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Brian on jeggings, Christian Dior, and stealing clothes from anti-Semites

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Brian for Nerve's style blog

What's your name and what do you do?
I'm Brian Orce, and I’m Head of Post at VBS.TV.

What are you wearing?
Levi's jeans, Ralph Lauren socks, J. Crew shirt, vintage shoes, and a Brooks Brothers vest.

What are some articles of clothing that you consider essential?
I have a favorite blazer that I got from my brother, and some really worn T-shirts (I have one with Steve Dallas from Bloom County on it — and I’ve been asked if that’s supposed to be me on the shirt — amazing compliment). I only have three suits, but they’re custom (since I don’t have a lot of suit occasions). I really like my skinny black Christian Dior tie and I’m a sunglass fanatic. Oh, I also have a Joseph Abboud blazer I stole from some guy at a bar who dropped an anti-Semitic comment, so that has sentimental value.

If you're sizing up a girl, what are some thing you really like?  
The heels with red soles (Louboutins?), scarves, brighter colors or at least some contrast. A dark bra under a light or threadbare shirt is a pretty obvious move, but it works. I know it’s cheesy, but shiny leggings and chokers are kind of a weakness. Oh, and bangs.  

What are some things that are absolute dealbreakers?  
I have tons. Jeggings, crocks, I don’t like moccasins or flats that are barely even shoes. I'm not a huge fan of jeans or black pants on girls; they just feel kind of lazy.. Frilly or lacy bras are kind of annoying; they make me think of crown molding in a prewar apartment. Hats can be hit or miss. Gigantic purses, clunky jewelry, those big, bug-eyed sunglasses everyone’s wearing, those Roman-gladiator sandals, headbands (especially those super-narrow ones), those fake belts that are like twelve connected shields — and then there are a lot of color combos that set me off… I could go on and on.   

If you were going out, trying to get laid, what would you wear? 
I don’t want to say too much because then the internet’s going to know when I’m trying to get creepy, but I’d say my Dior tie, something with a noticeable color, maybe purple. Pink’s gotten played out and yellow can be a bit much — unless you’re at like a yacht club or a polo match (which can be amazing). Something where it’s clear some effort went into it, but not too much. It shouldn't be that obvious that I’m attention-whoring.  

What do you think makes women attracted to you?
As cliché as it sounds, confidence. Clothes can help or hurt, but really you can kill it dressed like a homeless person or in a slick-ass suit. And I have my ups and downs. The nights you go out without women on your mind are always the nights where you end up in dozens of conversations.  

If you were to go home with a girl, what's something that, if you saw it in her apartment, would make you turn around and leave?
If it’s messy, that’s a huge turnoff. Posters for shitty movies or bands… maybe a cross? Frankly, if she’s managed to get me back there, it’d have to be something major to get me out of there. I’ve looked past jeggings, messy rooms, Creed posters —  you name it.