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Elegance: A Guide to Quality in Menswear Paperback – October 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (October 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393304388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393304381
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elegance consists of 32 essays on men's clothing, some of which appeared previously in Town & Country or in Diversion. Boyer emphasizes quality, natural fabrics, and classic styling. Although he includes practical suggestions for buying and caring for apparel, he also devotes considerable attention to the historical development of men's attire. Numerous anecdotes and Kokinos's striking illustrations round out the book. Donald Dolce's The Consumer's Guide to Menswear ( LJ 9/1/83) also focuses on quality in men's clothing. Of the two books, Dolce's is the more practical, Boyer's the more literary and historical. Suitable for fashion history and consumer collections. Wendy Allex, Central Arkansas Lib. Systems, Little Rock
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anne on February 21, 2000
I am interested in design for men's clothing as well as women's. This by far the most informative book I ever have read on the topic of dressing for men.
It is witty, rich in history and useful advice. Mr. Boyer has written a true gem of a book that I hope he will revise into a second edition.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FrequentBuyer on February 9, 2010
Such a wonderful piece that is so timeless and relevant even 25 years later. It goes to show that class never goes out of style.

Every college student should be required to study this book before venturing out into the business world!
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0 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R.U. Cerius on October 4, 2010
Though it looks intriguing, I have not read this book. I came across a reference to a similar title in the chapter titled "Yale Club" in Brett Easton Ellis' novel, "American Psycho", a must read for anyone interested in '90s East Coast sartorial arcana and serial mayhem. A character poses a question, "Can a sweater vest be worn with a suit?" The answer lies in the pages of (the presumed fictional book) "A Guide to Quality in Menswear". Perhaps it is in Boyer's book as well.
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3 of 40 people found the following review helpful By George Brinton Murray on March 12, 2002
Mr Boyer has written in "suitable" a broad overview of clothes making the man. For certain, clothes help make a man but I would only recommend this book to someone who is a novice in the fields of suitings and furnishings.I look upon it as a general overview only. It is my thought that I would give this book 1 (one)star only.Mr. Boyer paints with a broad and sweeping brush which tarries nowhere long enough to learn much. I hope this look at his technique of subject presentation helps you in your choice of the book about "quality in men's wear". If ALL you are looking for is the basics then it will do.-emminently suitable-* 1 star only-Respectfully submitted: George M. Men's suits,furnishings and alterations specialist.
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