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Building a Wardrobe of Mass Destruction, 4 Elements at a Time

***Reposted from Cliff’s List as my fourth submission to their website.***

Stepping into my closet and gazing around yesterday, I realized something very profound; My wardrobe is like an arsenal and my closet is the giant war room where I store my WMD (Wardrobe of Mass Destruction). As I look at each piece of clothing, I think of where I purchased it and what I tend to wear it with. Often, I try to think of new ways to use whatever it may be (jacket, trousers, etc), but my closet has almost a hierarchy of it’s elements.

Considering that, I figure since we’ve cleaned out your closet, we’re gonna need to start re-stocking and what better to begin with than the four most important elements, regardless of WHAT you consider your style.
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The Dangers of Being Trendy

***Reposted from Cliff’s List as my third submission to their website.***

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Last week, I gave you an unexpectedly thorough detailing of how clothes should fit and what to do with them if they don’t (namely – get rid of them). If you followed my instructions, your closet should have been thinned out significantly. If you “didn’t have time” (or some other dumb excuse) to engage in the holy war that is the wardrobe purge, click HERE to go back and get it done. Now that we’ve gotten away from the rags that squeeze and drape and otherwise restrict our sartorial progress, we can start to get rid of the stuff that sticks out… a little further.
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What is wrong with your wardrobe. Not a question.

***Reposted from Cliff’s List as my second submission to their website.***

 

I have to apologize in advance. I’m going to start this style journey like I imagine an abusive parent would; by telling you what you’re doing wrong. 

 

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On the subject of “effort” and why men must make it.

***Reposted from Cliff’s List as my first submission to their website.***

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At the behest of some of their followers, I’ve just been asked by Cliff’s List to make a weekly contribution as a sort of style advisor, the end goal of which is to make you look like the million dollars you should feel like. This is both a great honor, and a daunting task as I have such strong opinions on the matter of men’s style and, since the group is so vociferous in nature about their beliefs, I’m certain I’ll be sharing a few ideas that may rub the current opinions the wrong way. On the other hand, I think that’s why I’ve been asked to do this.
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California Wine Week

It is my pleasure to announce the first of many Playboy Weeks to take place in the US! Our inaugural program will be a 6 day and 6 night luxury trip through northern California to visit some of Napa and Sonoma’s most heralded vineyards while staying at a private and beautiful Napa residence!

With its included lectures on wine production and viticulture, beginners looking to break into the gentlemanly pursuit of wine knowledge and experienced connoisseurs with a thirst for more knowledge will find this the perfect trip, and satisfaction is guaranteed! More information can be found HERE, but there’s a small breakdown behind the cut.

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How To: Tie a Four In Hand Knot.

Four In Hand Knot, Loosely Resting on a Tired Man

Four In Hand Knot, Loosely Resting on a Tired Man

While we’re on a tie kick, why not learn to tie the most versatile knot for a straight tie? This is the modern man’s go-to knot and the simplest of the popular knots. Great for wide and skinny ties alike, this knot is my favorite for any outfit with a collar pin, as well.

Hope this helps,
~GRMJ

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How To: Tie a Bow-Tie.

How to tie a bow-tie the manly way.

How to tie a bow-tie the manly way.

On the AOTP Facebook, I’ve asked people to submit ideas for videos and several people wanted videos that were “clear and concise” regarding the art of tie-tying. I’ve committed myself to bringing these to you, and so I’ll begin by sharing my first; how to tie a bow-tie.
In the spirit of clear and concise, I’ll skip the smalltalk and go directly to the video.

Hope this helps,

~GRMJ

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Men That Love Women: On The Subject of Men’s Standards

Me drinking with my pinky up because #yolo

Me drinking with my pinky up because #yolo

When being trained in the art of seduction, men are often asked to identify what they want in a woman. This is an extremely important step in being able to find a compatible mate but is completely surrounded with a lot of deep-seated confusions that tend to decrease the success of the exercise itself. For nearly 5 years, I’ve been teaching men all over the world to meet and connect with the women they are attracted to, and I’ve discovered some really tremendous patterns that are hugely damaging to an individual’s success. This has to do with what we are referring to as “standards” and can be summarized (in a general way, so relax if you don’t fit the mold) by saying…

“Most men that have lots of lovers (and are, generally, good with women) can always find something to appreciate about a woman. Most men that have not been with very many women are quicker to only want to date the ‘super hot’ girls.”

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The 5 Most Important: Summer Edition

All aboard the blog ship.

All aboard the blog ship.

I hate writing. Especially when I’m traveling.

I suppose I ought to enjoy the solitude it affords me, but I really just prefer talking to people.

With that in mind, I went out to The W in Austin last night and met some people. Nothing unusual happened, but we had a brief discussion about a few things that incited the phrase “You should post a blog about that!”

Shit.

That being said (literally), I think I’ll use my post-evening early wakeup to fill out the discussions had last night and bring them to the public eye. The first of which was The 5 Most Important Elements Of My Wardrobe: Summer Edition. Let’s have no further ado. In no particular order…

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Seeing the Big Picture.

The bow-tie is a scary thing.

As silly as it may seem, I remember being scared to death of putting on a bowtie and going out into the world for the first time. This, of course, is related to several points that may seem insignificant. The first of which is the most obvious; I was deathly frightened to look like a dick. As far as I’m concerned, there is a simple formula. Looking like a dick = dressing ridiculous + not being able to own it. There’s a great phrase I’ve always loved. It’s very simple, stating “It works if you work it” which I believe to be completely true. There is nothing that can’t be added appropriately (or, at times, completely inappropriately) to a situation or outfit to make it fit perfectly in place. Men wearing women’s clothes? Yuck. Unless you’re Steven Tyler, then it would almost be awkward any other way. Big, dandy panama hats? Yuck. But there’s that 85 year old man smoking a cigar over there that looks like it was invented for him. Anything can be worn in the appropriate context and, less-so than looking like an idiot, I was really worried about not being able to pull it off correctly, given my limited experience.

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