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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061976156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061976155
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Alan Flusser believes that dressing well is something every man can readily accomplish. In this newly abridged and updated edition of Style and the Man, Flusser shares his vast knowledge of men's clothes and provides essential information for anyone interested in savvy attire. This elegantly written treatise will arm any man with a connoisseur's knowledge of the dos and don'ts of buying and wearing quality clothes and how much they should cost, from dinnerwear to casual sportswear. This book is also a veritable encyclopedia on individualizing questions about fabric, quality, and fit, as well as the appreciable and qualitative distinctions between clothes of different prices and makes. Open Style and the Man to discover:

  • the difference between a $395 and a $1,000 suit
  • what two words to look for on a costly dress shirt's label
  • why the folds in a cummerbund should always be worn facing up

From the tuxedo to the Top-Sider, Alan Flusser explains the sartorial origins and modern applications of haberdashery. All a man has to do is tuck this book into a corner of his suitcase or back pocket, and he'll be armed with an insider's knowledge of how to guide the tailor or salesperson in fitting or choosing those clothes that will become long-term players in his maturing wardrobe and personal style.

About the Author

Alan Flusser is the author of a number of books about men's style, including Dressing the Man. He is the president of Alan Flusser Designs, a company he founded in 1979. He attracted national attention in 1987 for Michael Douglas's wardrobe in Wall Street, as well as later acclaim for his work on the HBO movie Barbarians at the Gate, the Al Pacino movie Scent of a Woman, and American Psycho starring Christian Bale. In 1988, he was placed as a permanent member on the International Best-Dressed List.


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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Centeno on October 7, 2010
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Summary
Alan Flusser's book "Style and the Man" is an excellent introduction to the world of menswear. In about 140 pages, he covers the foundations of menswear and for any man looking for an introductory guide this book will be hard to beat. Although it does have a few shortcomings, I can't give less than five stars to a book that costs less than two coffee's at Starbucks yet provides a lifetime of sartorial insight. The book itself is of high quality build and has simple yet clear illustrations.

Introduction - My qualifications to review this book
My name is Antonio and I founded an online custom clothier. I talk with men on a daily basis about how to dress properly and have written articles on men's style. I have owned this edition of Style and the Man for 3 months, and have owned the first edition for 10 years.

What I Love about this Book
1. Quality Content - In one sitting, a quick reader can learn the basics of menswear. Alan Flusser does an excellent job hitting on the points that need to be addressed when introducing the foundations of dressing well. His writing style is clear, understandable, and comprehensive to a degree. He doesn't use too many 50 cent words, and attempts to organize his writing in a manner that allows you to build off concepts he taught you in earlier chapters. When explaining somewhat complicated concepts, he makes sure to bring in a drawing to illustrate his point. Most importantly, I feel Alan's writings create a hunger within the curious to learn more.
2. Hardcover Build - The book is physically beautiful - the binding is crisp and clean and the text small but readable. Also the hardcover gives it a higher perceived value in terms of gift giving!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CS on May 4, 2011
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"Style & the Man" is basically an abridged version of "Dressing the Man." If you already own "Dressing the Man," there won't be any new information here.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Cutting on July 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This version is a very utilitarian handbook on how the major aspects of a gentleman's formal wardrobe should be tailored and fit. It is little else.

Taken for what it is, the book is fairly useful and does what many style books do not by suggesting alternatives for an identical man. To clarify, Flusser writes that many aspects of a gentleman's tailoring should be tailored to his facial appearance--skin, hair, et cetera--and his body shape--tall, portly, et cetera. This is best summarized in the many type-specific lists that conclude chapters and serve as even quicker references (and are perhaps the best value in the book). However, for a light skinned, gray haired, portly man (hypothetically), he sometimes intentionally makes contradictory recommendations. This is interesting, and again done on purpose, but lacks some depth because there is seldom explanation for the options. How can a tall man look ideal in both single-breasted three button and double-breasted, 6x2 suits?

Honestly, I was expecting more in some form or another. Flusser is among rarified air in today's men's style world, so I am in no position to question his pronouncements. But, I would like more explanation and more obvious thought put into the directives I am given here. Alternatively, more illustrations or information on fabric, weave, and such--the book really does only address cut and color. Something. However, that perhaps goes beyond the point of the book, which is to serve as a quick reference to Alan Flusser's style, not as a guidebook for creating your own or as a stand-alone project or one for the uneducated in the ways of fashion.

I will certainly purchase another Flusser, Dressing the Man, but will probably not look back to this book very often.

If this is what you're looking for, you will be well pleased. If not, you should look elsewhere.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hogan on May 11, 2010
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I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Style & The Man and have to say, it's good to have Mr. Flusser back on the bookshelf. More than any other menswear writer, he understands what it takes to dress well at a personal level. Genuine style is what matters and that kind of style is a very personal thing. Your skin tone, hair color, eye color, face shape, body type and even your neck height, all play a part in finding the colors, patterns and styles that work for you. Are you short or tall, heavy or trim? Once you understand your own profile, you know what to look for when you go out to hit the stores. Flusser has spent his life figuring this stuff out and dressing some of the sharpest guys to walk down any street. There is a reason Ralph Lauren says he's one of the most knowledgeable experts on men's fashion.

The book is an updated take on the first half of the original Style & The Man - an outstanding book on its own. He's removed the extensive shopping guide that comprised the original book's second half. But that's OK because what we are left with is a straightforward guide on dressing well, fully updated for life in 2010. It's a trim, easily portable volume of 137 pages that's packed with great advice.

So many of these style "guide books" are just generic shopping guides filled with bland advice like where to buy a gray suit and get a big watch. Slim suits might be in right now, but you look bad in one, it's irrelevant. Flusser points out that dressing well is a skill that can be taught, and with the price of fine clothing only going up, men need to take charge of their wardrobes.
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