Men's Style

Men's Style

The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress

Book - 2007
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Guys don't wear wolf pelts anymore, but not much else has changed in the world of men's clothes: the right suit, or tie, or shirt, or shoes still projects mystery, erotic potential, and power. And to negotiate these hurdles with style and confidence, Men's Style is indispensable---a valuable source of practical advice for how to dress in a world of conflicting fashion imperatives, and a witty guide to the history, trends, codes, and conventions of men's attire.

In chapters and amusing sidebars on shoes, suits, shirts and ties, formal and casual wear, underwear and swimsuits, cufflinks and watches, coats, hats, and scarves, Russell Smith steers a confident course between the twin hazards of blandness and vulgarity to articulate a philosophy of dress that can take you anywhere.

Here you'll find the rules for looking the part at the office, a formal function, or the hippest party---and learn when you can toss those rules aside. And you'll find level answers to all of your questions. What color suit should a man buy first? Should socks match the belt, pants, or shoes? What tuxedos are always in, and which aren't ever? And what's required of ambiguous social situations like "dress casual" and "black-tie optional"? The answers are here, in a book that's full of trivia, history, and guidance---finally, the perfect guide for brothers, fathers, sons, and selves.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780312361655
Characteristics: 247 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fotheringham, Ed


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Dec 19, 2011

This book is excellent not so much for it's clothing advice (which is largely sound,) but for the author's exploration of the social aspects of clothing. I especially enjoyed his treatment of the idea that "dressing up" is "pretentious."

May 25, 2011

I like the way Russell goes about things. While the book could be read as a guide, Smith spends more time outlining an approach to dress. Free-wheeling, not so stuck up, but nevertheless, surprisingly Anglo-Canadian in its reserve, I've relied on this book, and Russell directly, to explain to those new to sartorial matters how to tackle the problem. Admittedly this is a book to read as opposed to being a visual guide, which there are aplenty.

Feb 18, 2009

While there are some useful tips in this book, you have to wade through pages and pages of the author showing off his knowledge of the history of men's fashion in order to get to them. With some of the recommendations that the author makes I find myself wondering what planet he is from. Carson Kressley's book is much more practical than this one.

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