The Internet is chock full of websites claiming to offer accurate advice on all aspects of menswear cough, cough. While there are sites like Bespoke Unit that offer high levels of value, just about anyone who knows anything about clothes will agree that one man literally wrote the book on how men can remain permanently fashionable. That man is Alan Flusser. This is where I find the most value. Only in this way can we know the rules so well as to break them.
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Easily one of the top books written on Men's Style, Dressing the Man was an instant classic when it was released a decade ago because it focused on a timeless style — which makes this book as relevant today as it was in Below is my video review of Alan Flusser's Dressing the Man.
I discuss why I think this book is one of the best in its class, and where I feel it could be improved. Overall I give it my highest recommendation and although not perfect — it is one of the finest reference texts available for your library. Look at those fabrics — wow, I wish I could get my hands on those:. I'm Antonio Centeno. It was published in It's over pages long and divided into 13 chapters. Right off the bat, I think it's one of the best books out there for men's styling.
In fact, it's easily a top 10, perhaps top 3. Definitely top 10 though and is well worth the money. I give it my highest recommendation-five stars. First off, it's comprehensive.
So, Alan Flusser does a great job. He takes pages and it's a pretty big-size book. So, something you could set on your coffee table and be very handsome. Or, you can put it on your bookshelf and pull it down for reference.
Actually, I've got probably three copies of the book-one for my office, one-well, I like being able to hand out a copy to someone that-a good friend that perhaps needs it. But, it is comprehensive. So, each of the chapters-and I like how he really gets down to talking about things like proportion and color, things that a lot of men don't even understand. And he spends time laying the foundation and then he moves into these specifics talking about dress shirts, talking about suits, talking about shoes.
But very comprehensive and those pages gives you a deeper understanding of men's or history. So, where it's come from, where it's at now and a little bit of a prediction on, you know, where it's going to go, which if-with the way he talks about it. I mean, fashion is bad. Style is good. And the difference, he's very clear, is that style is about knowing your body type, about knowing what colors suit you, what clothing styles suit you.
And then, wearing that and not paying attention to everything else we're being bombarded with. So, he lays a very solid case as it-and this takes me to the other thing I love about this-a lot of pictures. But, great colored pictures. In addition, he has a number of black and white drawings. So, he wants you to focus on something like how a jacket should fit and how you could tell if something's a bit tight here in the midsection.
He'll use a black and white drawing to show you that, the X mark. Or, if he wants to show you color, of course, or the texture of a fabric, he brings in a large, really just great photo. And he also pulls out a lot of historical photos. What I really like though is that he still brings in some modern touches as well. I think he could've brought in more, but I'll talk about that in a second. And the other-the last thing I would say, I think it's a great value for what you pay for it.
You know, the price fluctuates but you can find it used. It's been out for nine years. You can find it used for I think a very reasonable price.
I would've paid at least probably-I don't know. And you're going to find it for a lot less than that. Some people balk. So, there were two that I can just think of right off the top of my head that would complement this book.
And with all of it where we have us stronger. Because there we a few things I felt flush or could've improved on. And one of them is a book, is a bit too formal for some. Now, I didn't feel that way. But there're going to be many who say that, you know, everything he focused on was just too formal. He spends too much time and not enough time on business casual which was the other thing.
He gave one chapter to business casual and it was a pretty small chapter at that. With the way men dress nowadays and for the majority, for the larger population, I think probably a much larger section on business casual, and perhaps breaking that out and talking about how we can mix-would've been better.
But, you know, the book is what it is. It's not for the man who normally likes to wear sandals, shorts and a t-shirt. It's not-it is more for the man who dresses in a suit regularly or is a consultant or in a position in which he needs to understand the importance of clothing.
Give it five stars. I highly recommend you check it out. Take care. Understanding color and contrast is key to dressing well. Look at those fabrics — wow, I wish I could get my hands on those: Who says you can't dress down a double breasted suit! Easy to understand black and white drawing help make the point!
Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable. Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. See details for additional description. This is his best work,in my opinion. This book has the best explanations about the evolution of men's style and the particulars of dressing. It's all done in a very factual way, although the language gets a little pretentious at times.
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Easily one of the top books written on Men's Style, Dressing the Man was an instant classic when it was released a decade ago because it focused on a timeless style — which makes this book as relevant today as it was in Below is my video review of Alan Flusser's Dressing the Man. I discuss why I think this book is one of the best in its class, and where I feel it could be improved. Overall I give it my highest recommendation and although not perfect — it is one of the finest reference texts available for your library. Look at those fabrics — wow, I wish I could get my hands on those:. I'm Antonio Centeno.