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A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up: What to Wear, When to Wear it, How to Wear it (Gentlemanners Book.) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, August 12, 2003

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About the Author

John Bridges, author of How to Be a Gentleman, is also the coauthor, with Bryan Curtis, of seven other volumes in the best-selling GentleManners series. He is a frequent guest on television and radio news programs, always championing gentlemanly behavior in modern society. Bridges has appeared on the Today Show, the Discovery Channel, and CBS Sunday Morning, and has been profiled in People magazine and the New York Times.



Bryan Curtis is an author and the president of Dance Floor Books. He is the author/coauthor and editor of more than 25 books, including My SouthMy Southern FoodClassic Wisdom for the Good LifeClassic Wisdom for the Professional Life, and the popular GentleManners series.

 

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Product Details

  • Series: Gentlemanners Book.
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401601111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401601119
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David R. Bess VINE VOICE on June 8, 2004
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I regularly wear suits and semi-casual dress in my profession, but there were many things I learned from this little book. The dust jacket of this volume says, "What to wear, when to wear it, how to wear it." Those three comments pretty much summarize the contents. This title is well-worth the price paid.
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It provides a guide on appropiate and tasteful mens attire while not being overbearing or stuffy. It also provides a reminder for those of us who wish to look our best on occasional lapses in judgement and even things we did know before.
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This book is both helpful and entertaining. Its style, which amounts to a compilation of aphorisms--some of them clever--makes it an easy read.

As a veteran of the East Coast button-down collar and navy-blue suit brigade, I was surprised to learn as much as I did about men's attire, although I didn't necessarily agree with everything the book has to offer. But the same was true with "How to Be a Gentleman," where, for example, the author says it's perfectly acceptable for a well-dressed gentlemen to go to church without socks. In "A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up," he devotes an amusing amount of ink to the subject of letting out waistlines to accommodate increases of girth and being prepared to mop up excesses of perspiration. Such curiosities can probably be attributed to the books' regional slant--am I right in assuming that the author is a Southerner?

If it sounds like what you need, this book is amusing and worthwhile, but be prepared for a few odd remarks that clearly come from a corpulent Southerner who sweats a lot.
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I bought this for my husband (the dapper clothes horse) just because I saw it in my Gold Box. He is a strict adherent to Flusser, so I took a risk and ordered this because it was low priced.

Turned out to be a great bargain, and a nice surprise that he enjoyed. While he says there was no revolutionary information, it was a good read and great additional resource. Definitely recommended!
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This book is a good introduction to, as the book says, "what to wear, how to wear it and when to wear it".
It includes context for each dress code (even some history in a case), handy descriptions for different items, very simple to follow drawings for knots, and simple, but not boring, writing.
The "gentleman maxims" structure of the book writing (that seems to traverse the whole "A gentleman ..." book series from Bridges/Curtis) makes it easy to follow, avoiding extensive paragraphs with flourished text and goes directly to the point without preambles; nevertheless, it makes you require to read the whole book to get the whole picture. It do not has, for example, a chapter describing specifically each dress code as it is structured more over the "gentlemen occasions".
Good edition quality follows perfectly the other books of the series if you want to collect them all.
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The triumphant and unostentatious stroll of Rutledge Press' 'Gentlemanners' series continues with this 2003 guide to a gentleman's kit.

There is nothing over the top or self-indulgent in these pages, just light-hearted advice for those of us who need a little help avoiding a fashion emergency. Understanding my vulnerability means keeping this little book at arm's reach on my reference shelf.

The authors understand that a gentleman is loathe to call attention to himself. Good style is a way of allowing one's more important virtues to shine through without the distraction of bad taste.

The world could use a little more of that.
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My husband saw this book at a high end clothing store, but didn't want to buy such a frivolous book, so I bought it for him for his birthday! He's really enjoyed reading parts of it. He is a more recent college graduate and newer to the business world, so this has helped him tweak his wardrobe to fit every occasion.
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This book is a quick read, funny, and makes a great gift, especially for young people starting out.
There are several editions by John Bridges and Bryan Curtis, buy whichever is cheapest.

I've enjoyed this short, quick read. I've also given this book as a gift to young men who got a kick out of it.

I've looked at several etiquette books, and this was one of the funnier, quicker, more informative books I read. I haven't seen all of the authors' books, but from the several I've pursued, this seemed like the best.

The advice is to the point but informative.
The author juxtaposes helpful information with hilarious "information"

Here is an example when describing etiquette around black tie clothing:
"After requesting that friends wear black tie for an evening at his own home, a gentleman may greet them wearing a smoking jacket, along with the remainder of black-tie regalia.

If a gentleman actually owns a smoking jacket, he runs the risk of being deemed eccentric by his friends."

The book has a lot of useful information about what style of shoes to wear to different events, which suits are most versatile, things to look for when buying pants, etc. that would be especially useful for a young person starting out.

It also has helpful etiquette advice, such as "If a gentleman is not absolutely certain as to the dress code for an occasion, he always prefers the risk of being underdressed to that of being overdressed. The former may be interpreted as a simple misunderstanding; the latter suggests conscious premeditation."
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