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Terrible - way to shallow
on April 22, 2013
Given all of the positive reviews, I was quite disappointed upon receiving this book. First, be aware, that this book is tiny. Most people don't look at the format of books before they purchase, and you can't tell the books size from the image alone. Because of the small page size, every two pages in this book has barely enough content for one page of a normal book. So, the 267 pages of this book should be considered to be 134 real pages, maximum. Except for the fact that most pages have a page that is just a single bland image opposite to that page (the images aren't very helpful due to the book's small format), and therefore there is only writing on one page for every two pages, on average. This, again, cuts the actual page length this time down to about 67 pages. But wait, it gets worse. Too many pages that actually have writing on them only have 1-3 small paragraphs of 1-3 lines each (3 lines is rare) on the page. Whitespace on each of these bare pages is rampant.
Now, on to the actual content. If you don't understand that you shouldn't buy clothes that are too large or too small for you, that you shouldn't wear sandles anywhere but the beach, that you shouldn't wear torn jeans, that plaid pants are out, that you shouldn't wear a bunch of random patches on your coat, and that you shouldn't wear your pants off of your hips, then this book may be for you. Pick it up and learn how to look like a human being. However, if you want something that goes beyond basic descriptions of clothing (from the book: "cotton sweaters are often overlooked, but they are perfect for cool summer evenings") and want the level of knowledge detail that an actual men's clothing stylist has, then look elsewhere. It does have basic descriptions, with accompanying tiny images, of things like shirt collar type and pant cuff type and length. It also has some other information that I haven't covered here that some may find valuable. However, I found the book entirely too basic, sparse, and small. I'll be sending this back and picking up Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion, by Roetzel, as a hopeful improvement on this book.