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Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion Hardcover – October 1, 2002
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During the past 25 years, men have spent more money on clothing for themselves than in any other period of modern history, says Alan Flusser (Style and the Man). The time has "never been more propitious for the emergence of a standing army of well-heeled swells," he believes, and in Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion, he takes readers on a tour of men's clothing that he attests will never go out of style. Flusser carefully explains how to mix patterns, what to look for when trying on clothes in the fitting room, what kind of jacket to wear with a straight-point collar, the history of the monk-strap shoe, the correct position for a bow tie and what "business casual" really means. Heavily illustrated with photographs of dapper dans from Humphrey Bogart to the Duke of Windsor and drawings depicting neckwear, suit jackets, coat sleeves and trouser creases, this is a superb reference for any man.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“A Hoyle’s, a Fowler’s, a Webster’s, a Baedeker’s, a Machiavelli’s, a von Clausewitz’s guide to men’s dress.” (Tom Wolfe)
“If it’s male elegance and sophistication you aspire to, DRESSING THE MAN will suit you perfectly.” (Art Cooper, Editor in Chief, GQ)
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It provides a rich history and thorough discussion of every component of men's fashion: shirt patterns and materials, including seasonal considerations; collar styles; tie patterns/colors and how to best coordinate them; pocket squares; lapel cuts, styles, widths, etc.; the shape of men's jackets; sport coats and blazers; the shape and cut of trousers. It even has a detailed section on shoes.
The book discusses fashion icons of different eras, giving the reader a sense of what makes noticeable and timeless fashion.
I highly recommend this book for actual reference in men's wardrobe decision-making or just perusing with a glass of cognac in front of the fire.