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Style and the Man Hardcover – Abridged, May 11, 2010
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I hadn't realized the book was written so long ago but the information was timeless.Published 20 months ago by Kitten
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that spends any money on dress clothes. The book is also a good read. I am going to read it again. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by J. Holloway
The problem with most of these types of books as they go to far from the reality of the average man's needs. Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by Ron
Flusser has it down to a science. What he tells you is simple, wear cloths that look good on you, dress appropriately and because it looks good in a picture does not mean it will... Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by TBL
The book is based on "western" culture during a period of history when most men in that culture cut or shaved their beard and did not wear hats for example. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Ben
Allen Flusser take's this book to another whole level
in men's guide to fashion.style is extremely important
in today's men's fashion, especially to the men that... Read more
It's a good primer on the foundations of style for men and how to dress well. It's a helpful resource for me to better serve customers in my career in menswear.Published on March 4, 2013 by Christopher McConnell