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The Style Guy Paperback – May 2, 2000
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"Style isn't fashion.
Fashion is about what everybody's doing, what everybody's wearing.
Style is about what you're doing, what you're wearing."
As the no-nonsense columnist for Details magazine, Glenn O'Brien has helped thousands of guys naturally develop their own unique sense of style. Now he can help you. Here is practical, down-to-earth advice on dress, manners, sex, grooming, and dating--including cigar and cell-phone etiquette, tips on ordering wine in restaurants, and the cold, hard facts on cutoff jeans, ribbed tank tops, black shoes with white socks, and the age-old conundrum: boxers or briefs.
What's the difference between a ticket pocket and a fob pocket? A raconteur and a loudmouth?
Does slipping a maitre d' a tip like they do in the movies get you a better table?
How do you tell your date that she has spinach in her teeth?
What's the best thing to say to someone when you've prematurely ejaculated?
What do you wear with a brown suit?
If guys (and their girlfriends) are wondering about it, then O'Brien has the answers. Having style was never so easy!
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Top Customer Reviews
Essentially Mr. O'Brien offers commentary, reflections and advice on style issues, tailoring, grooming and matters of the heart. It's not a book about fashion, as Mr. O'Brien goes to some pains to explain, it's about style. Mr. O'Brien advocates that you develop your own personal style, whatever you define that as being.
My only critcism is that he spends too much time talking about things other than clothing, when there's still so much more that could be explained. I'm not sure this is entirely his fault, as he set out to print the answers to his most frequently asked questions. Still, often the things we need answered the most are the questions we never even thought to ask.
What I do like, and what makes the book a worthwhile purchase, is that O'Brien represents clearly for us the difference between style and fashion. Most people who would buy this book already have a subscription to GQ, at least. This guide helps us steer clear of the latest faux pas the fashion world is trying to sell.
I must admit to being a big fan of "The Style Guy" and that I always flip to his column while I stand in line in the store, GQ in hand. But I'm a fan because of his wit and sense; he's good.
This book is valuable because it does offer practical advice for business or business casual and will be helpful to any young guy starting out.
If you would enjoy a fairly literate book with pretty conservative but contemporary views on style then you would like this. If you are more interested in a Tom Ford worldview than you might want to look elsewhere, but I would have no idea where.