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The Metrosexual Guide To Style: A Handbook For The Modern Man Paperback – Bargain Price, October 16, 2003
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For those who avoid the style pages, the newly minted term "metrosexual" refers to a man with a sense of fashion and a taste for culture, who loves to shop and look good, and may be of ambiguous sexual orientation. According to journalist Mark Simpson, the metrosexual "might be officially gay, straight or bisexual, but this is utterly immaterial because he has clearly taken himself as his own love object." Metrosexual wannabes who need some style pointers will find their questions answered in Flocker's handy manual. Like an extended episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the guide gives readers a crash course on music, film, art, home decorating, dating, fitness and grooming at the same time that it teaches them an updated version of Emily Post manners. All the while, the author, a sometime actor and sometime features editor for AOL Time Warner, dispenses his advice with the playful tone of a witty, club-hopping mentor. "Every man can benefit from a little self-improvement," he writes in his introduction. "Just as you regularly upgrade your computer, your car and, hopefully, your underwear drawer, you can upgrade yourself to become a player in the new era of the metrosexual man." Though Flocker's suggestions are occasionally too dogmatic-he advises readers to always drink imported beer, for example-this guide is a timely capitalization on the recent news articles about metrosexuals, and it approaches its material with thoroughness, warm humor and, yes, style.
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"A guide of head-to-toe tips to keep men at their stylish best...a fun-and functional-read." -- Rocky Mountain News 11/13/03
"A guide of head-to-toe tips...A fun-and functional-read." -- Rocky Mountain News 11/13/03
"Head-to-toe advice on everything from dining out and dressing to home decorating and culture choices." -- Kansas City Star 11/18/03
"If you're an aspiring metrosexual, The Metrosexual Guide to Style should help you out." -- Salt Lake Magazine April 2004
"Inspires confidence...It's a quick but informative read, and a great reference tool to have on hand." -- Frontiers 11/27/03
"The book is a thorough lol on clothes, grooming, d cor, and dining for the guy who wants it all." -- Playgirl June 2004
"The book, enjoying a stay on The Times' bestseller list, offers guidance on matters from grooming to art: appreciation of." -- Los Angeles Times 01/11/04
"Witty, playful tips and advice on fashion, music, and travel." -- Boston Phoenix 11/28/03
"[This book] was the first (and remains the definitive) source for defining and understanding the metrosexual." -- Lexington Herald-Leader 7/8/04
A one-stop shop on everything from travel to etiquette." -- Chicago Sun-Times 12/17/03
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Of course the book has all the normal trimmings that you'd expect: haircare, grooming, fashion, what your drink of choice says about you, and all that other superficial stuff that semi-gay men know and us straight brutes are clueless to, but the book will ABSOLUTELY SURPRISE YOU with its advice and knowledge of social behaviors at high end estabilishments and fancy events. Every teenage boy who starts dating/going to dances/attending events should read this book as it will keep you from embarassing yourself for years to come! And for us 21+ crowd it gives refreshing insights and knowledge on things most guys in their 40's don't know!
This book is a must have, go Used if you can, but GET THIS BOOK!
Sadly the other parts of the book are too tainted by a weird kind of faux sophistication captured in simple statements like these: "Do metrosexuals drink beer? Yes they do. Of course European imports are always preferable to domestic brands."
I can't tell if instruction like this are intended to be a backhanded pejorative aimed at the puerile pretentiousness one finds in the "faux" sophisticate or if the author actually believes the way one displays one's sophistication is to prefer European imports over domestic brands....regardless of one's actual tastes or preferences. We see repeats of this in the author's instructions to seek out "designer labels" as means of announcing one's level of sophistication. The net result is a caricature of gentlemanliness that relies on the sort of outward displays one would expect from the garish and insecure rather than a solid seat based on the inner manly virtues. Take a pass on this one and go with Brett and Kate McKay's "The Art of Manliness" instead.
I am not saying that it was so interesting that I couldn't put it down, nor am I suggesting that it wasn't. This is a light, well-written book which should be required reading for any guy who wants to become a bit more stylish, refined, productive, organized, confident and happier than the average Joe. For the most part, though, this is nothing more than a how-to lifestyle guide for young men whose upbringing did not include lessons on manners, culture and appearance.
To be honest, I don't understand the fascination with the term `metrosexual.' Does there really need to be a special label for a guy who can dress himself in something other than jeans and a t-shirt? One who is sensitive and cultured? Those guys have been around for a long time now. In Europe, they even have a name for them; they're called males.
It seems to me that a lot of people, namely guys, use the term `metrosexual' with a negative connotation and I think those individuals are insecure with themselves and are afraid to live their lives as they would like to, for fear of what others may think or say. Having such a free-thinking nature, I don't care (to a certain extent, as well all do) what anyone thinks of me. Why should I? I'm confident in who I am, as an individual, as well as a heterosexual male, and that's all that matters. If that makes me a metrosexual, so be it; I've been called worse.