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Esquire's Things a Man Should Know About Style (Things a Man Should Know) Paperback – Bargain Price, October 1, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
Perhaps in keeping with the entertaining bulldog photos that break up the text, some of the declarations are somewhat too dogmatic: No cowboy boots, no Hawaiian shirts, no pleated khakis. In fact, there's some room for discussion on most of these issues (what if you live in Hawaii?). But frankly, so many men need so much help dressing properly that if they need absolute rules to live by, so be it.
On the whole, this is a very entertaining little book. If men turn to magazines like Esquire (2-year) for their style guidance, then I wish a handy primer like this one all success in imparting a few guiding principles. But the most useful principle of all may be the one they print about a dozen pages from the end: "Never trust a fashion magazine."
I did, however, read the book in one sitting, and thoroughly enjoyed it--hence the high rating.
So, if you are buying this book, realize you are getting a humorous and candid discussion on the do's and don'ts of men's style. You are not getting an overview of principles that would go into an appropriate men's wardrobe.
That said, this book would be perfect for women who want to send their boyfriend/husband a subtle hint (and have them laughing along the way). Great pointers on everything from how to buy a high quality suit to avoiding fashion faux pas. The writing is engaging and hilarious. (With books, I'm a juggler. I never finish a book in one sitting, as I did with this one.)
Well worth the [money] I spent!
You'll like it if you've ever read any of the style sections in Esquire--it's written by an Esquire editor, and it's written in the same type of formal, aloof, and arrogant tone that Esquire is written in. So, if you've got a question as far as whether or not you'll like it, just thumb through an Esquire at the bookstore. If you like it, you'll like this...if not, then you won't.
Here's an exerpt I liked: "For those still contemplating the wearing of funny underwear, think: When you are removing your pants for the viewing pleasure of another, do you really want the person to laugh?"
It's a really good way to familiarize yourself with the "rules" of style very, very quickly. It's not an exhaustive guide that will really teach you anything.
And, it's a tad dated. Boxer briefs are the in thing now, baby!
Also, the pictures of the dog are funny. The dog shows you what not to do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not exactly what I was looking for, but still a humorous read. I was hoping for real style pictures instead of the bulldog.Published 5 months ago by Ivan
This would make a great stocking filler. I bought it about 10 years ago, and just reread it recently and it STILL applies. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Weshty
I'm a jeans and T-shirt guy who was curious if there was something deeper under the paper-thin skin I imagined I could see covering what passes for men's "fashion", and maybe... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by smsms
At the time this book was first sold in Amazon, when I bought it, the product description didn't mention anything about the size of the book or number of pages. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Afia
My wife got me this book when it came out almost 10 years ago. Granted it's a slim volume, but it has never, EVER steered me wrong. Read morePublished on January 1, 2009 by kevin m antonio
I think this book is puffery at its best. Some of the advice is very pedestrian and even a bit cocky (in an effort to be amusing). Read morePublished on July 18, 2007 by E. A. Schimmelpfennig
Sorry, this isn't a very good book at all. It is just a few lines and paragraphs strung together. Some of the information is OK but some just reflects an attitude and not real... Read morePublished on August 15, 2006 by Amazon Fan
The authors got their facts straight, but this book is more useful as reinforcement of sound style principles than it is as a reference tool. Read morePublished on November 28, 2005 by askmrright
It's a great coffee table or bathroom book to have laying around. It certainly doesn't go in-depth, but it gives you the average person some good, basic principles of style. Read morePublished on July 15, 2005 by M. J. Sprout