This is a short review of the books in my library: "The Modern Gentleman" by Phineas Mollod & Jason Tesauro - This book is more about manners than clothing. Â It touches on many different topics (such as how to go skinny dipping while maintaining your gentlemanly manners), but does not go in depth into any particular topic. "The Indispensable Guide to Classic Men's Clothing" by Josh Karlen & Christopher Sulavik - I could probably do without this indispensable guide. Â It does provide some good information about classic style, but is kind of boring. Â It's black and white with no photos, just drawings. "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" by the Fab 5 - About fifty pages is dedicated to "fashion" (not style) as defined by Carson Kressley. Â One of my favorite suggestions is that black flip-flops look chic with a couture suit. Â Need I say more? "Dressing The Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion" by Alan Flusser - Most of you probably have an opinion on Flusser's writing. Â I can't say that I agree with everything that he says, but this 308 page tome is full of information and lots of good photographs and drawings. "Gentleman: A Timeless Fashion" by Bernhard Roetzel - It appears this was originally written in German and then translated into English in the UK (I got my copy at Ben Silver in Charleston, SC). Â The text has a European slant, but is full of great information. Â I would highly recommend. "Chic Simple Men's Wardrobe" by Kim Johnson Gross & Jeff Stone - Colorful photos and good information. Â Maybe a little too simple as the text is somewhat lacking in content. "Dressing in the Dark: Lessons in Men's Style From the Movies" by Marion Maneker - Mostly pictures of movie stars wearing suits (i.e., Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair). These are my magazine subscriptions: "GQ" - sometimes has a style nugget, but tends to be too trendy for my tastes "Cargo" - again, pretty trendy "Esquire" - usually has a few good pages in the Style column What are your favorite style references???
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