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Men's Style: The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress Hardcover – April 3, 2007
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Most public library collections should include a current book on men's clothing style, and this one is an excellent candidate. Smith, an experienced men's fashion writer, submits his comprehensive guide as not simply a gathering of illustrations with minimal accompanying text but much more. He opens with a discussion of male sartorial history and then shares his thoughts on men's traditional fear of being fashionable; his advocacy of style is underscored by his very serious sentiment that "privilege of the natural over the artificial is philosophically unjustified . . . for there is nothing inherently morally impure about the artificial." His intended audience is the man at the beginning stages of assembling a wardrobe. The analysis Smith so spiritedly and professionally dispenses, concerning the kinds of shoes, shirts, ties, jackets, and other necessary items that are available, as well as his pointers on how to wear these wardrobe ingredients well, leads his readers to an understanding that "fashion is what is out there for you to choose from; style is what you choose." Brad Hooper
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Witty and informed manual of male dress sense...Mr. Smith provides detailed tips, with illustrations, on myriad points of male attire, from tweed selection to shirt-tucking to watches and Y-fronts, along with helpful overviews of big-picture manly clothing dilemmas. (The New York Times)
His restless intellectualism, his muscular prose, and his signature wit make him the auteur de mode for the club crowd and fashion literati alike. Men's Style abounds with captivating and original insights. Both a practical guide for the elegant man and a cultural survey of fashion and trends. It is even more entertaining as a collection of Smith's seductive prose and his often hilarious observations about the urban landscape. (The Globe and Mail)
Flippantly brilliant. (Flare)
A lively, witty yet sensible primer. (Vancouver Sun)
Personal, knowledgeable, and full of tasteful advice. (Weekly Scoop)
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For example, he walks the reader through both what to look for in finely crafted dress shirts, ties, shoes, and sportjackets, and also gives detailed advice on choosing colors, patterns, and fabrics.
Though he clearly appreciates classic men's clothing, Smith departs greatly from dogmatists like Alan Flusser, reconciling the best of the "rules" with the sartorial realties of 21st century. Arguably the best of the modern style guides.