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F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, of course. Beautiful shirts.

Dawn Powell, Angels on Toast. Powell's men on the make dote on their wardrobes (and so does she).

Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho. You'll get yeas and nays on this one, of course; but I think it's a brilliant novel, and it obviously has a lot of clothing in it.

James Ellroy, American Tabloid. Ellroy's clotheshorse FBI agent Kemper Boyd is always nattily attired and has a memorable exchange with his boss J. Edgar Hoover:

"In fact, you've always dressed distinctively. Perhaps 'expensively' is more apt. To be blunt, there have been times when I wondered how your salary could sustain your wardrobe."

"Sir, you should see my apartment. What my wardrobe possesses, it lacks."

Hoover chuckled. "Be that as it may, I doubt I've seen you in the same suit twice. I'm sure the women you're so fond of appreciate your sartorial flair."

"Sir, I hope so."

Rex Stout, Nero Wolfe series. The narrator Archie Goodwin is a terrifically dapper dresser and often gives details of his outfits.
post #32 of 32 has a good selection of literature pertaining to the subject of dandyism, in The Canon.

Also Manton was feautured on Who’s The Dandy? — manton vs. Will
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