- Hardcover: 357 pages
- Publisher: Barnes & Noble; 2nd edition (2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760762481
- ISBN-13: 978-0760762486
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gentleman's Guide to Grooming and Style Hardcover – 2004
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For many people the question will be whether to choose this or Allan Flusser's 'Dressing the Man'. The answer is really that they serve different purposes. If you quickly want to know how to look your best for a job interview in a suit then go for Flusser, as his book best explains suits in greater details and better still, tells you how to coordinate it with the shirt and tie. Roetzel tends to be more segmented and tells you less about how to coordinate the different items.
However, Roetzel great strength is that he has countless little tips jam-packed into his book that Flusser never touches on. One point at which Roetzel thoroughly surpasses Flusser is in his section on shoes, which is by far and away superior. The plethora of full colour photographs of different shoe types and on what occassion they should be worn has superior clarity to the brief and poorly illustrated overview dealt the topic by Flusser. Other places that Roetzel surpasses Flusser is his discussion on items such as sport coats, overcoats, socks, as well as extremely useful tips such as how to fold a suit jacket when travelling, and even the best way to iron a shirt.
One point worth mentioning is that the book is orientated towards an English ideal of what a 'gentleman' is.Read more ›
This book covers the major aspects of choosing clothing by identifying well-known (quality) brands and famous clothiers. Although the author's tastes are markedly Anglo-centric, there's nothing wrong with this. After all, if you're reading this review, you have the means to order many of the manufactured items he recommends. Additionally, the author explains how to identify quality in case you are adventurous (and tasteful) enough to explore new brands. The true gentleman recognizes the utility of brand identification in selecting goods known for their quality, but his devotion is never slavish. This book will help you understand what makes a brand memorable.
Aside from fashion, the book covers many aspects of lifestyle, including the appreciation of smoking, spirits and shaving.
If not for the difficulty in finding it, I might recommend this book to every young man as a coming of age gift, as well as for those who manifest an interest in taste rather later in life. For those who have already developed a sensible style, the book may be consulted either to check one's instincts or to find something new along similar lines.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just as described...clean copy...great in depth beginners guide thats easy to follow...for the one desiring to being that best dressed man..Published on March 4, 2014 by Willie Clemons
The book arrived in a timely manner and was in better condition than expected.
The photographs are fantastic and the info contained in it is timeless. Read more
Good style and grooming guide, I don't know if I should call it "classic" or "outdated." There are better guides.Published on December 6, 2013 by Winston Smith
I bought this book on the advice of a friend, with the interest of updating my style and getting back to men's roots, and I have am thoroughly impressed. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Ben
I am an image consultant and am always looking for books that add to my expertise. This guide is well done and an excellent resource for anyone interested in image for men.Published on April 14, 2012 by Beryl Pleasants
Great book. Shows the classic styles of what every man should know and should wear! Cover showed more wear than stated. Inside pages in good shape.Published on December 7, 2011 by P. Johnson