Monday, 25 May 2015

STYLE FILES // Conor McGregor // How to Dress Like a Fighter

by James Lourey

People usually don't take the quote, "dress like you're about to meet your worst enemy' too literally, but for featherweight UFC fighter Conor McGregor, the perfectly tailored suit accompanying his stare downs adds a whole new element of intimidation. 

Meet the best dressed fighter in the UFC, Mr. Conor McGregor.

Conor definitely deserves the reputation of 'the notorious fighting Irish', growing up in the centre of Dublin and making short work of challengers since his UFC debut in 2013. McGregor is known for his unique movement, power and self confidence; along with his style sense, no one is questioning him. 
In between breaking necks and rearranging faces, Conor prides himself in being the best looking fighter on the scene today. With constant fashion statements like luxury watches, three piece suits and the perfectly trimmed and styled moustache, the Irish warrior has perfectly set himself up to wipe out the rest of his division. We may not be able to land a Conor right cross, but we can take lessons away from his cut throat appearance. 
From what I can gather, Conor is following his own variation of the American prohibition fashion era with his own sense of Irish flair. To obtain the fearless image of Conor McGregor, consider these tips:

 1. Always Raise the Stakes 
Like I've said time and time again, it's always better to overdress than to underdress, and Conor illustrates this by attending his promotions and interviews dressed impeccably. Adding a plain tie to a smart casual outfit always comes off well; there's nothing wrong with another addition during the colder months. 

2. Be a Man, Man
Although it's had its place amongst guys recently, the fad of long hair coming up into a so called 'man bun' is well and truly over. Conor maintains his look with a close cut short sided hairstyle, proving that the traditional look will always prevail over looking like an unemployed sushi chef. I realise the over excited sales rep may tell you over and over that "oversized t-shirts are cool!" and "drop crotches are the new thing", but nothing will replace the defined white shirt accompanied with perfectly tapered trousers. 

 3. Use Colour to Your Advantage 
This is an area that's very hit and miss but is something you can always resort to if you're attending an event that expects just that little more from you. Whether it be a colourful pocket square, some bright chinos or a pair of vibrant suede shoes, your style will be one step ahead of the rest. 

4. Old School is the Best School
Conor's use of waistcoats, lapel pins, large checks and pin stripes is a welcome reawakening of the golden age of Irish gentlemen. His constant pattern creativity is the key to his style success, giving justice to traditional forms of men's fashion. Adding a tie bar to your suit, a classic square framed pair of sunglasses to your casual outfit or simply tucking in your shirt, just furthers your style sophistication. 

"There's two things I really like to do and thats kick ass and look good, I'm doing one of those now and I'll do the other Saturday night." 

"We're not just here to take part, we're here to take over!"


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