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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697224
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Josh Sims is a freelance style writer, contributing to The Financial Times, Esquire, GQ, Wallpaper, and i-D. He is one-time style editor of Arena and executive editor of Arena Homme Plus. He is also author of Rock/Fashion (Omnibus), A Dictionary of Fashion Designers (Collins), Mary, Queen of Shops (BBC Books), and contributor to several fashion books from Taschen.

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I've read this twice, it's a nice fun read.
John_G
He just graduated from college last May and this is the ideal book for him to begin building his professional and casual wardrobe.
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This book has many great style tips for men.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trolstaden on July 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a very nice summary of the different parts of all the iconic styles, with a chapter for each major part. It lacks a bit in the accessory department, especially in the watch department. The ratio between text and pictures is just perfect, with a nice balance between details and overview. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to now a bit more about the different parts of men's style.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emmet on June 21, 2011
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I opened this book a few hours ago and haven't put it down since. It contains a rich history of men's fashion staples, from the deck shoe to the biker jacket. Every bit is informative-not just in a sartorial sense, but culturally how the clothing became what it is today. For example, the M-1951 jacket came in olive green and not the typical olive drab, since it was produced post-WW2 and the higher-ups believed that the surplus of olive-drab military color being worn by laborers was devalued. In the following decades, the jacket was worn by the Mod community who embraced the cheap, military surplus jacket to protect their sharp suits as they rode their scooters through the elements.

Explaining the What and Why makes this book a successful compilation of men's fashion iconography.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard Amos on November 11, 2011
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I guess I should have read more reviews on this one. I bought it on a whim because Gregory Peck was on the cover and I expected a bunch of cool characters with photos and commentary on what made them style icons. Instead it's a series of fairly obvious and not so fascinating chapters on e.g. the white t-shirt; Ray Bans; the Trench Coat; the Blazer, etc.
Ok if you are studying this stuff in school but not really much more. Some nice photos though
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Wilson Trivino on October 20, 2011
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Atlanta, Georgia- All men choose and where clothes but what makes one come across as stylish while other seem like unkempt misfits?
Icons of Men's Style by Josh Sims, the author goes through the essentials of a wardrobe and delves into the history of each piece.
The iconic polo shirt came into the scene in 1927 after polo players adopted it from the heavy shirts that constrained them. Also the most famous iconic logo of all, the alligator, came about from Rene Lacoste who used the symbol to motivate a winning of the French Davis Cup of whose prize was a pair of alligator skin luggage.
As to Khakis, the root of their color and design was in 1845, in India the British used them as a type of camouflage which blended in with mud, the distinct local dust, coffee and even curry; Khaki means dust color in Urdu. This late became popular in the US from the GIs that return home after the war.
Sims writes, "The blouson--also known as the windbreaker, golf jacket, or Harrington--is almost official attire for US Presidents... John Kennedy was a fan, though only while sailing, and Georgia W. Bush liked wearing one while making announcements on the decks of aircraft carriers."
This book is filled with fascinating facts of how the basic styles are timeless and delves back to the story behind the reasons why we wear the things we do. The photographs are rich and bold and the subjects some of the most well known men of our time.
Icons of Men's Style by Josh Sims is a much needed addition to any library and wardrobe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor M. W. Forbes on January 14, 2012
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this was a gift for a young adult making his own style. He was thrilled with it so it was a success.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John_G on April 16, 2013
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I've read this twice, it's a nice fun read. It lists all the iconic men's styles, such as the peacoat. More importantly, it shows the history of the item, how it was engineered to serve one need but became iconic. For example, the trench coat actually comes from WWI trench warfare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael O'Halloran on September 16, 2012
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I've had this book on loan from the library for at least the past year, it is simply one of the greatest books on men's style that exists. It highlights the "originators" of each item of clothing in the male wardrobe, brands like Barbour, Levis, Brooks Brothers, Bass, Florsheim, Rolex and Omega to name a few. Sims says in the introduction that these items are the original versions that paved the way for all others of their type, but that doesn't mean that they can't be made better, rarely however in terms of style. The items are a mix of expensive and inexpensive, things like bespoke suits and rolex watches costing thousands of dollars and Levis 501s that can be purchased for less than $50. I have been using ebay and other sites to hunt down some of these and I have accummulated some nice things, I purchased two Barbour Beauforts for $100 each and four shirts from TM Lewin for $150 as an example.
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Received as a gift. I am into traditional clothing (especially English country clothing like Barbour) and I found a lot to interest me in this book. Contains some great photos of Steve McQueen, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Alan Ladd, Bogart, James Dean, etc., including some I had not seen before. No it is not just about the stars that made a certain fashion trend popular, but rather it is about different iconic pieces of men's clothing (and accessories, shoes, etc) that have become timeless and always in style. Blue jeans, overcoats, aviator shades, tweed jackets, Harringtons, brogues, and the like are all represented. This is not a "how to dress" guide but more of a collection of essays about particular items with nice big pics to go along with them. I don't know how often I will return to read this book again but it's fun.
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