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Color for Men Paperback – May 12, 1987


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Based on the same system that has already worked for millions of women, COLOR FOR MEN is foolproof and scientific and works for every part of a man's wardrobe, from his business suit to his jogging suit. Using basic principles to understand the subtleties of skin, hair, and eye color, you match yourself to one of four seasonal palettes. Then you'll discover which shades of color in clothes complement your natural coloring. COLOR FOR MEN is the complete wardrobe system no man afford to miss.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345345460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345345462
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly recommend this book to look and feel your best!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MISTER SJEM on March 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a great style book for men since there are few good ones out there for us and, if we spend too much time thinking about it, some people think we're you know what!
The main thrust of this book is: different color and shades look best on certain people depending on their skin coloring but that isn't limited to race either. The four areas are: winter, spring, summer and fall. Few variations in each one, too.
Now, that alone would give this a four star but the author goes beyond that: she covers hair styles based on face shapes, combining colors, clothes to buy based on your dressing style (these are broken down, too) and advice for what to seek out based on your color styles and your dressing styles. For instance, a more formal type gets certain types of jackets and slacks whereas a casual type gets more jeans and the like.
Excellent book. Highly recommend.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Sengstack on March 3, 2003
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I have not quite finished reading this book but am very excited about it. It really is a good comprehensive guide for men. These are difficult lessons for men to digest and they are presented fairly straightforwardly and in a manner that is simple to understand. Despite the fact that the book is almost twenty years old, it is one of the few where I find the illustrations do not seem particularly out of date. On one point I may have to disagree with Ms Jackson. She states that a man should not mix three patterns when wearing a suit, shirt, and tie. I find that in modern dress, this can distinguish the men from the boys. I do agree that this is somehting that not all men will be able to do effectively so it may be best to avoid it (which may be the authors point in discouraging it). If you want to go one step beyond this book, pick up Alan Flusser's Style and the Man. With these two resources, you will have no excuse for not looking your best every day.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William A Taylor on November 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm excited about this book. I love to buy clothes and I often dislike what I have bought almost right away. This gives a comprehensive guide to choosing colors and designing a complete wardrobe. It allows up to 2 years to phase out old and unmatching stuff. The book allows for people who dress casually and are on a moderate budget.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I purchased and read this book several years ago, but my wife disposed of it at her first "housecleaning" opportunity. I think she worried about some majical transformation that might occur if her husband cared too much about his clothing. But, take it from this totally secure man, this is an excellent reference tool. Clothes do (or, can) make the man. I'd never heard about color matching, but I knew I liked the way I looked in certain colors--fortunately, the colors I liked matched my "season." But, I'm also very tall, and the suggestions offered in the book really offered some sound suggestions for maximizing--or minimizing--size, coloration, etc. The book just offered a good, simple to understand roadmap for looking your best. At the price of this book, what do have to lose?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
Avoiding to buy wrong colored clothes you never end up using easily saves up the price of this great book! It is very nicely written with excellent photos. I only wish they had included a more complete tear-away palette for shopping! My initial response was that many colors especially in the spring and summer palettes appeared very bright and kind of "feminine" (say bright orchid, raspberry, lavender), but perhaps I'll get used to the idea. I bet the only one's really using those colors are the guys that have read the book!?
My main complaint is the discussion about facial color or tone and other problems related to determining one's own season. It is confusing. The book distinguishes between blue and yellow (golden) based facial prototypes, but also maintains that "cool types" (blueish) may appear yellowish in appearance ("sappy"). Then how can I tell whether yellow or orange clothes harmonize with my own (natural) yellowness or produce the exact opposite, i.e "make me look even more sappy"? How can I tell a "sappy summer" or a "pastel autumn" from a "olive-skinned winter"? Help! The differences seem very subtle indeed. It seems like there actually was a need for more intermediate palettes for all us "between-seasons" types?
I found the manly styles discussion in the end of the book a bit silly. Those prototypes seemed very unreal to me.
These are actually very minor complaints, even if they may not sound like they were, as I was very positively influenced by this book. It has saved me loads of money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
Great book! After finishing Color for Men I was amazed by the information contained in the book. Through trial and error (for the past three decades) I'd roughly figured out which colors look better on me. I wish I'd had this book 20 years ago. It does a very good job of showing which colors look good on various men's face colors through numerous color photo examples. Althrough it tries dilligently to walk the reader through the process of determining face color type, I still had a hard time determining which I am; but this is probably not the book's fault. I wish the on-line Internet clothing vendors would use the information in this book; it would make men's clothing shopping much easier. If you've ever wondered why that green shirt looks great on your brother but terrible on you, now you'll know.
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