cloth speaks money, which speaks power, if you can wear it well.

post #23 of 59
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My suits and jackets are mostly a mix of Zegna, Caruso, Baldessarini and a few other things. I suppose I could go up a step in quality but I think it's just as much a matter of style. Some suggested earlier to look at Tom Ford or some of the Savile row tailors for inspiration, which I will be looking into.
post #24 of 59

An eye patch.  And also a riding crop.  Pair that with the leather overcoat, and you are pretty much good to go.

 

Remember, the accessories make the outfit and the man.

post #25 of 59
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An eye patch.  And also a riding crop.  Pair that with the leather overcoat, and you are pretty much good to go.

Remember, the accessories make the outfit and the man.

I thought about the eyepatch but my two eyes are still good unfortunately.
post #26 of 59

Don't let functional eyes get in the way of villainy. You need to commit. 

post #27 of 59

falconers glove

post #28 of 59
You should probably also have a giant scar on your face.
post #29 of 59


The lines are sharp and dangerous, cloth is mohair Tonik so it feels like concrete if anyone touches you. The tie slide with that vest says control freak. You could wear it with this coat that is black with a black mink collar.


Edited by David Reeves - 8/16/16 at 12:05pm
post #30 of 59
A lot will have to do with your physical aspect. A young guy with a baby face, who's 5'3" tall and weighs 113 lbs., is going to find it challenging to put over an intimidating, alpha male, master of all he surveys look, no matter what he's wearing.

I'm not saying it's necessarily impossible. Few things are impossible. But some are way more difficult to accomplish than are others.

Sometimes it's useful to look like a super villain at work. But when that's not likely to happen, it can also be useful to appear friendly and harmless, while secretly having the heart of a super-villain. Play to your strengths.
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