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post #76 of 159

Dress for Success by John T. Molloy is pretty helpful, if dated.  For the most part, it's still very applicable even today, if you ignore the sections on trends and dressing for women.  The examples still look pretty tasteful and classic.  It's particularly interesting for trying to dress for specific purposes in specific geographic regions, especially if you are built nonstandard.  I personally am someone who is a visible minority with a small build in a peculiar social group as a student leader, so I need to be very careful in dressing well but appropriately.  I came up with my solutions on my own, but reading Molloy's book after-the-fact made me realize why what I chose works, and what would work for others and for myself in different circumstances.  It is also helpful for people trying to dress on a budget, which is great for those just starting to build a wardrobe.

post #77 of 159

I thought the suit was a great beginner book - it gives some hard and fast rules for what works for certain men in certain contexts and isnt too lengthy. Flusser on the other hand, beginning with stuff like 'colour contrasts' doesnt set down any framework. 

Can any of you recommend a good book for a casual wardrobe? particularly one that covers dress in different climates/contexts?

post #78 of 159

Textbook on Footwear Manufacture by Thorton can be downloaded as a PDF @ http://www.thehcc.org/thornton.pdf

post #79 of 159
No one mentioned Men's Style by Russell Smith
post #80 of 159
Originally Posted by davesmith View Post


Understatement of the year: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Classic-Tailoring-Techniques-Construction-Guide/dp/0870054317/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1346627996&sr=8-2


Almost as much as a bespoke suit!!


Had to create an account when I saw this. What exactly makes this book so valuable? It's been repressed a few times and it was easily available just a few years ago.


I personally bought a copy for 50€ or something like that, 6 or so years ago. I had no idea the book is so valuable nowadays. Or are those represses illegal bootlegs or something, and only the original 1983 editions are worth that much?

post #81 of 159

God Molloy's book for a steal too. I think my collection's about done now!

post #82 of 159

The Sartorialist: Closer-Men, is this any good? Thinking about scoring it aswell.

post #83 of 159

Good fashion magazines or books to get inspiration of is more then welcomed. Sartorialist look or something like that :)



post #84 of 159

A very down-to-earth and easy book would be The Fundamentals of Style: An Illustrated Guide to Dressing Well by James Galicho.

It may not exactly be on par with Flusser or Manton in detail and sophistication, but on the other hand it's rather permissive and more friendly to casual wear than those (and thus more useful in the everydays of the average 16-30yo man), and I think it has the fundamentals down pretty well.

post #85 of 159
Thread Starter 
Interesting, I'll check out the Galicho book. Is anybody else having trouble with the link for the Thornton book? I've done some additional work on the OP, will try to keep up as people continue to post. Has anyone else read the Esquire Encyclopedia? It's really great overall IMHO. Absolutely comprehensive.
post #86 of 159
Fuck Yeah Menswear. Recieved this for Christmas. Really enjoyed it. More for the entertainment value than the knowledge.

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post #88 of 159
I just bought and read Fuck Yeah Menswear. Great fun, although a lot of the current slang and rap style poetry was sometimes a little hard for an old fart like me to comprehend.

I am not sure who exactly is the target readership for that book is, except maybe us. I mean how many readers are going to comprehend (on colleges):

"If it doesn't have a school boy at JP,
it doesn't count.
Scarves or it didn't happen."
post #89 of 159
I just put together my very own list of 100 menswear books, take a look.
post #90 of 159
Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

Has anyone else read the Esquire Encyclopedia? It's really great overall IMHO. Absolutely comprehensive.

Originally Posted by dieworkwear View Post

Esquire's Encyclopedia is probably the best book on the history of menswear in the 20th century. Not much academic analysis, if that's what you're looking for, but much more in line with the kinds of things people on this board enjoy. Straight history of various pieces and periods.

Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

Derek -
If you don't mind telling us, how did you procure your copies of the Esq Enc and Cabrera's book? Is there some way to get lucky and find a copy for a reasonable price or is forking over a few hundred just the way it has to be?

FYI, I have a copy for sale. See the link below.
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