Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Express your Cultural Heritage - Alpha Style

One of the things I like about Jackie Chan’s fashion sense is that it’s obviously ‘Alpha’, but at the same time he also expresses his own cultural heritage. In fact his unusual blend of cultural styles often reminds me of the Sino-European fashion that was made famous in Shanghai in the 1930’s.
To express your own cultural heritage all you have to do is start with one or two fashion pieces. For example, you might focus on a particular style of jacket, or a shirt collar, or a pattern that has some cultural significance
This can work for any culture... Australian, German, Russian, Malaysian, Chinese... any culture
All you need to do is apply the following Alpha Style guidelines :
  • take a minimalist approach (little-to-no decoration)
  • highlight your best physical features (shoulders, chest, butt)
  • use dark and solid colours as the foundation of your wardrobe
  • make sure that everything you wear is simple, strong and functional
  • and when possible, buy quality items that fit well and are well made (elegant). 

As a cultural contrast to Jackie's expression, above is a casual example of Austrian Alpha Styling

Blue jeans ; strong stylish boots ; knitwear that features rural colours together with some blue to complement the jeans ; and a green wool jacket that's a contemporary expression of the traditional Austrian Loden jacket. 

It might not look very impressive to anyone who isn't Austrian, but to the locals it would demonstrate a young man's masculinity, and his cultural pride.  And that can prompt greater respect from other men, and maximise his attraction-factor amongst the local girls.

Here's another example.  It's a modern version of the iconic Australian Driza-Bone oilskin jacket. Wear it with a good quality chambray shirt, a pair of fitted jeans or chinos, and a pair of RM Williams boots (below), and you've got an urban expression of Australia's cultural heritage.

It's all about image projection. Using your heritage to make a statement about your character!
It's a Primal Thing.  

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