Men's Style

The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress

Russell Smith

Thomas Dunne Books

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Guys don’t wear wolf pelts anymore, but not much else has changed in the world of men’s clothes: the right suit, or tie, or shirt, or shoes still projects mystery, erotic potential, and power. And to negotiate these hurdles with style and confidence, Men’s Style is indispensable---a valuable source of practical advice for how to dress in a world of conflicting fashion imperatives, and a witty guide to the history, trends, codes, and conventions of men’s attire.
 
In chapters and amusing sidebars on shoes, suits, shirts and ties, formal and casual wear, underwear and swimsuits, cufflinks and watches, coats, hats, and scarves, Russell Smith steers a confident course between the twin hazards of blandness and vulgarity to articulate a philosophy of dress that can take you anywhere.
 
Here you’ll find the rules for looking the part at the office, a formal function, or the hippest party---and learn when you can toss those rules aside. And you’ll find level answers to all of your questions. What color suit should a man buy first? Should socks match the belt, pants, or shoes? What tuxedos are always in, and which aren’t ever? And what’s required of ambiguous social situations like “dress casual” and “black-tie optional”? The answers are here, in a book that’s full of trivia, history, and guidance---finally, the perfect guide for brothers, fathers, sons, and selves.

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Chapter One

SHOES

Fashion is only the attempt to realize Art in living forms and social intercourse.

– OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES



An experienced society columnist once summed up her whole method of placing people in the social hierarchy by telling me, “It’s all in the shoes.”

 Nowhere is your taste and social background so neatly summarized as in your choice of shoe. It is the single most important part of your image, the root from which your projected self grows. Large numbers of single women judge prospective male partners rapidly and solely by looking

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Praise for Men’s Style:
 
A Globe and Mail Best Book
 
"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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About the Author

Russell Smith

Russell Smith writes weekly columns on both fashion and the media in Toronto’s Globe and Mail. He has written for publications including the New York Review of Books, Details, and Travel and Leisure.

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Men's Style
The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress
Russell Smith

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
November 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466858343
ISBN10: 1466858346
256 pages, Includes 50 black-and-white illustrations throughout
$7.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312361655
ISBN10: 0312361653
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 256 pages, Includes 50 black-and-white illustrations throughout
$23.95

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250041869
ISBN10: 1250041864
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 256 pages, Includes 50 black-and-white illustrations throughout
$17.99
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