- Series: Chic Simple Guides
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (September 9, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679447164
- ISBN-13: 978-0679447160
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Work Clothes (Chic Simple): Casual Dress for Serious Work (Chic Simple Guides) Hardcover – September 9, 1996
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America's corporate reengineering movement has affected the way we dress for work. According to Omelianuk, with the advent of casual business environments also comes a major shift in attire. Out with power suits and big shoulders; in with relevant and comfortable clothes to create and think in. The author first covers all the basics for both men and women, including such concerns as fabric, color, pattern, texture, and survival gear (the absolute minimum "must have" clothing for business wear). Basic items are combined visually in four different ways to show four different images. Quotes from corporate and literary gurus such as Faith Popcorn, Alvin Toffler, and Sloan Wilson, historical tidbits, and helpful resources will guide novice business types into making appropriate decisions. Barbara Jacobs
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The once useful formula of pinstripe suits, dress shirts, power ties, and leather wingtips no longer works. Chic Simple Work Clothes shows men and women how to dress in today's new world of work to commmand respect and ensure a professional bearing, and explains why the radically different new work style has developed. Full-color photos & illustations.
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As an earlier reviewer said, there are a lot of allusions to the 1940's, because the authors feel that the '40s are the last decade when the common man actually dressed well. I disagree, but let'sa move on.
As the title says, the book is about clothes one may wear to work. There are a lot of great combinations and a few that are horrendous. But, that is to be expected in a book about an area as subjective as fashion.
I would also say that the book should have specified that it is for both men and women. It is a bit disappointing to buy a book, only to see that half of it is entirely inapplicable to me.
This is a decent book for those who want to start learning about style and how to match clothes into combinations. I recommend it, but just barely.
The book does have some useful information when it starts talking about fitting clothes and finding quality. However, Josh Karlen's "The Indispensable Guide to Classic Men's Clothing" does a superior and more comprehensive job in this department.
The best part of this book is when it starts talking specifics about ensembles. Unfortunately the captions that go along with the pictures often lack details that are necessary for a clueless shopper. If I had a clue I probably wouldn't be looking in this book. What kinds of slacks are those? What color are they? What fabric are they made of? I know that I need to find my own what suits my own style and tastes but give me something to at least start with!
The downside is that this kind of information -- displays of men's clothing ensembles -- can be found in magazines like GQ for a fraction of the cost of this book. If you want to learn more about some of the "theory" of fashion look to another book. If you want more "concrete" examples then leaf through this book at the bookstore...and get a subscription to GQ.
Another thing. This isn't really a book for women. The section containing advice for women is just thirty pages out of a total of 174. (hmm.)
Still, I'm glad I bought it a few years back. It has lots of good, basic info on clothing construction, fabric, color, classic style, etc., none of which has dated at all.
(Actually, I think I need to re-read it.)
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